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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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.

A Hidden Affair by Pam Jenoff

This book was good, not as good as it's prequel, Almost Home, but it was good nonetheless. I didn't like the ending as much, probably because since I started the first book I was hoping for a different one. But the writing was good, easy to read and understand.

It picks up right where the previous book ended, when Jordan is on a quest to find out what happened to Jared the College boyfriend who faked death. While on her mission she comes in contact with a man who is looking for the same woman that Jared is associated with. They join forces in order to find them. Although Jordan has some difficulty trusting this man, and finding out he has lied to her about his job, she brakes their bond and sets off alone. And soon she finds the answers, and more, that she is looking for. Yes I rate it a 3 star, because it didn't seem as suspenseful as Almost Home, and the ending could have been better. But overall it was a good book, and I think I'd still recommend it to some.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - REVIEW

Vida Winter is an author famous for her collection of stories, she has spend decades creating fictional biographies about herself, never wanting to reveal the truth about her past. Now old and sick she is ready to tell the truth. She requests that Margaret Lea be the one to write her story. As Margaret tries to absorb the whole story she is mesmerized, Vidas past is full of hope, ghosts, strangeness, and a fire that changes everything.
 
I liked this book very much, I enjoy the suspense that leads up to the ending. I wouldn't say the plot is very believable, but I guess there are people out there who are like Vida. It was interesting to read through the twists and turns that this book has, and I would recommend it to someone who likes gothic novels. The style is very similar to Kate Morton's books, If I didn't know I'd say it was the same author.