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The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles and The Slow Waltz of the Turtles

My friend recommended Katherine Pancol‘s books to me so I grabbed the first one The yellow eyes of crocodiles and started to read.

The beginnig of the book moved on a little slowly but I was persistent and continued reading. After a while I started to enjoy the story. It was a story of growth, a survival story of a woman and a story of her family relations. After almost 700 pages, as the book ended, I was pleased that I didn’t give up. I liked Josephine and hoped the best for her. And I decided to read the second part of the trilogy, The Slow Waltz of the Turtles.

I don’t know why but the second book was a little different. There was violence, murder, subordination, exercise of power and more. I was confused, where did this come from and why? There was Josephine and her problems with love and life, but I started to read a novel about relationships and life. I didn’t start to read a crime novel. It almost felt like Katherine Pancol didn’t know what she wanted to write so she put in a little bit of everything. And, after almost 800 pages I was dissapointed. I didn’t want all those ugly things to happen in these books, the story didn’t seem like that. Of course life is not always pretty, but all the things that happen to Josephines sister Iris, well, just too much, when you think about this trilogy.

I’m still thinking if I want to read the third part, The Squirrels of Central Park are Sad on Mondays. I guess I have to, so I’ll know what’s going to happen to Josephine. But before that I’m going to take a little break and read something else. These books are so chucky that you just don’t read them like that, in a couple of days. I have to prepare myself before I read the last one, because it’s going to be heavy, I’m sure of that.

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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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The Murder Room

P. D. James has written for years and she is the author of twenty books. Nevertheless I haven’t read her books, not since this month. I bought the paperback version of The Murder Room (written in 2004) and started to read.

The Murder Room was a pleasant surprise. It was long, the paperback version had over 500 pages. I liked the clear and somehow calm writing style. It’s funny to say calm when you’re reading a murder story, but that’s how I felt.

At the beginning I was just a little bit frustrated because the story moved on a little slowly. There was sufficiently portrayals of things and situations, maybe just a little too much. Still, I liked the story and it was interesting. The only disappointment was those last few chapters of the book. The main character, Commander Adam Dalgliesh, wants to see his dearest, a woman called Emma. He’s uncertain, he doesn’t know if Emma still wants to be with him. The chapters are almost like from a very sugary romance novel and they don’t suit at all to the general atmosphere of the book. Well, it was nice that those too got together, but still…

The Murder Room was not the most brilliant thriller, but it was well worth the read. I will surely read more books written by P. D. James.

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