Book Review: The Silence of the Girls


Title: The Silence of the Girls
Author: Pat Barker
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of the Regeneration trilogy comes a monumental new masterpiece, set in the midst of literature’s most famous war. Pat Barker turns her attention to the timeless legend of The Iliad, as experienced by the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War.

The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman–Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war’s outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles’s concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.
When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and cooly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position to observe the two men driving the Greek forces in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate, not only of Briseis’s people, but also of the ancient world at large.
Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war–the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead–all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis’s perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker’s latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives–and it is nothing short of magnificent.

My Review

This is not your normal Helen of Troy book. So get that completely out of your mind. This book deals with completely with the slaves from the Greek conquests around Troy while they were locked in siege of Troy. You see a queen, Briseis, go from being a queen to being a lowly slave to Achilles and then to Agamemnon.

Even though she does not want to Briseis falls in love with Achilles and he with her though Achilles does not really understand the concept of love, in my opinion. I will not say if this book ends happily ever after or not. If you know the story of Helen of Troy then you know how the main story ends.

The author kept true to the main history story of the battle of Greece versus Troy and so if you know that story then this one is easy to follow. You can follow it fairly easy without knowing the history story, but it enriches the story if you know the reasons & what happens.

This book is well worth the read if you like Greek mythology (I do) and want to read the story from another point of view, in this case a slave. Get the book, read it, then let me know what you think!

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Girl Who Lived


Title: The Girl Who Lived
Author: Christopher Greyson
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Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.

No one believes her story.
The police think she’s crazy.
Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal.
Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk.
They’re all right–but did she see the killer?

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be–her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor’s guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer–and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted.

How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone’s a suspect–including herself?

From the mind of Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson comes a story with twists and turns that take the reader to the edge of madness. The Girl Who Lived should come with a warning label: Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop. Not since Girl on the Train and Gone Girl has a psychological thriller kept readers so addicted–and guessing right until the last page.

My Review

This book was so engaging that I read it in a single day/night while on vacation. I could barely put it down. This poor woman treated as though she is completely crazy only to find out in the end that she is not crazy just a several case of PTSD and alcoholism.

She witnesses the murders of her loved ones and basically completely has a mental breakdown which I, for one, can completely understand. Then when she is finally released from the hospital she makes an honest try to get on with her life, but the murderer has other plans and starts to make Faith lose control again. She knows what she saw, but no one but a very few people believe her.

I didn’t even see who the actual murder was until the author tells you. It shocked the daylights out of me. The murder showed so much concern for Faith that you just could hardly believe it was that person. Then you think back and realize that yeah, it could be that person.

The characters are completely well written. You can tell the author took his time and did a lot of research into this subject and the issues of someone that has experienced these issues. The story line was very well written and the author was wonderful at leading you to think that certain people were behind the murders and after Faith when they were the ones actually trying to help her.

Read the book. That is all I can say. It is definitely worth the time and money to get it.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Automation


Title: The Automation (Circo del Herrero series / The Blacksmith’s Circus series, #1)
Author: G.B. Gabbler & B.L.A.
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The capital-A Automatons of Greco-Roman myth aren’t clockwork. Their design is much more divine. They’re more intricate than robots or androids or anything else mortal humans could invent. Their windup keys are their human Masters. They aren’t mindless; they have infinite storage space. And, because they have more than one form, they’re more versatile and portable than, say, your cell phone—and much more useful too. The only thing these god-forged beings share in common with those lowercase-A automatons is their pre-programmed existence. They have a function—a function their creator put into place—a function that was questionable from the start…

Odys (no, not short for Odysseus, thank you) finds his hermetic lifestyle falling apart after a stranger commits suicide to free his soul-attached Automaton slave. The humanoid Automaton uses Odys’s soul to “reactivate” herself. Odys must learn to accept that the female Automaton is an extension of his body—that they are the same person—and that her creator-god is forging a new purpose for all with Automatons.

[And, yes, “B.L.A. and G.B. Gabbler” are really just a pen name – singular.]

My Review

Ok, when I got this book I was not completely sure I would like it. The description was not my type of book, but I am trying to expand my reading type so I said I would give it an honest review. Let me tell you though, this book is a bit hard to follow sometimes but once you get used to the author breaking the fourth dimension (I think that is what you call it when the author talks to the reader) then it is easy to follow.

The characters are well written and still leave enough to the imagination that the entire character set up is not spoon fed to you. The relationship between the masters and the Automatons was an interesting one. The fact of how the Automatons transfer to another master is unusual though I want to say there is another book with similar ideals but I can not think of it at this time.

The greek mythology that is set into the story line took me by surprise for a bit but once I thought about it more outside of reading the book then I can see how it tied into the story line. I am interested to see how this series progresses and to see if what I think is going to happen will happen.

This book may be a bit difficult to get into at first, but once you do I don’t think you will be disappointed in it. It is quite a bit more science fiction then fantasy in my opinion. Read the description and some other reviews then read the book is my suggestion.

 

I received this book from SOBpublishing for this review.

Book Review: The Family at Number 13


Title: The Family at Number 13
Author: S.D. Monaghan
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The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…

Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

A twist-filled thriller with an ending that will shock you to the core. Perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door, Lies and Behind Closed Doors.

A Note From the Publisher
**THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED ADVANCED READERS COPY**

My Review

This book was odd, but quite good. I enjoyed it & it kept me quite enthralled but I just didn’t like how some of the characters were built up. The author made you think the character was going to go one way just to find out that the character went a completely different way and I found that to be a bit confusing.

The story line jumps a bit but it is still readable. In my opinion the author could have done a bit better in describing the back story of each character and some of the characters were not even needed, in my opinion.

I do recommend this book, it was a good book. I just had some issues with the writing style, but do not let that stop you from picking this book up and reading it.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Crooked Staircase


Title: The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk #3)
Author: Dean Koontz
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Jane Hawk—who dazzled readers in The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room—faces the fight of her life, against the threat of a lifetime, in this electrifying new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.

“I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead.”

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom—and free will—of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead . . . or make her wish she was.

Jane’s ruthless pursuers can’t stop her from drawing a bead on her prey: a cunning man with connections in high places, a twisted soul of unspeakable depths with an army of professional killers on call. Propelled by her righteous fury and implacable insistence on justice, Jane will make her way from southern Southern California to the snow-swept slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.

Advance praise for The Crooked Staircase

“An absorbing thriller full of fresh touches . . . Writing his unusual heroine, Koontz keeps the pages alive with attitude as well as action. . . . For Hawk, who is as fearless as she is beautiful, no obstacle is too great, especially with the well-being of her hidden-away five-year-old son on her mind.”—Kirkus Reviews

My Review

Is the next book available yet???? I am on the edge of my seat waiting for it! I have read books one through three now and have to tell you this is a wonderful series. Each one leaves you on a cliffhanger (which in some wait is nail biting crazy) and you can not wait for the next one to come out.

The lengths Jane Hawk has gone to find out the truth and then when she knows the truth the further lengths she is going to find the top of the ladder of the truth is simply amazing. You will cry and laugh, and then scream, “You go girl” when she wins a small victory. Though I do have to say this cliffhanger ending makes me wanna cry and Dean Koontz needs to hurry up and get his publishers to put out number four cause I need to know what happens to one character.

The simple fact that Jane knows she will probably die in this investigation is depressing yet you receive enough hope that she won’t and will be reunited with her son and live out the rest of her life in happiness or as close to it as she can. Since it is Dean Koontz you will not know that till the end of the story.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.