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review 2018-10-18 06:23
REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Music Box by Alyssa Drake
The Music Box - Alyssa Drake

The Music Box is a fairytale with an urban setting. It deals with sensitive subjects, such as dementia and work harassment. Gabrielle is spending her evenings with her mother in a care home, whilst during the day she is doing a job she doesn't like, with a boss who is abhorrent. The only bright spot on her horizon is Luciano, the grandson of another patient.

There is a lot of information in this book, packed within a few short pages, so you can imagine the pacing is quite fast. That being said though, the whole story is here. Yes, I would like to see it more 'fleshed out' in places, but the basics are here. Enough for me to enjoy the story and want to read more about these characters.

With no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, I thoroughly enjoyed this short story, and have no hesitation in recommending it.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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review 2018-10-05 22:30
HEART SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill, narrated by Stephen Lang
Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill,Stephen Lang

It was fun taking this ride down the night road again, this time on audio.

 

I was not crazy about the narrator, nor the musical bits in between the chapters, but the story itself is still good, though maybe not quite as good as I remembered, resulting in the deduction of 1 star from my previous 5 star rating.

 

Still, Craddock and his creepy eyes remain scary AF. 

 

The moral of the story is: Never try to buy a ghost.

 

Recommended!

 

I read this book again for the Ghost Stories square in Halloween Bingo! 

 

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text 2018-10-04 04:36
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text 2018-09-27 01:13
Reading progress update: I've read 198 out of 280 pages.
Funeral Music - Morag Joss

the cops - including Andrew, Sara’s student, friend, and secret confidant - have switched to a new main suspect. meanwhile, both Cecily and Sue should assert themselves and make some changes for better futures (unless of course either one of them ends up in jail for murder). gonna try and read more tonight.

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text 2018-09-26 15:02
Reading progress update: I've read 123 out of 280 pages.
Funeral Music - Morag Joss

this book reminds me a little of two books I've read. first, I'm hearkening back to Cobalt by Nathan Aldyne, because the murder sort of intrudes upon a very touristy place, right in the tourist season, so you have all this skullduggery going on around a lot of people who are there just to have a good time, or people there trying to run touristy businesses while being ensnared in the police inquiries, questioning, etc. two very different things that cause stress and frenetic activity bumping up against each other: tourist stuff meets murder.

 

I'm also flashing back to The Spoilt Kill by Mary Kelly, which featured a "town as extra main character/town's source of livelihood as integral to the plot, and clues, and placement of the corpse"...though that was a bleaker town, with all the smoke in the air due to the pottery industry (not yet overhauled for health and safety...). plus, the style of the books seems similar, though this Joss novel is a bit wittier.

 

of course, Funeral Music is hardly a full-on retread of anything I've read before, thanks to Bath, and the music angle, and its own cast of intriguing characters, especially Sara.

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