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Sara Gran

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Omfatter også følgende navne: Sara Gran, Sara Grahn

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A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir (2007) — Bidragyder — 78 eksemplarer
Read Harder: Five More Years of Great Writing from the Believer (2014) — Bidragyder — 37 eksemplarer

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Mystery with yellow cover & a parakeet i Name that Book (marts 2012)


What a trip!!! Eyes wide shut the book, but better. Very very cool.
eboods | 9 andre anmeldelser | Feb 28, 2024 |
This was pretty creepy. Getting the POV from within. I know this is just a novella, but either this could have been extended to reflect more of the inner battle and torment, or less with the extra outside elements so the focus could be the inner battle. I really enjoyed the part of the "de-posession"
cmpeters | 47 andre anmeldelser | Feb 2, 2024 |
Seems like I've run into a lot of the unreliable narrator type story lately. It can be done well and give you a massive twisty surprise later, or it can be done poorly so that you can pretty much guess what the not very twisty unsurprise is long before the end.

This one gave me a third, more fun option: The obviously unreliable narrator, but kept me guessing as to *in what way* she is unreliable. Is her house haunted? Sentient? Is the narrator a psychopath who is attributing her own actions to the house? Is the other narrator also unreliable or can we count on him to validate her story?

Add this to a great atmospheric maybe haunted house story, and I was really sucked in. I was a bit frustrated at the end, though, as there is no neat little bow to tie up and resolve all the possibilities. Or maybe it's resolved, depending on who is reliable, and who isn't.

Audiobook via the Audible Plus catalog. I generally dislike dramatizations, but the format of this one - telling the story through audiotaped sessions with the two narrators - works well for me. Excellent performances by both.
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Doodlebug34 | Jan 7, 2024 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I borrowed a copy of this on audiobook from my library.

Thoughts: This was an okay read. It's about a woman, Lily, who started to have a successful writing career until her husband developed severe dimentia and required constant care. Lily has now been eking out a living as a bookseller when she hears about a priceless book that a customer wants to purchase. She teams up with another bookseller, Lucas, and goes on a wild chase for the rare book. It's a journey filled with danger, mysterious occultism, and lots of sex.

This was okay. I struggled to like or engage with the characters here, they just all felt very selfish and unlikable to me. Yeah, Lily has it pretty tough but she made some pretty bad choices too. Watching her sexual romp through various European countries in an effort to heal herself and find "The Book of the Most Precious Substance" was engaging enough that I finished the book but I didn't really find it that intriguing or special. I think I was hoping for more magic or more character growth, or just more something out of this. Instead the characters ended up just as stunted as they had started.

Lily tells the story with this huge foreshadowing about how horrible everything ended up, but she doesn't seem that unhappy with how things turn out by the end of the book. It just felt a bit unfinished and unsatisfying.

I think part of my issue with this is that I read a lot of fantasy/horror/supernatural books and this just seems like a supernatural-lite book or something? It just doesn't build a magic system or really embrace this dark magical world that it attempts to introduce the reader to. I think if you really like straight-up mystery/thrillers and are looking for something with a touch of supernatural in it, this might be for you. I found that it felt fairly incomplete and boring.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was okay. The narrator's voice is a bit scratchy and she sometimes forgot to switch character voices when switching characters. Definitely not the best narration out there. I would recommend reading on paper/e-book.

My Summary (3/5): Overall this was okay but not really for me. The characters felt very selfish and immature throughout the story and never really showed any growth. The supernatural aspects of the mystery weren't well fleshed out and felt very surfacey. If you are looking for a mystery/thriller with subtle supernatural occult elements, you might enjoy this. The whole thing just felt a bit lacking to me. I don't plan on picking up future books by Gran.
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krau0098 | 9 andre anmeldelser | Jan 2, 2024 |



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