Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

This book tossed and turned me upside down, gripped my attention like an obsession due to the writing style and amazing cliffhangers.

I didn’t suspect many things which turned out in the end. The atrocities or the level of crime is quite substantial, so I would only recommend it to those who are used to the genre.

The characters sem to be in a continuous flow of action at both physical and psychological level. They are so well depicted and the relationships so intertwined that it may boggle the mind.

I’m going to check the sequel for sure, and very soon. I am so curious what will happen next qith the Royals.

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Unstoppable: My Life So Far by Maria Sharapova

A well-written biography of Maria Sharapova, full of emotion and truth about her life and career evolution. I didn’t know much about her, nor the particularities of tennis as a professional sport. She has honestly wrote down a detailed account of her most important challenges, matches, hopes and fears. I learned a lot about her style and determination to win it all, about this strong mentality of a champion. It’s amazing how many hours and years it takes to become the dream.

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this arc.

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1) by Louise Penny

A superbly written detective novel with all the great features of mystery, human kindness, bits of philosophy and evil lurking in the most unexpected shadows.

I started to understand and like Inspector Gamache. Yet my favorite character in this book was Clara. Her strong personality, empathy, determination and wittiness were somehow key to this novel.

I’m so happy and grateful to be part of the buddyread on Instagram for the whole Inspector Gamache Series.

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Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote

This Southern Gothic style novel packs a whole lot of feelings and psychological ideas of abandonment, lost dreams, childhood hopes and self-awareness.

Joel is a picturesque character of an amalgam of sorts, a puzzle of a boy put together from many pieces of hopes and dreams for s better life, a boy who just wishes to be loved, yet experiences way too many traumas for his age. I loved the book up until 60% and then it became tedious with descriptions and stories that could not properly draw me in anymore.

All in all, I just felt sorry for Joel the whole time and was in awe of the writing style which is incredibly poetical. Too many voices expressing too much at once, a dizzy adventure of imaginary encounters. I am glad I read this book as part of one of my favorites instagram book clubs.

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Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

There is a deep struggle coming from within this novel, from within the soul and whispers of a mom who does and is able to do everything to save her son, to keep them both alive, safe.

I would say the zoo at night with its sounds and wilderness is a metaphor for the wild wide world where we hesitate and try yo survive the rumble and craziness of daily life.

The shooters are inexperienced young people with a psycopath streak, quoting grom movies and not realising that what they are doing is real, they believe the zoo is their territory to try all kind of wicked things they have seen on tv. Stupid, yet very much plausible in nowadays world, where children watch way too much tv for their own good. And what was that with four year old watching super hero movies?!

The whole action packed novel is an incredible page turner, yet it felt forced in so many ways. I enjoyed it for the restlessness and innocative elements of apprehension and insanity of thought processes in Joan’s case. I think Gin Phillips did a great job depicting the deepest fears and thoughts of the mother in face of immediate danger. This is rather genius.

Looking forward to the discussion with my insta bookish friends tomorrow about this book. As always, this was a great pick for our buddy read.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

<strong>A horrific mirage of humanity’ darkest controlling systems</strong>

I was struck by the possibility that the world of Gilead could have been real at some point in history, it might have well been real which is even more striking. The author is a genius developer of thoughts and whishpers of the deepest kind, a picturesque illusion that the human soul can be salvaged in the face of horrific events. The amasing resilience of the mind and body against psychological rape of values and norms. I honestly could not decide which was more worrisome: finding consolation in the restrictive yet previsible routine of the day as a Housemaid or the revolutionary thoughts and actions determining perhaps a slight change for better or worse in the regime.

This looks like a feminist movement led by men, thoroughly gone awry due to the greediness for lust and body control. Yet there were so many women who were adepts and helping, or was this also an illusion to keep the women slightly in charge as if the regime itself was created for their own good.

I have many many thoughts provoked by this book and endless questions and musings. It is for sure a must read and a genius work, no matter how horrific the actions and the ideas depicted.

He said/ She said by Erin Kelly

This was one hell of a journey through eclipses and partiality among human lives; a harsh yet complex view of relationships and betrayals, lies and appearance. Once you start believing one of them, the author spins the wheel and turns you in favor of the next character telling his/her story.
My favorite portraying was Beth’s, even if her story also had a question mark of sorts. Nevertheless she proved to be the most resilient, most grateful yet the most used throughout the book.
Kit was completely unpredictable from the beginning, his character proving to be weak and easily susceptible to others’ manoevers. The final paragraph in the book revealed something pretty insane. How could Laura had such an amazing presence of mind in front of immediate danger?!
Laura was controversial throughout the book. In my mind, she is a chameleon of sorts, always weighing in the good and the bad and choosing the best for herself. A bit egotistical at first sight, yet a strong character which screams resilience.
A deep novel meant to raise huge questions about whom to trust and how to find out the real meaning of a love long lost, when faced with betrayal and insanity. Bluffing one’s way through life just doesn’t seem like the best alternative.

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

This is a smartly written detective/crime novel, even unpredictable at the right times. I could not put it down and got completely immersed in Randi’s story and troubles. I am so honored to have gotten to know Erica Spindler’s writing style and so thrilled that she has more books I can read.

The characters went through big development’s throughout this book, one could actually say you got to literally know them better with chapter. Fantastic building of the plot and clues. I really enjoyed the search for the true culprit.

Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this arc.

Sing, unburied, sing by Jesmyn Ward

Beautifully written to the core, exquisite understanding of the human nature, a book set up to become one of the best of 2017.

I was amazed by the writing style, this being my first Jesmyn Ward book. There is a melodious ache in her words, deeply resounding and immediately compelling, comforting yet fantastic in a way. I would most likely buy the hardcopy and reread entire passages. I made so many notes on my kindle, so many beautiful phrases to treasure.

The characters​ in this book are going through complex struggles, psychologically and physically too. Jojo is my favorite and I felt so deeply with this boy, too mature for his years. I could not imagine being in his shoes, seeing and going through so much hardships and yet shouldering huge responsibility towards his toddler sister. His savior and role model is his grandpa, Pop. This just goes to show how important having a firm role model is to young kids.

Leonie is a wreck of a mother, I was engrossed by all her actions and way of thinking. I could not fathom her becoming who she was in the book. Her character is nevertheless well rounded descriptively and realistic.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes sublime writing about real life hardships. The message I manage to feel is that there is a glimmer of hope usually between the darkness of what life can be.

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Confessions by Kanae Minato

IMG_20170801_182300_481.jpgI finished #kanaeminatoconfessions last night. Some say it is a dark novel, I say it is a deeply disturbing yet psychologically challenging thriller in a calm Japanese literature style sense. I was literally blown away by the clear cut style of #kanaeminato 📚 I am very honoured to bave stumbled upon the buddy read #cgbookclub and very much looking forward to the discussion. 📚 A few questions off the top of my head: How much worthwhile was it to take the law in her hands and handle the revenge by herself? How can one truly understand the irrational logic of a mom who’s hurting after the murder of her daughter? 📚
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