Review: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

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Welcome back to another blog post and this one is going to be a review of the book I finished reading on Saturday night – ‘Dear Amy’ by Helen Callaghan. I’m sorry I didn’t post this on Monday like I stated before on the other blog post and if you’ve seen my Twitter, you’ll know I currently have a viral infection that has kept me pretty much bed-ridden for the last two days but it’s up now! And I hope you enjoy!

I bought this book a while back and then recently signed up for GoodReads to keep a list of all the books I’ve read and want to read. It’s handy in that sense so it helps with my goal of at least 30 books to read this year. So far, I’ve read two! But anyway, that’s beside the point, I read the reviews of the book and a lot of people were saying it was quite slow and dragged a bit. Even my colleague at work (because I take the books with me to read on my breaks) said she’d read it and that it was very good but it was slow to start with.

I went into reading it with an open-mind because I don’t tend to let people’s judgement’s cloud mine when reading. I like to form my own opinion. I didn’t really think it was that slow to begin with, I feel like all the plot lines were very relevant to the story (even more so towards the end) but the only thing I did notice was the narrative style. It switched quite a bit between different timelines which felt a bit jumpy and a bit disorganised, that being said, I did manage to keep up with the storyline. Another thing I noticed was the use of language, it felt quite repetitive and sort of listing-ish in that, she was just listing what was happening followed by a huge bout of description with long, hauty words. It’s not a simple read, mind you.

Overall though, I did really enjoy the storyline! And totally did not see that ending coming at all (I won’t give any spoilers in case anyone did want to read it!) but when you think back to all the points/little Easter eggs hidden in there, you can kind of see that it was leading to the point all along but you never even realised. Maybe that’s just me and other people could guess what was going to happen. But I just thought it was very well thought out and very mysterious/suspenseful. 

I thoroughly did enjoy this book and gave it a 4/5 stars on GoodReads and would definitely recommend it to someone who enjoys mystery/thrillers. It definitely kept me gripped that I didn’t realise I’ve read 4 or 5 chapters until I stopped.

Hope you enjoyed my review! Let me know what you think it the comments below if you’ve already read it! Or if it’s on your ‘To Read’ list!

Happy reading!

~A.

Sunday Funday!

Hello all!

I’ve managed to finish reading The Invasion of the Tearling and so… that means… I can FINALLY MOVE ON TO A NEW BOOK! But I won’t be doing a review of this book (The Invasion of the Tearling) mainly because I took a long break between reading parts of it that I’d have to properly read through it again regularly to even give a decent and worthy review of it.

And so, because it’s Sunday Funday and because of the books that I included on my March Reading List, the book I am going to choose for the next two weeks (might not take me that long to finish it) to read is *drumroll please*

 

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan!!

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The reason I have chosen this one is because it’s the first one that I thought that I could probably get out of the way first and to really get me buckled down and into reading again. It always tends to be thrillers/horrors/mysteries that get me reading after a long bout of not doing so.

Plus, it has a name in the title AND a character with my name in it so it’s a win-win really but alas, I can’t use the same book for two challenges. Stupid rules that I came up with!

 

Here’s my Sunday Funday list as a reminder, and hopefully in two weeks, I can cross through the one with a character with my name in the story. And I’m excited to be able to cross of number 28 after finishing reading Doctor Faustus. I’ll let you know probably next Sunday how I get on, how far I am into the book and my first impressions of it so far.

  1. A book you read in school.
  2. A book from your childhood.
  3. A book published over 100 years ago.
  4. A book published in the last year.
  5. A non-fiction book.
  6. A book written by a female author.
  7. A book written by a male author.
  8. A book that became a film.
  9. A book published in the 20th Century.
  10. A book set in your hometown/region/country.
  11. A book with someone else’s name in the title.
  12. A book with a character with my first name.
  13. A book with a number in the title.
  14. A book somebody else has recommended to you.
  15. A book with over 500 pages.
  16. A book you can finish in a day.
  17. A book that has previously been banned.
  18. A book with a one-word title.
  19. A book translated from another language.
  20. A book that will improve a specific area in your life.
  21. A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year.
  22. An award-winning book.
  23. A book on the New York Bestseller’s List.
  24. A book published in your birth year.
  25. A book where the main character is part of the LGBT community.
  26. A book where a character has a physical illness.
  27. A book where a character has a mental illness.
  28. A playDoctor Faustus: the A Text by Christopher Marlowe

 

And as always, happy reading and I’ll see you tomorrow for another exciting blog post!

~A.