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Saturday, July 24, 2010
Ericka is a biography author struggling to complete her next book while dealing with the recent death of her parents. While out walking, a elderly man drags her up to the home of her childhood friend, Alexandra, where she finds her naked in a tub of ice, her wrists slashed and blood all over. She becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Alex, uncovering 25-year-old secrets and becoming reacquainted with another childhood friend, Petrik, who happens to be a cop investigating the death. It was a great mystery, didn't see the end coming at all. Part of the book deals with Ericka's sister and her personal problems that didn't really have anything to do with the mystery but added to Ericka's overall angst. The resolution to those problems seemed a bit too neat for me. There were some other side stories involving the elderly man, an old teacher, etc., that I found distracting and far too much time spent on what the characters had for dinner. You expect that in a culinary mystery, which this isn't, and I found it a little annoying. But overall, it was a good book, darker than I usually like but very interesting look into people's mind and actions.
Since Jennclair was so generous to give this book to me, I'm going to pass it along to someone else. If you're interested, leave a comment with your email address and I'll draw a name on August 15.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thanks heavens, I finished it. It was hard, I really slogged through the first two-thirds; but it did get interesting towards the end. There is a very real gothic feel to this book with a sense of menace permeating throughout. That Mrs. Danvers is a very creepy character. But overall, I was quite out of patience with the second Mrs. de Winters (we never learn her first name) who narrates the story. She is such a namby-pamby. The story would have ended at two hundred pages instead of 416 if she had just talked to her husband or if he had talked to her about anything they were feeling. Honestly!! I didn't expect the part about finding a boat in the bay but that is where all the excitement comes in. And then the ending is so abrupt that you feel dropped, even though the first chapter of the book takes place after the ending; so you're not very surprised, just dropped. This is my second du Maurier book which I liked better than the first but not much. I still have Jamaica Inn sitting on the shelves. What is your opinion? Should I try it or give it up before I waste my time.
Becky is eight months pregnant and in Hollywood to sell her screenplay. While talking with the agent, in walks Felix, her screen idol, who is famous for hisromantic comedies. They clash in an amusing way and end up having dinner together. Because he can't understand his strange attraction to a not-so-beautiful and hugely pregnant woman, Felix follows up by bringing his wife to Utah to delve into his feelings more. Becky is happily married to Mike, but the connection with Felix is so strong, that they become best friends. And for the most part, the spouses are supportive, while friends and family question the advisability of the whole relationship. I found the whole premise to be completely unbelievable but I love the way Hale writes and this book is no exception. She almost makes it plausible, but not quite. If the book wasn't written so well, the characters so interesting and the dialog so funny; I probably would have quit the book mid-stream because the actual plot was so odd. But I did finish it. There is a heart-breaking scene which made me cry and another scene near the end of the book that made me uncomfortable. I did like how the book ended as it was totally in sinc with everything else that takes place throughout, but overall, it was my least favorite Hale book. Still I'm giving it a good rating, because of the great Hale touch and her humor.