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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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review 2020-04-11 11:27
The Bookshop on the Shore
The Bookshop on the Shore - Jenny Colgan

This one was an average chick-lit/romance that was only marginally about books, though they sounded like heavenly books in a library out of my dreams.  The setting was the same as The Bookshop on the Corner, and a couple of characters from the first book play minor roles in this one, but otherwise the story is completely stand alone.


And it's ok.  It's saved from complete mediocrity by a plot twist that was unexpected - at least by me; with my limited backlist of books in this genre, it's probably not hard to surprise me.


It was a diverting read, though not as good as The Book Charmer, whose strong sense of place kept interfering in my mind with the weaker one here;  Perhaps I might have enjoyed this one more if it hadn't come on the tails of that more vividly written and charming book.

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