It just dawned on me that the first three book reviews in my blog so far, has a “girl” in the title. Is it recently becoming a fad, especially in the mystery and thrillers section? =))
Anyways, this book was a quick read for me. Just couple of days and I managed to finish it. It was an easy read though there are some parts of it that are quite repetitive. I don’t know if it is some style of writing to give out further emphasis. lol.
It is a sad story I may say. I am always weak when it comes to family especially parents. So it was kind of devastating for me during that storyline on John Tanner’s incident especially with how he came to meet death. For a man so depicted as an amazing father to Rosie, it was just downright depressing.
Molly Tanner’s character was really too much I guess. If she wasn’t really that happy with the relationship she should have just moved on, but yes, I guess there really exists in this world people that are just suckers for material things and will do anything to hold on to that security, regardless of the situation. The ending also gave away the character of a person she really is. I mean, tragedy happened, she did the vilest of things and yet she just wanted to hop on to another man she can possibly control and amass wealth from. The part on the truth about Molly and Rosie was 50-50 suprising and anticipated I guess? Since there’s not even a single bone in her body that has an affection towards Rosie.
Harry’s love for Rosie is quite timeless if I may say. Maybe those very rare kind of love nowadays where he has been loving Rosie since she was 15 til they married and have their happy ending. Good thing though, the sad life that Rosie had was turned upside down in the end by him and it also is a blessing for Rosie that she has Harry’s parents who was there to the rescue since the night of the incident.
Overall an easy read personally, I can check what else Josephine Cox has contributed to the book shelves.
Bookie Scale: 3.5/5
If there is a story, that I’ve read by far, that has the most number of characters depicted as having challenges mentally, it would have to be this story. From the protagonist Rachel to the antagonist of the story, every one is suffering from something.
The start was a bit slow as it narrates her daily routine to and fro her seeming occupation. Until I find her fascination to Megan really too much, to the point that it affected her entirely and went way beyond, where she wanted to approach Megan, which she did and which started building up to the climax of the story.
Also, for an alcoholic, isn’t what she did after the tunnel incident too much? So much so that she pretended to a number of people that which she is not. She tangled herself up to others’ lives completely but maybe she is also this “sad person” who badly wants to help a missing person – well, a missing person that she seems to have an inclination to.
Until the story gets even more vivid, that I almost topple over my seat =)) , when I learned that those things she did or rather, her husband said she did, where actually the other way around. It was a really good twist! And I love twists like this one! And the person that you would least guess or not guess at all to be the culprit, turns out to be the one. It was insane.
Really, the story builds up from a slow to a very hook-onto-your-seat type of plot. In the end, I really pitied Rachel, for she really just wanted a good life – home, family and kids and had been perceived as the bad person in the story and turned out she isn’t. Though, she fought hard and strong not just for herself but for those entangled in the messy web of their lives brought about by Tom.
Bookie Scale: 4.5/5
My very first book review! And yes, this section in my blog has just been created days ago. Because, why not? Recently getting hooked on thrillers and mystery novels, well I must say books such as this are already piling up in my cabinet.
Like most book reviews’ preambles, I would opt out of giving you a summary of this, because, hey! you can just google it out and most reviews would tell you that. Let me then attempt on going straight to the review and give my personal opinion.
I was encapsulated, completly engrossed on this book for days as the author had given something to look forward to in the middle of the story since the first few parts are a beautiful narration and walkthrough of this communal garden and the people that live around it, and their stories that is. It builds up, making you ask more and more, the typical “who did it”.
I was just not impressed of the way it depicted the characters for example Pip, which to me, is wayyyyy intelligent and smart for her age. I guess most kids’ here are portrayed as way to matured and reckless especially in terms of their actions and thoughts.
Eventually, I found the ending is anti-climatic, I was left with “that’s it?”. To be honest up until this point, I couldn’t figure out who really was the culprit as it gotten messy for me in the end. Or was I just to slow in fathoming who this person is? =)) It was also disappointing, that even though there’s this vague declaration of the culprit, they just moved on as if nothing happened and no sanctions whatsoever was given to the antagonist.
Do shout out… who do you think the culprit may be. 🙂
Bookie Scale: 3/5