My Rating: 3 Stars
I admit I was expecting something a bit different and not as much as characters involved.
In general, I liked the novel and the characters but in the end, it was a bit depressive for me no matter how much I tried to look on the bright side. I understand that not all lives are happy, but the number of misfortunes and negative events in these characters lives is way too overboard for my taste. It needs a little more light of hope in there to balance things.
The characters are very interesting and for me Gisa Klönne really got in deep into them, their thoughts and feelings. On the other hand, I got a bit lost in the midst of the other characters and struggled to remember who they were and their role in the story. In the end, trying to keep up got a bit tiring and I struggled to get to the end of the book. Even so, I was able to understand who was wo when the narrator changed, which was already a positive thing.
What I really enjoyed about the book was the story line, the murder and the ending. It was unexpected and it has a really good ending for the story. The clues are all there and with a bit of attention the reader can find out who the killer is before the final chapter.
In general is a satisfying read, but too negative for my tastes.
Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Manilla, and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.
My Rating: 5 Stars
The long fight of Victor Hugo against the death penalty is put into the pages his short novel that will move any reader.
This book tells the story of an unnamed condemned man a few days before he is executed for an unknown crime. It describes in detail the torment, the emotion, the general state of mind of a man. A man, because when someone is condemned to death, they become something else, something less important and less human. The torture that this man goes through knowing that time is against him and for some reason, it seems to escape through his fingers. And of course, the most human question, if it's going to hurt.
It's a very moving novel that serves has a reminder that even in the last minutes of a condemned man, there is always hope to be forgiven and the desperate wait for the inevitable ending.
In the end, the message is: no matter what we do, how many mistakes we make, we are all human.
My Rating: 5 Stars
Definitely one of the greatest American novel of all time and one of my all-time favourites.
It's a book that explores the lack of morality of the high-class, the vanity and shallowness of the people that are incapable of thinking of anyone but themselves. It explores the reality, that dreams don't always come true and that pretending to be someone else in order to achieve the high-expectations that others have of us comes with a price.
(SPOILER ALERT!) On the other hand, Fitzgerald creates a character that, in my opinion, has the end he deserved, in a sense where death is better than having to live with the disappointment and betrayal of the only woman he loved and that he tried so hard to prove his love. The discovery would have killed him in more ways than one, it would be destroyed his innocence and naivety that something good might happen if you have the patience to wait. He died believing in her, thinking that she loved him, and even if it's a lie, for him it was enough.
Hope you find an idea for your next reading here.