Archive for the ‘3 stars’ Category
I will start by saying that this was a difficult book to finally get through reading. It was the first book I purchased and started reading on my Kindle back in early February. I found the book when I had seen information on the upcoming movie Shutter Island. I had not heard of Dennis Lehane before, but that is not surprising given I have not read much in the past. I first noticed that this was his third book that was made into a movie joining Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. I had not read either of those books, but enjoyed both movies. I figured that they had to be somewhat good enough and I picked Shutter Island because I could finish it by the time the movie came out.
I was reading this book the morning that Caroline passed away. The truly odd connection was that the part I was reading that morning was where the main character was describing his trouble following his wife’s death. I am completely serious about that. I could care less about a lot of trivial things including this book for a long while, that once things settled down and I was looking for a diversion I had a lot of trouble returning to this book. The fact that I was reading it just 20 minutes before the police showed up at our door pushed me away from this book like we were both magnets. I was afraid to read anymore for awhile for fear it would just bring me right back to that day. It was over four months before I could pick up this book again. It was not as difficult as I had anticipated, perhaps that amount of time had helped. At any rate, I was able to finish it even if I was just trying to get it over with.
I had not read a suspense thriller in a while, so this was a nice change from my typical leanings toward non-fiction. I felt pulled into the story, although it did take a little longer to get going. It was not action-packed and I always felt it was just on the verge of just taking off but it never quite got there. I thought this book could have been just a little bit more of several things. Faster-paced at times – I did not feel like the action was as thrilling as it could have been. Scarier – I thought there was a lot of opportunity to really freak you out given they were trapped with psycho criminals. Darker – it never gave me a really creeped-out feeling and it seemed primed for that.
It all led to a big twist that was better played out then in the movie version. I certainly did wonder, in the book, who to believe in the final chapters as it did a much better job of setting that twist up for you.
I make it seem bad, but it is a good read. I did enjoy it and would recommend if you are a fan of his others or anything set in Massachusetts. Run out and read it next? Not necessarily.
Next up…non-fiction again with a biography of the late Chris Farley.
It has been a long while, but life has started to come back to where we like it. As a result, my reading picked up (a work trip with a couple long flights did not hurt either).
This is the true story of an unbelievable ordeal that befell a group of Nantucket whalers in 1819-20. Rammed by a sperm whale more than 2000 miles off the coast of South American, these whalers endured over 90 days at sea in 25 foot rowboats. The book reads well and in a way that is not purely historical, but almost like a novel. There are a surprising number of facts that exist about the experience. I also read The Perfect Storm a while back and, while good, it was mostly conjecture on what may have happened on their voyage. I cannot imagine how anyone survived 96 days at sea with virtually no food or water. The story does take a very dark turn towards the end of their time.
If you are into ships, harrowing ordeals, whales, the sea, starvation, and/or good historical drama…then this book is good for you. I do like 4 of those things, so it worked for me.
I give it 3 stars.