Disappointing Reads #3

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One of the worst feelings as a book lover is when you have such high hopes for a book, and it ends up being disappointing.  This series documents the books that have disappointed me; it can either act as a warning or even pique your interest in a new read.

Disappointing Reads 3 - Don't Bend the Spine, UK Book Blog

I Stop Somewhere by T E Carter | The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace |  The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides 

One of the best things about book blogging is discovering new books from your fellow bloggers that you may have missed otherwise.  I have read some fantastic books through recommendations, but sadly I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter is not one of them.  Ellie may not have been the first girl raped by Caleb, but she was the first to be murdered by him.  Now, Ellie’s ghost haunts the place she died, often witnessing Caleb attacking and raping more girls in the town.  I had high hopes for I Stop Somewhere, but personally, it fell flat.  Even though I wasn’t enjoying this book, I kept on reading in the hope it would get better.  It didn’t.  There are graphic scenes of sexual abuse throughout, and this book would be incredibly triggering for those who have experienced something similar.  I can usually stomach violent scenes, but the scenes in I Stop Somewhere made me feel sick and uncomfortable.  There isn’t much of an actual plot to begin with, making it even more disappointing that these awful scenes make up a good proportion of the book.   If you haven’t already gleaned from the above, I would definitely not recommend this book. 

After loving The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace, I was delighted to see the second book in the series, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One available at my local library.  I borrowed it immediately.  It’s such a shame to say this, as I genuinely loved some of the poems in The Princess Saves Herself in this one, but I REALLY didn’t like this one at all.  As you can expect, the poems were full of hot, fiery rage, but instead of leaving me feeling empowered and hungry for change, I felt nothing.  The vicious misandry in the poems was completely unacceptable, and overall, a lot of the poems were pretty much the same, just told in a different style.    To be honest with you, I am now hesitant to read any of Amanda’s new pieces of work in case I am disappointed again.

A controversial choice perhaps but alas, I am sorry to say that The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides was disappointing.  *braces self for angry mob*  I requested a sample of the book through Netgalley and I was surprised to see I had actually been granted the full book.  Result!  Alicia Berenson adores her husband, which makes it even more shocking when one day, she shoots him multiple times in the face. No one knows why, as she hasn’t spoken since that eventful day.  Theo Faber, a psychotherapist with a keen interest in Alicia’s case, thinks he can be the person to make her speak.  But why?  I don’t have the energy to write a full review, but I still wanted to share my thoughts on this book.  On reflection, what disappointed me most about The Silent Patient was the wasted potential.   When I first began to read the book, I was instantly drawn in.  The unique plot coupled together with an engaging writing style ensured an addictive start to the story.  I couldn’t stop myself from reading “just one more chapter”, as I desperately wanted to know why Alicia had shot her husband, and why Theo was so determined to make her speak.  It was all going well, and in my mind, I was awarding 4*… until I got to the plot twist.  Now, I am not going to talk about the twist as I fully appreciate that there will be others due to start reading this book or who are currently reading it, but the more I think about the plot twist the more uncomfortable I feel.  If you have read the book please feel free to slide into my DMs so I can explain.  Based on the twist, I wouldn’t recommend this book but at the same time, I can’t deny how much I was enjoying the book up until that point.

What was the last book that disappointed you?

Daniella x

10th February 2019
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  • Reply Amber @ Books of Amber

    Oh noooo, I was so looking forward to The Silent Patient. Well, I still am, but I’m a lot more hesitant now. And it’s a shame about I Stop Somewhere. I was dying to read that one last year, but if the difficult scenes take up the majority of the book then I’m not too sure :/

    10th February 2019 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Kelsey

    I’ve not read any of these books but surprised to hear about The Silent Patient! I’ve heard a lot of hype about it on book twitter recently but will definitely think twice about it now.

    11th February 2019 at 3:31 pm
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