The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

// entire time I was reading The Bullet, I kept thinking, “This is just too good to be true.” It almost was, but the last fifty pages or so proved my original sentiment to be correct. The concluding chapters were just not what I had expected, and not in a good way. Something about the twisty conclusion doesn’t sit right with me; perhaps because the narrator’s actions in the latter part of the novel do not exactly mesh with the type of character that she had so meticulously been established to be. Continue reading “The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly”


One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

My experience with JoJo Moyes has been pretty mixed. I absolutely loved Me Before You. Admittedly, it was total chick lit, but her character development really draws in the reader and forces an emotional investment in the outcome. Moyes’ followup, The Girl You Left Behind, was lackluster at best. The characters were stale and the plot just felt cheaply recycled. I was hugely disappointed. I decided to give her one more try, and, true to the trend, One Plus One is pure mediocrity. Continue reading “One Plus One by JoJo Moyes”

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

It’s no secret that I love Stephen King, and I will support him in all of his endeavors. That being said, I was not particularly enthused when I read the synopsis of Mr. Mercedes. King’s detective novels can go either way: I hated The Colorado Kid, but I couldn’t put Joyland down. Mr. Mercedes isn’t a Hard Case Crime novel, but it might as well be since it is a detective story that lacks supernatural elements. Taking all of these things into consideration, I was prepared to hate it. For a while, I did hate it. Then I became intrigued. And then I was just kindof ambivalent. The novel was compelling enough to make me finish it, but I don’t think I would read it again. Continue reading “Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King”