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Room by Emma Donoghue

RoomRoom by Emma Donoghue

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

January 21-22, 2017

I am not sure why I waited so long to read Room. My sister suggested it to me a while ago and has many times said to me that I need to read it. I am glad I finally listened to her and did.

Room is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story of a Mother who devotes much of her mental energy to teaching, entertaining and taking care of 5 year old Jack under unbearable circumstances. Creating a bond between Mother and child with hope, courage and the will to survive while trying to escape from an evil man.

The story is told to us in the language of 5 year old Jack. I really liked this perspective because as Jack was learning things we were able to see it and experience it through his innocent eyes and understand how it is perceived so differently from a more mature mind.
I really got drawn into his innocent, curious and energetic mind. I think it added a different dimension to the story to be able to see Jack’s perception of normal as the result of such a horrible crime.

I found Room to be an interesting and brilliantly written

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FaithfulFaithful by Alice Hoffman

From Goodreads:  From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.

Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.

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Review by Norma: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  January 22 to 23, 2017

Well that was a much better read for me than the author’s first book, IN A DARK, DARK WOOD as it was slow-moving for me and just didn’t maintain my interest. This one though was fast-paced and had me entertained and engaged right from the very first chapter.

THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by RUTH WARE was a chilling and suspenseful thriller with the perfect setting for a mystery on a small luxurious cruise liner with only 10 cabins set to sail from London to Norway. I was really intrigued with the setting and plot of this novel as I have always wanted to take a vacation on a Luxury Cruise Liner.

I fell in love with THE COVER of this book when I first seen it and have been obsessed with reading it ever since, that is the main reason that I chose this book to read. Awesome embossed cover of water spots on a porthole window with the ocean waves in the background!

THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 isn’t all that creative of a TITLE but is fitting as there is a mystery that develops as we follow along the voyage of the Aurora about who the woman in Cabin 10 is that Laura (Lo) Blacklock seen and believes to have been murdered. Her sanity is questioned here as Cabin 10 was unoccupied but she is determined to prove that someone was indeed in Cabin 10 and murdered.

This novel was filled with a few CHARACTERS and I had a little bit of problem at times keeping track of who the secondary ones were, but it didn’t really disrupt me from the storyline though. RUTH WARE delivers an atmospheric and suspenseful story here with a few good twists that had me questioning and guessing what actually happened and who was involved. Although there were a few things that happened in this book that I felt were never answered or missing from the plot.

The ENDING was intense, exciting, and very satisfying with a surprising twist for another enjoyable read.

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, enjoyable, suspenseful, fast-paced, quick and easy read with a twist ending. Would recommend!!