Sunday, July 12, 2015

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont

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Book synopsis(via Goodreads):



Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn’t mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it’s delivered into the wrong hands: her children’s.
 
With this vertiginous opening begins a debut that is by turns funny, wise, and indescribably moving. As the Shanleys spin apart into separate orbits, leaving New York in an attempt to regain their bearings, fifteen-year-old Simon feels the allure of adult freedoms for the first time, while eleven-year-old Kay wanders precariously into a grown-up world she can’t possibly understand. Writing with extraordinary precision, humor, and beauty, Julia Pierpont has crafted a timeless, hugely enjoyable novel about the bonds of family life—their brittleness, and their resilience.


This insomniac's opinion: 


This novel started out with promise- great writing, family drama and a curiosity to see how things turn out. Unfortunately, it quickly spun into an overly dramatic and hard to follow book with many of the characters being highly unlikeable. I really wanted to like this novel, but it just didn't work out that way. 


Rating: 


2.5 stars. 


Worth staying up all night to read?


Nope.


Hidden Bodies with Caroline Kepnes


Book synopsis(via Goodreads):


After the heartbreak of losing his girlfriend, Beck, Joe Goldberg thought he’d never love again. But when mysterious Amy Adam begins working for Joe at Mooney Books, he finds himself obsessed with his new employee. Amy is Beck’s opposite—she hates Twitter, she doesn’t even have an email address, she's completely unsearchable online—and she quickly captures Joe’s heart. But just before Joe can ask Amy to marry him, she disappears, leaving a trail of clues in her wake.

Joe is then forced to do something so vile, so awful that he nearly loses his mind: he moves to Los Angeles to find Amy. He is tortured by a series of aspiring Angelenos—an insufferable stand-up comedian, philistine booksellers, a money-hungry nanny, and a slutty ghostwriter—before meeting his ticket to a more luxurious world: a surgically enhanced, social media–savvy heiress named Love Quinn. But Joe can’t stop stalking Amy, despite the world opening up to him with Love on his arm. Will Joe finally escape his sordid past? Or is Love just the latest casualty in Joe’s unrelenting search for the perfect match?


This insomniac's opinion:



I LOVED "You" by Caroline Kepnes, but did find out rather quickly that the violence of that novel was a great turnoff for many of my fellow readers. I want to come out screaming a warning to those that were put off by the violence of the first, that this novel takes the brutality to a whole new level. 


Just as with "You", I enjoyed the idea of reading a novel written from the slant of a murderer. It is a different and fascinating concept. I just did not get pulled into this one in the same way and way complete put off but the majority of the novel. However, Caroline Kepnes' writing is spot on, just as it was in the first. 



Rating: 



3 stars



Worth staying up all night to read?



If you like gruesome novels, it might be...



                                                    

The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell


Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):


In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus.

A tragic accident? Or suicide?

Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out.

Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They'd been in love.

She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they'd all been one big happy family.

But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life.
Because everyone has secrets.
And secrets have consequences.
Some of which can be devastating.
 



This insomniac's opinion:



I love Lisa Jewell's writing and highly recommend her novel The House We Grew Up In. Her writing in this novel was impeccable, as always and was also compulsively readable. However, everything seemed far to tidied up at the end to leave me feeling as though it was a believable story. 



Rating: 

3.5 stars




Worth staying up all night to read?



It is highly readable, so maybe.