My review: The Night Market, by Jonathan Moore

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About the book:

From an author who consistently gives us “suspense that never stops” (James Patterson), a near-future thriller that makes your most paranoid fantasies seem like child’s play.

It’s late Thursday night, and Inspector Ross Carver is at a crime scene in one of the city’s last luxury homes. The dead man on the floor is covered by an unknown substance that’s eating through his skin. Before Carver can identify it, six FBI agents burst in and remove him from the premises. He’s pushed into a disinfectant trailer, forced to drink a liquid that sends him into seizures, and is shocked unconscious. On Sunday he wakes in his bed to find his neighbor, Mia—who he’s barely ever spoken to—reading aloud to him. He can’t remember the crime scene or how he got home; he has no idea two days have passed. Mia says she saw him being carried into their building by plainclothes police officers, who told her he’d been poisoned. Carver doesn’t really know this woman and has no way of disproving her, but his gut says to keep her close.

A mind-bending, masterfully plotted thriller—written in Moore’s “lush, intoxicating style” (Justin Cronin)—that will captivate fans of Blake Crouch, China Miéville, and Lauren Beukes, The Night Market follows Carver as he works to find out what happened to him, soon realizing he’s entangled in a web of conspiracy that spans the nation. And that Mia may know a lot more than she lets on.

My review:

This book provided so much promise at the start that I felt a bit disappointed in the end. The storyline, its science fiction/dystopian part, is absolutely fascinating. This area had so much potential that I got my hopes up. The mystery part was exciting as well but the ending wasn’t quite there for me.

Ross Carver is a great character and I felt strongly connected to him. He is a great detective, great friend you can always trust. Mia, on a contrary, made me dislike her from the start. Maybe it’s just me but I found everything she was saying or doing absolutely hideous. Not that I didn’t believe her but how she did it (or the author did for her). If Jonathan had an intention of creating a love story, then for me personally it failed.

The other thing I didn’t quite like is a title. I don’t really get why it’s called ‘The Night Market’….If you get, can you please help?

Despite the stated dislikes, I quite enjoyed the story and how it was going. I’m an absolute sucker for dystopias. The more the better. This one also about really interesting society created on consumerism and advertising technologies which are great topics to explore. As I said it can be so much more in that. This was my favourite aspect of ‘The Night Market’.

I was also disappointed to find out in the end that it’s the third book in a series. It can be read as a standalone novel but now I keep guessing how much connection it had to other books.

This book is one of those to enjoy the process but not the ending. I score it 4* out of 5*.

My review: Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins

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About the book:

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

My review:

I seriously tried to start this book at least three times. Every failed attempt I couldn’t quite get into the book. But finally I pushed through. Probably in the middle of the book I started feeling into it and followed the story.

This book feels like it’s written not by the same author as ‘The Girl on the Train’. Completely different style, different level of suspense. I consider this book to be more a mystery than a thriller or suspense. Mystery was there and kept my attention until the end. The ending wasn’t predictable for me, but maybe because of the author’s attempts to draw attention to different ‘suspects’ which was good. The ending did feel a bit anticlimatic, but the last line raised a big question.

What I liked about ‘Into the Water’ is quality storytelling. To me, it felt like a big step up from ‘The Girl on the Train’. Stories of the past, memories, stories told by different characters. It’s hard to feel connection to any of the characters but it gives a feeling you have when you are listening to someone’s story or tale.

What I didn’t like about ‘Into the Water’ is a structure. Each chapter is narrated by a different character. Every time I started a new chapter I found myself trying to remember who it was talking now, especially at the start when I didn’t quite remember the names of all characters. The other annoying aspect of this narration style is inconsistency. Chapters are narrated by different people but not all of them use first-person language. I guess it was the way the author wanted to highlight the main characters but I found it quite distracting.

In general, I enjoyed the book. Quite original story, especially when you get through the middle of the book. It also raises a lot of different topics about life in a small town, local legends haunting people and family relationships.

My score is 4* out of 5*.