BOOK REVIEW: Enchanting. This is a book you simply find yourself swept away by. I thoroughly enjoyed becoming immersed in the surreal lives of generations of Aureliano’s in a little town called Macondo. I found the family tree provided invaluable as the family had a penchant for passing names down the generations. Marquez deftly blurs the line between reality and the magical. I believe it is the surreal mist through which the story is told that makes the often confronting actions by the characters easier for the reader to consume. Although the male descendants come and go, it is the family matriarch, Ursula, that remains an enduring force. Marquez’s prose is luxurious, elaborate and artful, and the story told a prophetic one. This is novel that lingers in your mind long after the final page. I highly recommend it for those with slightly more mature reading tastes.
SLIVER OF TRUTH by Lisa Unger
BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5 ; The Writing 3 / 5
BOOK REVIEW: I enjoyed the multiple layers and escapist storyline created by Unger in this gritty psychological thriller concerning the life of young woman Ridley Jones. There were twists and turns galore and refreshingly I did not pick the ending. There were however a couple of things lacking for me in this one. Firstly I listened to this title in audiobook format and while narrator Elizabeth Kaye’s voice was easy to listen to, I found her somewhat laid-back style and timing lacking in what I felt should have been heart pounding passages within the story. My only other criticism would be the use of what I believe is termed second person narration – it just didn’t quite work for me in this case, most likely because I had not felt a deep connection with the narrating protagonist Ridley Jones. I can imagine this one may be better read than listened to.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
BOOK RATING: The Story 3 / 5 ; The Writing 3 / 5
BOOK REVIEW: This novel, the first in Fluke’s Hannah Swensen Series, was a fun read. One could warm to protagonist Hannah – who would not want her and her endless supply of delicious cookies around – never fear Hannah and her cookies are here! Although fun and escapist, I did find some elements a little too unbelievable – for instance, what were the real police doing while she was solving the murder? While this was a warm and cozy mystery, the plot was just that little bit too formulaic for me right now. But as I said, it was still enjoyable in a light and fluffy way – this could well have been a case of right book, wrong time for me in this instance.
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