Book Review: The Girl on the Page

4.5 stars

 

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Greatly enjoyed this book. Hard to put down. Well written. A story about the ‘fight’ between commercial fiction and literature. It made me smile because I like to write too and have spent time listening to other writers’ ideas of what is good writing. All I could think by the end of this book was how writers take their pursuit way too seriously (fiction writers, not journalists). You’re writing a book, not curing cancer. Get off your high-horse.

As to this book, it could have easily been a five star read. In fact, I wanted it to be a five star read. There’s some great stuff in here, but it’s let down by the incongruous erotica. I love erotica. I write erotica. But it just didn’t belong here. And it was poorly written and aggressive, bordering on abusive. It made me feel a little dirty to be a woman. A real woman doesn’t enjoy sex like that. Even if she is a ‘sex addict’. Our bodies don’t work like that. It’s written from very much a male perspective, which is a little disconcerting in of itself.

Nevertheless, despite its faults (and all books have their faults), it was a really fun read. There’s a lot of depth. A lot to think about. It compels me to read more of the author’s work.

Book Review: Caught

Literary

4 Stars

 

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Enjoyed this book. Phenomenal writing. Much in the vein of ‘No Country for Old Men’. Real hard, ‘masculine’ writing. Don’t know why I think that. It’s almost as though it’s written without emotion and yet that’s not true—it’s filled with it. Filled with minute detail. Skilfully written introspection. Symbolism. An interesting style of writing that I’m coming to enjoy.

An unusual book. It’s more literature than any other genre, I think.

I liked Slaney. A drug smuggler on the run. An inherently ‘decent’ character despite his crimes. Complicated and three-dimensional. I felt for him.

The story, I guess, is ‘slow’. For those who want a fast-paced, suspenseful read, you won’t find it here. I like that. But I also would have liked a bit more thrill.

I ummed and ahhhed deciding whether to make this a 3 or 4 stars. Not a huge fan of ‘literature’. Wouldn’t call it a page-turner. But I think the writing on its own is worth the 4 stars.

Book Review: Unsub (Unsub #1)

Action, Crime

5 Stars

 

UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

 

Fantastic read. Awesome writing. Had me hooked the whole way. Loved the twists and turns. Believable. Great characters. None of it felt forced or silly. I really can’t fault it. Hard to find in a genre like this. If you like psychological thrillers and serial killers, this is a great book to read.

I’ve already read the second book, so moving onto the third. Very impressed with this author. She deserves more recognition.