Posts Tagged ‘Good books’

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Before White Oleander, I wouldn’t have believed I could have become so emotionally invested in a meandering coming of age epic about a 14-year-old orphan (Astrid) as she moves from home to home for one reason or another. The truth is, I only read this book because it was recommended by a friend and, as someone who will read literally anything, I knew I’d get through it without any problem – but I certainly didn’t expect to fall madly in love with it.

But I did. I was riveted from page one and couldn’t put the damned thing down.

I loved following Astrid to each of her new foster homes and watching her grow from the dysfunction and chaos around her. With each move, she meets new people, all of whom shape her in new ways – ways that ultimately help her understand her relationship with her own toxic, narcissistic mother (Ingrid), who has been imprisoned for murder hundreds of miles away.

While the plot is solid enough to stand up on its own, what really captured me here were the characters. These are real people, motivated in real ways, with all the necessary layers to make them well-rounded, dynamic, and believable. If I ever get the chance to meet Janet Fitch, I’d like to shake her hand and thank her for writing such an excellent character study.

Five full stars. I recommend White Oleander to, well, anyone who likes reading books with good plots and great characters.

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This is one of the first Dean Koontz novels I ever read and went a long way in getting me hooked on his work. FALSE MEMORY is twisty and turny with good scares and plenty of unforgettable characters, but most of all, it’s got one of the most compelling and original plots I’ve come across. Highly recommended for its originality, atmosphere, and spook factor.

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A reread of Cast a Cold Eye delivers the same atmosphere and spookiness as it did the first time I read it many years ago. I feel like I’m in a tiny Irish village being haunted by ghosts and superstitions. Or are they? Recommended.

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THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR may be Anne Rivers Siddons one and only scary stories, but it is far and above one of the best spooky tales ever told. I’ve read it twice already and know I’ll go back to it whenever I need a good, solid, creepy fix. THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR has it all: unforgettable characters, an unpredictable plot, and an ‘I-didn’t-see-that-coming!’ ending that will give your goosebumps goosebumps. Highly recommended to lovers of gothics of all variety.

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