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review 2018-06-02 06:33
A Place For Sinners
A Place for Sinners - Aaron Dries

Maybe I'm to blame for this one. It was a while since I got this book, and didn't remember what it was about any more and the cover is misleading. However, I don't believe it is just me, since the change in A Place for Sinners was so sudden, from a nice holiday in Thailand to doomsday kind of situations, that I actually had to go back and reread to make sure that was what was really happening.

It is also what continues on the second half. I like a good horror, and I understand there is some build-up where everything seems fine, but here it really was about half the book. With all the changing POVs (many of them delusional) and the non-stop action after the turning point I got lost and found it difficult to connect to the remaining protagonist.

Not for me, I'm afraid.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-02-23 15:20
A Place for Sinners
A Place for Sinners - Aaron Dries
A Place for Sinners is one of those novels. You know the type. When about 50% of what you read is incredible, and the other half is so disappointingly frustrating that you're left completely confused as to how to rate such a wildly variable book...

Starting with an extended flashback that explains main character Amity's deafness and building through a fantastic sequence where she and her brother travel through exotic Thailand, A Place For Sinners at times left me stunned with the power of its prose and vividness of its imagery. Having recently traveled to Thailand, I also found myself smiling and nodding along with many of Dries' descriptions of what awaits the casual tourist there. Meanwhile, a seriously deranged woman is carving a bloody path toward Amity and her brother, and I thought I was in for a gore-drenched battle for survival on a remote island somewhere off the coast of Thailand.

Well, I was technically right.

The second half of Dries' novel throws some major curve-balls the reader's way, with imagination and reality blending into one almost-incoherent mess. No less than four of the major characters who reach the island are revealed to have major psychological issues ranging from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to Dissociative Identity Disorder, to just being a flat out delusional psychotic with sociopathic tendencies. Of course, every POV from one of these characters' perspectives is infused with the taint of their disorder, to the point where narrative flow and logical sequencing are thrown out the side of the rapidly fleeing boat in favour of flashback after hallucination after flashback.

In other words, the plot completely lost me. A sudden introduction of another character comes out of nowhere while the wide-open stories of others are abruptly cut short. I'll admit I was truly surprised at what took place, but not always in a good way.

The violence is extreme and plentiful, if that's the type of thing to attract you/put you off. And little in the way of quarter is offered anyone you may have become (foolishly) attached to. Clearly, Dries is not a forgiving kind of author.

Truth be told, I'm not sure how I'll remember A Place for Sinners. As providing more than a hint of promise regarding an author I came to enjoy? Or as a terrible tease, the potential of which was never lived up to? I guess the only way to find out will be to track down another Dries book and gather further evidence ...

3 Floating Insane Asylums for A Place for Sinners.

The preceding was based on an ebook provided by Samhain Publishing through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/957581344?book_show_action=false
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review 2015-01-29 21:23
A Place for Sinners by Aaron Dries
A Place for Sinners - Aaron Dries

I received a free copy of A Place for Sinners from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Placing this one in the did not finish pile.

I couldn't get into this one. The dialogue and writing didn't flow for me, it felt totally random and disjointed a lot of the time. I couldn't connect with the characters either, there was nothing about them that made them interesting. I didn't care what happened to them, they came across rather like cardboard cut-outs. The story felt like it was all over the place, jumping from one thing to another and didn't hold my interest at all. The whole time I was reading I found myself thinking about what other books I have to read instead and it didn't hold my interest at all.

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text 2015-01-26 08:34
Reading progress update: I've read 17%.
A Place for Sinners - Aaron Dries


 Hmm, not really feeling this one. The dialogue and flow feels rather disjointed and the characters a little flat.

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text 2015-01-22 08:06
TBR Thursday #24 - Part 2
Through the Fog - Michael C. Grumley
Heart Collector - Jacques Vandroux,Wendeline A. Hardenberg
Everything Burns - Vincent Zandri
Follow The Leader (A DS Allie Shenton Novel) - Mel Sherratt
The Dead Key - D.M. Pulley
A Place for Sinners - Aaron Dries

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