I brought this book a few months ago and didn’t around to properly reading it until recently, and I have to say, its one of the best books I’ve read in a while! When I first started reading it I struggled to get into it, but I persevered and I’m so so glad I did.
It clear from the start that there are some underlying problems for Eleanor and theres not much in the way of hints apart from her mum who you get the feeling plays a big role in how Eleanor is as a person. The further into the book you get the more unexpected turns it takes. It really makes you evaluate a lot of things and you feel so many emotions through out the book. With out giving away too many spoilers, you really get the sense of how being a good friend isn’t always being the one to fix things, but just being there for them to cry to when they need. Its a book full of emotions and really helps to show that having a mental illness such as depression isn’t something to be embarrassed about and that talking to someone and taking things at your own pace can really help you regain control of things.
This is a definite recommended read!
So I haven’t started reading any Christmas books yet this year since its only the second day of December, however one of my absolute favourite books for the winter is Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. I love how you need to pay attention to notice when the stories intertwine and join. I think its so carefully written in such a warming way that you get drawn in to the story. Its totally one of those books for the days under the blanket with the heating on. The other thing that I really liked was the fact that all three authors used the same setting but with their own unique character and character storyline, slowly intertwining them into the same story. This is a story that is totally worth reading at Christmas!
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Something that I didn’t mention in my intro to myself is that I’m a bookworm. I have so many books my dads started introducing the idea of boxing some up to make room for more, which I’m trying to avoid because you never know when you might want to re-read a book. But on one of my many adventures to Waterstones, I came across this book and new that I needed it right away, so I brought it and read it with in two days.
This story isn’t your average murder/mystery/crime thriller sort of book, it flips between the main character in two different times in her life, the present day and just after her kidnapping.Through out the whole book you try piecing it together in your head, and just as you think you’ve figured it out, something happens that changes your mind. I was totally not expecting the kidnapper/murderer to be who it was. Also they discover more about the victims and what happened the more you work through the book.
I find with books that I can either love them and not be able to put them down, usually resulting in it being read with in a few days, or their the kind of book that I don’t mind reading but I’m not in a rush to finish. This book gripped me from the start, I seriously couldn’t put it down! The whole book has so many unexpected twists that you need to pay attention to things that are said and its so easy to envision the scenarios its like a movie in your head as you read.
This book is a total recommend, its paper back and only cost me around £7 to purchase and it was so worth it! I want to get some more of Julia Heaberlins books because her writing is amazing!
I’m currently reading The Lovely Bones so keep watching this space for a review!!