J. Hislop

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (57 of 71)
Location: Aberdeen


Top Reviewer Ranking: 24,825 - Total Helpful Votes: 57 of 71
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, 16 July 2014
I really just did not get this book at all. I was looking forward to reading it, but once the original premise (main character takes to her bed) was set up it just went downhill from there. I don't know if it was the whole point that I wasn't meant to have any sympathy with any of the characters? If it was then it worked, but otherwise I'm not sure why they were all written to be so dull and uninspiring. There were bits that were obviously meant to be funny but the further in I got with this book the less amusing I found anything. There were a few poignant paragraphs towards the end but that was about it, but then again it could just be that I completely missed the point - upon finishing… Read more
The Expats by Chris Pavone
The Expats by Chris Pavone
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down, 20 May 2014
This is a good read. Intriguing story, glamorous setting and lots of twists and turns in the plot. The character of Kate is really well-written. Tempted to give 'The Accident' a try next.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I don't normally read books of this genre, but this one kept coming up in my recommendations so I thought I'd give it a go. At first I found it so hard to get into because the characters are so ridiculously self-absorbed they're really difficult to like and/or have sympathy with. I wish the character of the husband's sister had been brought out a little more. She seemed the most normal person out of all of them. I persevered and then the plot twists took over and kept me going right up until the end.