Thoughts on Books (#24): RECITATIF • THE ACCOMPLICE • VLADIMIR

“February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.” ― Shirley Jackson


Recitatif: A Story
Recitatif: A Story by Toni Morrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short story is brilliantly written! Two characters, Twyla and Roberta, one black, one white, but which is which? And what about Maggie? The reader is left to decide. At only 40 pages, this story really packs a punch. Highly recommended. Borrowed from the library.


The Accomplice
The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I read the first half, then skimmed the second. While this book had an intriguing start, the constant timeline jumps, abrupt POV changes (even within the same paragraph), and numerous unappealing characters made me lose interest. I remember reading The Passenger six years ago and enjoying it, but I found The Accomplice to be underwhelming. Borrowed from the library.


Vladimir
Vladimir by Julia May Jonas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a difficult book to rate, but I think it will land at 2 stars. The more I think about it, the less I like it, so there’s that. VLADIMIR wasn’t at all what I was expecting. With the blurb and title, I assumed it would be a suspenseful homage to LOLITA with the roles reversed. Nope. Instead, we got lots of meandering thoughts from an unnamed narrator. Little dialogue, unfortunately. I never quite understood or was convinced of her fixation with Vladimir. Weird ending. BOTM selection.

THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz (Audiobook)

The Passenger
THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE PASSENGER is a suspenseful tale about a woman (possibly) named Tanya, who’s on the run for, well, lots of reasons. She may have killed her husband, though she promises that she didn’t. But, there’s a something else before that (a mystery), and plenty of somethings after that keep her running.

Part mystery and adventure, this book was dark & twisted, but also fun. Tanya’s life on the run living off the grid was a wild ride. My only complaint is that I felt like a few loose ends were left open, though I enjoyed the ending. After reading this book, I will definitely keep a closer eye on my purse! Sticky fingers are out there.

I listened to the audio of this book, narrated by Madeleine Maby. She did a great job with Tanya’s voice and with the secondary characters. This is one that I couldn’t wait to get back to listening to.

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.