A long overdue review of some books I read (or more accurately, didn't) over the holidays.
The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish
This book started out really promising. The little description on the cover and the book's blurbs sounded intriguing, and I was looking at it it reminded me of another disappearance-themed book I'd read ages ago, about this girl who had vanished on the beach with her mom and the mom goes half mad trying to figure out where she was / had died / been kidnapped to. Now that was a pretty good mystery thriller. This one, however, was not.
The author actually writes very well. I liked the way she described stuff, and mapped out the character development. So it was an enjoyable read until about halfway through. That's when it became a bit repetitive, like eating a delicious cake one too many times. It was basically just how the main character keeps questioning her neighbors and finding things out at like, 1 clue per 50 pages.
The worst part was the ending. It was actually so stupid, I was angry reading it. I won't spoil it, but it was just a run of the mill ending. No big AH-HA. No gasps of shock or revelation. No plot twist. NOTHING. She led it all up to a nicely tied up conclusion and that was it.
I was so dissatisfied. Reading all those pages? Not worth it.
Rate: 0.5 / 5 (for the good writing)
The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman by Angela Carter
God, this was worse. I Googled about it and it is a literary classic, apparently. But it is a pain to read. I tried plowing through the first few pages and it was like walking through mud. All that oldish language and too many characters bombarding me at the same time. I mean, you would probably have been enlightened if you made it to the end. Thank goodness I didn't.
Rate: 0/5 (my own standards)
L / 18 / SG / ACJC
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