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This line was used 3 times in this short novel. Another line used 3 times? “Feeling the warmth of bourbon down my throat”. It’s a fast paced book and the concept was good but the writing annoyed me sometimes. The plot was okay but nothing crazy exciting happened.
This is my first John Boyne book and I really enjoyed his writing. However, when the protagonist is so unlikable, it always takes the enjoyment awya for me. Also, I just felt like I could predict everything that was going to happen, so although I wanted to see how it played out, the book wasn't an exciting page turner to me.
I chose this book because I read Big Little Lies by this author and loved it! However, this book did not impress me near as much..it disappointed. LM is great at character development, but the plot of this story definitely fell short. Also, I was extremely annoyed that LM chose to essentially use the guests' psychedelic experiences as filler in the middle of the book - they felt unnecessary and a waste of what could have been a more developed plot and story. I feel the need (or desire) to write to LM and urge that she not try to pull a Frances and stick to what is her more 'normal' genre...
This book was really good. While having predictable ending, their road to personal self discovery was interesting and not how I had thought it would go. I enjoyed reading through both view points. It made me that much more interested in the characters. Overall, This book was really good and I really enjoyed reading it.
I read this book after 'Nine Perfect Strangers' which was refreshing because this was such a quick read! The whole story kept me intrigued so much so that I couldn't put it down. A lot of the discussions say they are upset the husband was cheating - but it looks like he might get what is coming to him! Crazy ending - I don't care if it is realistic or not.
I thought at first that Natalie was just being a protective mom - but the end made me laugh because it showed she might have turned crazy! I wish the beginning about their relationship was tied in more - since it started with their first date and then just gave the plot of the story.
I like the concept of the story and where it was going, but it never gave me that WOW factor, like something big to happen. The characters were okay and it's annoying that the husband was cheating. The story fell flat, it was not executed right. It is a real page-turner and captures you into reading. Also, the ending is not realistic.
As soon as I finished this book I literally said out loud, "That was so weird!" I felt like it started off really slow. While I get there are many characters that needed introducing, it just seemed like nothing exciting happened until towards the end and then it all happened at once and was packed in. I don't really know if I liked it or not -- I'm leaning towards no. I did appreciate though that it was not at all what I was expecting it to be. This was my first LM book and I just wasn't impressed. Frances was a hoot though!
I've never read any of this author's books.. so this was my first time with her work. I'm caught between "that was a really fun book" and "did I actually like it"? I liked how different all the characters were and how relate-able each issue they were struggling with was in today's world. They all were so unique, and she described them perfectly. However, in the amount of description, I feel like the story plot kind of got lost.. the end was great, but it was a slow build-up to get there.. I loved Frances and Zoe. I also loved Tony's character and how it ended up "not even being terminal". Masha kind of reminded me of a cult leader.. and when I got that image in my head, I couldn't get it out haha. But I LOVED the summary of every character after the "retreat ended".
Having finished The Heart’s Invisible Furies recently, I was excited about this one. And sadly this one just didn’t do it for me. It was beautifully written and the story was interesting, but it was a rather unsatisfying read. Probably intentional as Maurice’s actions are despicable. Even more infuriating is that he gets away with murder, his only downfall was his guilt. Which was a nice end, but not enough to make up previous atrocities.
I was also bothered by a mistake that happens in the book. Edith’s first novel is called “Fear” during part 2, but in part 3 they refer to it as “Fury”. Also, Dash Hardy releases a novel called “The Codicil of Agnès Fontaine”, isn’t that one of Maude Avery’s novel from the Heart’s Invisible Furies? Which is fine, they are different books after all, but later in A Ladder to the Sky, Maurice picks up Like to the Lark by Maude Avery, which establishes her in this universe, thus creating a conflict with the other title.
So I love the book and I love Boyne. It and he are flippin' fantastic. But I'm super curious about the real- life characters of the book. I'd like to think of myself as semi-cultured, but I have never heard of anyone who shares the same name as those in the book. After reading through the comments though I saw someone mentioned Ackermann and Gore as actual people. Is this true? How much of their life is fictionally/ factually represented in the novel? Are there other characters as well? I'll do some research myself, but I would also love to hear what everyone else thinks about this device.
I am behind on my readings and just started this one! I would be curious if those of you who finished it found it hard to get to the end or easy? I normally don't go for selections quite this long!
Don't get me wrong -- this book gripped me from the beginning until the very end. However, I wish the husband didn't cheat -- I saw that coming -- and I think the ending was a cop-out. Granted, it's not happily-ever-after, but I don't think it was realistic of the sheriff to give Nat a pass.
I hadn't read one of Liane Moriarty's books prior to this one. I had watched the HBO show Big Little Lies and loved it. I still want to read that book so when Nine Perfect Strangers because an option for BOTM I jumped on it. The cast of characters in this book were awesome. Each one was fleshed out and had a full story to tell. You didn't feel like any of the characters was an after thought. Frances was an amazing protagonist. She was funny and quirky and made me laugh several times. Masha was a great antagonist and you could feel just how mad and full of herself she was. A++++
This book was one of my favorites this year. I loved to hate Maurice Swift and thought the change in perspectives was very different in a good way. I am curious about John Boyne now and how much of this comes from his own personal life.
I'm a Liane Moriarty fan but this one just didn't do it for me. The premise seemed fun but the madness was just … not fun. I liked the characters … except for Masha and her actions … I just didn't find the humor in her madness.
Has anyone else finished this one? I loved it and want to talk about it. Lol. At the end where Nat was hinting about her husband continuing his affair. I think it may not end well for him if he does. I hope she writes a sequel about Nat's next act as a criminal. I cant believe thats shes going to actually do that after her talk with the sheriff. I would loved to read that story too. She better keep her checkbook handy though. Maybe her and the sheriff can work out an arrangement to rid the town of the really bad criminal element. Great book if you haven't read it I highly suggest you do.
I rather enjoyed the different narrators throughout the book, it added a bit of mystery until the end. I was hooked by Maurice’s irritatingly persistent self-serving and pathological behavior; just when you think he can do no worse, he does. Seemingly sociopathic, Maurice shows some vulnerability and emotion at the end that make you almost feel sorry. The ending is a bit of a double twist; after everything Maurice still can’t help himself but to stick to his old ways. Boyne really hits on the frightening consequences produced by those with only regard for themselves.
I liked the first section of the story, but I was disturbed by the second section, entitled "The Swallows Nest." I don't really want to read graphic comments on gay sex and the choices men have. I didn't continue reading and have gotten rid of the book.
There's a thematic characteristic that I think is relevant to every person's life in some form. I guess you could call it, Betrayal. From either side of this occurrence, it's something that very few can live down or forget for too long a period of time. I think the universality of betrayal, either regarding an idea or a person, is something that needs to be examined in every person's life. As you get older, the examinations come quicker and with more bite.
I was invested in the characters early on and I enjoyed their journey in this story. There were some times when I disagreed with the characters' thought processes or decisions, but I still really loved the book. What did you guys think of this one.
The novel was engaging and sometimes a page-turner. Slowed towards the end. The main character’s inability ever to make a choice with higher moral ground was a repeated disappointment. I feel the ending would have been better as a tragic shocker instead of wrapped up in a nice neat bow. Clues to who Theo was instead of the author spelling it out for the reader would have been great. Overall a good read but I wasn’t wowed.
This book was interesting and original. I really enjoyed the read. I have read The Heart's Invisible Furies, also really good, which was one of the selections by this author last year. I plan to read some of his other books as well. Glad I made this my choice for November.
I love her characters, but this story was so odd. It was better than her last book (which was incredibly frustrating.) I honestly have no clue if I liked it or not. I want to hang out with Frances and Zoe. I just don’t know overall.