Hi my loves,
Here’s July’s book reviews!
Every Single Secret – Emily Carpenter
After reading my first Emily Carpenter book back in May, I really wanted to read more. Carptener has this Gillian Flynn vibe that I really love – the ability to create this psychological, ominous and mysterious atmosphere that really draws you in and makes you want to keep reading. One thing I love about Emily Carpenter’s books is how easy they are to read, for lack of better wording I feel like I just glide right through them, they’re really fun. They mess with your head and keep you guessing without you having to actually concentrate or pay much attention, if that makes sense – the book doesn’t make you work hard to try and understand it, yet it still keeps you guessing anyway – I find that kind of style really fun.
This book is about our main protagonist Daphne and her fiancé Heath, who both essentially know nothing about each others’ pasts and choose to keep it that way, since they’re both very guarded people. Heath suffers from violent nightmares and eventually he convinces Daphne to go to a couples’ psychological retreat in the mountains with him in order to work out his issues and hopefully to become closer as a couple, but all is not as it seems…
This genre is not something I usually read but after my first encounter with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl a couple of years ago, I definitely wanted to read more books like it. Is Carpenter as good as Flynn? No. I think Flynn is a lot more complex and intricate within her work, whereas Carpenter is a lot more simple and her books are easy to get through (a “glide” as I’m now calling it) however, I still enjoy them a lot and I plan on reading more of her work very soon.
If anyone has any recommendations for books / authors similar to Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl, Dark Places etc. please let me know, I always find it hard to find similar stories / authors and I don’t know why as I know there’s more than enough out there!
The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern
4.5 / 5 stars
I’m not really sure where to start with this book so this review is going to be all over the place – apologies in advance.
This is my first experience of Erin Morgenstern and her writing, I haven’t read her debut novel The Night Circus even though it has a lot of praise, but I guess the synopsis just didn’t really appeal to me and so I just never read it – even now, after reading The Starless Sea, I still don’t plan on reading it anytime soon, so there you go.
Anyway, The Starless Sea.
This book was featured in my aesthetically pleasing book haul because honestly, I just wanted some beautiful books on my shelves. The hardback version of this is just absolutely beautiful and…I wanted to own it. I didn’t know anything about it before going into it, I just knew that it looked beautiful and everyone and their grandma had been talking about it – it was like the new greatest book on the scene – and so I wanted one for myself.
This book is about a boy called Zachary who finds a book in the library one day that features himself in the story, talking about something that he experienced when he was a young child and that essentially, no one else would know about because he never told anyone. He takes off on a journey to discover who the book belongs to, where it came from, who wrote it, why he’s in it etc. and we get sucked into the most beautiful, magical world. I won’t spoil it further.
Apart from this book being one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in a long time (when it arrived I just sat there gawping at it like it was some kind of sacred treasure which, I guess it is), it’s a story. A true, true, story. Like, a story book for adults. Some kind of fairytale. I haven’t read what’s felt like a story since, well, since when I was a child. I really, really loved it. It can get quite confusing at times I admit, but I love how intricate and explorative everything was. It was just…a story. I don’t know how else to describe it.
There are a lot of things I think could’ve been tied up at the end that weren’t, but I was so sucked into the story and felt like I really went on a journey with it that it still gets 4.5 stars from me. A really beautiful and well thought-out book. I also think this would be amazing to listen to as an audio book.
Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo
I have a huge amount of respect for this book, I love what it represents and what it’s trying (and succeeding) to say, however, it did fall a little flat for me.
My rating and slight disappointment for this book has nothing to do with its content, I support that 100%, however, the format for me just didn’t really work, it’s not something I really enjoyed and therefore it kind of made the book a bit of a slog to get through at times. It’s essentially reading a book of short stories that tie together at the end, and I’m not really a short story lover and so it just didn’t really appeal to me that much however, I support and appreciate the content of this book 100% and would recommend it as something everyone should read at some point in their lives, I’m definitely interested in reading more of Bernadine Evaristo’s work.
The Beekeeper’s Promise – Fiona Valpy
This was a nice little book and I read it simply because…there were bees in the title. You all know me. This is no surprise now.
This book is about a girl called Abi who goes on holiday to France with her friend in order to try and unwind (for lack of better wording) from an abusive relationship she recently got out of. While in France, she meets a couple who are looking for a Summer intern at their chateau and Abi happily applies. Whilst there, she learns of the history and the people that used to live at the chateau during the war in 1938, and we are taken on a journey of the people who used to live there and the resemblance to that of Abi now, in the present day.
This story was okay, kind of just lukewarm for me. I think the story from 1938 could’ve easily been told and made into a book on its own, I didn’t really see the point in flipping between the two timelines back to Abi in the present day as it seemed to serve no purpose and didn’t really add anything to the story, as Abi wasn’t really an important or memorable character considering she was the protagonist for half of the plot. Not really my kind of book, I think it’d be suited to possibly older readers. It kind of just left me feeling lukewarm.
All my love,
Goodreads – ChloLuna