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review 2017-02-05 16:06
The Blank Wall
The Blank Wall - Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

The Blank Wall tells the story of Lucia Holley, a suburban housewife in 1940s America. Her 17 year old daughter falls in love with a considerably older man and one morning Lucia finds this man in her boathouse, dead. She decides to protect her family by dumping the body in a nearby swamp and from this point on Lucia´s life begins to unravel.


I really enjoyed this suspense novel about a mother, who is willing to do everything to protect her family. The discovery of the body is only the beginning of her problems and it´s been fascinating to see how every new turn of the story increases the physical and emotional strain on that woman. 


Elisabeth Sanxay Holding writing is very descriptive. Think of 1940s black and white movies like Hitchcoks "Rebecca" and you might imagine how I felt while reading this book. I couldn´t put it down and I would have devoured this novel in one sitting if I would have had the time for it.


If you´re a fan of suspense novels with a classic feel to it (I felt reminiscent of novels by Patricia Highsmith), I highly recommend The Blank Wall.





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review 2016-11-13 18:33
Broken Monsters
Broken Monsters - Lauren Beukes

A prime example how a otherwise decent three star book gets ruined by a ridiculous ending.


I was intrigued by the twisted murder mystery. A body, half boy, half deer, is found and I expected a compelling thriller. But the story turns into a weird horror-mystery-thriller-mix with a central message regarding social media that I didn´t care about and ultimately has been lost on me. The descriptions of derelict Detroit are pretty good, though.

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review 2016-10-09 14:39
The Hollow Man
The Hollow Man - John Dickson Carr

The Hollow Man is supposed to be one of the best locked room mysteries of all time and it is surely a tricky case, that superintendant Hadley and Dr. Gideon Fell have to solve. But to be honest, I don´t particularly like this book. The plot is so convoluted that I as a reader haven´t had the slightest chance to figure out anything about the crime. It´s cleverly told, but I can´t get beyond the fact that this book frustrated and exhausted me and the ending left me quite disappointed.

I guess I will stick with Agatha Christie´s books, which I do enjoy a lot more.






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text 2016-10-07 20:16
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
The Hollow Man - John Dickson Carr

A man has been shot in his locked up study. The only way for the perpetrator to escape is out of the window and through the backyard or over the roof, but in both cases there are no footprints on the blanket of snow around the house.


Definitely a locked room mystery. I have never heard of John Dickson Carr before, but supposedly he is one of the masters of this genre.



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review 2016-10-02 14:59
The Murder at the Vicarage
The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie

I really enjoyed this book, which is the first novel in the Miss Marple series. The narrator of the story is the vicar of Sct. Mary Mead, Mr. Clement, and as the title suggests, it´s his study in which Colonel Protheroe has been killed. So the vicar starts to investigate on his own and has to deal with the police, the villagers and of course Miss Marple, the sharp and observant neighbor next door.


A much more enjoyable read than my last Christie "Death on the Nile", which I had to struggle my way through. I really liked the small town setting and the vicars view on his surroundings. He is a great and likeable first person narrator and he is the only one, who realizes, what a sly fox Miss Marple really is. And I have to admit, I´m very glad that I didn´t know who the murderer was until the final revelation.


Overall a great and enjoyable Christie read.


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