Better Late Than Never Right?!
Welcome to our second monthly read from the “Currently Reading Issue”!
There is no denying that this issue and the posts to follow are coming rather late than expected. My sincere apologies, I should have emphasized how part-time V & V is going to be due to a lot of factors I shouldn’t have to bore you guys with. However, I am trying and will continue to try to do as much as I can part-time on and for V & V before I can take it on full-time.
I have quite a lot of reviews just sitting in my computer waiting to be published. I am so excited to share them all and engage with you guys. Also quite overjoyed with those that undoubtedly missed the content put up on V & V. You guys are the motivation I needed to do this. Stay tuned as I try my best to make it up to you. <3
PEOPLE LIKE HER by Ellery Lloyd
First and foremost, starting with two out of some of the books I read in February. People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd was by far my favorite read of the month. A story exceptionally relevant to the times we are in; that of the social media influencer culture. My first book in this genre, I knew I was going to enjoy even before starting it. As soon as I saw “influencer” I knew I had to read it. It was all the convincing I needed. This well-crafted, enthralling page-turner is about an ambitious influencer mom who promoted a constructed chaos of family life as her brand.
Most notably, one thing I really love about this novel is that it is not a condemnation of sharing online. Instead, gives an insight to the uncomfortable truths in respect to a reality carefully staged and structured to capitalize on engagements. I have so much to say regarding this novel. I am definitely looking forward to sharing the full detailed review and engaging with you guys on your thoughts and opinions. Most especially on the sub-genre of social media lifestyle thrillers, for the reason that I have always been fascinated by it. This is surely a review to look forward to.
OBSESSION by Amanda Robson
The second novel in my February reads is Obsession by Amanda Robson. This novel is a psychological thriller that took me what felt like forever to complete. I have mixed feelings about this novel including my experience reading it. Frankly speaking, I am not exactly sure how to properly express and summarize how I truly felt about it in this issue. For the reason that there will not be a full-detailed review (It’s undeserving). However, having read so many reviews online when i was done reading this novel, I could not relate or agree to the overly positive reviews. That being said, if you have not read this novel, my opinion should not be reason enough not to.
Furthermore, the first word that comes to mind in respect to my experience reading Obsession, the strange actions and decisions of its characters is “bizarre”. Not sure it’s the good kind that comes with reading psychological thrillers. Note: Reading is subjective. At first, this gripping yet non addictive debut thriller seemed really promising. Obsession is about two strange unappealing couples in feeble relationships entailing insecurity, paranoia, mental obsession, revenge, lust and potential homicide. The characters; very unlikable. Not a problem for me as it is a thriller. However, they were very much one-dimensional and superficial.
In addition. The repetitiveness, graphic sex scenes and basis of the plot as it progressed did not seem plausible. Also, did not exactly make it better. The portrayal of mental illness was sinister and exploitative in my opinion. Most notably, the writing deteriorated as the plot moved along. It being a thriller, as readers, we expect to play “detective” and fish out clues (that were not given). In the case of this novel, the weight of the plot depended on the four barely distinctive protagonists. I have read two novels by Amanda Robson, this included. Enough to say I am definitely not a fan of her writing style.
If you have read any of the two novels, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us in the comments section! While being mindful of spoilers please 😀 Whereas, if you haven’t read any of the two, do let me know what you think of this issue. Don’t forget to comment, share and subscribe!