Classics, Classics Club, Mystery, Read in 2018, Uncategorized

A Study in Scarlet (Review)

This was my first ever Sherlock, and it did not disappoint. In A Study in Scarlet we meet Sherlock Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson for the first time. Dr. Watson gets to know how the mind of the eccentric Sherlock works, as Sherlock slowly reveals how he solves a crime. Throughout the book you get two know these two main characters in depth, as well as the murderer’s character. The first part of the book tells of a murder scene, and we see Sherlock at work to solve the crime. The second part follows the murderer, and his story. I really enjoyed how this was done; a very clever way to tell a story.

It’s a great first introduction to Sherlock, and to Arthur Conan Doyle’s work. I listened to this on audio book, the one narrated by Stephen Fry, which was a very pleasant listening experience.

4/5

 

Published in 2018, Read in 2018, Thriller

The Winter’s Child (Review)

The Winter’s Child by Cassandra Parkin follows a Mother through the heartbreak of loosing her only child. Nobody knows where 15 year old Joel went, or if he’s still alive, but his Mother keeps hope that Joel will one day return.

We follow Susannah as she works through memories, both through her blog and through psychic readings. At first you take everything she says for truth, but slowly the lines between reality and fantasy become blurred.

I enjoyed reading this book, but there were some parts that did not work for me. Some of the blog posts were long and did not add much to the story. I would have also liked to hear what Nick and John thought of the ending, but we never find out.

Dystopian, Published in 2018, Read in 2018

The Book of M (Review)

IMG_6523 (1)

A man from India looses his shadow. Soon he is broadcast live around the world. What initially was thought of as a miracle, soon turns out to be a disaster, when the man starts loosing his memories as well. The phenomenon spreads, and what happens to a world wherein people can’t remember who they are, or how to do things?

This book follows a few different characters, and shows this catastrophe from different points of view. The most interesting in my opinion is the one that follows a husband and wife, still both with their shadows, when one day one of them ends up loosing their shadow. The way Shepherd manages to describe their relationship, and how they deal with this situation is hauntingly beautiful.

For a debut novel, this has been done amazingly well. She manages to weave all the different points of view into one cohesive storyline. It’s nearly 500 pages long, but it doesn’t feel that way. This is an absolute page turner and I had a really hard time putting it down. This will appeal to readers who love dystopian novels; books like Station Eleven and The Road.