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a b "Dark Waters (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Archived from the original on November 25, 2005 . Retrieved March 18, 2020. Gosh, this book was dark in places. It also made me feel quite claustrophobic at times which I think was more to do with the wonderful language used more than the actual story at times. It was also a book that could be read on several levels. This first read of mine had me wanting to get to the end more than stopping and "smelling the roses" so to speak. If I re-read, and I fully intend to do so even though it is not something I usually do, I will definitely be taking my time and savouring the journey. It was also, for me anyway, quite a visual book for the most part. I don't always manage to "see" what I am reading but her the images conjured up in my head were quite vivid and indeed visceral at times and I think this also helped with my overall enjoyment of the book. It definitely brought the wonderfully crafted characters to life.
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Having finished the book, I still hear (feel?) the creaks and groans of the Orbis as she ploughs the Pacific Ocean. Oscar-bait no more: why serious-issue dramas are floundering". The Guardian. 2020-02-24 . Retrieved 2021-06-12. Dahlia battles her ex-husband Kyle for custody of their daughter Cecilia, a five-year-old kindergartener. Kyle wants Cecilia to live closer to his apartment in Jersey City, but Dahlia wants to move to the cheaper Roosevelt Island, where she has found a good school.These comments can probably be applied to 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle as well, but I gave that a 5 star because I was invested from the start. Every character in that book was so different and each new POV brought new questions and discoveries. I was desperate to find out the truth, whereas this one took too long to reveal things. Even after the first mystery at the start with the leper I still wasn’t intrigued, so I never felt invested and didn’t care for the details or the characters, especially the ship crew and officers. Borden. The Hero of the Providence. A legend among sailors, his presence hypnotizes Carver, even before he hears the man's story. Years before, Borden saved several men from mutiny and led them in a dinghy across the Pacific to safety. The partial memoir of Hiram Carver, a doctor of the mind in 19th century America, specifically relating to a young man he met during his brief and unpleasant time as a ship's doctor (assistant). William (Billy) Borden is a hero, or is he? The story goes that Billy saved several crew members when they were cast adrift following a mutiny. The truth, as it emerges, is somewhat less straightforward.
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Toward the ending things take a chaotic turn. There are a few twists, most of which I'd predicted (not bragging, I have merely read enough mystery novels to know how certain stories will unfold). The novel's main twist was painfully clichéd and made very little sense (it was obsolete). It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Traveling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.The author’s writing is so expressive and stirring from the very start there’s no escaping the reader being transported to the port at Batavia, where the sights, sounds and smells encourage you to feel you’re actually standing watching the opening chapters, with a leper appearing to pronounce the devil. My favourite word in the story was ‘daemonologica’ ( a taxonomy of devils), a book I’d love to have though I very much doubt one exists!
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Thoughts: I’m a wee bit into the 1600s. The age of colonization and the effect on the world. A time of grand ocean journeys. Oh - and witchcraft. Yeah it’s really about the witchcraft (she’s a witch!!! She’s a witch Burn her!! - Monty Python). This book did something that doesn’t happen often - it surprised me. I’m not a spoiler maker but I only saw PART of the end coming... the rest was a blindside. (Score!)After reading The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, I couldn’t wait to read anything else by the author. I wasn’t disappointed! But there’s still a lot to like here. The characters are distinct and fascinating, the story gripping and twisted, and the writing frankly beautiful. I loved the evocative descriptions, and the way the prose went into freefall at moments where the characters teetered along the sanity/insanity barrier.