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review 2018-02-09 15:20
Bizarrer Thriller
Das Apartment: Thriller - Til Schönherr,Zane Grey

Mark und Steph stecken in einer Ehekrise und beschließen, dem angespannten Alltagstrott ins romantische Paris zu entfliehen. Sie lassen sich auf einen Häusertausch ein und landen in einem Apartment, das wohl schon lange keinen Menschen mehr gesehen hat: das Haus ist vereinsamt, die Wohnung ist eingestaubt und sie finden eimerweise Haare im Kleiderschrank.

„Das Apartment“ ist meiner Ansicht nach unter die Mystery-Thriller einzuordnen, weil es von unheimlichen Ereignissen und unterschwelliger Spannung lebt.

Steph und Mark haben eine harte Zeit hinter sich. Ihre Beziehung ist von ihrem Status als ungleiches Paar geprägt. Mark ist als Professor in Kapstadt tätig, während seine - um etliche Jahre jüngere- Frau mit Töchterchen Hayden und dem Haushalt beschäftigt ist. Zunächst wird man ins Eheleben der beiden eingeführt, merkt, woran sie zu knabbern haben, und stellt bald fest, dass sie Fürchterliches durchmachen mussten.

Der Einstieg war für mich ok. Gespannt habe ich Steph und Mark kennengelernt, war aber doch sehr auf die Reise nach Paris gespannt. Nachdem man die gegenwärtige Situation einigermaßen überblickt hat, geht es auch schon ab in die Stadt der Liebe, wo sich das ungleiche Paar Auftrieb für seine Beziehung erhofft.

An dieser Stelle wird es richtig gut und die unheimliche Atmosphäre schlägt das erste Mal zu. Sie landen in einem so grauenhaften Apartment, dass sich mir beim Lesen allein die Nackenhaare aufgestellt haben. Es riecht muffig, die Fenster lassen sich nicht öffnen, alle Möbel sind verstaubt und selbst die Bettwäsche wurde wohl vor Jahren zuletzt gewechselt. Aber wer hat dann mit ihnen die Wohnung getauscht?

Besonders die Abschnitte in Paris haben es mir angetan. Ich konnte mir richtig gut vorstellen, wie es Mark und Steph ergangen ist. Das Wetter und die winterliche Düsternis verleihen der Stadt auch noch eine triste Atmosphäre, sodass ständig eine unheimliche Stimmung besteht. 

Es wird abwechselnd aus Stephs und Marks Perspektive erzählt. Gerade bei „Paar“-Büchern finde ich das besonders interessant, weil man dann immer ein bisschen mehr als der andere Partner weiß. So vereinen sich die beiden Sichtweisen zu einem bizarren Spannungssog, der durch das Subtile überzeugen kann.

Einziger Minuspunkt, mir wurde teilweise zu viel Aufhebens um Töchterchen Hayden gemacht. Zwar ist ihre Figur zentral, dennoch fühlte es sich so an, als ob sie ihren Platz im Roman nicht so recht gefunden hat. Ich habe sie als Beiwerk empfunden, das sich bemüht, der Story den richtigen Schwenk zu geben.

Vom Ende war ich sehr überrascht und vom abschließenden Ausgang sehr angetan. Etliche Fragen bleiben ungeklärt, doch mit den Antworten lasse ich gerne meine Fantasie spielen.

Meiner Meinung nach ist „Das Apartment“ ein ausgefallener Thriller, der sicherlich nicht jedem Leser gefällt, doch durch latente Spannung, unterschwelliges Grauen und der ungewöhnlichen Handlung bestimmt auch überzeugen kann. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2018-02-05 02:01
Definitely not my favorite by this author but it was ok...
Eyes Only for Me - Andrew Grey,Tristan James

This one turned out to be a mixed bag of I like this but this isn't working so well for me. First off I liked that it was older MCs. Ronnie and Clay are both 40 years old. So not only older but no May/December romance going on and I'm not opposed to those by any means but I'm not a fan of a a steady diet of anything when it comes to my books. I like variety and diversity and  ironically same age older MCs is a change of pace for me. 

 

Ronnie's straight, he's got OCD and lets just say he gets around. He's gregarious sort of guy who's outgoing and people just seem to be drawn to him and I have to admit I'm not sure why because honestly Ronnie just quite often struck me as being a bit of an...well, I'm going to say jerk, but at other times he showed an incredibly kind, thoughtful and caring demeanor that I would have liked to have seen more of. Interestingly enough I can also see why Ronnie wasn't so willing to show this side of his personality. At times things seemed to hint at the fact that Ronnie's had more than one person try to use him in his life fortunately for Ronnie he may had OCD but that doesn't mean he has S-T-U-P-I-D, so the users end up getting kicked to the curb. Unfortunately for me, Ronnie vacillated between douchey jerk and thoughtful, sweet friend to much for me to really get a sense of him as a person and just about the time I started thinking that he was a nice guy and I liked him, he'd switch and I'd be thinking 'Wow, what a jerk!' so Ronnie was ok but I just couldn't really warm up to him. 

 

The other MC was Clay and thankfully in terms of personality he was a bit more stable. I liked Clay and for most of the book I honestly felt like he was a better friend to Ronnie than Ronnie was to him...except, when Clay's father suddenly became ill, Ronnie was right there he stepped in and was totally there for Clay. In short he was an awesome friend. 

 

I really enjoyed the relationship between Clay and his father. So often in stories we seen parent/child relations portrayed as really amazing or totally horrid and this one wasn't either of those things. Clay loved his dad and they'd had their problems but there was a definite willingness between them to work things out...especially on Clay's side and wonder of wonders the problems between Clay and his dad weren't about the fact that Clay was gay...I KID YOU NOT!!! Not every problem between a parent and their child is about the child's sexuality and while I love that books address this issue sometimes it's nice to read a story where the relationship dynamics have gotten changed up a bit.

 

Speaking of relationships...let's talk about Ronnie and Clay's because for me it came down to being a big miscommunication clusterf*ck!!! Seriously I just wanted to sit them both down and tell them to hear what's being said and not what they 'think' is being said because that was a big, big part of their problem and honestly it was more on Clay's side than Ronnie. Clay kept assuming that he knew what Ronnie wanted or needed but he wasn't always hearing what Ronnie was telling him so...disagreements were inevitable. 

 

While there were things that I liked and enjoyed about this story there just wasn't enough to totally pull me into it but the biggest saving grace for me was the narrator, Tristan James. This is one of my favorite narrators and I thoroughly enjoy listening to him no matter what book he's reading. But just like all the other audio books I've listened to him narrate, listening this one was no hardship either. 

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review 2018-01-31 20:54
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

Erotic

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review 2017-12-30 15:08
It's Christmas Everywhere But Here - Liam Grey

3.5 Stars.

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review 2017-12-17 03:41
All the world's a stage...
Between Loathing and Love - Andrew Grey,Tristan James

Payton Gowan long ago gave up his dreams of being an actor and turned his talents to making things happen for others, but when the reason for his careers change of course steals his treadmill at the gym Payton comes face to face with is past.

 

When Beckett Huntington bumps into Payton at the local gym he doesn't realize that he's not only meeting the person he blames for outing him all those years ago, the person who caused him to become interested in acting but the he's meeting the person who can help make all his dreams come true.

 

'Between Loathing and Love' is a quintessential 'enemies to friends' story. Payton is a nice guy he's honorable and in spite of the animosity of the past between him and Beckett he sees how talented the man is and he's totally professional in how he behaves in regard to Beckett's career. 

 

I wasn't so sure about Beckett at the beginning but as the story progressed he grew on me and I liked the change from the person we were given to understand him to have been as a young man in high school and the adult that he's become. 

 

There's definite communication challenges between Payton and Beckett which for me made sense given their background these two had a long of trust building to do and just generally needed to develop a better comfort level that allowed for open and honest communication.

 

There were some interesting secondary characters in this story...Beckett's neighbor Val was someone whom I'd like to see more of. He was an interesting character and I liked his open, honest nature and I'd really love to see how things turn out with him and Lars and then there was Rob and while I'm not going to say exactly where he factored into things I will say when last we saw him in this story he shared some things with Payton and Beckett that made me want to have more of a story about him. Then there was Beckett's douchebag co-worker while I don't need to see more of him, I will say he did add some interest in this one.

 

I really liked this story but I have to admit what really added to my enjoyment was the narrator...Tristan James. I cannot like this man is one on my top 5 list of favorites when it comes to narrators. If he's reading the story I just sink right in. I love his voice and the character voices are consistent, expressive and unique, injecting a tone that simply compels me to listen and I do so quite happily.

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