This was a terrible choice to read right when I’m starting a three-week intensive grad school class and really don’t have time to stay up late reading and sit on the couch reading instead of doing homework. But I did it anyway, and I’m not sorry! This was so good. It kept giving me more questions to try to figure out so I had to keep reading to see if my suspicions were right. And sometimes they were, but sometimes they weren’t, and that made it even better, because it was not predictable. This was definitely worth losing sleep over.
I like the idea of this story. The actual story suffered from a lot of descriptions that were trying to hard to be unique. Twice someone “hushed” a sentence. I think he meant “whispered.” Someone was described as “plate eyed.” I think that was supposed to mean their eyes were wide with surprise. There were so many instances of this kind of language throughout the book. I also didn’t find the characters very sympathetic at all. I didn’t connect with any of them. On top of that, the book ended in the middle of the story. This is not a complete story.
In reading other reviews, I see that this book is part of the third book in the series which might have the complete story. So in case you decide you want to read it, you might want to start there.
This was a fun story. There were parts where it moved very slowly, though. I’d really give it 3.5 stars. It’s a great premise. There was a lot of side information and scenes that slowed down the main plot even though they were interesting, and that’s why I didn’t give it a higher rating.
This was really fun! I gave it four stars rather than five although I was in between the two just because I felt it ran too long in some spots. But the characters were wonderful and engaging and the story had lots of twists and turns and thrills. I will definitely read a sequel if there is one.
I enjoyed parts of this book. It’s very visual and reminds me of a classic horror movie. There were many areas where it was too slow, so I found myself setting it down more than I normally would. But I did enjoy the movie playing in my head while I read it–I really could see this as a movie.
As always, this had great locations and a really great backstory about how the place became haunted. I love those glimpses into the history of all the places these stories happen in. I really liked how this one tied into completely modern events, too.
As always I am completely charmed by Elly Griffiths’ settings and characters. This story had the added bonus of being about writers! It was a little slow moving but in an enjoyable way, a good story spinning out longer. And the tying up loose ends at the end was a lot of fun. But now I feel like these characters are my friends, and I am going to be wondering what they’re doing all the time. I love coming away from a story feeling like I’ve met new, real people.
I really like the way Cassidy is learning more about what she can do and stretching into her role. I do wish her parents didn’t seem so oblivious to what’s going on, though. But maybe people really wouldn’t see what was happening because they just can’t believe that sort of thing is real. Anyhow, it was a fun read, and I loved the glimpses of Paris throughout.
This was another weird and fun romp. I loved the touches of old Hollywood and the 1960s hippie scene. There were a lot of great chase scenes and some really tense moments to keep things going, too. I would definitely read more of these adventures if they come along.