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Snakes and Ladders Update #4

My next roll is:

1. Author is a woman – Grump by Liesl Shurtliff
9. Author’s last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K – What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz
16. Genre: fantasy – The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham
21. Set in Europe – The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne (I finished and will write the review tomorrow.)

Landed on:
28. Written between 1900 and 1999 – Not sure what I’m reading yet but there are plenty of options.

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Snakes and Ladders Update #3

My next roll is:

1. Author is a woman – Grump by Liesl Shurtliff
9. Author’s last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K – What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz
16. Genre: fantasy – The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham (I finished this but haven’t written the review yet.)

Landed on:
21. Set in Europe – I’m not sure what I’m reading for this yet

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Posted in Adult, book games, Book Review, Booklikes, Fantasy

What the Night Knows – audiobook

Review:

What the Night Knows - Dean Koontz

Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook/Owned

What year these events transpired is of no consequence.
– first sentence

Overall, this book was just ok. The children were supposed to be brilliant, but never really talked to each other (or their parents) about the supernatural experiences they were having. The father, John Calvino was my favorite character in the book; he was deeply troubled and haunted by the murder of his parents and sisters (and his killing the murderer) that occurred many years ago. However, despite his supposedly close relationship with his wife, he never confided in her about his fears nor she in him about the weird things happening. If any of them had spoken to each other, the power of the “evil” would have been somewhat thwarted. Calvino is a police detective and somehow manages to reveal some of his suspicions to his boss and his partner, but not his wife (not until much later anyway). The time Koontz spent on the partner and his actions seems wasted as he didn’t end up playing as big a role as I thought he would.

The story had some holes and some of the descriptions were a bit overdone. But the end was interesting and the idea that one utterance could cause someone to be so haunted that they basically invited evil to follow them was interesting. The audio was well done and I enjoyed listening but I don’t really recommend this one.

I read this one for Snakes and Ladders:
9. Author’s last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

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Snakes and Ladders Update #1

1. Author is a woman – Grump by Liesl Shurtliff

Landed on:
9. Author’s last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K – ooh this fits perfectly with the audiobook I just started: What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz. At 12 hours, 24 minutes, it fits the length requirement. 🙂

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Posted in Adult, book games, Book Review, Booklikes, Halloween Bingo 2018, thriller

The Murder House

Review:

Murder House - Therese Plummer, James Patterson, Jay Snyder, David B. Ellis

This one started out kind of slow. The first 1/4 of the book seemed like background setup and character development (which is ok, but not what I usually expect from Patterson). Once new murders started and the flashback scenes began, the pace picked up. I wasn’t sure who the killer was – I knew who they wanted me to think was the killer and who I wanted to be the killer, but I didn’t know the truth until the very end. That part was kind of fun. There were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, and some I saw way before Detective Jenna Murphy did, but I guess I actually did have more information to work with.

If you like twisty serial killer stories, this is a good one.

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The Elementals by Michael McDowell

Review:

Audience:Adult

The Elementals - Michael McDowell, R.C. Bray

The story begins with a funeral and an unusual tradition. Afterward, the Savage & McCray families escape to Beldame where there are 3 identical Victorian houses and nothing else. One house for each family and the third house which is being devoured by the sand.

I love the way the author introduces the characters and gradually gets you invested in them. He brings you into their world and the little quirks in their relationships. Then the supernatural gradually creeps up on you and bam!

I liked that the strongest characters were the oldest (the black maid/good witch) and the youngest (13-year-old girl skeptic) and the relationship that developed between them. The atmosphere is so descriptive that I felt like I was on the beach with them.

Great choice for Southern Gothic horror. Thanks to all of you who read this for previous Halloween Bingos and brought it to my attention with your amazing reviews.

 

 

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The Elementals - Michael McDowell, R.C. Bray

What’s in that house child knows more than you know. What’s in that house don’t come out o’ your mind.

It wants to trick you into believing what’s not right. Its got no truth to it.

You stand at one o’ them doors thinking somethings behind it, nothings behind it. It’s waiting for you upstairs, it’s waiting for you downstairs, it’s standing behind you.

The tension is building. I’m just dying to know what is really in the third house and who is going to suffer because of it.

 

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