2 Cents on Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Hey folks

Just saw Kingsman: The Golden Circle with my wonderful husband Eric Mikols and here I am fresh from the cinema to share my 2 cents! First, let me say that despite the complaints I have I liked it for the most part! It wasn’t as good as the first one but it was entertaining and watchable. Spoilers from here on out!

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The Likes

  1. I thought all the action scenes were great! I think the director (Matthew Vaughn) understood that everyone loved that crazy church scene from the first movie and so he made several similar fights in Golden Circle. And it worked on me because I was in it!
  2. The opening fight scene was definitely the best of the movie. Cool moves, good music, shoe knife, etc.
  3. There were several puppies. I love puppies.
  4. I like Eggsy as a charachter. Love his accent, love his clothes, love his moral delemas.
  5. Great cast! Even if you don’t see a ton of the new people, it’s definitely a great line up. Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Halle Barry, Pedro Pascal, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Jeff Bridges! What could go wrong?!

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The Dislikes

  1. I felt this story line should have been saved for the third movie. By the end of the first movie, we had just settled in to loving all these characters and then in Golden Circle, they literally kill all of them! Except Colin Firth who was already dead! I feel like this story line would have had a bigger emotional hit for the audience if we had been given another movie to get used to the Kingsman agency. It felt like they were trying to get emotions from me that I couldn’t feel yet because they hadn’t been earned. It would be like blowing up MI6 and killing M in the 2nd ever James Bond movie (that didn’t happen right?). When MI6 did get blown up in Skyfall, it was a major moment for the audience because we all felt that significance. We had time to get that sense of security before it was taken away. For that reason, I think they should have held off on destroying Kingsman until later in the series.
  2. Bad use of charachters. I can’t believe they killed Roxy at the beginning of the movie. That seems like a complete waste. Speaking of a complete waste, why would you put Channing Tatum in your movie and then not have him in the movie? He was out of commission for all of it! I mean, I like Pedro Pascal but I think it would’ve been more fun to see Channing Tatum gun-slinging it with Egerton. Jeff Bridges was barely in it, Halle Berry didn’t do much, the Elton John stuff didn’t work, and speaking of….
  3. What the heck was all that Elton John stuff? It was just kind of weird? And unnecessary? He just stood there in crazy costumes and swore a lot. It seemed like a really random thing that added nothing to the film.
  4. The villain, Julianne Moore, was just meh. She’s peppy but she’ll also put you in a meat grinder. Speaking of which, there was TOO MUCH MEAT GRINDER STUFF! I liked her whole 1950’s vibe but she doesn’t leave much of an impression and she dies too easily. Also, her plan is very similar to the villain plan in the first movie so that was kind of boring.
  5. Merlin dying was stupid. They definitely could have found another way.
  6. I get that R rated movies have swearing, but I think this movie over did it. It was almost every other word and , for me, very unnecessary. Also, the close up shot of the woman’s crotch and then the inside look at her vagina was unneeded and gross. Both those things make it so I can’t really recommend this movie to people. If they would just take out the swearing and other stuff and make it PG13 I think I would have it more.

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Random Thoughts

  1. All I could think about when they were putting everyone infected in cages was how bad I feel for the people on the bottom cages! The probably are surrounded by fecal matter and urine from the above cages!
  2. Was the president supposed to be an evil Bush?
  3. I loved how Poppy’s guard’s uniform was a Letterman jacket
  4. Obviously if you hold a glass vial precariously between 2 fingers, it’s going to drop and break.
  5. I loved the country version of “Word Up” at the end!
  6. Are we supposed to believe that every drug user in the world is getting their drugs from Poppy?
  7. If you put a whip in a meat grinder, it will probably shred the rope and break, not drag you into it?

So, in conclusion, if you liked the first movie you probably will enjoy this one too. Just be prepared to not like it as much. And be prepared to turn you face away from the screen several times. I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars.

What did you think of Kingsman: The Golden Circle? Let me know your thoughts below!

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Halloween Team 2017: Bonus Blog!

Bonus Blog time!!

Over the long weekend, we watched a few movies that were technically no one’s “pick” but are worth talking about this Halloween Season!

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Salem’s Lot

Yes, the highly acclaimed TNT TV mini series from 2004, Salem’s Lot! This series is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name from 1975. I read the book for a book club last Halloween and absolutely loved it! It was the first Stephen King I ever read and I was surprised at how much I loved it because I don’t enjoy horror.

Here’s the plot! Spoiler Alert from this point on (though it is a 42 year old book so….). Ben Mears is a writer who returns to the town of Jerusalem’s Lot (Salem’s Lot) after a long absence. At the same time, a mysterious duo has moved to the town, opened an antique shop and bought the Marsten house, the spooky house on the hill overlooking the town in which a man killed himself. People start disappearing or acting weird all over the town and finally Ben and his old English teacher Matt figure out that…wait for it… it’s Vampires!! They then have to defeat the evil vampires and save the town.

That plot doesn’t sound very scary but trust me, it gets pretty intense! The movie stayed pretty close to the book which I appreciated. Here’s an issue though: while reading the book, I was constantly confused because there are SO MANY CHARACTERS!! Here’s a link to show you all the characters in the book: http://stephenking.com/library/novel/_salem_s_lot_characters.html . Read and be amazed. Another problem is that 3 of the main characters have essentially the same name! There is a Mark, a Matt and a Mike. not to mention Ben tends to be referred to as “Mears” and the spooky house is called the “Marsten” house!! TOO MANY M’S!!

So you’d think that the movie would fix this right? WRONG! And guess what? IT WAS SUPER CONFUSING! Luckily we could see the characters so it was less necessary to know their names, but still! Rob Lowe plays Ben Mears and he was actually pretty great! I have only seen him as his goofy character in Parks and Rec so it was cool to see him in a more serious role. Andre Braugher (now of Brooklyn 99 fame) was excellent as Matt the English Teacher , Donald Sutherland was real spooky as the head vampire assistant and Dan Byrd was a real angsty teenage kid.

I thought it was a solid adaptation of the book so I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend you read the book before you watch the series. The slow realization of vampires taking over the town is just so spooky!

Movie #2!

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The Monster Squad

I’ve heard many things about this movie. How it’s a cult classic, how it’s like The Goonies but better, how it’s a great movie. I am happy (?) to report that none of those things are true. Well, it may be regarded as a cult classic but the other 2 things are definitely not true. We watched this movie on the wonderful steaming service that is Hulu. Eric has almost picked it for his Halloween team pick for the past 3 years so we decided to just go ahead and watch it.

Here’s the plot (?): In the past, Van Helsing tries to defeat Dracula with some sort of amulet and he fails. Now in the present, Dracula wakes up and is bound and determined to take over the world. To do this he calls upon his bff’s: The Werewolf, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Frankenstein’s Monster. Now don’t be confused, this is NOT the Monster Squad for which the movie is named! The actual Monster Squad is a group of kids who love monsters and somehow get a hold of Van Helsing’s old journal. They then have to get to the magical amulet before the Monsters do.

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Huh! You know, when I write it out, it does sound like there is a plot! It doesn’t feel like it when you are watching it. I didn’t find the movie funny and to me the kids swore way to much. I think it was supposed to be a kids movie but it wasn’t? I don’t think I laughed once. It was really really trying to be The Goonies. It had the leader kid who always makes heroic speeches, the “fat” kid who is always getting made fun of for being fat, the “hot” older sister, the cool kid who doesn’t seem like he should want to be in the group but he does, and of course running around in caves looking for treasure.

This movie is in no way better than or even on the same level as The Goonies and anyone who says otherwise is an idiot. Sorry, I know that is harsh but it’s how I feel! I give this movie 2 out of 5. Those 2 stars are solely because of the adorable little sister who is almost too cute to look at. She broke my stinkin heart. Do yourself a favor and just watch The Goonies instead.

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Stephen King DOES rule!

And there you have it! 2 bonus movies for your Halloween reading/watching enjoyment! Let me know in the comments if you’ve seen either of these movies and what you think! There may be more bonus blogs on the way! Who knows!

Halloween Team 2017: Part II

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The saga continues!

This time we watched Sally’s pick! Sally, for those of you who don’t know (which I’m guessing is a lot of you) is the queen of Horror. That being said, I’ve been bracing myself since last year for her pick because chances are it would scare the pee out of me. But Sally tricked us all and chose the Tim Burton classic: Beetlejuice!

It had been so long since I’d seen this movie! On the team, 3 of us had seen the movie and 2 had not which made it even more enjoyable to watch. Honestly I didn’t remember many of the scenes, especially all the crazy after life related ones, and I couldn’t even remember how it ended. I was glad Sally chose it because I really needed to watch it again.

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For those of you who for some reason have not seen this movie, here’s the plot: A married couple (played by young Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) dies and is trying to navigate the afterlife as ghosts in their own house. While trying to do this, a new family moves in and begins changing everything about the house. Their extremely emo daughter (played by Winona Ryder) can for some reason see the ghost couple and tries to help them scare her family out of the house. After many failed attempts, Beetlejuice (played by Michael Keaton) steps in and things get Ca-raaaaaaazy!

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Here’s what I love about this movie: Its cooky and zany and is never boring. Lots of laughs, lots of twists and turns, and lots of fun. The characters are all memorable and iconic to this day. Danny Elfman’s soundtrack is perfect for the movie and should be easily recognized on your Spotify movie soundtrack playlist. The dinner scene where the ghosts make the guests dance to the “Banana Boat Song” is just so incredibly funny. Burton completely immerses you in this world of ghosts and ghouls and you become attached to the characters in such a way that they feel like old friends whenever you watch it. Beetlejuice is a Halloween classic that deserves all the acclaim it’s received and I think it will continue to be loved for many years to come.

Here’s what I don’t love about it: Its kinda gross. All the afterlife scenes show dead people in many forms and sometimes the ghost couple pulls the skin off their faces or separates their heads from their bodies. The character of Beetljuice is incredibly nasty. He looks like he has green mold on his face and he eats flies. Not to mention he is always trying to feel up women. For most, I think his character is goofy and hilarious but for me it’s almost too gross to watch. And stressful! This movie is somewhat stressful!

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All that being said, this movie gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars from me. Its a movie I would recommend to anyone (who is an adult) if they are looking for a wacky Halloween movie. The combination of Burton and Elfman is dynamite, as usual, and the result is a unique movie watching experience that will leave the viewer saying “what did I just watch” and “when can I watch it again?!” simultaneously. Another great Halloween Team pick!

What are you watching this Halloween season? Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

Halloween Team 2017!

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It’s that time of year again! October is called Halloween month in my house and every year we get together with the Halloween Team and watch some “scary” movies! Everyone on the team gets a pick. Sometimes the picks are bad ( ** Cough Cough Murder By Death**) and sometimes they are fantastic ( **Cough Cough What We Do In The Shadows**). I’ll go through every movie we watch here on the blog all through October. Let the movie watching begin!!

Eric’s pick

This year, we started with Eric’s pick. The cult classic(?) Eight Legged Freaks. It should be noted upfront that I am completely biased in my review because I hate spiders with every part of my being. It’s hard for me to even look at a spider, which made watching the movie pretty difficult. I saw part of this movie on TV when I was in middle school and have actively avoided it since then. But team rules are team rules, and Eric picked it so I watched it.

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As you can imagine, I didn’t like it. Mostly because of the spiders. Actually, the whole reason is because of the spiders. If it had been any other creature I would have been able to say “hey, that was a solid B-movie from the early 2000’s that was definitely watchable.” As it stands, I couldn’t watch a lot of it because of , again, SPIDERS. There were a few parts that made me laugh out loud so I will give the movie some credit.

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The plot follows David Arquette’s character as he comes back to town after a long absence. Apparently, everyone knows who he is and he is looking to fight anyone who has a problem with him. We also get such characters as the tough single mom sheriff, the boy obsessed with spiders who everyone should listen to but doesn’t, the “over-it” teenage sister (played by the now super famous Scarlett Johansson), the teenage boyfriend who is, luckily for him, very good at motocross, played by (heartthrob?) Matt Czuchry, and a cast of cooky townspeople.

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In a nutshell, chemicals fall in a pond by a nearby “spider-farm” (I looked it up, they are a real thing), the spiders get in the water, they get huge and start eating people (and pets). The townsfolk, led by David Arquette and Sheriff Mom then have to fight off the spiders and save the town. We get such scenes as: jumping spiders chasing motorcycle riding teens, a giant tarantula trying to pull a “Jurassic Park” by destroying a trailer in which out heroes reside, and a spider hiding in a tent and slowly sneaking up on its prey. The spider noises are cheesy and ridiculous but I will say the early 2000’s CGI wasn’t as hard to watch as I thought it would be.

Like I said before, there were several jokes that made me laugh out loud so someone on the writing team knew what they were doing. David Arquette put every emotion he had into this role and I think it paid off (I mean…not for his career…). If you are looking for a movie that’s a little creepy, a little gross,s little action-y and a little funny, this is your movie. Our team had a good time watching it even if we didn’t love the movie. Gotta give it 2 out of 5 stars though…BECAUSE SPIDERS!!

Stay tuned for more Halloween Team fun! Up next, Sally’s pick!!

Random Thoughts on “The Girl Before” by J.P. Delaney

I have been on a murder mystery kick lately and for some reason have no desire to pick up anything else. I heard about “The Girl Before” by J.P. Delaney from one of my favorite podcasts All the Books. The hosts found it hilarious that the book was about a “sadistic architect” who takes control of a girl living in a house he built. They joked about it so much I decided to give it a read.

Each chapter of the book jumps between the accounts of Emma (the girl before?) and Jane (the girl now). I thought this would get confusing at first but its not too hard to distinguish the two. Both girls are “damaged” in some way when they begin living in the house at One Folgate Streeet and as the book progresses each of their pasts is unraveled. Emma recently experienced a burglary at her home that left her scared and Jane recently lost a child. Unfortunately for Emma, she dies while living at One Folgate Street and Jane kind of makes it her mission to figure out what happened. Both girls also fall into a passionate relationship with the (sadistic?) architect of the house.

Let’s start with some things I like about the book. There were definitely a few surprises and unexpected revelations I had while reading. I won’t spoil the book here but I think Emma’s side of the story was definitely where the most twists occurred. Delany’s writing is easy to read and not annoying. The twists that were there were good.……that was a short paragraph.

Ok, here’s the negatives. I wanted more from the plot. All the reviews talk about constant twists and turns that will throw the reader for a loop but I didn’t see them. For the most part I found the plot to be fairly predictable except for the few surprises mentioned above. I never fully bought in to the conceit of the book. In order to move into One Fulgate Street, Emma and Jane had to fill out an outrageously long application that asked them super personal questions. And then the house itself had over 200 rules including that you aren’t allowed to bring hardly anything with you, no pets, you can’t leave anything on the floor, etc. I just don’t think that anyone would be interested in a house like that in real life. At least not normal, down to earth people like the 2 main characters. If I was filling out the application I’d be like “this is creepy I’m not doing this” and once I heard the rules for the house I’d be like “I can’t even bring my books? Nope goodbye!” So since I didn’t find the plot believable, it was hard to get into the book. It took me forever to read this book because I never wanted to pick it back up. In my opinion, it wasn’t the psychological thriller that was promised.

Another aspect of the book I did not enjoy was the graphic descriptions of sex and rape. There was just so much of it and I wasn’t expecting that. Emma’s story especially is extremely sexual and I just didn’t enjoy reading it. Lastly, I was frustrated by the resolution at the end of the book. I felt there was a lot left unanswered about the architect and his part in the stories of Emma and Jane. The ending just wasn’t satisfying enough for me.

Overall I gave this book 3 out of 5 starts and that is probably too high. It wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I would probably recommend it to someone looking for a mystery if it weren’t for all the sex. But hey it was on the NYT Best Sellers list for a good while so what do I know. Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts!

Random Thoughts on Into the Water (Spoiler Free!)

Well finally, after the critics have called every murder mystery with a female main character “the next Girl on the Train”, we finally have the literal next Girl on the Train! I’ve been excited for this book since I heard it was coming out a few months ago and I had to put it on hold at the library to make sure I got a copy. Pretty sure everyone has been highly anticipating this book since we finished reading Girl on the Train. I’m glad to say, Hawkin’s second book does not disappoint! I am going to keep this review spoiler free since I know many people haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet.

The book started slow for me. Not only that but I was confused for a good while because of the multitude of characters. Almost every chapter introduces a new character’s point of view. I had to keep flipping back to previous chapters to remember who the characters were or figure out if a character had already been introduced. Some of the early character interactions I forgot about as I got further into the book, but Hawkins does a good job of reminding you what happens in those early pages. I probably had all the characters straight in my head by 50 pages in.

The book is written in 4 parts and for a long while, I didn’t know where the book was going. Hawkins introduces all the characters and we just watch them interact. It seemed like, maybe we are just going to watch the fallout from these deaths that occurred at the Drowning Pool, and that would be the end of it. Once I hit Part 2 though, the story picked up. It became clear that there were secrets being kept by many of the characters that were eventually going to be brought to light. Part 3 is the climax of the book where life and death are up in the air for several characters and Part 4 brings the book to a satisfying conclusion. So if you’re like me and you think the beginning is slow, keep going it gets intense!

Hawkins does an incredible job of slowly building the tension in her books. She gives the reader new information little by little, keeping us hooked until the tension builds to a big event. Lianne Moriarty is another author that I think does this really well. Being a music teacher, I liken this book to a great crescendo by a choir. Everyone has to get louder by the same increments at the same time and you can’t get too loud too fast or it ruins it. This book crescendos perfectly so that the excitement I felt at the end of Part 3 felt earned. I felt like I had been working through all the character’s crap with them and I was invested in their fates. One thing I love about Hawkin’s books is that she does a great job of keeping the “bad guys” hidden without smacking you in the face with red herrings. I honestly had no idea who had done what throughout the book. I had my suspicions, but Hawkins didn’t write anything to “trick” me. I think that is a mark of a great mystery writer.

One aspect of the book that I’ll be interested to see how people react to, is how the act of drowning is romanticized. The character Nel,  who is found drowned at the beginning of the book (not a spoiler, that information is on the book jacket), is obsessed with all the women who have died at the Drowning Pool and she is fascinated with the water itself. In my opinion, Hawkins does a good job of balancing the characters opinions of the water. Some hate it and find it dangerous while others find it comforting. Much of the language used in the book makes it seem like it’s a beautiful thing to succumb to the water and drown. However, I think in general, the act of suicide is portrayed as tragic. After seeing how so many people reacted negatively to “13 Reasons Why,” I wonder if anyone will have issues with Into the Water.

Overall, I thought it was a great read. The excellent world building and character development of Hawkins writing style is on full display and done very well. I’m glad that Hawkins is not experiencing a “sophomore slump” with this novel. In fact, I’d say this book is on par with Girl on the Train, and maybe slightly better.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good murder mystery or just a mystery in general. As with Girl on the Train, be prepared for some course language and just an overall dark tone. I already can’t wait for the next Hawkins book!

Random Thoughts on The Woman in Cabin 10

I’ve really gotten into a groove lately with reading, thanks in part to the books clubs I’m a part of, and so I want to start blogging more about what I’m reading. Recently I read The Woman in Cabin 10 for book club. This book was already a little infamous to me because my husband has been discussing it ( cough cough making fun of it) on his podcast, All The Books, since it hit the best sellers list. I was hoping that it would be a book that sounded silly but actually turned out to be really good…..unfortunately that was not the case. So now I’ll give you my review of the book and then end with my random thoughts I had while reading.

First of all, I didn’t actually read this book, I listened to it. Imagen Church is the narrator of the audio book and I’ve got to say, I hated the way she read the book. It was like she thought the book was written by Shakespeare or Dickens and so every fricken line was drenched in drama. Seriously, at one point there was a line that went something like “ she pulled out her chair and sat down” but the narrator read it like it said “and as she fell to her death, she saw her life flash before her eyes.” It was too much. If you decide to read this book, I do not recommend the audio book.

Because of the narration and the nature of the writing, the book came off to me as just drama for drama’s sake. Obviously, many people have compared this book to Girl on the Train and for good reason. They are both about a British woman who thinks she has witnessed a murder in connection with some sort of transportation. In my eyes, I think this book is in nowhere near the same league as Girl on the Train. To make a comparison: Girl on the Train is like watching a production of Hamlet at the Globe Theater and The Woman is Cabin 10 is like watching the middle school production of Hamlet Jr. Are they the same play? Yes. Are the comparable? Nope.

Let’s talk plot, and yes I am going to get into some spoilers here. The premise of the book always sounded silly to me (thanks a lot All the Books podcast) but I was willing to give it a chance. Regrettably, I found the plot to be very boring. The book starts with Lo waking to find a burglar in her home. This scars her for the rest of the story. We also meet her boyfriend, Judah, and find out they have a rocky relationship. Because we spent so much time in this section, I thought this burglar was going to have something to do with what happens on the boat or that the boyfriend was going to be involved somehow. But no. I was left thinking the boyfriend stuff was unnecessary. I really didn’t care about their relationship and if you had taken the boyfriend out, it wouldn’t have effected anything about the plot.

It took way too long to get to the part where she hears “a body” being thrown overboard. It didn’t happen until disk 3 of the audio book, which is a third of the way through the book! A third! My worries were accurate about the whole premise being silly. I really don’t think Lo would have been able to hear something being thrown off the ship into the water and be able to tell the difference between a body and just waves hitting the boat. Also, Lo says after she hears the splash, she goes to the veranda and looks down and thinks she sees a body under the water…..but how. The boat is moving…. By the time she gets to the veranda, the “body” is going to be behind the boat! It all just seemed very contrived and required the reader to just accept what the author was saying. But I was already annoyed with her writing at that point, so I didn’t.

From here Lo calls the security guard and they talk forever. Then she talks to every single person on the fricken boat and they all tell her the same fricken thing. This goes on for so long. And really, nothing comes of her talking to all these people. She suspects everyone pretty equally. Someone keeps sneaking around and taking Lo’s stuff and writing messages on mirrors but other than that, not much happens. Eventually, Lo annoys people so much that she gets kidnapped and put in a locked room. This also goes on forever. She is seriously stuck in that room for so long. At this point we find out that the woman in cabin 10 is actually a mistress of Lord Bummer-face and that she’s been impersonating his wife, Anne. I didn’t buy this. I mean, “the woman” was wearing a headscarf because she was supposed to have cancer, but I think people would have been able to tell that Anne looked one was on the first night of the trip and then had a brand new fricken face on the second night. I had a feeling towards the beginning that “the woman” and Anne were the same person. Usually, I am horrible at guessing twists, so that fact that I guessed this is not a good sign

Eventually “the woman” lets Lo leave disguised as Anne so she can escape the boat (see above for why I think this wouldn’t work) and Lo ends up falling into the water and swimming to shore. Stuff happens but in the end Lord Bummer-face dies and Lo gets back to her boyfriend. I found this anti-climactic. I was hoping for a showdown between Lo and Lord Bummer-face where she defeats her anxiety and beats him. But no, he just dies at “the woman’s” hand “off screen” as it were. Overall, it felt like nothing happened in this book until the very end. Also, the book was written in like 9 parts….why?!? Unnecessary!!

My dislike for the main character, Lo, knows no bounds. It was not made clear to me that she had an anxiety issue until over halfway through the book. Every fricken exchange she had with someone she acted like she had been living on a deserted island for her whole life and she was now having her first interaction with people. It was so bad, I wondered how she even held or job, let alone functioned as an investigative journalist! The author wrote “I said awkwardly” or “ I said lamely” after everything Lo said. She couldn’t talk to anyone like a normal person! The narrator did not help this situation. Later, when I finally realized she had an anxiety problem, her actions made more sense, but it was too much. And, there was no character arc! Lo didn’t make any strides with her anxiety! In the end, she was just as much of a basket case as when she started. I wish the book had started with her getting on the boat and then later we find out that earlier in her life she had had a traumatic experience with a burglar that had adversely affected her. I didn’t believe Lo’s experience at the beginning of the book was enough to make her act as spastic as she did.

Lastly, I’d like to comment on the writing. I don’t think I’ve ever read a more repetitive book. She repeated everything a million times!! Lo went over and over what she knew about the woman in cabin 10 every couple paragraphs, she kept talking about how awkward she was, she kept forgetting what had happened to her hours before and then suddenly remembering, She kept saying she was tired and needed sleep, she kept referring to the room she was locked in as a coffin, she kept talking about drinking or needing a drink or how drunk she was, and she kept saying “something rushed over her” like “fear rushed over me”, “panic rushed over me”. “guilt rushed over me like a wave.” Seriously go back and count! I can’t believe an editor let this book be published. It comes off as lazy writing. At least come up with different descriptors! I obviously will not be reading more of Ruth Ware’s books.

Whew….rant over! Felt good to get that out of my system. I leave you with my random thoughts I had while listening to the audio book. Please leave comments and let me know what you think of this book!

  • This girl (Lo) is kind of a baby
  • I could care less about this boyfriend
  • The narrator’s Brooklyn accent sounds like a British person doing a Brooklyn accent
  • What? She drinks? Who is she? The Girl on the Train?!?
  • Is she schizophrenic? The narrator is making it sound like a second personality every time she hears from the “voice in the back of her head”
  • This fight with the boyfriend is very contrived
  • He (Judah) has apologized for being gone so much but then when she yells at him about it he says “where did this come from?”
  • Why won’t Lo go to the “next step” with Judah? Never explained!!
  • If she says she needs to sleep on more time……
  • She seems dumb! Like every reaction is “What?! Oh?! *Awkward Gawking*”
  • Since when is Lo a nickname for Laura?
  • The security guard’s accent is either Scottish or Canadian?! Those are in no way similar!
  • These numbers don’t add up. How are there only like 12 staff on the boat?
  • She needs to just bust out of this locked room. Why would she just sit there?!