Published by Pan Macmillan Australia on March 26, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Horror
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Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “ Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…
There were a few creepy moments in the book, but I think Sunshine’s lighter narration kind of downplayed the impact of these for me. The trailer was awesome though:
I haven’t heard of The Haunting of the Sunshine Girl on Youtube before, but it’s worth a second look especially if you have an interest in the paranormal. I enjoyed this installment, even without being a fan of the series. With a fun, hilarious girl at it’s center and a few creepy moments, it was a fun fluffy read. I just prefer my horror to be scarier.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Published by Penguin Australia on April 23, 2015
Genres: Thriller, Fiction
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Gone doesn't mean forgotten.
When Alice Salmon died last year, the ripples were felt in the news, on the internet, and in the hearts of those who knew her best.
But the person who knows her most intimately isn't family or a friend. Dr Jeremy Cook is an academic whose life has become about piecing together Alice's existence in all its flawed and truthful reality.
For Cooke, faithfully recreating Alice's life - through her diaries, emails and anything using her voice - is all-consuming. He does not know how deep his search will take him, or the shocking nature of what he will uncover...
What an absolutely frustrating book with deplorable characters! My emotions ran high while reading What She Left, a thriller where a girl has died drowned in a river. What results is a media storm, social media commentary and the vested interest of Professor Jeremy Cooke who collects all mentions of Alice’s life and death, which frankly, wasn’t that interesting.
I do enjoy a story told using creative mediums, and this one features snippets of Alice’s diary, Jeremy’s letters, emails, media clippings and social media snippets. But at the risk of sounding callous, the circumstances surrounding Alice’s death were hardly suspicious, so much of the collected media pieces on it were quite boring.
The story is rather slow going which made me more and more frustrated – especially when I discovered that each and every character featured here, including Alice, were incredibly unlikable. Jeremy was super creepy with his obsession with Alice and her mother, and he was overwhelmingly pompous with how he got away with cheating on his wife. The guys which Alice were involved in were abusive jerks and her mother, gosh I wanted to slap her so hard at getting involved with her previous affair.
Once I hit the 40% mark and realised the story wasn’t going anywhere, I started skimming furiously and realised I didn’t miss much at all when I got to the end. More of Jeremy’s self-inflated commentary, more of Alice’s stupid decisions and more people getting involved with Alice’s life that I did not care about.
It’s not often that I give out 1 stars but What She Left just did not float my boat. With supremely unlikable characters, an agonisingly slow pace and a lot of resulting frustrating, I just wanted this to be over.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me this book for review.