Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Hey Guys!
It’s book review time! The novel I want to discuss today is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. To be honest, I only checked the book because the trailer for the movie adaptation looked interesting, so let’s see whether it’s any good.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Cover from Goodreads

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
Rachel is at a rather bad point in her life. Divorced, unemployed, an alcoholic. To pass the time (and to fool her roommate and maker her think that she still has a job) she takes the same train every day, commuting into town. Rachel watched the houses and their owners while passing and spins stories about them. Sounds fairly innocent – until the woman she observes every day suddenly goes missing…

 

The Rating:
Well, how do I get started with this one.
For me, there are several problems with this book. First of all, there was not a single likeable character in this novel. Rachel was mostly annoying and all of the others are simply not interesting and shallow. Especially the other women featured are either crazy, boring or bitches. Usually you read a book and are fascinated by at least some of the characters and you want to know more about them. In this case, you don’t. Believe me.  Continue reading

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Book Review: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Hey guys!
It’s book review time! Today I have something a little paradox: it is the fourth part of the Millenium trilogy. A book that technically shouldn’t exist. As some of you may know, Stieg Larsson, writer of the Millenium trilogy, passed away. So The Girl in the Spider’s Web continues the story, but with a new guy holding the pen…

Goodreads Cover - The Girl in the Spider's Web

Goodreads Cover – The Girl in the Spider’s Web

 

The Plot:
The famous computer scientist Frans Balder returns home to Sweden after burning all the bridges in US. He is back to take care of his autistic son, August. Well, the perfect picture doesn’t last long. Balder is shot, August the only witness.
So, how did Lisbeth know this guy? And why is Mikael Blomkvist at the crime scene?

 

The Rating:
I had rather mixed feelings about picking this book up. Stieg Larsson’s novels had been intense, impossible to put down, simply fascinating thrillers. Would The Girl in the Spider’s Web live up to this legacy? Continue reading

Movie Mania: Fire Walk With Me

Hey folks!
This was definitely the year of Twin Peaks. After more than 25 years the cult TV show returned!
Well, before I went for the new season I re-watched all the old episodes and for the first time checked out Fire Walk With Me. The eerie sort of prequel to the TV show was released in 1992 and turned out to be a huge fail…

 

 

The Plot:
Somewhere in Oregon, the FBI investigates the murder of Teresa Banks, a teen-age prostitute. Agent Dale Cooper is certain: the killer will strike again.
About a year later in Twin Peaks. Laura Palmer is alive and kicking. However, her troubles already got the best of her…

 

The Rating:
David Lynch is one of my favourite directors, so I was prepared to give this movie a fair chance despite the negative reviews I had come across. Well, to be honest, it was a waste of time. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Fargo

Hey Guys!
Today, I have a confession to make. The iconic 1996 movie Fargo? Never seen it. Until last week! Let’s if it’s worth all the fuss!

 

 

The Plot:
Jerry desperately needs money. Well, he has the brilliant idea of having his wife kidnapped in order to get his father in law to pay a nice ransom. What could possibly go wrong with that? The answer: everything!

 

The Rating:
I have to admit, I was pretty excited to finally see this one. There are so many reviews out there, praising this movie and hey, it also won tons of accolades. So it has to be good, right? Continue reading

Movie Mania: Run Lola Run

Hello folks!
For today’s post I checked out one of the only Germany thrillers that gained international fame during the last twenty years. Tom Tykwer’s take on the butterfly effect was even Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Language film at the 71st Academy Awards.

 

The Plot:
Manni fucked up. Big Time. The small time criminal accidentally forgot a bag full of money in the subway. His girlfriend Lola has to save the day. She comes up with a plan and starts running, as there are only 20 minutes left before Manni’s boss wants to collect his money… Continue reading

Movie Mania: The Counselor

Hello my lovely readers!
Today I have another star packed thriller for you. Ridley Scott’s 2013 flick features Micheal Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt just to name a few.

 

The Plot:
The counselor (we never get to find out his real name) is a high level cartel lawyer. His life is going pretty well: he is successful and just got engaged with a wonderful woman. However, he gets greedy and mixed up in a drug deal. Of course what can go wrong, will go wrong… Continue reading