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Everybody-loves-it-but-me

Hi there,

I am here searching for words (in English), to describing my feelings about the books I've just read.

 

 

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes: 1/5 stars
I've read "Human Remains" and because I like it very much, I've bought it expecting to like the same way. But it didn't happen. It was very disappointing! Another one to my "everybody loves it but me" shelf. I really don't like this kind of story...

 

The Snowman (A Harry Hole Novel 7) by Jo Nesbo: 1/5 stars
It's an everybody-loves-it-but-me too. I'm a big mystery fan and I've read many mystery novels that were predictable, but at least they were exciting and interesting. Not this one. I've got bored with it. Sorry it's not for me.

 

Animosity by James Newman: 3,5/5 stars
I went looking for it because of the great reviews it received and from the reviews I expected a bit more. It's a very good book but I don't think it's awesome. One thing's for sure: that's why I prefer living downtown, rather than living in the suburbs!

 

 

P.S.: I do apologise (again) in advance if my poor English leads to any misunderstanding.

Book Club

 

 

 

 

    I'd love to talk about books in my own language with some friends in my living room but it's not going to happen soon! Most of them don't care much about books or just don't have enough time... It's a little bit sad, I know, but it's my life right now.

 

   So, I spend a lot of my free time reading about books on-line in blogs, reviews, book clubs, looking for new authors and books to read.

 

   Feel free to make recommendations, ok?

 

 

A Shilling for Candles - Josephine Tey, Robert Barnard

"If you look and act like a million dollars they’ll lick your boots. But you let them suspect that you don’t think much of yourself and they’re on you like ants on a dying wasp."

 

I read "A Shilling for candles" because it is the book of the Month at the English Mysteries Club (Goodreads Group) and I enjoyed it.

I didn't know this author or her mystery novels with the Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant. She is not famous in my country and I didn't find her books in libraries or bookstores around here. I only read it because I found this site: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/t/tey/josephine/

I don't know why I didn't like the main character, the inspector Alan Grant, but the seconds that keep my interest like the lovely Erica Burgoyne.

 

There is a classic black and white movie The Girl Was Young (1937) directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on the this novel. I love Hitchcock movies but not this one.

 

Next, I'll try The Daughter of Time and Brat Farrar.

 

See you soon ;)

Disturbing sad story

Human Remains - Elizabeth Haynes

This book was a gift from a friend, an e-book.

I didn't know the author or the storyline.

And I'm not a fan of digital reading, but I decided to give it a try.

And the result? I really don't like reading e-books but Elizabeth Haynes has been a wonderful discovery for me!

It's a great surprise! It's a book with a very interesting story. It focuses on an unusual serial killer and in a very sad and disturbing story about feelings of hopelessness and solitude.

At first I found the narrative a little odd because there are many character's voices telling their stories. Then, in the end, it was a very effective way to tell a story because it kept me hooked and I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

If you enjoy crime novels, it's a good one for you!

 

 

P.S.: Again, English is my second language, ok? ;-)

 

 

 

The Bridge

Girl Missing (Previously Published as Peggy Sue Got Murdered) - Tess Gerritsen

 

I knew when I bought this book that isn't a Rizzoli and Isles novel. I've already read all Rizzoli's books. I bought it 'cause it's a Gerritsen and I'm a huge fan.

Did I like it? No. But it isn't bad. Like the author said in the beginning of the book, it's the bridge between the work she wrote before (romances) and the work she wrote after (mysteries).

Basically, I just don't feel like these characters (Kat Novak and Adam Quantrell), it isn't strong enough.

 

Unfortunately, it's a plain novel that lacks the suspense and all mystery that she wrote so well in her later works.



Now, I'm just waiting for the new book Die Again (Rizzoli&Isles #11)

 

 

 

P.S.: I do apologise in advance if my poor English leads to any misunderstanding.

The Devil's Bones by Jefferson Bass

It's my Jefferson Bass' first and I'm really enjoyed reading this book.

 

Dr Brockton is a lovely main character and I'd like to read another Body Farm novel right now! But it isn't happening 'cause I need to buy one and over here it takes time, I need to ask to my favorite bookshop to import it for me :(

 

I didn't find any of them translated to Portuguese and I don't know why, it's a good book.

 

Anyway, I don't have patience to wait the translated books. I'm always read them in English, like the Tess Gerritsen's books ;) But not the hardcovers, they're too expensive, I buy the pockets :))

 

P.S.: I'm new around here (booklikes) and I do apologise in advance if my poor English leads to any misunderstanding.

 

 

My books rating system

 

One Star = I didn't like.

One 1/2 Stars= I didn't enjoy, it's painful.

Two Stars= The plot/story is not for me.

Two 1/2 Stars= It's not too bad.

Three Stars= I liked it.

Three 1/2 Stars= I liked it. It's a good story.

Four Stars= I liked it very much!

Four 1/2 Stars= It's a very good book!

Five Stars= I loved it!

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