Monday, July 17, 2017

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Title: Pretty Baby
Author: Mary Kubica
Published: Mira, 2014

Pretty Baby

Description: She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head… 
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home. 
Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.  (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: Holy crap! That essentially sums up my thoughts about this book. However, to further elaborate, this is the third book of Mary Kubica's that I have read and in all honesty I didn't think it could be as good as the other two I've read.
When I started the book I'll admit that I was actually pretty underwhelmed by the story. The story was just so boring. I just felt like the characters were typical stereotypes and there was nothing too exciting going on. It took me a few goes to read through the book as I would put it down after every couple of chapters. Then it reached a point where things started to take a very subtle turn in a darker direction and then I was hooked.
As always, I have to say that Kubica's writing is so good. She just has such a way with words that keep me reading and make me feel exactly as the characters are feeling. Because I knew that something bad was going to happen, the feeling of dread and unease was with me the whole time that I was reading this book. I always feel this way with her books. I honestly feel like I need to read Kubica's books when I have enough time to spend an entire day reading the book because they draw me in and I feel like I can't just leave the story half told.  
I had a feeling I could guess where some parts of this book were going, and I was right. There were some other parts that I didn't figure out but I will say, my God this book took on such a twisted direction. Things got so intense. I can't even describe how I felt by the end of things I'm kind of overwhelmed by it a little. Essentially, things just unravel so fast that I just got completely swept up in the story and followed it along to the end.
Pretty Baby is not my favourite of Mary Kubica's but I have to say that it was really good once it got going. I absolutely love Mary Kubica's books and I am so keen to read the one book I have left, The Good Girl. I do however, feel like I need to read something a bit lighter first as I don't think I can handle another emotional ride right at this moment.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Frightening Friday: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Title: A Head Full of Ghosts
Author: Paul Tremblay
Published: Titan Books, 2016

A Head Full of Ghosts

Description: The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents despair, the doctors are unable to halt Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie's younger sister, Merry. As she recalls the terrifying events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories begin to surface and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I had heard so many good things about Paul Tremblay's writing so I was pretty excited to pick this one up. Not to mention that I had been looking for a decent horror story so I had been hoping this one would be nice and creepy.

I felt as though the beginning of this book felt a lot like every other exorcism story Id encountered but I also felt like there were a lot more differences. For instance, the book has the family being part of a reality television show where a crew follows the older daughter around and document her possession. A large part of this book is questioning whether Marjorie is possessed or whether she is just faking it or if she's mentally ill and her treatment isn't working.

I didn't find this book to be overly creepy but I did feel like it was a really engrossing story that kept me questioning things. In terms of horror, there was a little bit of gore which had me a little grossed out for a bit. I really like that even at the end of the book I was still questioning whether things were one way or another.

Overall, I really enjoyed Paul Tremblay's writing and I'm definitely interested in picking up more books in the future. I've hear that Disappearance at Devil's Rock is really good.