The String Diaries

The String Diaries

Book - 2014
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On the run with her husband and daughter, Hannah, hunted by a centuries-old monster, must use the diaries that have been handed down from mother to daughter since the nineteenth century to destroy an enemy who has the ability to look and sound like the people she loves.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2014, |©2013.
Edition: First North American edition.
ISBN: 9780316254465
Characteristics: 423 pages ;,25 cm


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karcoldelharvic5 Nov 24, 2015

An O K book. Really confusing with all the switching from now, to early nineteen hundreds and 17 hundreds

Sep 22, 2014

maybe it gets better--i couldn't get past the second chapter--but the writing is better in the weekly television listings.

Danibrarian Sep 06, 2014

The book opens with a tense and frenetic race to escape an unseen predator who can take the form of anyone -- leaving Hannah Wilde, her young daughter and her bleeding husband in a state of terror and adrenaline. When the book moves on to other characters: a shapeshifter in 19th Century Hungary, and a pompous professor meeting a sassy and secretive French woman at 1970s era Oxford University, the tension gradually lessens until the story is no longer frightening. While this is an intriguing read, the horror aspects drain away quickly, until it is merely dramatic rather than terrifying.
This would make a good horror movie, in the hands of a director who knew what to cut. As for the ambitious time-layered story, Stephen Lloyd-Jones' book is good, but Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian does every bit of it better -- including a more suspenseful and fulfilling ending.

ChristchurchLib Sep 09, 2013

September 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter

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