Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

I don’t reach for classics often, if ever, but Rebecca is one of those books that I have been meaning to read for a couple of years now.  It has been recommended to me quite often and there is so much love for this book that I had to see for myself, so when I came across it recently I decided to give it a go. The premise itself is pretty simple; a young woman marries a wealthy older man and upon moving into his mansion, feels haunted by his dead wife, Rebecca.  This alone is interesting enough but Rebecca turned out to be a lot more than I expected. Continue reading “Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier”

The Dry by Jane Harper

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“Death rarely changes how we feel about someone. Heightens it, more often than not.”

Federal Agent Aaron Falk finds himself back in his hometown after a long absence. The small Australian town is the last place Falk ever thought he would see again and one he had no intention of ever going back to. However, the death of his childhood friend, Luke and a note demanding his presence at the funeral leads him to return. It was twenty years prior that he and his father fled to Melbourne after a young Aaron Falk was suspected of murder and Luke had acted as his only alibi. As Falk and a local detective begin to look into Luke’s death, the mysteries of the past resurface, and it becomes clear that there is more to it all than initially believed. Continue reading “The Dry by Jane Harper”

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

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“That’s the thing with time, isn’t it? It’s not all the same. Some days – some years – some decades – are empty. There is nothing to them. It’s just flat water. And then you come across a year, or even a day, or an afternoon. And it is everything. It is the whole thing.”

Tom Hazard may look to be in his forties, however he has actually been alive for centuries, the 1500’s to be more precise. As a result of a rare condition that slows down the aging process, Tom has lived through history, from performing with Shakespeare to having cocktails with F. Scott Fitzgerald. But life has also been one of challenges, pain, love, loss, and the desire for a normal life. Tom did fall in love and have a normal life for a period of time, however his unchanging appearance brought on unwanted attention, and he had to leave it all behind. Eventually he returns to London, the city that holds all his most treasured and painful memories, and he feels the possibility of a normal life once again. However, all of this is under the watchful eye of the Albatross Society, and its shadowy leader, Hendrich, who protect people like Tom through some questionable ways. And their main rule is to never fall in love. Continue reading “How to Stop Time by Matt Haig”

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

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“Adults can still tumble down rabbit holes and into enchanted wardrobes, but it happens less and less with every year they live. Maybe this is a natural consequence of living in a world where being careful is a necessary survival trait, where logic wears away the potential for something bigger and better than the obvious.”

The third book in the Wayward Children series, Beneath the Sugar Sky takes us on another adventure, this time to Confection (the land of candy and sweets). When an unexpected visitor appears at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a group of students must set out on a quest to do the seemingly impossible. I won’t say more about the story itself as I don’t want to give anything away. It is a novella so I find it is best to just jump in without knowing too much. Continue reading “Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire”

Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

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“That’s how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.”

The Southern Reach Trilogy is a science-fiction trio of books that consists of Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance, which revolve around the mystery of Area X. This is a zone that has been cut off from civilization and numerous expeditions have been sent in order to uncover just what is happening in Area X and why. The first expedition returned successfully with reports of a pristine landscape, members of the second expedition all committed suicide, while members of the third expedition turned against each other and died in a fury of gunfire. Continue reading “Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer”