• Book Review

    The Perfect Nanny

    Warnings: Child Death I really struggled to put my thoughts together on this book, partially because The Perfect Nanny was not what I had expected and one of the more unique stories I’ve ever read. I feel that it is mismarketed as a mystery thriller when it was neither, to me this is a horror novel through and through. I think I would have liked this book better if I had known this beforehand. The plot is slow and very intense as a portrait of Louise is formed from the point of view of other characters and their interactions with her. It occurred to me after a time that the…

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    The Road

    My Thoughts Where to start with this book. Well, first I can say that The Road is my first Cormac McCarthy book and I’m deeply conflicted about it. I was immediately surprised and rather frustrated by his writing style. There is a part of me that wants to read his other books to see what the fuss is about, but the other part of me is honestly hesitant because of how miserable my reading experience was with The Road. It is one of the most horrifying books I’ve ever read, both for its content and for the blatant disregard of anything that makes a book great but especially syntax. The…

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    Now You’re One of Us

    My Thoughts I have found a true Japanese gothic and I am head over heels in love! Now You’re One of Us is the story of a young woman that marries into a very large, traditional Japanese family. All members of the family live under the same roof in a sprawling estate, they welcome her with open arms and heap constant praise on her. She comes to love the family, but Noriko can’t help but feel that there is something off about this family. Despite now being part of the family, Noriko feels like there is a wall between her and the Shito family. As she gets to know them,…

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    Into the Water

    My Thoughts Mystery can be a difficult genre to write. An author needs to strike a good balance between giving clues while not making things too predictable and adding twists that make sense but are not there merely for shock value. Now see, this book is marketed as a mystery thriller, and while it definitely follows the usual format and has some thrills near the end, as a mystery novel it falls a little flat. Both the perpetrator and the red herrings meant to throw readers off are extremely obvious and it’s easy to guess many of the twists in the novel well ahead of time. I realized pretty quickly…

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    Little Lies

    My Thoughts It seems like I either love or hate Gudenkauf’s work and there is rarely any in-between. She has a reoccurring theme of females investigating crimes and having access to information that they really shouldn’t and it can either be small enough that it can be forgiven or it can ruin the entire story. What bothered me the most about this book was how poor a representation Ellen Moore is of a social worker. Just think, if it was you or your own children that were involved in a case, would you want the CPS worker talking to other people idly about it? Carelessly giving personal information out even…

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    Goblin Market

    My Thoughts My goodness, what a beautiful and surprising poem this is. The Goblin Market is a classic poem filled to the brim with enchanting rhymes and fairytale-like imagery. It tells the story of a pair of sisters as they encounter goblin men selling fruit. The story is a clear allegory about temptation and has a strong moral lesson about the value and strength of a sister. “For there is no friend like a sister In calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, To fetch one if one goes astray, To lift one if one totters down, To strengthen whilst one stands.” This poem has been…