Tuesday, April 30
Book Review: The Black Cloister
Author: Melanie Dobson
Summary: On Elise Friedman's eighth birthday, she lost her mother and any connection to her mysterious past. Raised by her loving stepfather, Elise has spent years trying to learn the truth about her mother, Catrina, and her birth family in Germany, but still knows very little. Now a young woman in college, Elise is travelling to her homeland of Germany to uncover her family's past, but what she finds is much more harrowing than she ever suspected.
My Rating: 6.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: There were aspects I enjoyed about the book, and others I didn't think worked out at all, but for a book I randomly picked off the shelves at the library, it did surprise me on how much I enjoyed it.
The parts on the cult, and the story behind it were done very well. The author created a very intense setting, as well as constructing a very good story, which was well thought out and planned - and for the most part it connected to the other parts of the story fairly well. But, what didn't work was Elise I felt that for most of the book, she as a character wasn't fully fledged out, she was rather stupid as a character and a lot of her dialogue and interactions with the other characters was rather forced. In fact, most of the parts of the book that wasn't in direct involvement with the cult wasn't executed as smoothly as it could have been - and a lot of it felt forced.
The plot itself was slightly predictable, but I did find myself wanting to read on to find out the results of the book. The ending was okay, a little to picture perfect for me - the epilogue (involving Michael and Sara) made me want to chuck the book across the room and rip it to shreds. I hated despised it with a passion. It really bothered me when I read that, and it did changed how I felt the book as a whole.
Overall, not a bad book - not my usual genre, or even book that would ever be on my radar, but it was better than I thought, even with the issue I had with it, and it was worth the chance.
Would I recommend it to read: I suppose I would. It wasn't my normal type/genre compared to what I normally read so I don't have much to go by. While I did have a lot of issues with the book, it wasn't bad in the end - and I think those who enjoy the genre, would like it.
What to read next: Our Daily Bread
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, New Author Challenge