Overall, I enjoyed this book for what it was and read the whole thing in less than a day. The slow drip of revelations and information was addicting, and I had a hard time putting this one down.
I can’t say I’ve ever read a book quite like this one. When the synopsis said that Charles Manx can slip into hidden roads and take children to “Christmasland”, I assumed this was a tangible place he created that existed in the book’s real world.
This is the first time that I've read a book by this author, and I found her writing style to flow well. There was just enough descriptive writing that I was able to picture everything perfectly in my mind, and the writing never became too flowery or overdone.
I can’t believe some people had to wait 5 years for this book! I mean, it would have been 100% worth the wait, but I won’t deny how happy I was that I could dive right into it after finishing Vicious.
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.