2018/01/22

BOOK REVIEW:
I SEE YOU BY CLARE MACKINTOSH

Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 372
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
One day, Zoe Walker, a woman whose life is marked by routine, find her picture in the classifieds section in the newspaper alongside a number and the website findtheone.com. Then other women begin appearing in the same day, a new one every day, and Zoe realises they've all become victims of increasingly violent crimes...


Review:
This book had a lot of things in it I thought were really interesting and some things I didn't really like.

I think the premise of this book is great and I think most of us can't help but feel a slight worry at the idea of someone following you and how easy it would be. It also brings the Internet into the picture and sheds light one some of the dangers of it, which I think we all can connect to, and although I wouldn't say the plot is strictly realistic, it's gripping and fascinating.

The story is told through two main characters; one being Zoe and the other being a female police officer involved in investigating the crimes. Now, I thought a lot of what came from Zoe's perspective was quite interesting, but I found myself increasingly frustrated with the police officer, there was just something off about her and I didn't really care much for her viewpoint.

I think this is a pretty interesting thriller and worth the read, but it isn't the best I've read. I'd recommend it if you're really into your mystery thrillers.
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2018/01/20

BOOK REVIEW:
GHOSTS BY DAYLIGHT BY JANINE DI GIOVANNI

Title: Ghosts by Daylight: A Memoir of War, Love and Redemption
Author: Janine Di Giovanni
Published: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 275
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
This is the memoir of one of Americas foremost war correspondents who spent more than twenty years in conflict areas, and it's the story of her life, love and the aftermath of having seen so much.


Review:
As you can probably see by my rating of this book, this wasn't really for me, but I feel it's important to point out that I think the fact that I don't like this is my own damn fault.

I should have spent a bit more time researching what this book was actually about; I thought it was going to be mostly about the authors years working as a war correspondent and what she experienced, but it's more about the aftermath and about the love story of her and her husband and them getting married and trying to settle down with their child. It deals mostly with the author trying to acclimate to not working in conflict zones, getting used to living in Paris and coming to terms with motherhood.

All of this is well and fine, but the problem for me is that I don't really enjoy books where the main focus is a love story and a relationship, and it just wasn't what I had expected from this, so I ended up being quite disappointed. The story just didn't manage to capture me and I didn't feel much of a connection. It is though, like I said, mostly my own fault for reading a book that clearly wasn't for me.

I would imagine that you like love stories and romance books, this is an excellent book to read.
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2018/01/19

2018/01/17

BOOK REVIEW:
BRAIN ON FIRE BY SUSANNAH CAHALAN

Title: Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness
Author: Susannah Cahalan
Published: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 288
Rating: 4/5



Summary:
This is the autobiography of twenty-four year old Cahalan and her descent into madness due to an uncommon disease of the brain and her road to recovery.


Review:
If you're one of those people who are interested in taking a peek into someone's brain, this is the book for you.

There's something terrifying about mental illness and I think because of that, most of us are kind of fascinated by it, as am I. In this, you get a close-up look of what it can look like and you see this young and vibrant woman fall into a form of insanity and then crawling her way out of it again. You also get to know everyone around her and what it feels like to be the loved ones of a mental illness patient, which was heartbreaking but very interesting.

The writing style is quite journalistic, but there are plenty of philosophical thougts in here as well, questions I think anyone could find themselves asking in this position which helps us as readers connect to the pain and uncertainty of this story. There's also quite a lot of factual information in this about the disease and the treatment, which I thought was very interesting, if somewhat dry in points.

Overall, I thought this was really fascinating and well worth the read. Mental illness is an important issue and the more we learn and the more we talk about it, the more understanding there will be; hence, I think this is a very important book.

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