Beautiful Malice: A Novel By Rebecca James

Not since Cat’s eye by Margaret Atwood have I felt so disturbed about women friendships. Not even Robber Bride‘s main character had such malintent and conniving personality like Alice. What happens when popular girl Alice on a self-destruct path meets mousy girl Katherine with a tragic past. Add a sprinkle of betrayal, cheating, mind-boggling cruelty between peopleContinue reading “Beautiful Malice: A Novel By Rebecca James”

Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? An older woman knows. But how much older do you have to get before you acquire that kind of wisdom? I loved this book. I found that some parts were really familiar and then I realized that some of the story had in fact beenContinue reading “Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

After having read some really bad books recently, I decided to pick up a classic. Ken Kesey. The book which inspired so many movies and my favourite play in Cluj-Napoca (sorry Shakespeare). “But like always when I try to place my thoughts in the past and hide there, the fear close at hand seeps inContinue reading “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey”

Rose Madder * Stephen King

I have read this (massive) book in less than two days. And while I could remember parts of it, I read it first so long ago that the entire story seemed new. And I absolutely love the scare factor. If you’re looking for a Halloween read, why not give it a go. It has aContinue reading “Rose Madder * Stephen King”

Alias Grace * Margaret Atwood

In 1843, a 16-year-old Canadian housemaid named Grace Marks was tried for the murder of her employer and his mistress. The sensationalistic trial made headlines throughout the world, and the jury delivered a guilty verdict. Yet opinion remained fiercely divided about Marks—was she a spurned woman who had taken out her rage on two innocentContinue reading “Alias Grace * Margaret Atwood”

Books dealing with mental health

This week marks the beginning on National Mental Health Awareness Month so we handpicked a few books dealing with different disorders. Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome – Munchausen’s by Proxy, the systematic infliction of illness of a child so the mother can look like a saint and benefit from the attendant approbation and attention. Book: Sharp ObjectsContinue reading “Books dealing with mental health”

The Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (with Sharp Objects Excerpt)

Recently I read the chilling tale of a murderous mother in Sharp Objects and I was interested to see what I could find regarding the Munchausen syndrome. The Americans had the city of Kansas and the story of the Wizard of Oz (a bit different from the Wizard of Glass). The Germans had The Baron OfContinue reading “The Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (with Sharp Objects Excerpt)”

GONE GIRL * Gillian Flynn Book review

Do you remember that very cool movie with Ben Affleck? The one that made you doubt your choice of having a relationship with another human being? Well, it was based on a book by Gillian Flynn and, even though the movie was brilliant, the book was better. Follow the story of a couple – Nick andContinue reading “GONE GIRL * Gillian Flynn Book review”