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Crow Girl and Hunger Fire

Erik Axl Sund’s  Crow Girl was the first part and Hunger Fire the second part of a trilogy.  I read Crow Girl a while a go and Hunger Fire last week.

When I started to read Crow Girl I wasn’t able to let it out of my hands, it was so good and intense. The book left the story unfinished and I had to wait to get the second part from the library. Eventually I did.

Both books are suspenseful, intense, dark and twisted and I liked them very much. The authors manage to tell you about these horrible things (abuse and violence) without feasting with blood and extreme details about the events. The narration is fluent and there’s nothing extra, no purposeless details. In other words you enjoy reading.

The second part wasn’t as exciting as the first one. I wondered why and I came to the conclusion that I knew the book wouldn’t end the story, it would leave it incomplete. It was intense and exciting, but it was the middle book, it didn’t contain the finale, the thrilling ending.

I have to wait for the third and final part, Pythia’s Instructions.

I’m on the waiting list.



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Dark Places

Dark Places take you to dark places, that’s for sure.

In this book, as in Gone Girl, people are sad, mean and horrible. There’s not much hope, life is an awfully dark place and no one loves you. Some people are greedy and want to take advantage of your misery. Sometimes even your parents are nasty people. The atmosphere in this book is definitely gloomy.

But there’s a little hope too. Sometimes injustice comes out in the wash and can be fixed.

But what can you do when you have been broken and confused for so many years? Can you ever be completely healthy and in peace? These questions came to my mind when I read this book. Past will always follow you, no matter what you do.

Gillian Flynn writes beautifully and tells many perspectives of the story side by side. There’s that feeling that you can almost see what’s going on, but just almost and you want to know more. That’s what makes you wanna read this book from page 1 to the end in one day.

Dark Places is not a pleasant book. I can’t say that I liked the characters. Still, I liked the book and I wanted to continue reading it. It wasn’t the greatest book of all times and it wasn’t as good as Gone Girl but it was worth reading.

Let’s wait and see how the movie turns out to be.


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Peter Pan Must Die

I’ve read John Verdon‘s books Let the devil sleep and Think of a number and now it was time for Peter Pan must die.

It was like meeting and old acquaintance. You start to read and there he is, Dave Gurney, retired and restless, eager to solve crimes although he shoudn’t. He just can’t stay away, solving crimes is in his blood and he’s good in it.

Dangerous situations, intelligence, death and murders, risks and worry, that’s Peter Pan must die. There’s also portrayal of the relationship between Dave, his wife and his son. And there’s that accident, tragic death of his younger son many years ago that still tears Dave’s heart apart and affects everything that he does. I like how John Verdon pictures the characters in his books. They are real and they could exist.

The crime in this book is complex but Dave solves it, of course. I think Peter Pan must die wasn’t as good as, for example, Think of a number, but it was still a solid and good crime novel and I enjoyed reading it.

I leave here and wait for the next John Verdon’s novel. I will surely read it. Let’s see if Dave Gurney is still solving crimes in that book.


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The Lost Boy

After The Highly Sensitive Person it was very refreshing to read a good crime novel. The Lost Boy written by Camilla Läckberg.

You know a good book when you don’t want to put it down, you just want to read. Another page, another chapter, one more, just one. And suddenly you notice that you’ve read the book in just a couple of days (or one day).

The Lost Boy was like that. This was my second Camilla Läckberg -book (review of the first here) and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one. Some people just have the talent to tell a good story and make it so thrilling that it attracts you like a magnet.

The beginning The Lost Boy was a little bit confusing. There was so many stories and people, that I got just a little lost. After reading a moment I started to get the hang of it and began to enjoy. Towards the end all these stories unite and the end was a surprise, at least to me.

Enjoyable. Thank you!

“One thing I will surely miss is that I couldn’t read all the good books in this lifetime.”- Amit Kalantri. Oh, so true.


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The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You

I’ve been on a summer holiday and I was also in New York. What a great trip, I’m happy. Oh well, back to everyday routines (that aren’t so bad either) and books and movies.

I’ve tried to read a book about highly sensitive people. The book is The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You written by Elaine N. Aron. I recognize that some of the features of highly sensitive person apply to me, that’s one of the reasons I chose this book to be in my reading list.

I’m not a fan of categorizations, I don’t like people to be typecasted. Still, I have to say, that some of my own qualities have been a problem to other people. My sensitivity to loud sounds and smells, my low tolerance to commerce and big crowds, my need to be alone more than a “normal” person. And those are just a few things. Those other people have categorized me because of these qualities. I’ve been shy, proud, difficult, timid, touchy, selfish, inhibited, introverted and so on. None of these terms are positive. Why?

What if I’ve born with those qualities. In the book The Highly Sensitive Person Elaine N. Aron explains that these people have a very sensitive nervous system and they are more easly overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment.

So, the idea is good. And the book? No. I have no idea to whom she has written this book, is it for the man in the street or to a doctor. There’s just too much analysis of childhood and some irrelevant matters (I’m not saying that persons childhood is irrelevant).

I still think that many people should tolerate difference more. It’s hard to be the quiet, shy and surveillant person in the corner of the room trying to tolerate all the noises, smells and social situations. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to be a little more quiet and thoughtful. I think that some of my highly sensitive person -qualities are actually my best qualities.

In my opinion this book  brings out the highly sensitive people in a negative way. Or was it just that the book was so bad?


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The Drowning

First a word or two about Camilla Läckberg. She has written crime novels, children’s books, cookery books and short stories. In addition to that she’s part-owner of the jewellery company Sahara Silver and she’s an ambassador for the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation. She’s truly a multi-talented writer.

I’ve never read Läckberg’s books before. I while ago I bought The Drowning, a crime novel written by her. The book was a positive surprise. In the beginning the story moved on a little slowly but after a few dozen of pages it started to take a run-up and  I was hooked.

The story, the things that had happened in the past, was disgusting. Horrible things happened to innocent children. How much one person can bear without breaking? In this book he broke, badly. Disturbance of the mind can lead to serious results. And other people can feel guilt for the rest of their lives. Others have no feelings of guilt, nor regret. Interesting journey of exploration to people’s minds.

I could see some things coming but The Drowning wasn’t too foreseeable. I enjoyed reading a good crime novel, yet again written by a Scandinavian author. The only flaw was the slow start.

the drowning


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