I’ve never read anything quite like The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, and I enjoyed every second of it. There’s a new mystery around every corner, and every time you feel like you’ve gained a step you’re thrown a foot back.
The author did a great job of jumbling everything up and blurring lines, and it was super hard to keep track of who knew what, what was a lie, and when someone was saying what they really felt or if they were pretending.
When children in storybooks find a secret door/hole in a tree/etc and find themselves in a magical world for a time, we never get to see what happens after. After they return, when they are reunited with their parents and have to face the real world again. In Every Heart a Doorway, we get to see how they cope with this change.
Super disappointed that I didn’t love this book. I read that this wasn’t the usual style for Colleen Hoover, and everyone was praising her for attempting to go into another genre and doing a really good job of it, so I decided to give it a shot.
Jane is a self-diagnosed sociopath, and while she does care about some things, she’s always had to work hard to fit in and seem like a “normal” person. The only person who she felt a real connection with was wronged, very badly, by an evil man, and Jane has decided to take revenge.
I recently finished watching the Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House, which is based on a novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. Having really enjoyed the show, when I stumbled upon We Have Always Lived in the Castle and noticed that it was written by Shirley Jackson, I absolutely had to try it out.
This book was so… blah. The writing was painfully repetitive and everything about it was underwhelming.
There’s something about a story that involves scientists going on an expedition and finding horrible creatures that just works.
I was holding it together for most of the story, but the ending of this book completely wrecked me. I cried like a baby. Sadie, our main character, is out for revenge. She thinks she knows who murdered her sister- the sister that she took care of for years, and played the role of mother to- and she's going to find him and make him pay.