This book seems to be quite polarizing based on the reviews I‘ve read. Unfortunately, it wasn‘t a pick for me. While it‘s always fun to read about book within a book 📖 this has a bit of a Lifetime movie vibe...which isn‘t always a bad thing at the right time. This just wasnt the time for me 🙃me.
I read this for #popsugar18 #bookinvolvingaheist ☑️
⭐️⭐️ Did this really need to be gimmicky? Perhaps, it‘s just me, but I would‘ve connected better with a traditional-style memoir versus one that relies on a catchy subtitle. And while a few of these stories would absolutely be considered “brushes with death,” many hardly seemed as such. It‘s as though she threw in some random instances just for quantity‘s sake. Some were melodramatic to the point of feeling disingenuous.
I just finished this, and I‘m left with a meh feeling. McDowell didn‘t really convince me that there were anything to be scared about. I needed more atmosphere, more creepiness, just more.
What I liked the most were the relationships between the characters, and their interactions. However, most of the characters felt a bit flat to me, which made it hard to really care about them.
I‘m looking forward to discussion it this weekend! #HELLoween
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A young couple seeking refuge from their war-ravaged city escapes through a portal into the unknown. This is an odd idea, but Hamid‘s prose marries the real and surreal pieces beautifully. Does this provide all of the details of a true refugee/migrant story? No, but it doesn‘t have to. That‘s the beauty of fiction even when much of it feels real-world relevant. Relax your brain for a moment and let the story take you where it pleases.