Thursday, February 14, 2013
Darling Jim by Christian Moerk
This insomniac's opinion:
It was very appropriate that Gillian Flynn wrote a recommendation for this novel, because Christian Moerk writes in the same brutally dark and twisted manner. However, this book was not quite as sharply written and arresting as a Flynn novel.
So, this book is in a special category of mine that I call the "what the ****(insert whichever four letter word that you like to use and doesn't offend you here)!" books. As in, throughout reading this book there were consistently twists, turns and ragingly screwed up developments that had me crying out "What the !?*#?????" Over and over and over again.
I did very much enjoy the consistent surprises, as I love when a book surprises me. I could not, however, read this book straight through. It had so very many characters. I was continually frustrated during the first half of the book by the fact that the author briefly mentions a character and expects you to remember them ten chapters down when he mentions them again. The story became very convoluted with too many characters and subplots, that I felt that I needed to write up an outline to keep track. The second half of the novel was much better, though and became focused on the main story line and had me chomping at the bit to finally unravel the story.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Do not, I repeat DO NOT read this book at night, especially if you are alone. But, it was an interesting read.
I'll just skip the recommendation and leave it up to you, my friends, to know if this is your cup o' tea.
Rating: 3.5 stars
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