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review 2021-09-08 10:01
Was vor 25 Jahren geschah
Dein dunkelstes Geheimnis - Jenny Blackhurst

Was ist vor 25 Jahren mit ihrer besten Freundin Elsie Button passiert? Kathryn Starling (30) stellt diese Frage immer wieder ihrem Vater Patrick Bowen. Als Kindermörder sitzt er im Gefängnis. Doch ein Geständnis verweigert er nach wie vor. Und: Die Leiche der Fünfjährigen wurde nie gefunden…


„Dein dunkelstes Geheimnis“ ist ein Psychothriller von Jenny Blackhurst.


Meine Meinung:
Der Thriller besteht aus 58 angenehm kurzen Kapiteln. Erzählt wird einerseits im Präsens in der Ich-Perspektive aus der Sicht von Kathryn und andererseits aus der Sicht von Maggie. Später kommen die Perspektiven weiterer Personen hinzu.


Der Schreibstil ist unspektakulär, aber anschaulich und - dank vieler Dialoge - lebhaft. Beim Korrektorat weist das Buch jedoch noch ein paar Schwachstellen auf.


Die Charaktere bleiben etwas undurchsichtig, wie es sich für das Genre gehört. Die Figuren sind interessant ausgestaltet.


Inhaltlich ist der Thriller kurzweilig und facettenreich. Auf 350 Seiten ist die Geschichte nicht durchgängig spannend. Aber es gibt falsche Fährten und einige Anhaltspunkte zum Miträtseln. Dabei schafft es die Geschichte zu überraschen. Die Auflösung ist weitestgehend schlüssig, wenn auch nicht in Gänze.


Das deutsche Cover hat zwar keinen direkten Bezug zum Inhalt. Es passt aber sowohl gut zum Genre als auch zu den übrigen Büchern der Autorin. Das Schmetterlingsmotiv verschafft ihm einen hohen Wiedererkennungswert. Der deutsche Titel ist ebenfalls treffend formuliert.


Mein Fazit:
Zwar ist „Dein dunkelstes Geheimnis“ nicht das beste Buch von Jenny Blackhurst. Dennoch hat mich die Geschichte gut unterhalten. Ein solider Psychothriller für spannende Stunden.

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review 2021-04-06 04:08
The Good, The Bad And The Dumped - Jenny Colgan

Posy gets engaged but wants to make sure Matt is the right one for her so she goes back and sees her exes to learn why they did not work out.


Reading the blurbs and ads about this book I was expecting something funny but I found it to be a book that was sad. It was sad that Posy had so little confidence in herself that she could not believe Matt loved her. It was sad that she listened so much to others who did not seem to have her best interests at heart. They (her best friend, sister, and mother) were constantly putting her down because of her past failures. They also questioned why Matt would want her--a perpetual screw-up. Matt does not help when she goes off on her journey of discovery. He gets mad and quits talking to her (although I can understand why.) Both need to learn to communicate better. Posy's mother was--well, I cannot find the words to describe her but she did not build Posy up.


I did enjoy the book though it was not what I expected. I found the epilogue interesting. I enjoy reading Jenny Colgan.

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review 2020-06-02 20:37
Dept. of Speculation
Dept. of Speculation - Jenny Offill

I will add a caveat to my review—I rated this on the high side to compensate for the fact that I would have given the audiobook a 3. While I generally love listening, especially when the author (or anyone British, honestly) reads to me, I don't think this book lent itself to that form. The writing was spare and poetic, but the transitions were difficult (at least for me) to follow on audio, i.e. even though you might hear a new chapter number, the topic change was sometimes jarring. For such a short book, I spent a lot of time rewinding. I think this book, more poetry than prose, might be one you should hold in your hands and enjoy the old-fashioned way.

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review 2020-05-28 22:34
P. S. I Still Love You
P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

The Characters:

Lara Jean Covey:
Peter Kavinsky:
Margo Covey, Kitty Covey, John Ambrose McClaren, Peter’s ex-girlfriend I can’t remember her name right now

The Story:

Ah Lara Jean. Navigating through adolescence and first relationships. With a sex scandal, boyfriend troubles, ex-girlfriend troubles and a new love interest on the scene there is certainly a lot to navigate. She does the best she can and there is a lot of teen angst. Maybe too much for my mood at the moment but that’s just the mood I’m in right now. Overall this is well written, interesting and entertaining.

The Random Thoughts:

3 ½ Stars
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text 2020-05-22 17:24
#FridayReads - 5.22.2020
Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde
Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45 - Vere Hodgson,Jenny Hartley
Jane And Prudence (VMC) - Barbara Pym,Jilly Cooper

Currently reading:


Lost in a Good Book: I think that I am almost done with Lost in a Good Book, although because it's an omnibus edition, I can't be sure. Things seem to be heading towards a resolution. I expect to finish in an hour or so.


With respect to this series - I'm pretty sure that this is the last of the Thursday Next books that I'm going to read. While I like the idea behind the book, I feel like they are a little too aggressively high-concept for me and I find myself frustrated with them. I do plan to return the omnibus, but will keep it in the back of my mind in case I decide to read The Well of Lost Plots.


A Few Eggs and No Oranges: I didn't make a lot of progress with this one this week. I read September and October of 1940, which is right in the middle of the London Blitz.


Being in the middle of a pandemic where some Americans are throwing tantrums like spoiled children over having to wear masks into stores and other public places, this is fascinating reading. We would not survive the Blitz. "Conservatives" would be whingeing about "muh riiiiiigths" as they all got us killed by refusing to put up some damn curtains. 


Jane and Prudence: I decided that I needed a dose of Pym, so this is next up. I have the VMC edition in paperback and all I've read so far is the introduction by Jilly Cooper.


I do have a three day weekend coming up, so I'm definitely going to need to add at least one more book to the plans. I'm trying to settle on my next Christie reread. On my ATVL blog, I reposted a bunch of Heyer reviews for #Throwback Thursday, so I'm also considering diving into my Heyer digital collection and reading one of her regencies! I also have a digital copy of Tey's The Man in the Queue, which is in consideration.


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