Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Book review: Postmortem - Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta #1)

A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalised and strangled in their own bedrooms. But there is no pattern. Dr Kay Scarpetta, chief medical officer, now fears for those who will follow.

My opinion.
A horrific killer that strikes faster and in more horrific ways with each new victim he claims. Why is he doing it, and who's going to be his next victim?The investigation is closing in on Kay and the police, the pressure to solve this case is coming at her from all corners and all the while her judgment and professionalism are being questioned. The rush and pressure keeps you glued to the pages, although the details of the crimes this killer commits are nauseating and disturbing. With sexual assault, I must say I wish Patricia Cornwell had been a bit less... "rich" with her descriptions.'Postmortem' feels like a classic thriller. With suspense, surprise and a strong character in Kay Scarpetta, this book has all the ingredients of a great thriller.That being said I did have trouble connecting to Kay. I'm curious to find out more about her in the following books of this series, but as far as 'Postmortem' book goes, the disconnect meant that there was something missing that would make this book unforgettable. That and the really um.. "vintage" computer problems ;-) 


Monday, 6 February 2017

Book review: The Sunrise - Victoria Hislop

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the �zkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's facade of glamour and success, tension is building. 
When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.

My opinion.
In 'The Sunrise' Victoria Hislop introduces us to a wide range of characters. At first glance they seem worlds apart but as the book continues their stories come together and intertwine. When troops invade sunny Cyprus, class and ethnicity, greed and status don't seem to matter as much anymore to the main characters. When the country and world politics are more divided than ever, the lines and walls that kept them separate before start to crumble down. 
The characters, their stories and the gorgeous resort of Famagusta are all incredible rich. There's so much detail and depth, but for some reason I felt as if you were kept on the outside, looking in from afar, instead of getting sucked into the book.
Against the backdrop of, at first, paradise on earth and a civil war afterwards, the characters go through a roller-coaster of emotions. But to me the description of those felt clinical and stand-offish.
I enjoyed it, but I'm afraid I will have forgotten Famagusta and it's inhabitants in a few weeks. I, however, highly recommend Victoria Hislop's earlier book 'The Return'. It's been years(!) since I've read it and I still remember the intensity and passion.


Friday, 3 February 2017

Book review: The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

Meet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not.

My opinion.
Don Tillman is awkward. Let's be blunt. But there's never been a character that stole my heart as fast as Don did. He's confused - rightly so, when you've seen his perspective - by the (social) world around him. Yet he's accepting and sober about how he fits into that world. Simply said: he doesn't fit in, and never has. But the social isolation doesn't get him down. He gets confronted with his flaws on a daily basis, yet he's still confident in all his talents and although he has had every reason to give up on people, he's still the most loyal friend.

This has just become one of my new favourite books. I loved every single page of it. It was endearing, funny, romantic, emotional,... 
I literally missed my train reading this - I was so engrossed I just forgot about the world around me.
Has this been optioned? 'Cause this has Benedict Cumberbatch written alllll over it.