Tag: Predictable

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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Ian McEwan – Amsterdam | Review

Title: Amsterdam

Author: Ian McEwan

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 182

Rating 2.5/5



This started out slowly and the characters were all fundamentally unlikeable, which meant that it took me a while to get into this one. Even when I did, it was mostly the writing style that I could appreciate, because the story itself was kind of weird and you already know what I thought about the people.

So it went from a 2/5 to maybe a 3.25/5, and then the ending happened and I had to drop it back down to 2.5. It was simultaneously predictable and difficult to believe, and I also thought it had a  bad message about euthanasia that could potentially sway some people’s minds away from supporting it. That’s because he made it seem as though it’s easy to get someone euthanised without their consent, which just isn’t true.

Overall then, I was pretty disappointed with this and had my issues with it, and it left a sour taste in my mouth. But I’ll probably give McEwan another chance some time.



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