Last month I couldn’t publish my read for the BCCC or the PopSugar Challenge as I was held up in an unforeseen situation but after a break here’s my next book under the British crime classics.
Through A Glass, Darkly by Helen Mccloy is about a young teacher named Faustina Crayle employed at an elite girls school. She is called in by the headmistress Mrs. Lightwood and learns that she has been dismissed from her five weeks employment with a six months severance pay. Despite numerous pleadings by Ms. Crayle she is given no concrete reasons as to her dismissal. She confides in her only friend at the school Gisela Von hohenams about her predicament and we also realise the same happened to her in her first job as well. Gisela assures her help and requests her fiance Dr. Basil willing, a psychiatrist and a sleuth to get to its bottom. Meanwhile we learn why Ms. Crayle lost her job pertaining to the most peculiar supernatural element, which is both baffling and strange at the same time. In between all this two people die. Once Dr.Willings arrive he slowly starts piecing together all the evidence and circumstance that leads to the unmasking of the mystery.
Now that I look back I am not sure why I read this book. It wasn’t exactly a murder mystery though it’s part of the mystery as well but not exactly central to the storyline. The main focus was how Ms. Crayle was found to be in two different places simultaneously witnessed by multiple people. Tragedy does strike but late in the story. The characters are definitely interesting and makes for a good backbone but much of the plot focused on various theories that Dr.willings and Gisela banters on which they have a lot of interesting discussions. But I didn’t see how it contributed to the plot itself. Dr. Basil is an unusual sleuth who does all his work behind the pages. It’s only in the last few chapters we discover what he has. What attracted me to read this book was purely the possible supernatural element which was more or less disappointing in the reveal. Despite long conversations between characters that goes nowhere the book is still short at just 193 pages which made this an almost swift read. The language too isn’t dated which makes it easy to read yet when it comes down to it this wasn’t a book I really enjoyed.
Pros: language, setting, suspense
Cons: Storyline, pace, length
Bibliogyan verdict: Has potential but wildly misses the target.
Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever. The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.
I had great expectations from this book which I know isn’t really fair as there are higher chances to be disappointed. Right from the start I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. It was boring. After, I dunno three months?, I finally finished it today and I tried mostly cause I haven’t put up a book for the PSRC. This is no suspense thriller and definitely no murder mystery or anything remotely in that area. Not even a domestic thriller. Just a cat and mouse chase between Pamela and Emily. The mother in law and the daughter in law. The story does pick up once these two characters are on it. All the while I wondered why Emily was putting up with Adam. But it can happen. The supporting characters are all fine. The ending was done in poor taste. A twist for the sake of twist? But all’s well that ends well, I suppose?
|A book recommended by a celebrity you admire – Reese Witherspoon book club – The Other Woman|
Pros: plot, language, characters
Cons: pace, no ‘thrills’, almost cliched
Bibliogyan Verdict: A successful formula that works for some.