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Day Zero Project – Read 100 books – #2

I’ve just finished reading Cuckoo by Julia Crouch

I really enjoyed it but was a little disappointed with the ending. It felt a little rushed and a bit of an anticlimax.
It started off as a real page turner but seemed to go downhill a bit towards the end. I started getting annoyed with the not knowing whether Polly was bad or Rose was paranoid. I wanted a definite answer and never got it.
As I closed the book after reading the last page all I could think was, surely she wouldn’t be so stupid again. It didn’t seem believable at all and the more I thought about it, the more annoyed I got.
It wasn’t like the ending of films where the big scary monster has been killed and than the final shot shows some eggs hidden deep underground; you’ve enjoyed the film so seeing the eggs means you’re really pleased that there’s a possibility of a sequel. No matter how many people have been killed, or buildings destroyed, you’re still fascinated by the monster and want to see more of it. However, you mainly want to see the humans triumph over the monster and you want to leave the book feeling satisfied that good overcame evil.
The thought that Rose would be so stupid as to let Polly anywhere near her family again made me angry and because I didn’t get any definite answers to the many questions I had, or that feeling that good won over evil, I didn’t want anything to do with any of the characters again.
The good thing about finishing a book is being able to choose a new one. You start with hope that it’s going to whisk you into a whole new world. I like that feeling and always look forward to checking out my ‘to read’ shelf to see where I’m going to be taken to next 🙂

Day Zero Project – Read 100 books – #1

I’ve just finished my first book from the 100 I have to read before my Day Zero time is up.

I read, We need to talk about Kevin and I have to say, it’s not one of the best books I’ve read but only because I didn’t like the writing style at all.

I thought the story was really very good but the writing was sometimes hard for me. The following is taken from a review on Amazon and I agree with the reviewer….
It would probably be deserving of 5 stars in my opinion but I did find the writing slightly off-putting and possibly even sometimes pretentious(almost using complex words for the sake of it). However do not let that put you off- this is a stunning book.
I put up with the writing style because I was hooked on the story before I’d even started reading it. The twist at the end totally shocked me.
I can’t wait to see the movie….I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

The next on the list is Cuckoo by Julia Crouch.

The following is taken from Amazon:

A dark, juicy, deliciously unsettling, read-it-in-one-sitting psychological drama.Rose has it all – the gorgeous children, the husband, the beautiful home. But then her best friend Polly comes to stay. Very soon, Rose’s cosy world starts to fall apart at the seams – her baby falls dangerously ill, her husband is distracted – is Polly behind it all? It appears that once you invite Polly into your home, it’s very difficult to get her out again…

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