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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My Soul to Take – Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

IMG_1173I bought this book while I was on holiday in Iceland in 2013 in a small vintage bookshop and cafe, as a souvenir in a sense. It seems to always take me quite a while to get to a book after I buy it, many times unfortunately. Majority of the time it’s during trips that I read the most, either on the train or on planes, and time just seems to pass quicker as the pages turn. Mysteries always seem to find their way into my annual reading, as did this one. My Soul to Take takes place in a small coastal village in Iceland, following the lawyer and main character, Thora through an investigation concerning a hotel. After questioning everyone that would have even some motive, and a few bumps in the road whilst trying to get around the police who do not seem to be in favor of her theories, she gets to the bottom of the situation.

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

As I gave it such a high rating, I would recommend it to many people, mainly those who enjoy a mystery once in a while. An overall gripping read that goes by relatively quickly due to the way it’s written. A fast paced adventure that grasps the reader along the twists and turns of the plot. A great read for when traveling or when trying to pass time.

Smart – Kim Slater

smartSmart was not quite the book that I was expecting when I first picked it up, nonetheless it was still intriguing. The book follows the protagonist Kieran, a 15 year old with special needs. Hence one can say this was a similar text to “The Curious Incident of a dag in the Night Time” where the protagonist also had special needs, yet this is a slightly different situation, where here I feel the protagonist was a little less annoying to read about. It’s a different take on a mystery, alluding different occurrences to paintings, those by Lowry especially. As well as several problems that could be deemed as taboo topics even now in the 21st century that shine through the lines of text.

This 15 year old protagonist embarks on an adventure that not only helps him solve the murder, but also rekindles him with family, and solves an issue the police have been having for quite sometime.

I would recommend this book to readers of any age. However, this text may be more appealing to readers of an older age as the story follows a teenaged boy. It has moments which are very gripping, making it hard to put the book down in fear of missing an unexpected turn of events. An exciting text that leaves you feeling satisfied, despite what was felt before. Thus, despite a not too happy start, the ending is pleasantly rewarding.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads

Quotes:
You can’t trust people but you can trust your notebook. (6)
If something happens to crack your heart, it makes your eyes go dull. (26)
you have to remember that the one person you can truly rely on is yourself (229)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

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When I first heard of this book I was very much intrigued by it. Who killed the dog. Who was writing the story. And so on. My initial thought was “why are the chapters numbered like this?” but this was soon explained. Do not get thrown of with the fact that the first chapter is labeled 2. It really is 1.

After a while, now getting into the story, the protagonist is just slightly frustrating me. Nothing against him, hes doing well for his mentality, however there are situations that he could be handling better.

His situation handling gets a slight bit worse and more worrying the further one reads on. Following a protagonist in their teens gives the readers different ideas of how society is seen through other peoples eyes and how it is very important to treat everyone with respect.

I am surprised with how this book turned out. I believed that it would be slightly better written and the plot would be more enticing. I gave the book such a low score because it was not quite what I thought it would be. It was a quick read that was not challenging in plot or language, but the sentence structure and grammar were different to that of usual, in order to convey the state of the 15 year old protagonist who lives with a mental condition. As far as the mystery aspect of this book goes, it was not very mysterious. Yes, the idea is to find out who killed the dog and this is done so, it is explained. But the process of decoding is missing to some extent. Everything comes as one blow.

It did not take a long time to read this book, it was more being flustered by the irrational choices made my the main character and the influence of others on him.

I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Quotations:
“his face was drawn but the curtains were real” (10)
“If you raise one eyebrow it can mean lots of things. It can mean “I want to do sex with you” and it can also mean “I think that what you just said was very stupid.” (19)
“Which means that a murder victim is usually killed by someone known to them and fairies are made out of paper and you can’t talk to someone who is dead.” (113)

A Caribbean Mystery – Agatha Christie

 

caribbean-mysteryA Caribbean Mystery clearly a mystery by the ever so classic Agatha Christie – I do really recommend this book, or any other. It is one of the few Miss Marple Mysteries, who is the protagonist in the book. In this novel, she is in the West Indies, a series of Islands taking a break, as a grandmother in need of more sun than Southern England offers should. She is offered to see a snapshot of a murder, but she unfortunately does not, and after this the nice man who offered her this, is murdered.

This is a book full of suspects and questions urging you to read more. It does have a slow start, yet once past this it is hard to put down. The text is only some 200 pages, therefore not too much of a strenuous read, and great for long plane flights or bus rides.

This book received 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

A few interesting quotes from the book:
“The place looked like an earthly paradise” (52)
“uneasiness of his that had been so nebulous was now becoming tangible.” (56)
“Men can be extraordinarily obtuse” (91)
“Conversations are always dangerous, if you have something to hide” (136)