Review: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

FightClub

Too much testosterone.

Fight Club has been my second Palahniuk read. So far, there’s one thing I’ve noticed: It’s either he loves putting sexual element to his books or he’s just pretty horny. You decide.

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Review: In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French

inthewoodsThis is a lonely book.

Ryan. I did not love or hate any character in general; but I did care for them nonetheless. This is in Detective Ryan’s POV, which is the protagonist. He’s very.. childlike, very in need of love. The way he handles things, as if he always needs to be protected, to be cradled. But since he acts like a kid, he tends to be annoying as well. Sometimes he gets on my nerves with his selfish decisions and his intense pride. But try as I might, I can’t blame him. He’s a lost kid. And he longs for something. His childhood, maybe? Family? Love? He’s a mystery—actually he’s the mystery we’re trying to solve. If you ask me, Ryan puts the R in tragic.

Writing. I have to admit, it is too long. But the way she wrote it was soo alluring. I just can’t help but not to read it slowly, to make every word sink in. It’s beautifully crafted. Not like pretty or lovely but very sensual and sultry.

The story focuses more on mystery than the crime itself. And I would’ve never expected that.

This is the first “crime” story that made me feel devastated, as if the real mystery weren’t solved. My heart goes out to Ryan. Since they say that this will be the last time we’ll ever hear of him, I will miss you

Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes

Recommended to: To people who want to know what real darkness feels like

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 630)

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: May 17th 2007 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2007)

From Goodreads:

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones. And look for French’s new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5) by Tana French

The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5) by Tana French

Publication: September 2nd 2014 by Viking Adult (first published August 26th 2014)

From Goodreads:

The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says, I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad—and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. The Secret Place, a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

But everything they discover leads them back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends and their fierce enemies, a rival clique—and to the tangled web of relationships that bound all the girls to Chris Harper. Every step in their direction turns up the pressure. Antoinette Conway is already suspicious of Stephen’s links to the Mackey family. St. Kilda’s will go a long way to keep murder outside their walls. Holly’s father, Detective Frank Mackey, is circling, ready to pounce if any of the new evidence points toward his daughter. And the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined.

The Secret Place is a powerful, haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty, and a gripping addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I’m definitely a sucker for a good title. Another addition to my wish list!

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Publication: June 26, 2014 (Not in my country)

From Goodreads:

A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

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