A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

After Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine I decided I needed another relatively new book to continue the newness streak. I realized quite quickly that this was not going to be a quick and recreational read like the previous book was, especially since Uni started back up and there’s reading for that to do. Regardless, I think it took me just over two weeks to read it, so if I spent every evening reading it, it would have gone quicker. This time around, I also decided to keep a notepad by my side to jot down any thoughts and feelings that occurred to me as I read.

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

I’m not sure if there actually were seven deaths, it all got a little bit confusing somewhere through all the days that the story takes place over, but The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is an over 500 page book that took me five days to read. It makes sense, about 100 per day, but it was more like 100 in the first two or three days, and the rest in the remaining, it was that hard to put down that I just didn’t want to. A great book to travel with, makes a flight seem shorter than it really is, which is always a plus if you ask me.

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The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

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I was in the cinema a while back and the trailer for this film came up. I immediately knew I needed to see it at some point, but felt it necessary to read the novel that it is based on. Before, and after, the trailer, I had seen the paperback here and there, primarily in the “just in” sections they have in book stores, and didn’t really think much of it. But, here I am en-route to Waterstones to pick up two school books for next year and I see that The Girl on the Train is 50% off. So I think, why not, and purchase it.
I dreaded having this book sat on my bookshelf. Seeing it everyday always in the corner of my eye. It looked so new and untouched, and I wanted to read it so badly, but I had told myself that I needed to read Robinson Crusoe. Needless to say, that obviously did not happen as here we are with a review of The Girl on the Train. Oops.

It gripped me from the start. Yes it was a little repetitive, but it got interesting pretty quickly. Yes there were introductions that then led to the rising action, but it passed so quickly it was barely noticeable. I do believe, that there is always that one character that you are not meant to like, or at least that’s how it is with me and the antagonist (sometimes protagonist) Anna. I really do not see why she lives her life the way she does and why she acts the way she does (it is relatively justified but she’s still annoying.) The plot twists and turns between diary entries of three female characters, two of which are in present time (2013), and the third whose entries are one year prior to this. I feel like it takes some time for it to get to the climax, but the build up is a necessary evil. Despite the lengthy build up to the climax, I was nonetheless content with the outcome. In this moment especially, there is not a word that one can miss. As any novel should, after this it undergoes the falling action, where here it became mellow and without the occurrence of any major twists.
Overall, very enjoyable, and still following on my trend of mysteries / thrillers (can you tell I’m starting to have a favorite genre?) A book that I would recommend to many who are just in need of reading something on the go.

This book took me only five days to read, and I honestly do not remember the last time it took such a short period of time for me to finish a novel. For that, and other things, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Quotes from the text;
Life is not a paragraph and death is no parentheses. (22)
Everything she has is secondhand. I want to know how that makes her feel. (56)
I like trains … Trains are wonderful. (60)
I like it out here, it’s cathartic, cleaning, like an ice bath. (69)
I am interested for the first time in ages, in something other than my own misery. (120)
… warm and honeyed … (279)
… so pretty in the daylight but now sinister, each one of them a hiding place. (408)

Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith

When I saw Career of Evil in a soft cover edition at the airport I was so hyped and practically ran to the till to buy it. There is a special place in my heart for crime fiction and books by J.K. Rowling (even if this is under a pseudonym). It follows Strike, as the two previous books do, but also incorporates the story of his secretary more often, and on the rare occasion, the culprit, which offers a nice twist to the way the story plays out.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read, especially on trips where you read to pass time and you’re surprised how much you read. Also, it’s very engaging, with different plot holes and turns on every page. It is not exactly the most fast paced piece of text, however most definitely a page turner in many cases and so worth the read jsut to find out who the antagonist was. The ending seemed to suggest another book in the series, and I am so hopeful of that (and as far as I know, another one is indeed in the works).

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Memorable quotes from the text;
…gliding behind them like a ghost or a god. (3)
Alcohol buoyed you up and it washed your eyes clean. (145)
…sometimes he could drive himself into an onanistic frenzy … (373)
The small coffee shop smelled of warm wood and espresso. (453)
…the sky over the rooftops blazed with color as bright as a parakeet’s wing: scarlet, orange, even a faint trace of green. (466)

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

I had previously read The Cuckoo’s Calling and when I heard this book was coming out, I was very excited to pick it up and get engrossed by the fascinating language and descriptions the author feeds you through the chapters. Books of the crime fiction genre always have a way of engaging readers in hopes of catching up with the mystery before it is revealed in the last chapters.

In this book, the protagonist Strike is called up by Leorna Quine, the wife of a peculiar writter who seems to have gone missing, which is not especially unusual for him. Strike and his assistant Robin embark on a journey that makes it hard for readers to put down the book in hopes of explanations, another plot twist, or more drama in the two investigators private lives.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

A very captivating read, with a winter setting making it perfect for hot summer days as you imagine the action playing out. It’s a reasonably quick read that doesn’t leave the reader hanging at the end of it. The descriptions are like none other that I have read, and everything that ever confused you throughout reading the novel are well thought out and explained in due time as the protagonist himself resolves the mystery.

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Quotes:

Monday-morning faces: sagging, gaunt, braced, resigned. (7)
…didn’t someone once say the unexamined life isn’t worth living? (69)
Every taint of the touristic was wiped away by the freezing November evening … (83)
Strike leaned back against the wall beside the ticket machines, his eyes fixed on a circular ceiling supported by a spider’s web of struts. 116
… the madness and occasional ecstasy. (195)
… a mixture of football and murder on his mind … (281)
Love is a mirage. (294)
You can’t plot murder like a novel. There area always loose ends in real life. (380)