[Book Review]: Behind closed doors – B A Paris

Behind Closed DoorsGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.

You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.


So this is a book like no other I’ve ever read in my life!

Totally gripping and addictive- I read this whole book in 5 hours! I could not put it down and the way it was written didn’t let me put it down because as each chapter ended, it was left like a cliffhanger, so I just had to start the next one to find out what happens!

It is a thriller novel and scary in the sense that there could be people out in the real world like this and nobody knows about it. It is a scary situation to find yourself in, but I loved reading every minute of it!

I loved all the character’s in the story, I think they all meshed well together, especially Milly-what a sweetheart!

The only fault I have with this book is the ending. I was happy with the ending, don’t get me wrong – but to me, it needed an epilogue. I wanted the author to skip a few months and tell us what happened next. Just to finalise the book a bit better and for more closure I guess. I won’t say too much because I’ll give it away, but I just needed that little bit more, but other than that – it was a fantastic novel to read!

❤ MeLzY

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[Book Review]: The girl on the train – Paula Hawkins

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


So obviously I ‘missed the train‘ and read this novel once the craze was over and the movie is already showing in the cinema; but I am glad I eventually got around to reading it and give it a go.

These sorts of thriller stories don’t really catch my attention all that much normally. Even when everyone was reading this book, I still wasn’t all that interested in reading it too. It was only when I saw the preview for the movie that I thought ‘maybe I should give it a go and then go see the movie too’. And so I did. I read the book (just finished it now) and will hopefully go watch it come to life this week.

I can only hope the movie does the book the justice it deserves. I am so glad I decided to try a book so different to what I normally read. It was very refreshing and may have now started a new genre in books in which I will read from now on, alongside my normal genre of books.

This story was both captivating and intriguing. It has you guessing ‘who did it’ from the very beginning. Paula Hawkins did a fabulous job in keeping it a secret up until the very end. She gave no clues away whatsoever. If anything, she did the opposite and always made me rethink my suspect because she continued to introduce other thought processes throughout the novel.

I loved all the characters in the book. They all worked well together and all seemed to fit. I can’t say I disliked any of them by the end. There was a lot of monologue in the beginning and not much dialogue but it all balanced out well enough as the book progressed.

I won’t give anything away, but I will definitely recommend this novel to anyone looking for a story that keeps you guessing and wanting more. Although it’s a ‘thriller’ per say – It is not scary at all. It is more of a ‘who did it’ novel. The only way it scared me is the fact that I used to be a ‘girl on the train’ commuting to and from work and knowing that this can and does happen in real life- I don’t think I would look out the windows anymore if I still caught a train – you never know what you might see!

❤ MeLzY

 

 

 

[Book Review]: Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks

Two By TwoGOODREADS SYNOPSISAt 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.


*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Dear Nicholas Sparks,

I know you were going through a tough marriage break up whilst writing this novel and unfortunately, it all clearly shows in this latest book of yours.

Where your novels are usually full of love and happiness of two strangers meeting and falling in love (before some tragedy occurs), this one was full of heartache from the get go.
From page one of this novel, poor Russel was telling us his story of how his marriage was clearly falling apart, as was the rest of his life too- not a very intriguing story line and it makes me wonder whether you were telling us, as your readers, the drama and hurt you have recently endured through your own marriage break up.

This novel didn’t keep me on my toes until the very end, like some of your latest ones have done. ‘See Me’ kept me reading until I had finished it to find out who was stalking her. You kept the secret right up until the end and I loved it! This one however is lacking excitement. It seems to be a very plain, normal, every day story and unfortunately also very predictable.
Whilst reading this story of Rus & Viv’s marriage break up, I feel like I am also reading about yours. I feel like you’re basically telling us why and how your marriage came to an end and how you too found yourself as a single dad. Obviously circumstances were different but also maybe the same in a round about way, maybe the hurt process which your went through.

From the half way point of the book the story was already very predictable. All aspects of his life were falling apart. He quit his awesome job that he loved because he was going to get fired anyway, so he started his own company because no one was hiring within his vicinity of residence. The new business was a flop for a long time so his poor wife who never had to lift a finger around the house since having their daughter, London, had to go and get a job.
She didn’t have to get a job if she did her own housework instead of getting in a cleaner twice a week. She wouldn’t have to get a job if she cut back on the spending, instead of ‘running errands’ every day as she called her shopping addiction. But it was all about her all the time and she endlessly made Russel feel guilty for her having to go back to work and never getting to spend enough time with London anymore.

But as I had suspected the story was leading around the half way point, it turned out I was right in the fact that Vivian kept saying she was basically forced back into the workplace to support their family, even though she actually loves being back at work and she loves her new job and it now takes priority over anything else, including her family. Also not forgetting the fact that she falls in love with her new boss and cheats on her wonderful husband who does everything in his power to make her life so easy.

More predictability was proved correct when the ex girlfriend, Emily came back in the picture. She was taking the time to listen to him and ask how his job was going. She was basically saying and doing all the things he wished his wife would say to him. It was clear he wasn’t going to cheat on Viv with Emily but it was also clear that his old feelings toward her had resurfaced.

As soon as Marge got her cough, I knew the story was leading to her having cancer, otherwise there is no reason to even mention she had a cough and the general rule is, when someone gets a cough that they can’t shake, it generally means cancer. I have been through this with loved ones before. This was the emotional twist that everyone waits for in a classic Nicholas Sparks novel and once again you came through and it turned on the waterworks for me.

As for Viv- it was clear on her intentions to go for full custody because she was being so nice to him. That can only mean she wants something from him because most of the time, she was a nasty cow. A very unfavourable character, but then again-I’m sure that was your intention for her.

As for all the grammar mistakes?! All I can ask is ‘What was your editor doing??’ Clearly not their job. If this was my novel, I would fire the editor. I have never read a book with so many errors before. It may have had one here or there but this one -I lost count around the 10th error I came across. It got very annoying by the end.
It seems this book wasn’t really looked at properly before it was printed. It seems like it was rushed to get it out on time. Very disappointing in this regard and not like any of your previous novels at all.

As for the novel in general – I did expect more from you, being my favourite author and all, knowing what you are capable of but obviously an everyday story is all you could muster given the circumstances under which you were writing.
That aside, a very good story as much as it seemed like I was reading someone’s real life biography because it was basically normal everyday issues constantly being told throughout the whole book. A nasty divorce. A sibling dying of cancer. A rekindled love. I’m sure everyone reading this book can relate to at least one of these, if not all of them.

❤ MeLzY

 

 

 

 

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Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

SYNOPSIS: At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that.  But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.


The long anticipated wait for my favourite author’s new book release is over and I finally have a copy to immediately start reading!

I am very excited to read this book as I’m sure it will be just as good (if not maybe better) as all his other amazing novels, and I cannot wait to share my thoughts with you all!

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

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Goodread’s Synopsis: When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her ‘cousin’ Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.


After reading this book I have one very important question with regard to the end: What the hell?!?!?! What the hell happened to Tess?

I have to say, the ending to this story was quite disappointing for the fact that for the majority of the book, Tess loved Angel and when he left her after their wedding, she was completely devastated for the one year he was gone for and throughout that whole time she wanted nothing more than for him to come back to her or send for her to go to him. But the moment he does come back for her, she goes and does the most stupidest thing that she knows will guarantee a life without him! How stupid can she be! Why didn’t she just leave Alec and go back to Angel without killing anyone? She was after all still married to Angel, so it wouldn’t have been an issue. And Angel had finally decided that he was OK with her past and accepted it and forgave her for it, so there really was no need for Tess to kill Alec if she had thought that through for half a second!

And then the last chapter was all useless gibberish. What happened to Tess? Was she executed? Locked up for eternity? Was Angel and Liza-Lou married now? I need specifics please Thomas Hardy! I’m sure it is written somewhere within the Old English words and I probably can’t understand it, so if anyone was able to read between the lines, can you please fill me in?

As for the rest of the story, I found Tess to be quite a depressing character, always going on about ending her life and not wanting to live-saying this to her lover for goodness sake! All because she had a baby with another guy. And then she finally tells Angel the truth about her past and he totally flips out!  It’s not like he became an instant father, seeing as the poor baby died long before he even came on the scene. It’s all because of his reputation. Oh how times have changed!

Which brings me to my next question – how did Tess even end up sleeping with Alec? She despised him throughout the whole book, so when exactly did she succumb to him? Or was it against her will? That fact wasn’t made very clear either (for me).

Overall, it was a good read but it seemed to have a lot of useless words in it that didn’t do anything for the story at all. If they weren’t in there the story still would have made sense and the book would have been a lot shorter.

I wouldn’t say that I loved the book because I didn’t. I really just read it to settle my curiosity about such a well known novel and I am glad to have done that.

❤ MeLzY

[Movie Review]: Bridget Jones’s Baby

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Bridget Jones’s Baby is the third movie released in the Bridget Jones saga and I am a little disappointed – only for the fact that I have read all three books of this story and when the third book was released (not that long ago) I was super excited because that meant they might do a third movie, which now they have but it’s like the third novel doesn’t even exist anyway! Nothing from the third novel is depicted in the movie whatsoever, so why a third novel was even made is beyond me. The first two novels aren’t exactly portrayed well throughout the first two movies either, but it stuck to the overall plot at least.

Putting that major downfall aside and pretending like I havn’t read the novel’s, I quite liked the movie – not as much as the first two, but it was great that most of the same characters came back for this one too. The main character which I absolutely love and this movie just isn’t the same without unfortunately didn’t return (Hugh Grant) but at least Colin Firth and Renee’ Zellweger did and I guess Patrick Dempsey was a nice addition aswell.

So if you loved the novel’s and want to see them come to life, you will be sadly disapointed but if you loved both other Bridget Jones movies, then you will love this one too.

Have you seen this movie yet? What did you think of it?

❤ MeLzY

 

 

[Review]: After You – Jo Jo Moyes

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If you are still reading this month’s book -‘After You’, maybe don’t read this review yet as it may contain some spoilers.

I literally just read the last sentence of this book and had to write up my review while my thoughts are all still fresh in my head.

Where do I even start?

I guess this sequel wasn’t really what I was expecting at all. But then where did I think the story would go after Will died? I certainly didn’t expect his unknown daughter to appear out of nowhere and hijack the story, which is what happened.  I think I would rather have had her pop up in the first book and give him a reason to stay, but if that had happened he would only have stuck around out of obligation to her and still wouldn’t have been happy. So I guess it’s better she came about after wards.

I suppose by Jo Jo Moyes introducing Lily (Will’s daughter) into the story, it gave the Treynor’s and Louisa a reason to reconnect and mourn for Will together (even though it’s been 18 months since Will ended his life). What I am a little unsure of is why did Lily look Lou up instead of Will’s actual family if she wanted to find out about him? Surely they would have come up in her search as well? So wouldn’t she have gone directly to her grandparents, who knew him his entire life, to find out more about her father, instead of his carer who only knew him for the last 6 months of his life? A bit odd but I guess the story needed to give Lou a project and a reason to be in this book at all.

I think what I didn’t enjoy from this book is the fact that Will was no longer in it. I loved Will’s character in Me before You, so I’m glad that Lou was finding it hard to get over his death for that reason and kept speaking to him, because it made it feel like he was still around and in this story too.

I was unsure how I felt about Sam the Ambulance man at first because like I said, I liked Will. But he was good for Lou and helped her to move on and get passed her underlying grief.

There was a lot in this book which I thought wasn’t necessary to be in there, like Lou’s parents arguing over her not shaving her legs and wanting to expand her knowledge etc…but I guess the pages needed to be filled with something, I would have just preferred the story to have stuck around Will and Lou a bit more.

There were a lot of reasons why I enjoyed reading this book but it wasn’t what I thought it would be at all. To be honest, the sequel wasn’t even all that necessary; it could have ended after the first book.

This book was more like a self help book for grieving that helped you through it as it touches on the stages of grief a lot at each session of the ‘Moving On Circle’ Lou attends. I liked the way this group talked through their grief and it all made a lot of sense (to a person who has also grieved for the loss of a loved one). This is one snippet the group leader says which I loved:

“And what we learn through sharing our memories and our sadness and our little victories with each other is it’s ok to feel sad. Or lost. Or angry. It’s ok to feel a whole host of things that other people might not understand, and often for a long time. Everyone has his or her own journey. We don’t judge.
And that, impossible as it may feel at first, we will each get to a point where we can rejoice in the fact that every person we have discussed and mourned and grieved over was here, walking among us-and whether they were taken after 6 months or 60 years, we were lucky to have them.”

So the question now remains: will there be a third book to this epic story? Do Lou and Sam last the long distance relationship? Does Lou love living and working in New York or does she feel like she doesn’t belong like everywhere she tried to live in? I think it’s fair to assume all’s well that end’s well and there’s no need to drag it on any longer  for no reason.

What did you think of this sequel? Did it meet your expectations?

You can read my review to ‘Me before you’ here.

❤ MeLzY