It has been a long time since I read a book that I could
not put down, but this is it! Had that annoying little thing called work not gotten in the way, I would have finished it in one sitting (…. Two, max!).
My favourite category to read has always been Thrillers, I love the feeling of them keeping you on the edge & denying yourself that bit of extra sleep just so you can read a few extra pages.
Rachel is a rather sad character. Depressed, alcohol dependant and always unsure & confused. A London train commuter, she is overly observant of the occupants of the houses she passes by every day. In particular ‘Jess and Jason’ who’s seemingly happy marriage she pines for, after her own has diminished.
Until one day she sees something that shocks her..
The next day ‘Jess’ – who we discover is actually named Megan Hipwell – is reported missing and Rachel just can’t let it go. Feeling that she knows (but has drunkenly forgotten) more to the story, she struggles to piece together her memories and have people take her seriously. The truth becomes very tangled between the characters and ends with an outcome that is an explosive shock.
Told between alternating perspectives of Rachel, Megan and Anna (the new wife of Rachel’s ex-husband), the structure of the book creates even more complexity of the characters.
I won’t say any more as you should experience this great read for yourself however I will say it is a must read. Let me know what you think…
Finally the cold indoor movie-watching weather is gone. Hello Spring time! I am welcoming the poolside book-reading weather with a huge smile and open arms. How I have missed you!
Nothing like a good mystery to start of the season. These are always the stories I get through the quickest. I get obsessed with getting to the end and learning the answers.
Marian Keyes has a very easy-reading style of writing. Great flow with no need for re-reading pages or passages.
This book is set over the short period of 6 days; Thursday-Wednesday. It follows the journey of a PI case being worked on by Helen Walsh. Recently going through a spout of bad luck driven by the financial crisis she has found that the need for private investigators has started to dry up. Leaving her short on money she finds her electricity cut off and – after a startling visit from some repo men – must soon move back in to her parents home.
A previous sufferer of depression and with some attempted suicides under her belt, she begins to worry that this may be a slippery slope back in to her old ways. The brightest light in her tunnel – boyfriend Artie – not always being accessible due to the time he spends with his 3 children.
Out of the blue Helen receives a visit from ex-boyfriend Jay Parker asking her to look in to a matter for him. While being around Jay again is not ideal, the offer of multiplied pay is too hard to pass up. Former boy band Laddz are well in to rehearsals for their giant reunion gig however, Wayne Diffney has stopped showing up. House vacant and not being able to contact him, Jay and the other Laddz are at a loss. With less than a week til the first show panic is starting to gather.
Focusing her attention on the case, Helen must push out her old demons and concentrate on finding Wayne. With no obvious leads and very little information being handed over she must continue to dig to unravel this mystery. Who could have wanted Wayne out of the picture? Could abrupt and pushy Laddz member John Joseph be behind it? Perhaps a crazed ex-fan gone to far? Or did Wayne simply run away from it all and visit his family for a break?
All Helen knows is that they key lies with Gloria. Once she can identify Gloria, Wayne’s whereabouts would be uncovered..
It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a thriller. I forgot how much they suck me in. I got 3/4 of the way through this book before I finished reading for the day… Half an hour later I went back to finish it, desperate to know how it ended.
The story starts when Jane, a heavily pregnant British woman, moves to Germany to live with her lesbian partner – or Lebenspartner – Petra.
Faced with a whole new country where she has very limited understanding of the language, Jane looks to finding beauty close to home in their new apartment overlooking the church and graveyard. She cannot, however, get comfortable with the derelict building that is mirroring their own newly renovated apartment block.
The whole tone of the book is dreary from the beginning. You get a feeling of cold and bleakness from even the littlest observations by Jane. They take you to a place of little sunlight, cold shivers and that dreary feeling of being cooped up inside for too long.
In all of her spare time at home while Petra is away at work, Jane becomes too aware of her next door neighbors Alban Mann and his troublesome daughter Anna. Their abusive fights are constantly heard through the thin walls of the baby-to-be’s room where Jane finds herself spending most of her time.
After seeing 13-year-old Anna’s provocative way of dressing, suspicious bruises that crop up and hearing her spit-fire way of talking, Jane begins to suspect some form of abuse on the child and believes she may be involved in prostitution.
Even After receiving warnings from Petra & her twin brother, their downstairs neighbors and even later on, the Police, to leave the family alone, she cannot help but to try to save the young girl.
After seeing Alban Mann talking to some young prostitutes, a few strange encounters with the local priest and hearing a rumor of a murdered body buried in the back-house, Jane begins to think there is much more to this than she first imagined. The only problem being that no one else believes her.
With a baby very soon to arrive and a young girls well-being on the line, Jane ignores all warnings and gets herself involved so deep in the situation that she begins to worry that it may now be her who is at risk.
I absolutely devoured this book. It was so different from anything I have been reading lately that it had me hooked within a couple of chapters.
If you’re looking for a gripping story in an out of the ordinary setting then get yourself a copy of this immediately. There are so many twists and clues hidden in this story that you really cannot guess what is coming next.
Now I became aware of this book when it was mentioned in The Good Girls Guide to Getting Lost.
To be completely honest my interest in reading this book came from all of the controversy and conspiracy behind it – is it a true story or isn’t it?
The haunting story begins on Saint Valentines Day, February 14th 1900. A group of girls from the boarding school of Appleyard College, set out for a picnic at the famous Hanging Rock.
After the party has arrived and finished their lunch, the senior girls – Marion, Miranda and Irma – ask permission to go and explore the rock before heading home. It is at this point that different members of the group discover all of their watches have stopped at 12:00 midday. The girls are told that they may explore for an hour before everyone set off for home.
The school dunce Edith tags along with the girls and they set off on their journey. They struggle through bushland and jagged rock formations in their long petticoats and dresses in the hot summers sun, passing another group of picnickers on the way. Once they reach the famous rock the girls feel a strange sensation and all lie down for a nap in the sun.
The four girls wake and Edith, younger than the rest, tries to tell them she does not feel well. She receives no response and feels as if the girls are staring straight through her. She is then horrified as the girls drift away in a dream like state towards to rock-face without saying a word. Scared out of her mind Edith bolts down the rock and back to the party in hysterics and screaming.
The group soon discovers that one of their teachers has also vanished without a trace and after searching for hours they return panicked to Appleyard College to inform the headmistress Mrs. Appleyard.
Search parties are sent and scour the rock formation relentlessly for days to no avail and Edith has absolutely no memory to help with the investigation. The mystery goes on for over a week until one of the missing girls is recovered.
A miracle to have found someone alive after so long, everyone is hopeful that the mystery will now be solved – were the girls lured away? Murdered? Raped? However, once restored to full health, she too, has no memory of what happened.
Misery starts to spread to everyone involved and unfortunate accidents start to happened.
So is this a true story? What happened to the 2 other lovely young ladies who went exploring one summers afternoon? Will they ever be found?
Definitely give this book a read and decide for yourself what happened at Hanging Rock. Many different opinions have been shared by readers of this book and they are also worth having a look at if you enjoyed the book.
Years after the death of the author, the original 18th chapter of the book was released which is said to explain the secret of Hanging Rock and what really happened to the girls. Extremely hard to find and going for around $70 minimum, I am trying to get my hands on a copy. Update to follow….
WOW did it take me a long time to read this book! I was really looking forward to reading this one but was pretty disapointed. I guess one of the best parts about your usual true crime books is where they convict the person who did it – knowing that the JonBenet case is still unsolved to this day I probably should have gone in with a clear mind that this would be missing.
I am usually able to read my way through just about anything, but this was a real struggle. Frustration played a big part as it was explained over and over and over…. That new evidence was being found and continually nocked back.
Even to me, a 22 year old Australian girl, reading through this book as I travel on the train to and from work every morning, it is quite obvious that the family played a part in what happened to their daughter.
While some may say this book shows a lot of bias as it is written by one of the main police officers on the case, the facts are still the facts. The book clearly shows the parents inconsistent, every changing stories, their unwillingness to co-operate with police and the fact that they had lawyers on stand-by mere hours after ‘finding’ their daughtered murdered. Would you not do anything you could think of to try and find the killer?
It details the way the crime scene was seriously mishandled from the beggining and the rediculous special treatment of the Ramseys by the DA’s department (special treatment for the wealthy anyone?).
I read an article from 2010 that I stumbled accross whilst looking for a cover photo for this post that stated new evidence had been found of an intruder that has cleared the Ramsey’s of suspicion. We are told not too far in to the book that the crime scene was so mishandled from day 1 that they stuggled to find evidence in 1996. Following this the Ramsey’s had their house stripped and re-done from top to bottom – new carpet, new paint, new furniture – the works. Now aside from this being incredibly suspicious, how on earth would they find new evidence in 2010 after all this has been done? All I can say is…. SERIOUSLY??? Who is buying this rubish?
I would be interested and open to reading further books on the JonBenet case, but this one just didn’t do anything for me.
All in all – too repetative, too frustrating and too hard to keep focus.