In the Day Late and a Dollar Short Department, we have this month’s books. For April. On May 1. Nothing surprising here.
Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes.
Oh boy. If you guys like memoirs about unbelievable childhoods, then this one is the one for you. Cinelle grew up in a mansion in the Philippines with her wealthy and social-climbing parents. Then, inevitably, it all goes to pot and the story becomes one of survival instead of opulence. The writing is so good and the story itself is amazing.
Here is a book I sort-of-liked – The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. A Victorian Gothic doorstop at over 600 pages, you’ll either like it or hate it. Mr. Hartright is walking in London in the middle of the night and meets…the woman in white. She warns him about a certain man and tells him about growing up on an estate. Hartright is about to start working at that very estate and gets drawn into her story. When he gets to the estate he begins investigating her claims in earnest.
It was good but not something I’ll ever read again.
And one I absolutely did not like – The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell. I did not like it enough to waste bandwidth uploading a picture of the cover. Readable but very, very slow and filled with highly annoying characters. Do not recommend.
Those were my April books. Read on.