Review: You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Posted March 22, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz Series: Standalone Published by: Faber and Faber Ltd on 6th March 2014 Genres: Fiction; Mystery Pages: 488 Format: E-arc Source: Netgallery Rating: *** About: Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself, devoted to her husband, a paediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice. Grace is also the author of You Should Have Known, a book in which she castigates women for not valuing their intuition and calls upon them to examine their first impressions of men for signs of serious trouble later on. But weeks before the book is published, a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child […]

Pastime Pleasures #3 – Devil Wears Prada

Pastime Pleasures #3 –  Devil Wears Prada

  Welcome to my  feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago. Firstly you need to forget the film, there is so much that the film misses out that shows the extremes Andy goes to to achieve all her boss desires. In the book Miranda is an extremely difficult woman not only to work with but to also like and has an often used acid tongue. Emily is a slave to fashion and worships Miranda. And Lily has a far bigger and more significant role. Andy becomes obsessed with her new job, hoping that if she works hard enough for a year Miranda will give her a good reference. But can Andy last the year? Or will her responsibilities to her friends and family catch up with her? Devil Wears Prada is a fun satire novel that will probably put you off working in the fashion magazine industry. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to […]

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Posted March 18, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Series: Standalone Published by: Phoenix on 24 May 2012 Genres: Fiction; Thriller and Mystery Pages: 515 Format: E-book  Source: Own Rating: **** About: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? Review: I am going to attempt to […]

Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Posted March 16, 2014 by Charlotte in Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Like Heather the reader is plunged into the start of the game – literally. The pace of the book was fast and exciting, moving swiftly through each stage of the Panic challenge. And with the narrative split between Dodge and Heather the tension and suspense builds, as the story changes character focus at crucial moments. The two main characters are Heather and Dodge – and I prefer Heather over Dodge. Perhaps it is because she is more relatable, a teen trying to do her best in a difficult situation, someone who is trying to make the best in life; at the beginning she appeared to be a whinny brat focused too much on her ex-boyfriend, but you couldn’t help but warm to her. Whereas Dodge feels a lot weaker as a character, his never-ending focus on revenge became frustrating, despite other characters attempting to change his mind. Although the desire for revenge turns out to be essential to the plot. All I wish is that Dodge had shown some remorse for wanting revenge or something… Also a thumbs up to Oliver who did not romantically link the two main characters, instead the romance focused on Dodge and Nat, and, Heather and […]