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The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

2 Mar
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3 of 5 stars

I’m not going to gush over this book, but I’m not going to hate on it either. It was fine. I listened to the audio version, and that made it a little difficult to follow all the characters, but overall it was narrated well and I don’t think it had an impact on my review.

But I didn’t love it. I don’t think it really falls into the “Mystery” genre, it was more in the Thriller category. “Gaslit woman terrorized on tiny cruiseship” is basically the plot. I did not like the intermittent sections of news that told what was happening on land at all. It was so bizarrely off from what was happening on board that I thought maybe this was supposed to be a sci-fi book and the ship had cruised into an alternate dimension. But no, it was just a bunch of stuff thrown in to throw you off, way way way off, so off that you don’t have the slightest clue what’s going on, much less understand the mystery.

Well, I guess that veered into “hate on it” territory. I didn’t hate the book. I enjoyed it while I was waiting for it to start making sense. But the problem is that the last third, once you’ve finally figured out what has actually been happening, really doesn’t make any sense – not any logical, realistic sense. And I just didn’t buy anything that was happening in the last few days of Lo’s time on board.

On the plus side…. I understand what the author was going for, which is a great murder mystery surrounded by the extra-legal situation of international waters. I think she had a great idea, and she does come close to a very Agatha Christie type story. She just doesn’t quite get there.

Well if you want a fairly easy read, with a lot of mystery and excitement, or want a modern-day Agatha Christie but don’t care a whole lot about logic and sense, then you might enjoy this. That sounds sort of sarcastic, but it’s not. Sometimes you need a Mission Impossible or a Bourne Identity, and sometimes you need a Woman in Cabin 10.

Let me give it a GIANT thumbs up for one thing: Titling it The WOMAN in Cabin 10, and not The Girl. Thank you Thank you Thank you for that.

The Dispatcher, by John Scalzi

14 Jan
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2-Stars

I would have loved this if there were any sort of explanation for the entire premise of the book. I will even go along with an explanation that uses big scientific words I don’t understand. Or simply claim “Magic!”

But there was no explanation for what was happening, unless I missed it (it is on Audible, so it’s *possible* I missed something), and so there’s no way I can give this more than 2 stars.

Narrated quite well by Zachary Quinto.

The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica

27 Sep
Four iffy stars of Five.

An iffy Four stars of Five.

I listened to this on Audible, and the narration is REALLY good. Well, it is really good except when the “Colin” narrator is doing a girl’s voice, then we have the usual problem of male narrators making females sound way too scared, fragile and hysterical. But otherwise, this Audible book drew me in really quickly.

But by halfway through I had already figured out what the twists were going to be. Then we get a really strong anti-abortion message [highlight to view spoiler]: It’s all very good when a rich white girl with her mother’s support decides to keep her kidnapper’s baby (a kidnapper with a heart of gold at that) but that is not the case with everyone. Also, I’m not convinced that what she went through would have caused the amnesia (not a spoiler, it’s revealed early on).

The end just sort of sputters out. It felt like most aspects of this story had been done before, many times over, and possibly in better ways. So my rating really sways from 3 to 4 stars depending on what I’m rating, but overall I enjoyed listening to this, so I will stick with a four. Would I recommend this? Well, I wouldn’t turn anyone away from it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to tell anyone about it either.

The Dinner, by Herman Koch

5 Sep
FIVE of FIVE stars

FIVE of FIVE stars

Book Form: Holy crap! This thing goes unexpectedly DARK halfway through, and somehow gets even darker and darker and darker until the last horrifying missing piece comes in at the end. GREAT book, but be prepared for the darkness.

I had thought I was getting a more comical Gods of Carnage (a play that I hate with all my being) when I got this book. So I was very pleasantly surprised when that turned out to not be the case. I am a little surprised that so many reviews are hating the book because they hate the characters. I think that is part of the point though… you are led to think one thing about the characters at first, and then halfway through, like a play, discover nothing is as it seems. It takes you deep into serious mental and psychological issues as well. I felt like┬áthe dislike of the characters was very important to the story.

As for the comparisons to Gone Girl… the publishing world needs to stop saying that every book with a twist is the next Gone Girl. In fact this book is MILES ahead of Gone Girl by ending when it should instead of dragging out the story an extra 100 pages. And unlike Gone Girl, where one character suddenly starts behaving in ways they never should have (someone so smart to have committed that crime should not have made so many mistakes later on), the changes in the characters from The Dinner are just slowly revealed to us. The changes don’t go against character, we just realize we never knew them to begin with. As for story comparison, it reminded me much more of Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, where you really did not see the culprit coming.

In short, I loved this book.

My second “reading”, this time on Audible.
Just as fantastic. I still don’t understand any negative reviews; this story is told brilliantly and voiced perfectly by Clive Mantle. It’s been almost two years since I had read the book, and I couldn’t remember many of the details, so I was still surprised over and over again. I could recommend either book or audio, they are both great. The best word I can think of to describe this book really is simply brilliant.

I Suck at Girls, by Justin Halpern

4 Sep
THREE out of FIVE stars

THREE out of FIVE stars

I mean… it was fine. It wasn’t a waste of time to listen to (Audible), but it’s not something I would return to or outright recommend to anyone. I was also less than fond of the narration.

Also, the F word. I used to run a roofing company, I can swear like a sailor and curse words do not offend me. But this book has the F word running through 99% of the sentences. There are virtually no other swear words used. I’m not offended by it, but I was bored with it. Use some imagination and come up with a different swear word. It became tiresome and tasteless after the first 845 times I heard it.

But yes, there is some humor, it’s fine, it’s worth a listen to on your commute or during a long trip or while doing chores. *shrug*

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

4 Sep
FIVE of FIVE stars

FIVE of FIVE stars

Cuckoo! Cuckoo!!!
I loved this book.
I listened to it on Audible, and it worked well in that format. I didn’t know until I finished that this author also wrote the old classic “The Lottery“. I “read” this book with no information at all, so the whole thing was sort of a great mystery all the way through… I’m not giving any information myself either. It’s short, just give it a chance and enjoy it.

The Starling Project (Harold Middleton #3), by Jeffery Deaver

4 Sep
FOUR of FIVE stars

FOUR of FIVE stars

A very fun “read” on Audible, but it was much more of a performance than a book. It was an interesting experience. Usually when I listen to an Audiobook I still feel like I have read a book, but this felt more like I just watched a movie. It wasn’t the best story, but I can’t deny it was great fun and I did enjoy it. I would love to listen to more performances like this.

It is only four hours but there are a lot of characters. I listened to it in two chunks of time (while putting puzzles together on rainy afternoons), and I would recommend listening in as few chunks as possible to avoid confusion.