Books are the most portable past time you can go on an adventure, fall in love, and save the world. The best kind of story is those that linger in your head days after you've finished the book. And that's what reading is for me the search for the next book that lingers in my head.
Bane's character has always intrigued me. So when I found out about this stand alone series I was excited. But you know what they say with great expectations comes great disappointment.The story itself was fluff. Unlike writer Clare's Mortal Instruments & Infernal devices series.
I felt led around by the nose the break between both writers is obvious. The plot jumped around with no bridge between the four arcs to give the story better flow and cohesion. The half told narrative at first was annoying, at first. The dialogue felt forced and unnatural, like newbie writing or worse fan fiction . And we knooow writers Clare and Brennan can write but I don't see it here much. The whole thing felt rushed. For me this version of Bane kinda of shattered some of that mystique I liked about him. Magus is funny and endearing man-child with powers.
There were a few sparks of substance though out the story the relationship between Bane and Imaus and its conclusion. When Bane and his companions talk about their heritage and mothers there is a genuine sadness there. If WRHP* was sprinkled with more of these precious moments, it would have made for a much story. And about these adventures he keeps referring to though humorous the details are glossed over as result no new information is imparted to the reader. And no direction for the characters to advance or the plot to properly develop.
While What Really Happened in Peru* is light, fun read. The purpose is to give new character insight. But instead its information recycled nothing told in those pages wasn't learnt in The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices series, unfortunately. Still Magnus's character was entertaining and once I didn't think too hard it was a quick read. Here's hoping it gets better as series develops. And after all of that the question posed by the title remains a mystery. However I will be reading the other books in this series. I really can't wait to see Bane's and Alex's story. I gave WRHP a three out five leaving room for improvement.
Gone Girl left me an emotional wreck puling in two different directions. There is no question about writer Flynn’s ability to turn a phrase. The dialogue is rich and steeped in realism. I read Amy’s thought process and though to myself this is a real person. Her descriptions of people, places and things draws you into the story. So as far as skill writer Flynn has it in spades.
Gone Girl is the portrait of “the” golden couple Nick and Amy Dunne. And the subsequent collapse of their relationship after years of marriage. When “awesome Amy” she is dubbed discovers her husband has been cheating, Amy takes a dark path to teach cheating hubby a lesson. Two things leave an impression on me in this book. Amy’s dark side the cold calculative-ness of her personality. Nick distance towards her. I wonder did all the mind games she played with his head over the years. Just eat away his love for her or was he ever in love or lust. Gillian Flynn does a marvelous job of taking the reader on this journey through a broken marriage.
Still reading Gone Girl was an experience for my emotional antenna. Which was pointed on pissed a lot of this book. The characters though realistic and flawed. Irked me of all the reason, and the elaborate way Amy goes about getting even. “Old testament style” seems like a lot of work. That really takes a certain personality.
At the beginning of the book the main question was. Do you believe Amy’s husband killed her? The first half of the book the Nick is painted as a man with secret–that perhaps he’d killed maybe the reason he killed his wife. After all you see it on the news all the time seemingly loving husband murders wife to be with lover. And as you read Amy’s diary entries you can’t help but feel Nick had what was coming to him. By the second half I was wondering What a monster Amy was. How could she plan such an elaborate scheme to teach Nick a lesson in such a brutal way? By the end I thought what a ride.
After reading this book I asked myself could I hate someone that much because he cheated on me. Could I have gone that? Writer Flynn character of Amy is complex and simple. Nick is typical man with commitment issues but he tried Amy was just the wrong choice. The plot is rich with details and substance. Gone Girl I recommend if you like suspense, characters with meat on their bones. It’s perfect for book clubs for the rich content and characters especially Amy whose the kind of character that evokes ire and heated discussions at any book club meet. I gave Gone Girl a four out five though the writing is superb, detailed and awesomely flawed characters. But for me the premises is too weak inspire such an vicious intricate planning on Amy’s part. So it lost some plausibility there. Since this is an adult book ages I recommend 18+ . Some of the dialogue is a bit mature for young readers.
Can anyone be so unlucky? Accidents Happen, honestly I was intrigued by the synopsis. Can one person have that much bad luck. At the beginning its a slow read, the pacing. But a few chapters in a mystery starts to form. And questions begin to bubble to the surface. Is Kate crazy, and who is this mysterious figure lurking in the background. Just enough drama to keep the reader’s interest as you are spoon fed clues. If you’re smart you’ll pick up the clues fast. I like that its written in the vein of BBC mystery.
With a slow undercurrent of suspense and malicious intent via the lurking stranger. You know that feeling one gets when you think someone has been in your space, that something is wrong. But you don’t know what it is except that things are off. I have just described how Kate feels all the time.
Characters. Jack is a typical kid who has lost a parent and dealing with the emotional train wreck of the surviving parent. The mother-in-law was a frump full of passive aggression, and a father-in-law with a sweet nature veneer. Who underneath it all was a manipulative hard arse that loves money. And her sister-in-law is a jealous cow. She is having a hard time of her own. Her marriage is going down in flames. So her attention to Kate is a distraction, and while meddling in her life under the guise of concern. She flip flops between wishing Kate will just stay the same, and jealous that the life is coming back into Kate’s eyes. Jago, the professor is like a refreshing breeze in Kate’s life. He doesn’t look at her like some broken thing that needs to be fixed. He represented hope to Kate of someday being normal again, and she grabs onto it like a drowning woman, but is Jago too good to be true. And just who is creepy neighbor Magnus? Is is he bad or good. I like that characters aren’t who they seem to be, that they’re not clearly defined.
After Kate’s parents died on her wedding night she was raw for a long time. When her husband died I think that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Kate needed to have some control over her life and the statics gave some measure of control. Until it spiraled into an obsessive compulsive disorder. I love the way Kate’s state of mind is shown through action. The over-protective nature, the over the top security system. The anxiety attacks. At first Jago becomes a light at the end of the tunnel. With his help Kate undergoes an experimental treatment under his supervision. The challenges he has her doing are questionable. Still Kate begins to blossom as this experiment is getting results. I like that the changes are gradual, little, a laugh, letting go of the handle bars of her bike ignoring her own rules of statistics, the most noticeable the change in her appearance.
Kate reawakens the woman in her at the same time. Getting to the premise can a person have such bad luck who or is this the work of malicious hands. Is someone is out to hurt Kate and her family. As we read these questions begin to raise is Kate crazy, is the danger all in her head. And just who is creepy neighbor Magnus, is he involved in Kate’s bad luck? The twist, secrets all the plot points of a good mystery.
With an high octane ending that I didn’t see coming. In the end all the pieces fell into to place and the picture made sense. It’s always been a wish of mine to go back and visit England. And through writer Millar’s descriptions of the city of Oxford (by the way more fictional murders take place Oxford in almost all the mysteries i’ve read or watched, fun fact.) its descriptive enough that feel like I’m visiting England for a while. I loved the premise, the mystery, the twist and secrets. I enjoyed Accidents Happen. I gave AH a four out five. And would recommend AH for the 16+ and up crowd. Mystery buffs if you’re like me and watched mysteries like Misdsomer’s murders ,Inspector Lewis on BBC or channel 13 ( public television) for N.Y. then you would love this book.