Twitteresque Reviews: Where They Found Her, Someday, Someday, Maybe & Sex and Stravinsky

August 31, 2016 Book review, Twitteresque Reviews 4 ★★★

Twitteresque reviews are for books where I don’t feel like writing a full review but I want to give you a flavour of how I felt during the book.  All in 140 characters or less!

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Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

Twitteresque Reviews: Where They Found Her, Someday, Someday, Maybe & Sex and StravinskyWhere They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
Published by Harper on 14 April 2015
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
three-stars

At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years.

Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.

Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, Kimberly McCreight’s taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby’s death revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized. And that their lives are more intertwined with what happened to the baby than they ever could have imagined.

 

Twitteresque review: Pretty good! I did think the pace slumped a bit in the middle, but it all weaved together very cunningly in the end.

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Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Twitteresque Reviews: Where They Found Her, Someday, Someday, Maybe & Sex and StravinskySomeday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Published by Ballantine Books on March 25th 2014
Pages: 358
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Goodreads
three-stars

It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club.

Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet.

Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.

Twitteresque review: Rounding up as it had good points

Pro : good setting, good message on self belief
Con: lack lustre romance, lack of momentum in the storyline

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Sex and Stravinsky by Barbara Trapido

Twitteresque Reviews: Where They Found Her, Someday, Someday, Maybe & Sex and StravinskySex and Stravinsky by Barbara Trapido
on 3 May 2010
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Goodreads
one-star

The time is 1995, but everybody is linked by their past. Brilliant Australian Caroline can command everyone except her own ghoulish mother, which means that things aren't easy for Josh and Zoe, her husband and twelve-year-old daughter.

Josh has bizarre origins in a South African mining town, but now teaches mime in Bristol. Zoe reads girls' ballet books and longs for ballet lessons; a thing denied her until, on a school French exchange, she meets a runaway boy in a woodland hut. Meanwhile, on the east coast of Africa, Hattie Thomas, Josh's first love, has taken to writing girls' ballet books from the turret of her fabulous house - that's when she can carve out the space between the forceful presence of Herman and her crosspatch daughter Cat who, after some illicit snooping, is secretly planning a make-or-break essay on mask dancers in Mali. Hattie wakes from a dream of Stravinsky's Pulcinella and asks herself about the composer, ‘Do his glasses look sexy?' His glasses are just like Josh's glasses from two decades earlier. From far and wide, they are all drawn together; drawn to Jack's place. Or is he Jacques? Or Giacomo?

Beautiful, mysterious Jack, the one-time backyard housemaid's child who, having journeyed via Mozambique and Senegal to Milan, is back exactly where he started - only not for long.

In its mix of people from different spheres, the book throws up the complexity, cruelty and richness of the global world while, as a sequence of personal stories, it comes together like a dance; a masquerade in which things are not always what they seem.

Twitteresque review: Too much description & a meandering plot which interrupted my connection to the characters. A lot of literary fiction misses the mark for me.

 

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Talk to TrishHave you read any of these and what did you think of them? Are there any that you are interested in reading? 

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4 Responses to “Twitteresque Reviews: Where They Found Her, Someday, Someday, Maybe & Sex and Stravinsky”

  1. Berls

    I don’t think any of them are hitting my TBR. Literary Fiction and I don’t tend to hit it off too well – but that’s the only one I was tempted by with the dance elements. The meandering plot and too much description make me want to pass it by too. Oh well! Thanks for summing these up so quickly 🙂
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