Seeing as I powered through this in just over 24 hours, I’d say it was one heck of a read! An instant 5 star read, right from the opening page. Nothing was as it seemed AT ALL. I thought I’d gotten something sussed out and then BOOM, curve ball. The story doesn’t let you get comfortable. There’s always something unexpected around the corner; not to mention how crazy atmospheric the whole thing was. Each of the characters had their own depth, layers and plenty of flaws/strong points. Some of them were created to be liked, others were created to be… mysterious? And others were created to simply annoy, confuse and irritate you; just like real life then!
It is a genuine + thrilling page turner. 5 stars from me
After seeing so much hype around this, I was PRAYING that it was justified rather than falling prey to the ever present overhype monster that all bookworms dread. But thankfully, this was in fact a super read that I ploughed through extremely quickly. Admittedly I am one of these readers who LOVES the whole mental hospital/asylum etc trope; Shutter Island, for example. So I may be slightly biased. I’d also heard a great deal about the ending. Some readers saying how they didn’t see it coming, others saying how easily predicted it was. I’m pretty in the middle with it. It wasn’t a major surprise ending that left my mouth agape, nor was it something I worked out early on. It was just a solid, twisty ending that didn’t leave me feeling disappointed or cheated
My first Camilla Lackberg read + it was fairly good. The constant mini cliffhangers were a slight pain though, as well as it jumping from different characters in very short spaces of time. Aside from that, it was a decent thriller
HOLY S*** SNACKS. That was honestly the creepiest book I have read in a long time. I don’t know why but the haunted house trope always gets me right in the anxiety. But this? This was like a haunted house story but amped up by a thousand. So so insanely gripping, tense and disturbing. The atmosphere throughout was absolutely bang on as well. I finished it in just two sittings in one afternoon as I simply NEEDED to know how it panned out. Cannot recommend it enough for those who love a proper creepy, sleep-with-the-lights-on read. 5 stars!
What an enjoyable gothic-tinged story! I’m not really sure what else to add to this review if I’m honest. The characters were solid + well formed. The story itself was executed perfectly. The many twists and shocks kept me on my toes. Hell, there’s even talk of ghosts + hauntings. It was just a hands down really decent read.
A definite 4 star one for me. Highly recommend
The birds that sing overhead
Insects scuttle underfoot
Fish in the waves, riverbeds too
The life that lives where it can.
Adaptable, making the most of it
They find a way to thrive
Not all but some it must be known
Do proudly soldier on.
Humans as well do this at times
Surviving, taking each day as it comes
For tomorrow is a bright beginning
The chance for life anew
Yes I’m one of those people now: I’m starting a Bookstagram.
It’s the same link as the one I *think* is already hooked up with my blog. But in case you’ve missed it and want to check it out, here it is 😊
We see the world the way we want
Rose-tinted glasses or the skeptics shades
Optimist, pessimist and realist alike
Perceive and analyse, fitting their views
Good or evil, grey area morals
Ethics for some but foreign to others
Perhaps our realities aren’t the same
Parallel but never to entwine
Marching onwards in shared time
But never sharing the who, what or why
Some people bring the sunshine
Others bring the rain
Some people bring both at once
The joy and the pain
Some people want what’s best
For you and all their kin
Others only see themselves
Their selfishness kicks in
What is it that you bring
To other people’s lives
Sunshine full of kindness
Or rain that drives and drives?