Carrie; Stephen King

Carrie

I’ve been a fan of Stephen King for quite a while now, and I’m always finding more books of his that I want to read.  Carrie has been on my TBR for years and years, and I finally got around to reading it last week.

[The Plot]: Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

I’m so glad I finally got around to reading Carrie, and I can’t believe I didn’t know this was Stephen Kings first novel.  Carrie is a loner, she has no friends and was raised under her mothers strict rule.  She’s a complete outcast in school, the butt of every joke and naive in every way.  All until one fateful gym class where it all gets too much for Carrie and she snaps.

Carrie has her first ever period in the shower after gym class, and has no idea what is happening to her.  So when the other girls all laugh and shout at her, she snaps and sends up being sent home.  Carries mother’s religious views are so intense that she genuinely believes Carrie has gotten her period as punishment for a sin. The more Carrie is starting to understand what is happening to her and her body, the angrier she is getting, towards her mother for not explaining things to her, and to her peers at school for laughing at her and mocking her.  She starts to realise that she can move things with her mind, and at first it takes a lot of effort, but with practice, she becomes stronger and stronger.

Carrie seems to be in a better place up until her senior prom.  Sue Snell, one of the girls shouting and laughing at Carrie in the shower room, had felt so guilty about what had happened she has convoked her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom.  As a friendly gesture.  However, things go sour from there on in.  Carrie is once again humiliated in a horrible prank, in front of the entire prom and she fully looses it.  I don’t want to give away too much (although I’m sure many of you will have read the book, or seen the film), but Carrie uses her new found power to pay back those who have hurt for all these years.

The only reason I didn’t rate this book five stars, was purely for the fact that I was expecting it to be much more scary.  I found it to be tense and somewhat thrilling, but not so much scary, so I was a little disappointed.  The next Stephen King book I intend to read is The Shining, but please leave any more recommendations in the comments below.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Near Enemy; Adam Sternbergh

Near Enemy

After reading the blurb for this book, I had really high hopes and thought I would thoroughly enjoy the plot.  This didn’t seem to be the case.

[The Plot]: Spademan, a former garbage man, lost his wife and his livelihood in the dirty bomb that hit Times Square.  He became a hit man, and he’s been cleaning up in a whole new way. In the burnt-out shell of what was once New york, the wealthy escape to a virtual reality far removed from the ruins around them.
Now the virtual world is under threat from terrorists and Spademan is tasked with tracking them down.  He’s not used to having enemies- his foes usually end up dead pretty quickly- but he’s about to find out just how close they are, and how dangerous they can be.

I don’t tend to write negative reviews or even comments on my blog, however this is the first book in a long long while I was unable to finish.

I tried to read this book for roughly 2 weeks, and was only able to get about 60 pages or so into the book.  I don’t think it was any fault of the plot or the characters, I just couldn’t get along with the writing style.  When you first open the book, it almost looks like it’s written in the style of a poem.  The majority of sentences are shorter than the length of a line on the page.  This isn’t what bothered me as I read it, I just found it really hard to follow as there is no differentiation between narration, thought or speech, and when people are speaking it’s hard to follow who is speaking when.

As I said, I was unable to finish this book and therefore I won’t drag on the review and slate the book for no reason.  I simply couldn’t follow the writing style.

Have you read this book?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book, and if you have any tips for reading it and following along a bit better.

I rate this book 1 out of 5 stars.

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The Life I Left Behind; Colette McBeth

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It’s been a good few weeks since my last post, and even longer since my last book review. However, I am back with my thoughts on The Life I Left Behind and the mindset of posting a lot more frequently.

[The Plot]:Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody’s neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned, and the attack and David’s betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts her own judgment, she no longer trusts her friends. In fact, she no longer really has any friends. She’s built a life behind walls and gates and security codes; she’s cloistered herself away from the world almost entirely.

When I initially picked up this book, it wasn’t sure what to make of it, and I almost thought it would be something similar to ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold, however the book took me completely by surprise.

This book is written from three perspectives and it’s this dynamic that gives the book a different depth to other crime/ thriller books I’ve read in the past.  I’ve said already that I was expecting the book to be quite similar to The Lovely Bones, but as soon as I started reading this book I completely forgot about my initial reaction to the blurb and was engrossed in the story from the perspectives of Melody, Eve and Victoria.

Eve’s perspective is an important one in the telling of this story.  Although she is dead, and we know she knows who has killed her, at no point are we given any false implications of who the killer is.  I felt that Eve didn’t give too much away and I was able to make my own assumptions and predictions, and at no point did I actually guess who the killer is.  Also, I found that McBeth hit just the right balance of the supernatural element behind Eve’s perspective, she did well by not trying too hard to create a ghost story as such.

Melody’s story is a powerful one throughout this book.  She is completely beaten by the world when we first meet her.  She’s scared to leave the house alone, she can’t trust anyone and she does everything she can to distract herself from the real world.  When news comes of Eve’s death, it sparks something in Melody and slowly but surely it lights a spark inside of her.  She comes on leaps and bounds by the end of the book and I think it is her story that keeps you reading and completely unable to put the book down.  I made the mistake of reading this book on my lunch break in work, and I found it really hard to concentrate for the rest of the day until I could continue reading at home.

I hadn’t heard of Colette McBeth until reading this book, and I can safely say I will be reading more of her work.  I would love to hear recommendations of any similar books in the comments below!!

I rate this book five out of five stars.

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Holy Island; LJ Ross

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When LJ Ross reached out to me and asked if I would like to read her book, I took one look at the blurb and knew it would be right up my street.

[The Plot]: Detective  Chief Inspector Ryan retreated to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective.  A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby Priory.
When former local girl Dr Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface making her confront her difficult past.  She and Ryan struggle to work together to hunt a killer who hides in plain sight, while pagan ritual and small-town politics muddy the waters of their investigation.

Just from my initial read of the blurb, I knew I was going to love Holy Island and I could not have been more right in my presumptions.  DCI Ryan is staying on the island of Lindisfarne during sabbatical leave from his duties.  During the past couple of months, he has mingled with the local residents to a certain extent, but has really kept himself to himself.  He has a certain mysterious air about him and the more you read the more you learn about him and his past.  As he slowly reveals himself to Anna, I find their relationship to be really honest to the real world.  There is a bit of a battle between the two characters at the beginning of the book, but their attraction and curiosity of each other takes over.  I find this to be a much more realistic relationship progression than many books I’ve read and I found it really refreshing.

I’m a big fan of crime, thriller and mystery books at the moment, and I found Holy Island to have a truly original plot.  Ross’ writing style manages to combine the descriptive narration along with the action and dialogue in a way that keeps you engrossed in the story.  I can be guilty of skimming through books I find to be too descriptive, but this was not the case with Holy Island.  I didn’t want to put the book down and actually ended up staying up really late just so I could finish it before going to sleep.

The ending of Holy Island could not have been more perfect.  The mystery is completely wrapped up, and just when you are getting past the shock of finding out who the murderer is, you are hit with another cliff hanger.  I’m itching to find out what happens next to DCI Ryan and Anna.  Overall, I really loved this book, it’s dark with just enough humour and the romance doesn’t take away from the story.  I’m really looking forward to ‘Sycamore Gap’ which is due to be released on the 12th of September.

If you are a fan of mystery and crime books at all, I really do recommend you giving Holy Island a read.. it will not let you down!

I rate this book five out of five stars.

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter; Jeff Lindsay

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After watching the TV series and absolutely falling in love with the Dexter world, I couldn’t wait to delve into the book series it all started with.  For anyone who hasn’t seen the TV series and wishes to do so, this may contain Spoilers!

[The Plot]: Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened — of himself or some other fiend.

As I have already said, I read this book as a result of loving the TV series and after reading just the first book, I think I may prefer it to the TV series.

As any book that is turned into a TV series or film, there are always going to be differences, whether they be subtle or huge scenes they simply can’t fit into a film.  Something that doesn’t often happen though, is the TV series actually embellishing and adding a whole side plot to the original story.  In the episode of the TV series based on the first book, Dexters sister, Deborah, is actually dating the serial killer miming Dexters own style.  In my own personal taste, I much prefer the way the story unfolds in the book over the TV series.

As you are reading through Dexters point of view, I’m so glad the TV series didn’t exaggerated his thoughts and his relationship with his dark passenger.  You really get a sense of how he can’t fully control the ‘dark passenger’ but suppress it by killing the right people.  I think it was this that kept me

After reading this book in just a couple of hours, I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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