Last night I finished CROW GIRL. A book that Is currently @waterstones book of the month and comes highly recommended from the amazing @crimebythebook. 👏🏻 As one of possibly my most anticipated crime reads ever I had incredibly high expectations for this one, but I’ve been left feeling a bit undecided. 😐
What I loved about it is how dark it was (without being scary) - I seriously haven’t read anything before that could rival this on how harrowing the crimes were. 👍🏻 I also loved how the narrative allows you to get a real insight into the psychology of serious crime from the perspective of both victims and perpetrators. 👍🏻 Another bonus was the attention to detail and I found myself really attached to Detective Jeanette Kihlberg by the end of the book and loved her backstory. 👍🏻 Despite all these positives there was something about it that at times felt like a struggle and left me not raving about it as much as I wanted to. I’m reluctant to say it was the length or pace because I know that is how Nordic crime is told and was something that I felt was essential to the novel. I also found the reviews on the back a bit misleading as they all described it as a page turner and for me this was much more of a slow burner. 😩
I do wonder if I hadn’t heard so much hype around it I would have been a bit more open minded and enjoyed it more? 📖
“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
— thomas hardy, tess of the d'urbervilles 🌙
I blame my ever present and absolutely awful curiosity for making me associate this book with Fifty Shades of Grey.
The horror! The travesty!
(didn’t read it, did watched the movie though 😅)
But anyway, if you happen to read my long ramble-y captions, you’d know that I’ve been reading Tess of the d'Urbervilles for my English class in school (*awkward cough* and complaining about it)
It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey, but I finally finished it, and it may honestly be the most depressing book I’ve ever read.
Tess, poor, sweet, innocent, Tess just cannot catch a break.
This book is dark; it is depressing and completely lacks any remoteness of happiness. It is a story about bad things happening to good people who don’t deserve it.
It is a story about a girl who gets punished for something she had no control over.
Hardy does such a fantastic job portraying unhealthy and abusive relationships. He does a fantastic job of showing the absolute bullshit that women had to deal with in Victorian society.
A time when “purity” depended on the social construct of “virginity”.
A time in which we, unfortunately, are still living in.
So while Tess of the d'Urbervilles was extremely dry at times, and had me Googling words left and right, it is, no doubt, an important book.
It’s a book that made me so damn angry, so angry I wanted to cry.
and I don’t care if my raging feminist is showing, I will never not stop preaching about the importance of consent.
Ensi näkemältä en voinut uskoa,
hän todella oli siinä.
Äänetön akseli sisälläni kääntyi ympäri.
Ikuisuuksia riutunut ratas alkoi tikittää.
Paina kasvavalla voimalla ja pitkään.
Hengitä ulos, jatka painamista.
Jakeli kultaa ja tappuraa.
📚👩🏽 first proper review of Louise O'Neill's book Only Ever Yours. It's a dystopian fiction about the suppression of women in a male dominated society. A good, easy read with the right amount of darkness to keep you interested. Link in my bio to the proper review... it's pretty long as I got carried away. Might be a few spoilers too. Great characters which you can really feel for throughout, get frustrated at or feel utterly helpless for. 📚👩🏽 #louiseoneill#onlyeveryours#onlyeveryoursbook#bookreview#book#fiction#dystopianworld#dystopianfiction#bookgeek