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Their Eyes Were Watching God be Zora Neale Hurston

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I read Their Eyes Were Watching God to complete my Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge for the month. I had to read a classic that I didn’t read in school. I’ve never read anything by Zora Neale Hurston, but I am super impressed. Let’s talk about it.

Beautiful, Janie Crawford, sets out to live her life. Through three marriages and unimaginable trials, she finds herself. She become an independent woman that can stand on her own two feet.

When I was looking at lists of classics this one caught my eye. Their Eyes Were Watching God was controversial when it was published. People didn’t like the fact that the main character was a strong-willed black woman. That really made me want to read it even more. I love a strong female lead, and Janie is just that.

This book has a slow start. I will say there were parts that felt like filler. I do believe it was necessary though. It helped portray Janies longing for a more fulfilling life.

Hurston’s writing style was impeccable. It was lyrical and moving, while also being blunt. She told it the way it was without sugarcoating anything. Her perception of life is still applicable today in many ways. I believe we all need to read it.

Finally, the ending brought everything together and tied it up well. I think it portrayed what most people hope for in life, and that is to live. Janie stepped out of comfort, literally, and finally started living the life she wanted. It was hard and there was sadness, but she persevered.

My Rating: 4/5

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The Shadows by Alex North Review

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The Shadows was fantastic. Alex North’s writing was reminiscent of Stephen King. Considering King was mentioned, I imagine he was influential to North.

Twenty five years ago, Charlie Crabtree murdered a fellow classmate. The motive of the murder was shocking. The murderer went down in infamy, sparking several copy cat killers to act. Paul Adams has tried to block that day from his mind. Charlie Crabtree-and his victim- were his friends. But now Paul’s mother is sick and it’s time to go home. All is not well. His distressed mother insists that there is something in the house. And something is following Paul. Then Paul reads that another copy cat killer has struck. The memories of that awful day begin to resurface, including the fears. After all, Charlie Crabtree didn’t just commit a murder that day, he disappeared as well.

My Thoughts on The Shadows

This is the best thriller that I have read in a while. I loved Alex North’s writing style. It leaned slightly to the paranormal side of things. A local myth motivated Charlie to murder his classmate. Then the author directly connected Charlie to the origin of the myth. It was brilliant.

An interesting aspect that I noticed was the fact that the identity of the person murdered is not disclosed at first. As a reader, you know that someone is murdered, but you don’t know who. I just assumed that I knew who it was. Then I realized that the narrator might not be all that reliable. There are missing pieces that are filled in along the way.

Like many thrillers, The Shadows jumps from past to present. I love this sort of formatting. Seeing the actions of the past clears up so much uncertainty in the present timeline. It was interesting to watch Charlie manipulate and brain wash his friends. He was completely self motivated.

I really enjoyed The Shadows. I highly recommend it. The Whisper MAn by Alex North has received a lot of good reviews as well. I may have to give it a try. I have a feeling he might be a new favorite author.

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