Walk into silence

“The human mind is a tricky piece of machinery.” Guys, this was such an interesting read. I had to get used to the style though, sort of reminding me of Rizzoli and Isles series and at the same time seemingly wannabe Icelandic in the slow pace. The character inspector Jo Larsen is actually a cliché character, very good at her job, yet with a messed up private life. The “gut” feeling which was always driving her investigation reminded me of #arnaldurindridason style so much that I was suspicious at times. Nevertheless, this is a page turner and a great winter/ weekend read. Give it a go and you won’t be disappointed. Thanks to Netgalley for proiding a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

A surprising contemporary coming of age novel, full of every possible evil a child could experience, yet still have hope. Love is what always wins and thus as much as I love happy endings the main events leading up to the conclusion seemed a bit cliché and hurried. The main characters are all broken, the only thing that differentiate them among each other is the belief in love. I really enjoyed the bits and pieces in reference to astrophysics, on top of which I must admit that I have a soft spot for stars and constellations in literature. I was happy to finally see what the fuss was about this book and content in general with the style, plot and characters.IMG_20161227_085822_566

One of the boys

WThis is a strong psychological novel about a dysfunctional family where love is replaced with “war” in a ghastly sense. After a wild divorce and custody battle, the dad takes his two sons away in order to make a new life and remember how to “be a kid again”. The boys’ great expectations sadly turn into the unthinkable survival of the fittest sort of life. Drugs, stealing, plotting to run away, hoping still.

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There is so much child abuse and so much feeling of “growing up too fast” for the two boys, that at times, even though quite short, the novel is particularly difficult to go through. The style is super engaging, Magariel manages something of a phenomenon taking into consideration the topic.

This coming of age story mostly presented from the perspective of the youngest, is thoroughly crude and dark. Children should not be exposed to their father losing his grip on reality, or losing his temper to the extreme. Abuse – both violence and language – makes the boys review their whole view about what is real, what really means to be a family, what bond is stronger and which parent is more to be trusted. Finally, the brother bond is the strongest, they have each other against all odds.

A difficult must read, a must read nonetheless.

Thank you so much NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

All the breaking waves

I have enjoyed this incredible page-turner, filled with magical realism, relationship ups ans downs and a multi-generational quest for truth and peace of mind.

I fell in love and came to admire Cassie’s character for her strength and determination to help others and to learn to use her “gift” in a healthy way. The plot is beautifully woven and I had such a pleasant experience with the unusual sea-glass symbolism. Molly and Cassie are opposites trying to come together into harmony, same with Molly and Own, Molly and Nana Mary. Of course, Molly is the key and she has to consciously solve her psychological issues and understand herself by accepting her gift after a lifetime of negation and hiding.

Somehow I wished the story had had a more rounded feeling to it, as there was so much about the “drowning” and less about the training Cassie was getting from Nana Mary. I guess I wished to learn more about Mary as she had so much of the knowledge that helped everything end well.

All in all, this is a must-read and definitely one of the best in its genre for 2016.

Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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