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Hysteria – Megan Miranda (Review)

23 Jan

Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published February 5th 2013)

 

Description

Mallory’s life is falling apart.

Her boyfriend was stabbed. He bled to death in her kitchen. Mallory was the one who stabbed him. But she can’t remember what happened that night. She only remembers the fear…

When Mallory’s parents send her away to a boarding school, she thinks she can escape the gossip and the threats. But someone, or something, has followed her. There’s the hand that touches her shoulder when she’s drifting off to sleep. A voice whispering her name. And everyone knows what happened. So when a pupil is found dead, Mallory’s name is on their lips.

Her past can be forgotten but it’s never gone. Can Mallory live with that?

My thoughts

Thanks to Netgalley.com and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for sending me this e-book.

I was somehow disappointed with this book, not because it wasn’t good, but because I expected so much more from it. Seeing the cover and reading the description, I thought Hysteria was going to be a little bit creepy and full of suspense. Unfortunately, for the most part it was another “girl goes to another school, encounters some mean girls and falls in love with a nice boy” story. Don’t get me wrong, there were some suspenseful scenes and some mysteries that needed to be solved, but for me those weren’t enough. I think the plot should have been more focused on those aspects than on the teenage drama or romance.

Mallory is a 16-year-old girl who killed her boyfriend-Brian. Though she can’t remember what exactly happened, the evidence points to self-defense, so she is cleared from the accusations. Since her parents think that she is in danger because Brian’s mother is stalking her, they decide to send Mallory to a boarding school (I don’t really understand what they were thinking: that once she gets there she will forget everything and have a happy life?). Unfortunately her life doesn’t become easier. Everyone knows about the incident and is judging her, she is still haunted by the event and on top of that she thinks that someone is after her. Mallory has a sleeping disorder, every night she has the same nightmare and in the morning she finds bruises on her body. Even though she knows this is wrong, she never tells anyone about it, and she refuses to seek help. At the boarding school she also meets an old friend, Reid, who eventually becomes her boyfriend.

I liked the fact that we don’t know from the beginning why Mallory decided to kill Brian. Throughout the story there are some flashbacks about her past and little snippets that help us understand what happened that night. Then, there are the nightmares and the marks that appear every morning on her body. I am still a little bit confused about how she got them, but those two elements were actually what kept me interested in Hysteria and made me finish reading it in a few hours. Even though those were my favourite parts of the book, I still think they could have been more developed and that the author should have written more about the psychological aspect of the book instead of romance or teenage drama. I wanted the book to be more dark and more focused on Mallory’s struggle to fight Brian’s memory. Also, I found some things a little bit predictable (I am mostly talking about the person who was stalking the main character at the boarding school).

All in all, I think Hysteria was better in premise than execution, but I still recommend it. It is a good teen thriller.

I ran away. And only when I was a good ways past the diner and the gas station did I realize I was running toward something. No, not something. Someone.

You may not be able to outrun your past, but you can sure as hell try.

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They Do It With Mirrors / Jocuri De Oglinzi – Agatha Christie (Review)

7 Jan

Paperback, 224 pages
First published in 1952

 

Description

Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in Stoneygates, a rehabilitation center for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when someone shoots at the administrator. Although he is not injured, a mysterious visitor is less fortunate—shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.

Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, and must use all her cunning to solve the riddle of the stranger’s visit … and his murder.

My thoughts

I started reading this book two and a half months ago and I’m happy that I finally managed to finish it. It took me that much because I not only didn’t have much time to read or wasn’t really in the mood for it, but also because I didn’t find “They do it with mirrors” as interesting as other books written by Agatha Christie. I also think that I like Hercule Poirot more than Miss Marple, even though he tends to be arrogant sometimes. So far I prefered the books with the famous detective because he is more present in the story than Jane is.

I didn’t hate this book, but I just expected it to be a little different, to be more focused on the “delinquent boys”. Unfortunately only two of them played a somewhat important role in discovering the mystery. Speaking of the mystery of the murderer, it wasn’t that big…I managed to guess who the culprit was, but it was still fun to read about his motives and how the murder was exactly executed. There were a few surprises as well.

All in all, I still enjoyed this book, even though it wasn’t my favourite out of the nine Agatha Christie books I read so far.

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Numar pagini: 250

Carte publicata de editura Rao, 2012

 

Descriere

Jane Marple e coplesita de un sentiment de rau augur cand merge sa-si viziteze o veche prietena, Carrie Louise, la conacul victorian unde aceasta locuieste impreuna cu familia. Cladirea este folosita si ca un centru de reabilitare pentru tineri delincventi. Temerile lui Miss Marple sunt confirmate cand Lewis Serrocold, sotul lui Louise si totodats administratorul centrului, este agresat de unul dintre „protejatii“ sai, iar un vizitator inopinat este impuscat mortal intr-o alta aripa a casei. Nimic nu poate scapa insa mintii iscoditoare a lui Miss Marple, care intrevede un joc al iluziilor in spatele celor doua atacuri concomitente.

Parerea mea

Am inceput sa citesc aceasta carte acum doua luni si jumatate si sunt fericita ca in sfarsit am terminat-o. Mi-a luat atat de mult pentru ca nu prea am avut timp/chef de citit, dar si pentru ca “Jocuri de oglinzi” nu mi s-a parut la fel de interesanta ca alte carti scrise de Agatha Christie. De asemenea, cred ca imi place mai mult Hercule Poirot decat Miss Marple, chiar daca el este cam arogant cateodata. Pana acum mi-au placut mai mult cartile ce l-au avut in prim-plan pe faimosul detectiv deoarece, dupa parerea mea, este mult mai prezent in poveste si are o contributie mai mare la rezolvarea cazurilor.

Nu mi-a displacut aceasta carte, dar am avut asteptari mari de la ea. Am crezut ca o sa fie un pic diferita, ca povestea se va axa mai mult pe “tinerii delicventi”, insa, din pacate, doar doi dintre acestia au avut un rol cat de cat important in rezolvarea misterului. Vorbind despre misterul ucigasului, nu a fost atat de surprinzator pentru mine, deoarece am reusit sa ghicesc vinovatul inainte de final, insa tot a fost interesant sa citesc despre motivul si modul in care acesta a comis crima. De asemenea, au mai fost dezvaluite si cateva surprize.

In concluzie, pot spune ca mi-a placut cartea, chiar daca mi s-au parut mai bune celelalte opt carti scrise de Agatha Christie pe care le-am citit pana acum.

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