The River is Dark

Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. Some minor spoilers in this review.

Rating: ★★★½

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This was a quick read, once I really started to read it. I finished it within two hours, so if you have an afternoon to read (think rainy or snowy, with hot beverage of choice) this would be perfect.

There was a love story, but it was mostly insta-love, though they apparently knew each other before in backstory. I didn’t really get a feel for their romance, and it felt forced, but I didn’t really focus on it. I was more focused on the murder mystery. There is enough action to focus on, instead of the forced pairing.

I didn’t mind the main character, he was flawed, but not completely to the point of unlikeable.

The actual storyline verged on unrealistic, but I was able to suspend my disbelief while reading.

I actually felt bad for Peter. I mean, it’s not his fault what his parents did to him, and how he was raised afterwards. I can picture a life where he had proper medical care and actually raised properly I think he would have been okay. To not get into a nature vs nurture debate, I think both nature and nurture influence a person (to simplify it).

There wasn’t much substance or depth to this novel, but it didn’t need it, and it was just a fun read, and nothing too serious. At least for me.

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The Princess Bride

Rating: ★★★½

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I read this book with a mixed heart.

I loved “Morgenstern’s” parts of the novel- witty and snarky, I was laughing a lot and quoting choice parts to my family.

What detracted from the enjoyment was Goldman’s comments in the first 35 pages and I didn’t even read “Buttercup’s Baby” segment. The misogyny, fat-shaming, and one homophobic comment (fearing that his son will turn into a pouf) was really grating to read- I had so much second hand embarrassment, that it was kind of amusing how bitter he sounded.

I hate to pick which was better, the movie had a lot of Goldman’s commentary out of it (the first 35! pages), which was a good choice, but you had more back-story in the book. I guess that will have to be your choice, fellow fans. 😀