Saturday, 10 March 2012

FINALLY finished that book!

I've been reading this book, on-off, for about three months. If I hadn't had so much work to do at college it would probably have only taken me a week tops. Anyway I've finished it now, so I can celebrate being rid of the deprave and sadistic words of a somewhat bipolar story.

The book started off straight to the point: a text message sent to Mallory saying, "I HAVE YOUR SISTER. DO EXACTLY AS I SAY OR I'LL KILL HER". Straight away, I was in the book. I find when I read good books I become a part of the book. I'm no longer Claire Miller, a person, but I'm not a character either. I'm almost the atmosphere, which may sound strange, but it's how it is. And the first line was the trigger - BAM! I'm in the shopping mall, I can see the text on the phone, and I can see the shock and terror in Mallory's eyes. In fact, the first half of the book was brilliant. It was intense, dramatic, and empathetic. You could really feel Mallory's fear and humiliation, and sickeningly I found myself empathising with the perpetrator as well. The story gave small yet blatant hints of what Mr Campbell went through in the past to which you can therefore comprehend how he justifies what he does. Of course, nothing can ever justify what he did.

But then something changed, and soon I found only curiosity was spurring me to continue reading. The spelling and grammar went from the occasional blip to substandard, and the storyline became obvious and typical. It's so typical for the killer to be killed by a 13-year-old girl with a mutilated hand as opposed to a young ex-soldier-gone-security-guard. It rapidly became ridiculous, and therefore disappointing.

So I wouldn't really recommend it, especially if you're shocked easily or find graphical scenes unpalatable. Or if you're easily irritated by poor English for that matter.

Anyway, I'm now onto another book: Misery by Stephen King. I've watched the film, but books are nearly always better.

Ciao folks!



  1. Claire I have also found the same thing...that when I'm into a really good book I become a part of it...literally engrossed to the point that I feel a part of the story. I think that's what so wonderful about a truly good book. Sorry to hear that it devolved into a disappointing story...that's frustrat5ing when that happens after investing so much time into a book. Once again, another great blog post and I look forward to your next one!

    1. I'm glad you have the same experience with books. I just love that ability to escape from the real world. Unfortunately, I find once I've read a fair amount of the book, no matter how terrible it is I have to finish it; have you found that? Thank you for your comment!

    2. Yes I have found that as well. I once I've invested time in reading the boom I have I see how it ends regardless. I hope you're having a great day!

  2. I meant "book" not "boom" above - I need to catch my typos better :) can't wait to read your next post!


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