Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review: The Murmurings - Carly Anne West

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 2.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Totally creepy.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 384 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

The murmurings start and then the shadows start. Are they losing their minds? Or is there something lurking that wants to be heard? Everyone thinks Nell's lost her mind. So they lock her away. But when she disappears from the hospital things start to get really crazy. Sophie wants to believe that her sister wasn't crazy, but how does she know that she's not crazy too?

I expected this book to be much creepier than it turned out to be. I mean, look at the cover and the title. It's sounds creeptastic, but it fell short for me. I think it was a case of telling not showing. I was told that scary things were happening, but I never felt the terror that should have been surrounding the characters. It's a shame, because the story was really interesting and had so much creepy potential.

Another thing that bothered me were the inconsistencies throughout the novel. Like driving to his house and he drives her back...where's her mom's car? There were some little things like that which were never explained. I can deduce what happened, but I think these things could have been caught in a read through.

The story itself was fairly interesting and complex. New scary creature concepts and lots of threads winding around the story. I just really wish it could have been creepier. If I could have gotten inside the story I think it would have been amazing. To feel like if I looked in a mirror I would see shadows staring back at me.

If you've read this or are going to read it, I would love to know how it worked out for you.

First Line:
"I'm supposed to wonder why Gregor Samsa is a cockroach."

Favorite Line:
"Like we're goddamed wizards."

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