I told myself that in 2019 I am not going to force myself to finish books that do not hold my interest; my TBR list is huuuuuge and I simply do not have time for it. Thanks goodness for audiobooks! So I picked The woman in the window as I love thrillers and wanted to read this one for sooooooo long…
Genre: domestic thriller
Year Of Publication: Jan 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins
My rating: 2.5 stars, DNF.
The woman in the window follows Anna Fox, child psychologist suffering from agoraphobia and has not left her house in almost a year. I reallllly wanted to like this as I have a background in psychology myself and reading about a character is a similar background was very interesting, however I really struggled to care or to maintain interest and it was not the fault of the audiobook. I did enjoy the moments where she was talking about the illness, medications and diagnosis criteria.
The main problem with this novel is that it’s not very thrillery for a quarter of the book, instead drags on and on about how much Anna Fox is drinking, watching her neighbors and chats with other people online. I was supposed to feel an emotional connection to the main character, to feel her pain and root for her and whilst I did root for her, I found myself simply bored out of my mind. By the time the ungodly scream happens, I’ve been waiting for so long that I lost interest, put it down and now I have no willingness to pick it up. Maybe one day it will happen, maybe not.
The writing was good, it was articulate and expressive, but the plot suffered greatly at the expense of exposition and setting the scene. Nothing really happened that couldn’t have been written in a much shorter way and cut to the thrilling part of the novel which is what I was here for. Also, can we just stop with the unreliable narrator style of domestic thrillers!!
Have you read it? What did you think?
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Oh my gosh you guys, I am so excited to talk to you about The winters, a novel by Lisa Gabrielle inspired by the classic and well-known novel Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.
I am a huge fan of the novel Rebecca and when I heard of The winters almost a month ago, I was ecstatic! But when Penguin reached out and asked me if I would like a copy, I kind of died and went to heaven because I wanted to read it soooooo badly!!
The Winters is set to be released in the UK on the 15th of November 2018 by Harvill Secker and I am hoping that I will have time to read it before then, but it is available for preorder on Amazon UK here. So far I’ve heard a lot of great things about it and I am super pumped up to read it. I will do a review of it as soon as I’ll finish reading it!
‘A stylish, highly original and completely addictive take on du Maurier’s Rebecca. Read it!’ Shari Lapena – I am going to listen to her because I really enjoyed her novel A stranger in the house.
Do you like thrillers/psychological suspense novels? What’s your favourite? Are you excited for The winters?
Hello Peaches! It is Wednesday again. I skipped last week’s as I was too busy, but I am back on it now. This week’s topic is “ Hidden Gems in Your Favorite Genre ~ What are some of your favorite books in your favorite genre that don’t get a lot of hype?”
As far as I am aware, these book did not get a lot of hype:
1. Feed by Mira Grant. I cannot begin to say how much I loved this book when I read it last year! The story is packed with action and zombie killings. The characters are incredibly well shaped up and the plot was extremely intriguing. I was not bored for one single minute. When it wasn’t a lot of action, the plot was moving forward as the characters tried to make sense of the mystery of some strange happenings. The book was great, but I do not understand for the life of me why it does not get more hype! It’s well written and engaging, so why not?
2. The witch’s kiss series by Katharine and Elisabeth Corr. Ok, so we have witches, warlocks, curses and a main character in a quest to find out who she is in a world she does not recognise anymore. The characters, for me, had depth and I thoroughly enjoyed following them. So why aren’t people talking about this book?
3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Not sure if the series had a lot of hype when it was published, but now there are not many bookworms talking about one of my favourite series. What happened here?
4. Anna dressed in blood (duology) by Kendare Blake. This duology is simply amazing and I am absolutely in love with it. I am surprised that it does not get as much hype as the more recent works for Kendare, because this duology was amazing! I don’e need to know more than this!! “Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.” (goodreads)
5. Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I totally loved this book. It is creepy, eerie and suspenseful. thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I am game for following Malerman’s writing because if he continues writing like this… oh man! Have you read this? Do you get where I am coming from? This book may not be on everyone’s tastes, but it’s worth it. Also… floppy paperback!
Have you read any of these? Do you agree with me? Which books do you think need more hype?