Tag: Lost

Peter James – Sweet Heart | Review

Title: Sweet Heart

Author: Peter James

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 340

Rating: 3.5/5

This book was a bit of a strange experience, because James has definitely evolved as a writer since he came up with this one. At the same time, it wasn’t bad, although a few of the references dated it back to the early nineties when it was released. But that doesn’t really matter because the story itself is what makes it worth reading.

Sure, it has its fair share of clichés, but it’s also a haunted house story. In fact, it basically read like an early draft of The House on Cold Hill, and I enjoyed that one and so I enjoyed this one too. The writing was never clunky, but there were a few points at which it was perhaps overly simple. That said, it did exactly what it needed to do to tell the story, and I can’t really complain about it.

I’m not sure if I’d say this is a particularly good place to start with Peter James, but if you’ve read a few of his other books and perhaps you feel like a break from Roy Grace, this could well be the book for you. That’s especially true if you’re more of a fan of horror and the supernatural than police procedural novels, although I’m a fan of both and personally think that he’s better at the latter.

I also liked the way that everything all came together here, although it was perhaps a little predictable. But that made it a lot easier for me to keep track of what was going on and who was who, and so I never once felt lost. The result was just a pretty easy read that did still leave me feeling a little bit unsettled, to the point at which I was checking over my shoulder in my house to make sure that I was still alone. If that doesn’t sell this book, I don’t know what will.

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Truman Capote – Summer Crossing | Review

Title: Summer Crossing

Author: Truman Capote

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 154

Rating: 4*/5

 

Truman Capote - Summer Crossing

Truman Capote – Summer Crossing

 

This book is interesting because while it was Capote’s first ever novel, it wasn’t actually published until after his death when the manuscript was discovered and sent to auction. It’s described as “the lost novel that inspired Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and that’s a pretty accurate description. There are a lot of similarities between the main character here and Holly Golightly, but Grady McNeil also stands herself as a great invention.

The plot here isn’t really important, because it’s more of a character study and an investigation of what it meant to make your “debut” in society as a young woman. The best part of it is really the dialogue, and that’s just because Capote was always so good at writing it. I enjoyed this one quite a lot for what it was – it’s pretty good!

 

Truman Capote

Truman Capote

 

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