Simone St. James has crafted a rich historical mystery (with ghostly elements) that also satisfies the suspense reader. THE BROKEN GIRLS tells two stories, one in 1950 and one in 2014 - both surrounding Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for troubled girls.
St. James has linked these two separate times beautifully; I was impressed by the through lines she was able to construct between the generations of women. AND I was blown away by the reveal after trying (and failing) to solve the mystery myself. The atmosphere of Idlewild Hall is not one that I will soon forget, nor will I forget the fortitude and strength of the young women St. James depicted.
I received this book via NetGalley - from Berkely Publishing Group - in exchange for an honest review.
It's not drizzle and daylight in my dream. It's inky black night and stars like ice-chips and a cold sliver of a moon. // Catriona McPherson, GO TO MY GRAVE
I've had an affinity for McPherson's writing for a while now, and so I jumped at the chance to read new writing from here. This novel was quite a trip. I immediately felt a kinship with Donna - she's attempting a new business venture in the Breakers, and AirBnB type of property, and wants this first booking to be everything it can be. But when the visitors realize they've been there before, and it was a traumatic ordeal, the secrets begin to tumble out. And then locked boxes arrive. And then the bloody animals. And then the body count begins...
I was WITH this book through 90% of it. The reveal was a bit far-fetched for me. I appreciated McPherson's ability to tie up loose ends, and show us the pieces that inexplicably fit together. But I did wish it wasn't such a leap. I still very much enjoyed the ride, and highly tout McPherson's writing and plotting skills, and setting this book in such a darkly picturesque locale.
I received this book courtesy of NetGalley, and Minotaur Books, in exchange for an honest review.
Another killer installment in the Cormoran Strike series.
I love returning to these characters, and this novel really digs into the relationship (sometimes lackthereof) between Strike and Robin. Her marital struggles, and his inability to commit frames their will-they-or-won't-they relationship throughout this novel.
I'm so into it.
Rowling's characters, no matter what the novel, are so viscerally real and flawed; they leap off the pages, and feel like they're simply people you know ... who also work as detectives.
This novel did drag at times, but overall I enjoyed it thoroughly. I feel v. connected to Robin's character - her marital struggles, her want for a life with Strike - whatever that means - and her love of detection.
I have high hopes for the next installment in this series. It feels like these two characters are at a tipping point - and I can't wait to see what will go down.
I've been an Agatha Christie fan for a long time, so I was interested in how Andrew Wilson would dramatize this very dramatic period of Christie's life. The afterword was fascinating to me - he evidently did a lot of research to aid in this novel of historical fiction.
Christie's brilliant mind was ever on display, and I loved her ability to reason her way out of every possible situation. The copious knowledge and employment of poisons is a Christie classic, and I was glad they were so central to the plot of this novel. I'm curious about the sequel, and how much fact from her life is included. Just curious enough to check it out.
I tried everything to get this book before the official publishing date. I knew it would be something I would love, and though I didn't accomplish getting it early, it was worth the wait. I was obsessed with THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER series, so I was hopeful about this one.
Megan Shepherd has created an entire world in this novel that I instantly dropped into. Anouk is a Beastie, destined to a life of servitude in a society ruled by Royals, Witches, Goblins, and Pretties. As it progresses, the reader learns more and more about the hierarchy of these individuals and that everything isn't necessarily as Anouk believes it to be. That journey is marred with gruesome deaths, ideology differences, and revelations on what constitutes a persons' moral grounding (or not).
I flew through this book, and was oh so upset when it ended. I wanted more. Finding out there will be a sequel is a comfort though. I hope it's hundreds of pages long. I want to thrive alongside Anouk for as long as she'll let me.