Archives for November 2015

November 5, 2015

Review: The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wondered if karma really was a possibility. And then I decided right then that I wouldn’t, couldn’t allow myself to believe it. Not anymore.

Synopsis:
Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.

But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?

Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

 

I think it’s pretty clear that I’m a sucker for psychological thrillers. Usually the darker, the better. So when Netgalley approved my request for this novel, I was ridiculously excited. The Girl With No Past has been compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and while it was in fact thrilling, I don’t agree with the comparison.

I had a hard time getting into the storyline. Leah is very hard to read, which is all the point of the story, I know, but it doesn’t make for a smooth read. Once I got the feel for the the flow, I actually read it pretty fast and found myself wanting to know what happened in Leah’s past and who was taunting her now. It’s definitely an intriguing story and I don’t regret reading it at all. However I had some issues with the novel as a whole.

While complex, Leah actually isn’t a very strong character. Most of the time while I was reading the story I wanted her to grow a backbone and actually stand up for herself. I understand she felt horribly guilty for the past events but I feel that part of the reason she felt so much guilt was because of her lack of strength to begin with. There was no exploration into why she was so meek before her crime and that really bothered me. I wanted to see her stand up to someone, at some point and that never came.

Also, I felt that the climax of the story was just too much, too fast and I didn’t find most of it plausible. It’s hard to explain what I mean without spoiling the plot twist but I wanted, no, I needed more information as to what made one of the supporting characters do what they did in the first place. It just came out of nowhere and escalated so fast. I needed more exploration of what had caused so much rage and I felt cheated that I never got that.

But there were plenty of things I did quite enjoy about the story. I loved the flashbacks. It helped give a lot more background and helped to flesh out some of the characters some more, plus it was a great way to break up some of the current day storyline. I also enjoyed the “who dun it” moment when Leah’s taunter was revealed. I had a moment of “Aha! I thought so!” But I won’t lie, I had thought that of a couple other characters as well so the revelation was quite satisfying as well.

All in all, while I felt the story had several faults, I did enjoy it and it did keep my attention fairly well. I do recommend it to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.

THREE STARS

November 3, 2015

In Our Town Of Halloween

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Oh hello November, sorry, I didn’t see you there for a second! I’m still stuck on this weekend. It was a blast, even if it didn’t go the way that I had planned. At all.

I had originally planned on having a small Halloween party with a few good friends where we watched some slasher movies, indulged in way too much chocolate, laughed and compared silly costumes, but because of work and all the crazy things that have been happening as of late, I literally had no time to plan a party. So since I had already requested the day off, I talked to a friend of mine (Twitchy) who had mentioned that his son Trey may lose out on trick or treating because he had to work, and volunteered to watch Trey for the day. I ended up with both kiddos and boy, did we have a blast!

A co-worker friend of mine suggested that we take her daughter and my honorary niece and nephew to the Bug Museum and then to the corn maze for some Halloween fun. It was a fantastic idea. So after a hearty autumn breakfast of eggs and waffles and a viewing of The Corpse Bride, we all bundled up and headed out to brave the wind. The happiness on their faces and the laughter I heard all day today me that I made the best decision ever.

movie timestacking bugs

stella!that punim

llamas!farmer trey

feed the goatswhat a stash!

The kids wore out easily after the corn maze. The little one, Kaydynn, exhausted herself by running through the maze after her brother, yelling “My Trey! My Trey!” They are both adorable. I love them so much and consider myself lucky to be in their lives. After we went back to he house, I put little Kay down for a nap and my friend took the other two out for an early trick or treat, downtown. Three hours later, after Kay woke up and her mom had taken her mom, my roommate and I took Trey out trick or treating, for the second time that night. He had so much candy, it completely filled a plastic grocery bag! That kid will be hyped up for months! That’s the best part of being an auntie. I get to spoil them and hype them up and then send them home ;)

After the kiddos were both picked up, roomie and I settled back and ate some pizza and watched a few movies. The boyfriend was supposed to come over for the night to join us in our movie night, but told me at the last minute that he wasn’t going to make it. That’s been happening a lot lately, it seems. Oh well. Hey, more pizza for us!

What did you all get up to this weekend? Any fun Halloween plans? What did you dress up as? I’d love to hear all about it, so let me know in a comment!