Disappearance at Devil’s Rock – Paul Tremblay

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Almost two years ago I read „A Head Full Of Ghosts“. The Story really disturbed me. It was a haunting read and the story stays with me until today. It is one of the rare books I still remember the whole story. I read so many books, I mostly forget details about the story, the ending or twists very soon. But not with AHFOG.  I liked it even better as time went by.


So my expectations for “Disappearing at Devil’s Rock” were very high. But unfortunately I could never really connect to the story. I was almost bored to death until 70% into it. There was no tension, no scary moments. The thing with the diary did not work for me at all. The last 30% were a little better. But here I also did not like how it was told. The alternate POVs from the boys were really confusing.


I am disappointed with myself that I did not like the book. Although there are a few things I will remember. There is something about the author and his ideas I like. But this time I did not like the story itself and how it was told. There is also a lot of lying going on. Everybody is lying all the time. Especially Kate, Tommy’s sister, has a serious problem with speaking the truth. She was just an awful kid.


Hopefully I will like Mr. Tremblay’s next book better.


I Found You – Lisa Jewell

I Found YouI Found You by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my second book written by Lisa Jewell. I liked “The Girls in the Garden” very much and I was very keen to read another book from her. I like her writing style. Her books are easy to read and well-constructed.

“I Found You” is a character driven book. The story is broken up into three different POV and the story begins to unfold slowly. There are some twists and you can see that the stories are overlapping and connected. The story is really complex but the excellent written characters give life to the whole thing.

This book is not really a thriller. There is suspense, a lot. I really wanted to know what happened and how it was all connected. There is a lot of background to the characters, a lot of talking and it took some time until you can see where all this is heading to. The pace was a bit slow but it was far from boring. It was quite the contrary.

Lisa Jewell managed somehow to make this tragic story an easy and enjoyable read. It is almost a “Cosy Crime”. I you don’t like very drastic thrillers and are in no need for a lot of cliffhangers you will find this to be the right book for you. I enjoyed reading it and finished it in only 2 sittings.

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

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Louise Candlish – Swimming Pool

The Swimming PoolThe Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very dark story that takes you deep into the not so pleasant places in a human soul. The characters are all not very likable but that makes them very realistic. They all have their flaws. I realy dislikes Natalie and her husband Ed. They are so self-rightous. When Natalie gets drawn to beautiful and glamorous Lara all her guidelines went out of the window. I loved to see her downfall, stumbling over herself and her pomous actions. I really disliked how she howerd over her daughter Molly. I must admit, I felt schadenfreude when everything went down for her. I really enjoyed reading this book . It is very realistic and I think this could happen to almost everybody. This book is dark and uncomfortabel and because of that very enjoyable.

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Watching Edie – Camilly Way

Watching EdieWatching Edie by Camilla Way
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was on my wishlist as soon as I heard about it. Unfortunately my wish for an ARC from NetGalley was declined so I had to wait until it was released. Then I thought it to be quite expensive. So I waited and waited with the purchase. But recently I got an amazon gift voucher and so I finally got it. And read it immediately.

I read “The Dead of Summer” from Camilla Way years ago and I absolutely loved it. I recommended it to everyone I know. But obviously my expectations for this book were too high. I have read so many reviews about it from bloggers I follow and rely on for their opinion. Unfortunately this book turned out to be a disappointment to me. Almost immediately I was bored. I missed the pace. I was annoyed by Edie’s depression after giving birth to her daughter. I know that is not fair, but I just could not stand reading about it for pages and pages. I found it quite boring. I was waiting for the twists and turns everybody raved about. But I could not find them. The end was exactly as I thought it would be. I think it is very easy to see who the victim here is. One of the girls is so different in the “Before” and “After” that it was really no surprise how everything turned out.

Maybe I read too much psychological thrillers which promise twists and turns. Or maybe I just was expecting too much. Maybe it’s both. So it was just an average book for me and I can only give 3 stars.

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Susan Perabo – The Fall of Lisa Bellow

The Fall of Lisa BellowThe Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is not a thriller. It is a dark family drama. Meredith is 13 and one of the uncool girls at school. Lisa is the most popular one, even she is a bitch and a bully. One day they both are at the wrong place at the wrong time. They are together in a sandwich shop by accident when a robbery is happening. But the thief not only takes the money he also takes Lisa. And Meredith stays behind unharmed. But instead of being happy about that she feels guilty about the fact she did nothing to help. And she keeps asking herself why Lisa was taken instead of her.

Meredith is one of the narratives. The other one is her mother Clare. Clare is also torn between feeling relieved that her daughter was spared and feeling guilty for feeling so. After all there is still a girl missing and a mother fearing for the worst.

For most of the time I was not sure what this book is telling me. The characters are very realistic. Meredith is a grumpy teenager who was secretly a little bit obsessed by Lisa bevor the incident. Clare loves her children but she has problems to see them growing up. The family had to deal with another accident before when Meredith’s Brother Evan lost an eye due to an accident. Clare naturally wants her children to be safe and she does not come to terms with the fact that you actually just can’t.

I had some problems with the story. I just don’t get the point. The traumatic events are well displayed but I hated Clare whining all the time. I did not like her. Maybe it’s because this book is very American. Some things about education and parenthood are a bit different here in Germany. Meredith is a very close-lipped teenager. In her imagination she sees were Lisa was taken and what happened to her or rather imagines who things would be if she was taken together with Lisa. Somehow she felt left behind although she should be happy that she was. This did not work for me. I feel that I just missed the point of this all. Yes it may traumatic to come unharmed out of a robbery/kidnapping and yes it may be traumatic to be a mother to two teenagers who had to suffer. But somehow this as a story did not work for me. And then the end. I don’t need an ending in which is everything explained. But I feel that all this about Meredith and her imagination would have worked better if there would have been a conclusion.

At last I want so say something about the writing style. Although it is an easy read it is also very unique. Here an example:

„You’ve been protecting her your whole life. You’ll know“.
But he was wrong. Protecting her? Psychiatrists are stupid. Psychiatrist, in fact, we’re complete morons. She could not protect her daughter. She could not protect her from the stomach flu. She could not protect her from cancer or AIDS or the common cold. She could not protect her from mean girls. She could not protect her from her friends. She could not protect her from her own thoughts. She could not protect her from men who took girls from the line at the Deli Barn and killed them“.
„She could not protect her son. She could not protect him from bullies. She could not protect him from pill bottles. She could not protect him from girls who would break his heart. She could not protect him from drunk drivers. She could not protect him from crazy people with guns. She could not protect him from baseballs“.
I got her point at least after the second or third point. No need for going on and on with examples. Unfortunately the author does this every time the opportunity arises. So I started skipping those passages.

Maybe I just missed the point of this book or it was too American for me or I am just a heartless bitch or all together. This book was not for me and I was neither touched nor thrilled.

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

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The Swans of Fifth AvenueThe Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Truman Capote admired beauty. Beautiful things and beautiful people. In his youth he was a handsome man, elfish and funny. He knew that he had a talent and he charmed himself into the circle of the rich and beautiful people of the New Yorker society. The filled their live with laughter and fun. He became friends with them, especially with Babe Parley.

I was fascinated about their lives. Those ladies were raised to be a rich man’s wife. They had to be beautiful and stylish. They had everything. But love and real friendship, something else to care about than just worrying about if the lipstick was perfectly applied or the flowers on the table matches the rug is what they really miss. Truman Capote gave them friendship. But his love for gossip and his selfishness made him make a huge mistake. He betrayed their trust and their friendship.

I liked reading this book. I found it very interesting. But it is also a slow read and a lot of name dropping and gossip. And a lot of poor little rich girl Babe Parleys sad life in a golden cage and the duty to be nothing less than perfect. But at the end I almost pity her. I don’t know if her life was amazing or hollow. This book may not be for everybody. It is not fiction nor is it a biography. It is something in between. I liked it.

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Mary Kubica – The Good Girl


„I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the colour of her eyes or what they look like when they’re scared. But I will.“ Mia Dennett can’t resist a one-night stand with the enigmatic stranger she meets in a bar. But going home with him might turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life…

Der Klappentext klingt knackig. Aber insgesamt lässt mich dieser Thriller enttäuscht zurück.

Die Geschichte wird bis kurz vor dem Ende von 3 Personen erzählt. 2 davon erzählen dazu noch auf 2 Zeitebenen, davor und danach. Diese Personen sind Eve, Mias Mutter, Gabe, der ermittelnde Polizist, und Colin, der Entführer. Davor, das ist vor bzw. während der Entführung, und danach ist nun eben nach Mias Rückkehr. Das Mia wieder auftaucht, erfährt man schon recht schnell, deswegen ist das kein Spoiler.

Alle 3 Erzählstimmen sind sich ähnlich. Alle sind distanziert und lassen wenig wirkliche Einblicke in die Personen zu. Mias Eltern sind schon fast Karikaturen. Der snobistische Vater, ein erfolgreicher und bekannter Richter , alter amerikanischer Geldadel, der sich eine Frau aus England zulegte, hübsch aber einfältig und vor allem duckmäuserisch. Sie wagt es sogar nur heimlich Tee zu trinken, da er ihrem Mann als nicht amerikanisch genug erscheint. Sie hadert mit ihrem vermeintlichen Versagen als Mutter, wobei sie in meinen Augen nur darin versagt, sich gegen ihren Mann zu behaupten. Der wiederum verweigert zuerst den Glauben daran, das Mia wirklich entführt wurde und nicht nur irgendwo versackt ist. Auch später nimmt er nur mäßig daran anteil, das sie nicht wieder auftaucht.

Mia hat nach ihrer Rückkehr einen Erinnerungsverlust an die Zeit ihrer Entführung. Sie ist total verändert, apathisch und behauptet, ihr Name sei Chloe und nicht Mia.

Und Colin, der Entführer, ist nicht im mindestens so gefährlich, wie es der Klappentext andeutet.

Diese viele Hin und Her zwischen den Erzählern und dem Vorher und Nachher sind etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig. Mich hat aber vor allem der distanzierte Erzählstil gestört und die fehlende Spannung. Colin nimmt Mia mit auf eine verlassene Hütte und irgendwie bleiben die beiden da einfach nur ohne jeden Plan, in eisiger Kälte, tun nichts außer rumsitzen und aus dem Fenster schauen. Am interessantesten ist noch Gabes Erzählstrang, da es da wenigsten um die Ermittlungen geht. Er ist schon bald sehr engagiert in dem Fall, was aber eher an seinem Interesse an Mias Mutter Eve liegt. Über ihn persönlich erfahren wir aber nichts.

Zum Schluss gibts dann noch ein oder zwei kleinere Twists, die mich aber nicht wirklich überraschen konnten. Beides hatte ich mir schon gedacht.

Insgesamt war es ein mittelmäßiges Buch für mich, unspannend und etwas langweilig geschrieben, mit einer schon recht ungewöhnlichen Geschichte und Umsetzung, aber irgendwie hat es mich nicht gepackt.

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