[ARC] This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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This Is Where It Ends seemed to have all the features of an engaging novel: the story of Tyler, a student, who brings guns at his high school and begins kill his former schoolmates, the narration divided among different characters who once knew the person who became a killer.

But keeping on the reader ends up disappointed, and I agree with other online review that point out two main issues of the story:

  1. the narrating voices in the end seem to be only one: the author creates various characters (and points of view) whohowever share mostly a single kind of feeling. The characterization lacks emotionality and the only way to discriminate characters is for something the book tells us (about their past, about their behaviour).
  2. Tyler was a potentiality for the novel, in understanding or deepen his reasons and his character. Instead the novel, in the various POVs, shows the reader an evil guy, and it adds also other evils to his story, building, in the end, a quite dull and mono-dimensional bad guy.

I did not grow fond of any of the characters, and I think the novel failed in chosing not to talk about the most complex character (ending instead in a simplification of his story), the one so exasperated to take a gun and kill his former schoolmates.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp ★☆☆☆

*I read this book in English

 

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[ARC] Things Withered by Susie Moloney

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The book collects some stories by Susie Moloney, all of them having in common something horror – noir that emerges in the conclusion of each story.

The stories are set in suburbs and in situation of decay, both social – economical and emotional: the main characters are persons unsure of their abilities, of themselves, dishearten and without any perspective for the future.

The stories atmosphere is always dark and emotionally heavy (and depressing), taking the whole collection it seems like all the stories come from the same standard structure (for example the conclusions are quite easy to deduce after reading a couple of stories).

Overall the stories are well written, but, as I said, quite repetitive – not in the plot in se, but in the general structure – and it’s difficult to feel empathy for the characters.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* Things Withered by Susie Moloney ★★★

*I read this book in English

[ARC] Dream Thief vol. 1 by Jay Nitz

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In this first volume we meet John Lincoln who, once stolen an aboriginal mask at a museum, become aware of unexpected and peculiar powers: his body can be possessed by the ghosts of murdered people and moved to gain revenge.

Once revenge is obtained the ghost flees but his memories and abilities stay, John so becomes a skilled soldier, a gambler and so on.

The series contains some violent elements – let’s say obviously, John is an avenger – it’s well structured and leaves some mystery elements to be discovered in the next issues.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* Dream thief vol. 1 by Jay Nitz ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in English