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review 2017-12-13 20:27
This Sweet Sickness
This Sweet Sickness: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) - Patricia Highsmith

I love Patricia Highsmith´s descriptions of her totally messed up characters. At first glance they seem to be perfectly ordinary people, until slowly, layer by layer, she reveals the sociopathic and psychopathic nature of her characters.

 

In some respects the main character David Kelsey reminded me of Tom Ripley, Highsmiths most famous character. Both feel entitled to certain things. Ripley to money, goods and social standing, David to a woman and both characters are mentally disturbed. But where I started to root for Ripley at some point throughout the novel (he is pretty ingenious, after all), David started to genuinly creep me out. In that respect David is an even more disturbing character than Tom Ripley (I never thought that someone would be able to kick him of the "most disturbing character" throne). This book is spine tingling.

 

 

The story is off to a slow start and Highsmith takes some time to develop the story, so especially in the beginning it´s not the most compulsive read. But once the actual plot has been set in motion, I couldn´t put it down. 

 

I can´t exactly say that I enjoyed this novel, but it was an intense reading experience. 

 

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 16: December 26th-31st:

 

Book themes for Kwanzaa: Read a book written by an author of African descent or a book set in Africa, or whose cover is primarily red, green or black.

 

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text 2017-12-13 06:04
Reading progress update: I've read 222 out of 305 pages.
This Sweet Sickness: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) - Patricia Highsmith

David has just written a letter to Annabelle:

 

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review 2017-12-12 17:32
Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is in one of her husband's bars, having a drink with a colleague, when a notorious gossip journalist stumbles from the bathroom and collapses. COD: knife would to the brachial artery.

It turns out, the gossips journalist had a side business—blackmail, so it must've been a mark that did her in. The only problem is finding out the correct culprit.


A decent story, yet nothing substantial to write home about. Dead bodies weren't piling up, so it wasn't a serial, and the danger and urgency was extremely low, the investigative process into the blackmail business wasn't really surprising in terms of what they dug out, I couldn't really bring myself to care about the victim and all her victims, the killer was predictable, and the pacing was very spotty.

The second murder was definitely overkill, and it felt like the story ran a little too long, slowing the tempo even more.

A solid story, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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review 2017-12-11 09:51
Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
Echoes in Death - J.D. Robb

Eve and Roarke are returning home from a party, when a naked, shocky and covered-in-blood woman walks into the street. After taking her to a hospital, Eve goes to investigate, and finds the woman's husband dead in a blood-spattered bedroom, with various pieces of art missing throughout the house, and the three safes empty.

Digging deeper, Eve discovers a similar crime (only without the dead husband) has happened before. Twice. And she knows it'll happen again...



I felt like I read this story before. Formulaic, template-y, plodding, and rather dull. The crime didn't spark particular interest in me, and the investigative process was little better, since it focused mostly on the procedural and drone work, without a palpable sense of urgency or danger.

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text 2017-12-10 16:51
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 305 pages.
This Sweet Sickness: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) - Patricia Highsmith

David is one of the good guys from next door, a genuinly nice and normal human being. Except that he has bought a house under a false name for him and Annabelle, who in his mind is to become his wife rather sooner than later. Problem: Annabelle is married to another man and she isn´t answering his letters. A minor nuisance which might resolve itself some way or another.

 

Well, it is a Patricia Highsmith novel, so I except "the one way or another" will turn out to be psychologically interesting. It´s just an inkling, though.

 

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