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review 2017-06-16 09:53
Mäßig schlauer und spannungsbefreiter ›Psychothriller‹
Blauer Montag - Nicci French,Birgit Moosmüller

Ich weiß gar nicht so genau wo ich anfangen soll. Blauer Montag war leider eine herbe Enttäuschung. Es fing ganz gut an, die Hauptfigur versprach interessant zu werden und der Plot, rund um entführte Kinder über Jahrzehnte hinweg, hätte spannend werden können. Stattdessen zog sich die Handlung zunächst nur ewig in die Länge. Man ahnt natürlich, dass die vielen wechselnden Perspektiven am Ende irgendwie miteinander verbunden sein müssen, aber es gab auch etliche Figuren, die einfach überflüssig waren und der Story nichts beisteuern konnten.

 

Frieda fand ich als Hauptfigur nicht direkt unsympathisch, aber völlig unzugänglich. Man erfährt über sie praktisch nichts persönliches. Sie ist kalt und emotionslos. Da gibt es einfach nichts, woran ich als Leserin anknüpfen konnte.
Dann gibt es da noch Inspector Karlsson, der die Ermittlungen in Matthews Fall leitet, und dessen Charakter man wohl nur als inkonsequent bezeichnen kann, wenn es um Frieda geht. Beide arbeiten letztlich gemeinsam an dem Vermisstenfall, aber die Dynamik zwischen ihnen ist irgendwie unstet. Im einen Moment schätzt Karlsson Friedas Expertise, im nächsten bringt er zum Ausdruck, wie lächerlich ihre Annahmen sind. Er bittet Frieda um Hilfe, nur um dann festzustellen, wie nutzlos sie für seine Ermittlungen ist und wird regelrecht feindselig, wo er zwei Minuten zuvor noch charmant gelächelt hat. Mehrfach. Von Zusammenarbeit kann da eigentlich nicht gesprochen werden. Auf mich wirkten die beiden gestelzt und inkompetent.

 

Schlimmer als die Ausarbeitung der Charaktere war der Plott selbst. Oben schrieb ich ja schon, dass er sich sehr langsam entwickelt, leider aber auch ohne Spannung und Überraschungen. Schon mit Auftauchen der letzten Figuren war mir sofort klar was wie abgelaufen ist, wer wer ist und was mir am Ende noch als gewitzter Twist verkauft werden würde. Und es kam alles ganz exakt so, wie ich es erwartet hatte. Das ließ mich nicht nur an dem Buch an sich zweifeln, ich fand es auch fast frech, einen so vorhersehbaren Mist noch als Twist vorgesetzt zu bekommen. Darüberhinaus ließ das Ende, also die letzten 40 Seiten etwa, Frieda und Karlsson noch einmal so richtig unfähig erscheinen. Ich kann es jetzt nicht im Detail erklären, falls doch noch jemand Blauer Montag lesen möchte, aber wer bei der Entwicklung nicht wenigstens einen leisen Zweifel bekommt, der gehört zurück auf die Schulbank geschickt. Ich möchte mir lieber nicht vorstellen, dass solche leichtgläubigen »Experten« unsere Therapiezimmer und Polizeistationen besiedeln und dann nicht mal auf die einfachsten Ideen kommen.

 

Und zum Schluss: Warum ›Blauer Montag‹? Was hatte der Wochentag mit der ganzen Sache zu tun, außer dass es sich als guter Titel für eine neue, 7-teilige Reihe machte? Genau: nichts.

 

Also, Thriller? Fehlanzeige. Psychothriller? Schon gar nicht. Macht das Buch hungrig auf den nächsten Teil der Reihe? Eher nicht. Es hatte gute Ansätze, mehr aber auch nicht. Das hat schon Mord ist ihr Hobby besser hinbekommen – und das will was heißen.

Source: moyasbuchgewimmel.de/rezensionen/titel/b/blauer-montag
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review 2017-06-15 00:46
The Little French Bistro - Nina George
At first, I had a really hard time getting into Marianne. She seemed like a really weak, spineless woman. I mean the book started out with her wanting to kill herself. She was describing her forty year marriage with how she had one pair of shoes that she paid full price and let her husband berate her for that for years. How her husband had numerous affairs and she stood by and let him. He also took numerous holidays without her. I was loathing this character. How can a woman let herself be treated this way?

Then I realized she was married when she was 19 and knew no better.

Then she discovers what love can be and what it is all about. And yet, she contemplates going back to her husband?

I'm not going to tell you whether she does or does not go back to him, but I will tell you that hers was certainly a jacked up story.

I can say that the story was well written with beautiful descriptions of the scenery surrounding Marianne and of her friends. The characters that Marianne runs into along her journey are definitely interesting and quirky. Marianne's story is not the only love story going on in this book. There are several others and they are quite magical.

An interesting read that did have me shedding a few tears at the end.

Thanks to Crown Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

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review 2017-06-13 12:00
Grit by Gillian French
Grit - Gillian French

It's books like these that make me wonder why I'm more likely to pick up a fantasy book over something like this. Grit really surprised me, not only with the writing, but also the entire story did. I guessed that there would be slut shaming based off the synopsis, but I didn't expect all the other components of the book. It was just refreshing to read a contemporary book that had next to no fluff and also dealt with some important issues. 

 

All the characters in this book are flawed and that's what sold me on this book first. Each character has a reason for their behavior, even if it's not a good one. It made all the characters so realistic and more likeable. I absolutely loved Darcy as a main character. She is so unapologetic about who she is, even though she's the target of slut shaming from peers her age, adults, and family. I probably couldn't count the number of books that had a main character slut shame other girls and with the amount it goes on in the real world, it's incredibly important to get the point of view of the girl that's targeted by it. 


Darcy and her family are not well off. They rake berries all summer with the migrant workers in order to earn some extra money. I thought that the tension between the locals and migrants was really interesting and something important that should have been explored a little more. I also did not really understand the point of the pageant that Darcy and her cousin, Nell, participate in. It didn't really relate to the rest of the plot and felt a little like filler, even though I enjoyed some of the scenes with them practicing and the event. 


I thought this book would be a little more about Rhiannon than it actually was. She was still a part of the story, but her importance was kind of shoved to the side for some of the book. I still really enjoyed that part of the book though, even if it wasn't always the main focus. It seems that the book really focused on Darcy's relationship with her peers.


I really enjoyed the writing and story for this book and I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author in the future. 


*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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review 2017-06-03 22:56
The Secret Place
The Secret Place - Tana French

The whole Dublin Murder Squad series has been a bit of an up-and-down ride for me. There have been things I've really enjoyed (which is what has kept me reading the series), and things I didn't. One of my continued criticisms is the pace - the books are soooo slow. This one and the previous were a bit faster, but still - snail's pace. 

 

Where to start with the issues I had with this one... Well, I already mentioned the pacing so there's that. While it was a bit quicker overall, there were moments when it just bogged down. 

 

Then there was the back-and-forth bit. It took me a while to figure out that the chapters were actually bouncing from the past to present. And that the past chapters were third-person omniscient. The present day chapters were third-person limited, so the switch was really jarring at times - even towards the end when I knew that was the style being used. 

 

I suppose next I'll mention the characters. I didn't connect with a single one of them. I really didn't care what happened to any of them. I've said before I don't have to like characters in books to enjoy the book, so that's not the issue. It's just there was no connection at all. Just indifference. 

 

Finally - the whole supernatural element was not necessary. In the previous books, there was always a hint of a supernatural element. I was OK with that. But this was obvious. I wish the author had just stayed in the vague territory on that one.

 

One more book to go in the series (at least as of the date of this post). I'll tough it out, even though the two main characters are the same as this story - and remember I didn't care about either of them...

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text 2017-06-01 04:09
New June Releases That Are On My TBR
Forbidden Fruit - Stanley Gazemba
High as the Heavens - Kate Breslin
With You Always (Orphan Train) - Jody Hedlund
The Little French Bistro - Nina George
The Underground River: A Novel - Martha Conway
The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues: A Novel - Edward Kelsey Moore
The Unquiet Grave: A Novel - Sharyn McCrumb
A Fierce Love: One Woman’s Courageous Journey to Save Her Marriage - Shauna Shanks
The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece - John Pfordresher
Beneath a Burning Sky - Jonathon Burgess

First, I must say that this month is the month of beautiful covers. There's only a couple in this line up that don't scream, "Buy me!" Super thrilled for all the historical fiction from Bethany House Publishing. Y'all know how much I love my historical fiction. I'm revisiting some authors and enthusiastically picking up some reads by authors that are new to me. The two books that I'm eager to get into are Forbidden Fruit by Stanley Gazemba and A Fierce Love by Shauna Shanks. Both have awesome covers.

 

I'm a sucker for covers. I've been known to rebuy books with better covers. Most often I actually prefer UK covers to US. If you didn't know I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers. The aesthetic of hardcovers on the shelves are better, but hardcovers are heavy and cumbersome. Paperbacks feel better in my hands and are easier to transport. Okay, I've gone on tangent.

 

Are any of these awesome titles on your tbr? 

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