Forgotten Places

Forgotten Places

If you like history and historical fiction novels with a hint of romance and a twist at the end this will be a good fit for you. 

Forgotten Places is a story loosely based on true events that happened back in the 1800’s in Van Diemen’s Land which is now Tasmania. An escaped convict Alexander Dalton has been hiding in the wilderness for 11 years, when out of nowhere Grace Ashwell, a nanny and a little girl, Violet, stumble on his hiding spot while on the run themselves. 

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Behind Closed Doors - Review

Behind Closed Doors - Review

It was just what I needed to get out of my reading slump, and really what motivated me to start writing reviews, again. You might have noticed my blog has been pretty quiet for the past few years. 

Right away I felt a weird vibe from the couple, the husband mainly. Plus from the synopsis it was clear that there was something fishy going on. No one’s life is THAT perfect, and we can clearly see that Grace is not so perfect on the inside, as much as she tries to portray the perfect facade on the outside.

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You - Review

You - Review

Disturbing and creepy are the first words that come to mind when I think of this book, and that's exactly why I would recommend this book to everyone. First of all, to teach women that creeps are out there and they need to be careful, but also to experience a story told from a perspective that many don't get to see.

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REVIEW: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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I didn't really know what this book was about, I try not to read up a lot on books that I still haven't read. I just but them and then wait for the surprise. Since this book was so popular I just had to buy it, even though I ended up not reading it for a long time.I blame that on having a newborn at the time.

The book is about a missing girl, not a young girl, a married woman who goes missing, and her husband is trying to find her, he is devastated, and tries to uncover her past in order to help bring her back. And that's all I will say.

This book was great, definitely on my top list of books, it was dark creepy and gripping, I was constantly guessing what happened, and at one point I guessed right, but then changed my mind. Definitely kept me hooked. The characters were good enough where I wanted to find out more and more, but I think it's the story itself, the mystery that makes this book so great. The ending might make people angry or disappointed. But no matter how you think it could have ended, this is the only way. Any other ending wouldn't feel right.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a little mystery, it's not a long book so you don't invest too much time in it if you hate it, but  I doubt you will. And yes, you are supposed to hate the characters.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I can’t believe I waited this long to read the book, I’ve had it for months, and I’ve been told to read it even before that. But I never felt like it’d be a book that I would enjoy, especially since the title mentioned tattoos, I instantly pictured a goth looking girl who wouldn’t make a good character in my eyes because I personally have nothing in common with her. You should have seen my expression when I finally got to read the back cover of the book, and what the story is really about. How stupid was I, reading other senseless things when this brilliant thing was sitting right on my shelf. Well I sure am making up for lost time.
Here is the first warning, if you don't handle violence against women and children well, skip this novel. There isn’t a lot of violence I would say, but that is pretty much what the book centers around. If you enjoy novels that deal with violence against women who know how to protect themselves you might just consider reading this.
 
So since you already know I loved the book, let me tell you exactly what it is that got me hooked. First of, the story takes place in Sweden, (a country that never interested me) it centers around two main characters, Mikael Blomkovist is a financial journalist who is on the brink of having his professional life destroyed until an unexpected offer to turn his reputation around is presented. But he must first research a mysterious disappearance of a girl that happened forty years ago. Then he can get his revenge. To help him along, he hires an investigator, Lisabeth Salander (the goth girl), an anti social freak. She is a troubled girl, at lest that’s what the state thinks, as well as her guardian, who also tries to teach her a lesson, and the only lesson there is, is you don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. She is a bad ass, and if I liked her, you will too.
This book is a crime/drama/mystery, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on edge and keep you reading through the night. You never know what’s around the corner, or on your porch one morning. I think it’s more directed towards women, since it has a strong female character, but that should not make any difference, Salander is tough, and not just because she is a girl. I would definitely recommend this book to men as well.

It is well written, by no means a work of art, but it’s a good fun read, you don’t have to do much thinking, the story pretty much does that for you, your just have to read the text.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

'As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...' Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

This book was great, but only if you want a fast easy read, it doesn't require that much thinking. At times I was tired of reading pretty much the same entry over and over. And some things just didn't make much sense, I was also hoping for a more thrilling ending. This one seemed more like and afterthought, needs a little more polishing. I didn't see the ending from the beginning, but after finishing it I was surprised that I missed it. It's well written and I enjoyed it, more than Mansfield Park I will admit.  I will recommend it if you want an easy relaxing read. Something to enjoy on a day off.

Almost Home by Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff you are a genius!

I couldn't get enough of this book. Brilliant work, full of mystery and betrayal, I couldn't read fast enough to find out the truth about what happened, and who was behind all the murders. And just as the story finished the climax another one started. Pulling me even more into it. It's a good thing I got the second book already or I would go crazy. The book starts with Jordan, an American diplomat, after ten years she is still grieving for her boyfriend Jared who drowned in the river Cam two weeks before graduation at Cambridge. She swore she would never return to London, she couldn't bare to see the place where she had seen him last. But that all changes when Jordan finds out her friend from College is terminally ill, she decides to go to London to help her friend, while taking a job there. Just as she is ready to start her life in London Chris, a friend from school tells her that Jared didn't drown, he was murdered. She soon discovers that Jared's research of WWII uncovered a secret that some will go to great lengths to cover. She must now find out who killed him and why. The truth has to be revealed, even if it threatens to change her life forever.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton - REVIEW

The story starts out with a little girl who is found abandoned on a ship to Australia in 1913. She is alive and well, but why all alone. She doesn't seem to remember anything about her life, all she has with her is a fairy tales book. They call her Nell and on her 21st birthday they tell her the truth, with so little to go on she sets out to find out who she really is. She finds herself in England, and is close to solving her puzzle, but it's not till her granddaughter Cassandra, that the story is solved.

 

This is a delightful book, full of twists and turns, also some mystery. It was very hard to put down as it holds your imagination and interest. Kate Morton does a terrific job in describing each scene and building suspense. I couldn't have asked for more from her.