The Devil Crept In – Ania Ahlborn

29430798   1 Star

I struggled with this book almost immediately. I thought about stop reading for the first 20% . Now I wish I had stopped. But somehow I kept reading. Then Rosie appeared and at first I was interested in her story. But that did not last long.

 

I will not go into too many details although I would probably enjoy savaging this book. I just disliked everything about it. The story is absolutely nonsense. The ending is a joke. The writing is horrible. I was absolutely unnerved by Stevie and Jude. Every character acts just randomly. The author’s babblings about running through the woods was just exhausting. I skipped a lot of pages right from the start. She explains and explains and there were just too many words.

 

This was a chaotic book with are weird story, strange characters and it was poorly written. What a waste of precious reading time. I had two other books from Ahlborn on my wishlist, but I already removed them.

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The Word Is Murder – Anthony Horowitz

33797957  5 Stars

This was an extremely entertaining read form me. I really liked how Horowitz puts himself into this story and gave us an inside into the world of a famous writer.

A woman goes to an undertaker and takes care of her own funeral. This is not so unusual, but what makes it mysterious is that she is murdered just a few hours later. Did she know that she was going to die?

Anthony Horowitz is a successful writer of books and screenplays. He puts himself inside this story. There are probably other writers who did this before but I never read a story like this. And it was absolutely fun to read! Horowitz shows himself working on some projects when he is approached by an consulting detective which he met before. Hawthorne worked for TV as a consultant and Horowitz met him while working on an TV show. Hawthorne was asked by the police to look into the murder of this lady. He thinks this murder case in interesting enough and he asks Horowitz to write a book about him and this case. Horowitz is not interested at first. He has so much work to do and he is not a true crime writer. But somehow he agreed to write this book. So he has to follow Hawthorne around and is part of his investigation. He feels a bit intimidated by Hawthorne, who is a very good detective and a bit Sherlock-like. He feels always like he is one step behind the enigmatic Hawthorne.

I immensely enjoyed this book. It was less the crime story which is complex and with a satisfying solution. But I loved all that was around it. Horowitz gives us insights of how a writer works and what’s it like. There is a lot of name dropping and gossip about the theatre and film world. There is a scene were Horowitz meets Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson in a quite bizarre meeting which turns out to be not as he imagined. It was hilarious.

This was my second book from Anthony Horowitz. I only read “Moriarty” and it was just an OK read. But I liked “The Word is Murder” and his writing very much. It was very British, with a fine humor. I already got “Magpie Murders” on my list and I will watch out for Mr. Horowitz in the future.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Niemand verschwindet einfach so – Catherine Lacey

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Was für ein schwieriges Buch. Aber es hat mich auch an daran erinnert, das Lesen auch bedeutet, in den Kopf und in die Gedankenwelt eines anderen Menschen Einblick zu erhalten. Und das tut man hier zur Genüge.

 

Elyria beschließt für sich, ihren Mann zu verlassen. Aber eigentlich nicht nur ihren Mann, sondern ihr Leben und am liebsten auch sich selber. Auf die wage Einladung eines Menschen, den sie auf einer Party traf, fliegt sie von New York nach Neuseeland. Dort schlägt sie sich irgendwie  zu diesem Ort vor, an dem besagter Mensch lebt. Ihm aber ist sie nach einer Weile zu traurig, denn er kann die Traurigkeit anderer Leute nicht tolerieren. Wahrscheinlich ist sie ihm nur lästig. Ein Besuch, der nicht gehen will, wird irgendwann unangenehm.

 

Das Buch hat wenig Handlung oder gar Narrative. Wir erleben die Dinge durch Elyrias Sicht. Wir sind in ihrem Kopf. Sie will flüchten. Es gibt bei ihr Anzeichen einer Depression oder evtl. sogar einer psychischen Erkrankung, aber das werden wir nie genau herausfinden, denn unsere Sicht ist die durch ihre Augen. Sie will fliehen vor all den Gedanken und Entscheidungen. Vor einigen Jahren verlor sie ihre Adoptivschwester durch Selbstmord  Eigentlich stand sie ihr nicht nahe, sagt Elyria jedenfalls. Aber langfristig hat sie der Tod ihrer Schwester nachhaltig geprägt. Durch diesen Tod hat sie ihren Mann kennengelernt, den sie nur „Ehemann“ nennt. Er war einer der letzten Menschen, die ihre Schwester lebend gesehen haben. So ist ihr gutes Leben in New York dadurch geprägt worden, das ihre Schwester sich umgebracht hat.

 

In Neuseeland lässt sich Elyria treiben. Sie trifft einige merkwürdige Menschen. Während sie per Anhalter reist, halten immer wieder Frauen an, um sie mitzunehmen und sie gleichzeitig vor den Gefahren zu warnen, die dieses Art des Reisens mit sich bringt. Aber Elyria ist es egal. Fast hatte ich das Gefühl, dass sie die Gefahr sucht. Sie schläft in Scheunen und am Strand. Sie ist sich immer bewusst, dass sie als alleinreisende Frau damit ein Risiko eingeht. Aber es ist ihr egal. Sie tut es einfach trotzdem. Sie wirkt losgelöst von der Realität. Alles, was die anderen Menschen, die sie trifft, tun, berührt sie nur am Rande. Sie will vor allem flüchten, aber vor sich selber und ihrer Gedankenwelt kann sie nicht flüchten. Ihre Gedanken drehen und wenden sich, verästeln sich. Ihr Kopf gibt keine Ruhe und lässt sie nicht zur Ruhe kommen.

 

Im ersten Drittel fand ich Elyrias Gedankenwelt amüsant und interessant. Voller anderer Sichtweisen auf die Dinge, so wie ich sie habe. Dann empfand ich es als zunehmend anstrengend, ihren kreisenden Gedanken zu folgen. Auch ihre Starrköpfigkeit war anstrengend. Sie weiß eigentlich, wie sie sich verhalten sollte, was sie tun und sagen sollte. Aber sie handelt komplett anders. Das tut sie im Guten wie im Schlechten. Ihr „inneres Biest“ gibt keine Ruhe. Dieses Biest war für mich ein deutliches Anzeichen, dass Elyria ein psychisches Problem hat. Bezeichnend ist auch, dass sie das Biest erkennt und trotzdem nichts dagegen tun kann oder will. Das Ende ist dann genau wie der Beginn, einfach mittendrin. Es gibt keinen wirklichen Schluss, keine Erlösung. Elyria entlässt uns aus ihrer Gedankenwelt genau so plötzlich, wie sie uns hineingelassen hat.

 

Dies ist auf jeden Fall eines der ungewöhnlichsten Bücher, die ich in letzter Zeit gelesen habe. Hier gab es keine wirkliche Geschichte, sondern wir wurden in die schwierige Gedankenwelt einer Frau hineinversetzt. Catherine Lacey hat ein ungewöhnliches, unglaublich gut geschriebenes und komplexes Buch geschrieben, das aber mit Sicherheit sich nicht für jeden erschließt. Es hat sich auch in weiten Teilen mir nicht erschlossen, aber seine Andersartigkeit im Denken, seien ungewöhnlichen Gedankengänge werden mir in Erinnerung bleiben.

The Other Girl – Erica Spindler

DH1sxXbXYAQBKCe  3,5 stars

This was my first book from Erica Spindler. It was an easy read which I finished in one sitting. I liked the writing style. It is smoothly written and the pages just flew by. But there is nothing really new in this story. I’ve read a lot of thrillers over the last couple of years and I must admit I almost immediately figured out what was going on in this book. There are no twists or unreliable narrators. Which is a bit refreshing after the inflationary use of them in books recently. But it is also predictable and gave me the feeling I read this book before already. It was an easy read for a sunny afternoon sitting in the sun but nothing really new or spectacular.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Yesterday – Felicia Yap

31705535  4 Stars

„Yesterday“ is one of the most unique books I read so far. It is set in an alternate reality where people can remember only for a short time. In this alternate world a murder takes place. There are two different kinds of people: Monos, who could retain just the day before and Duos who have memory of the last two days. Duos think they are superior to Monos. They think they are cleverer and there are jobs which are only given to Duos, although most of the people are Monos. Children and teenager can remember everything, but at a certain age things change and they become Monos or Duos. They start to write diaries. They write down what they think is important to remember and the next day they learn these things. So it gets into their long-term-memory and they remember it. This situation is not really explained in the book. It is just treated as a fact. Reality is like this in this book. It is not a Dystopia; it is just a book which takes place in a different reality. At first I found that very confusing. I was not sure if this could work and how it all worked. I was checking all the time if everything that happened was according to this memory situation. But while I kept reading and the more things developed and got explained I got used to this setting.

I am not going to tell too much about the story itself. I was fascinated by this memory thing. Being a Duo or a Mono divides the society into two classes. There is a lot of discrimination going on. The story about the murder is very complex and told from different POVs. There are many twists and unreliable characters. Writing a diary is a very delicate thing. The characters write to remember their own past. But they choose what they think is necessary to remember. That can also mean that they choose to leave something out so they will forget it. The story is very unique and is told with great earnest. The author adds more and more details. It is a really unusual story with an unusual setting. The thing about the murder could have been a little bit more gripping. The main thing here are the characters and their problems. With their life without remembering important things and without the learning effect they bring. I was not absolutely gripped by the book but it was interesting and I enjoyed reading it.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The House – Simon Lelic

33794926  2 Stars

„The House“ was unfortunately a disappointing read. It is told at first in form of diaries or letters from Jack and Syd, a young couple who recently bought a house in London. I had high expectations for this book and was really looking forward reading it. But somehow I expected something else, a different story about a creepy house and maybe something with horror elements. But unfortunately none of this happened.

In the first half we read the letters or diaries Jack and Syd wrote to tell somebody what happened in the last weeks. This is not a new idea of telling a story but it is not working very well here. It is somehow a mess. It looks like they are writing to each other and read their chapters so they can respond to it. Probably the chapters were just put together so that we readers can follow it easier. But it felt strange. I did not like both of them. Jack is winy and needy and Syd is a hypocrite and very self-centered. The keep telling each other that they will be honest but they both lie to each other constantly.

The story was not bad although it has all the over-used themes a lot of thriller books have at the moment. And it was a bit of a mess. I liked it better when the letters stopped. There were the usual twists at the end which surprisingly worked well for me. But this book got me on the wrong foot. I just did not expect this kind of domestic drama and all this dysfunctional families. I expected a spooky house story. So it is probably just me that I never really warmed up to this book and its characters.

I received an ARC from NetGalleyin exchange for an honest review

Are You Sleeping – Kathleen Barber

30753570  3 Stars

„Are You Sleeping“ is a predictable psycho thriller with quite annoying main characters. Besides that, it is an easy and entertaining read.

 

Lanie and Josie are twins who estranged from each other years ago. The reason was the killing of their father. Her mother lost it after that gruesome event. She soon left and joined a cult and leaving her girls behind. Her aunt Amelia took care of them. Lanie handled this development with rebellion. She did drugs and booze. Josie wanted to be the nice girl everybody loves. But then something happened between the twins and they estranged. Josie travelled the world, never staying long at a place. Until she met Caleb. Now she has a life with him in New York. But he doesn’t know the truth about her family.

 

One day Josie learns about a podcast which is about the murder of her father. The neighbor’s son was convicted to be the killer. Lanie saw him that night shooting her Dad. But the journalist who runs the podcast says that maybe the guy was innocent. Josie goes paranoid. Then she learns about the suicide of her mother. So she returns for the first time in a century to her hometown.

 

The story is interesting and gripping. There is a family tragedy. A man was shot and one of his daughter witnesses it. His wife could not cope and went away to join a cult. She abandoned her children. Both children struggle but they get along somehow. Then this podcast happens and the mother suddenly committed suicide.  What’s this all about? What really happened?

 

I personally struggled with the main character Josie. And Lanie as well. They are both such drama queens. They make a spectacle out of themselves all the time. I know horrible things happened to them. But as a reader I think they were just annoying. All this throwing up, the ill-feeling, the not-sleeping, the drama. Josie started asking herself some questions a decade too late. There was just too much drama about the girls feeling ill and insomnia and horrible and there was too less focus of everything else and the story. That annoyed me and it affected my enjoyment of reading this book in a negative way.

This book is an easy read. Interesting story but I so disliked the main characters. Just too much drama.