This week, Top 10 Tuesdays meme@ The Broke and the Bookish, asks us to list books that disappointed us. These are the books that I picked up with a lot of enthusiasm and eager anticipation but which made me want to scream. And as this is a good way to vent my frustration at the books, I am presenting a list of 13 which I
1. The Shudders by Anthony Abbot
Begins with a bang, ends with a whimper.
2. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
A woman wakes up every morning with no recollection of the past. The moment I read this sanctimonious statement on page two of the book, I knew she was going to be a pain:
I ignore the slippers at my feet - after all, fucking the husband is one thing, but I could never wear another woman's shoes.
3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This book about elitist students indulging in Bachhanal rites simply did not work for me.
4. Trent's Last Case by E.C. Bentley
It should be sub-titled: How Love makes you lose your Integrity.
5. Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer
I had heard a lot about Heyer's mysteries but after reading this have grave reservations about reading another one by her.
6. Neither Five Nor Three by Helen MacInnes
After reading this paean to McCarthyism, have never dared to read anything by Helen MacInnes.
7. The Black Spectacles by J.D. Carr
Perhaps I'd not have been so disappointed with this book had I not read it immediately after the exquisite The Burning Court by the same author. But after reading ''The Shot-Gun Wedding" scene, I wondered whether Carr himself had gone bonkers.
8. Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham
Usually I laugh-off the racist attitudes and racist assumptions present in books but this book really made me grind my teeth.
9. The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais
If you finish a book with the question; what was it all about? you can be sure you have wasted your time.
10. The Story-Teller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
A novel that is too ambitious for its own good.
11. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The ending of the book was so pathetic that it completely destroyed the book for me.
12. The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
The narrator's mother, whose voice dominates throughout the book, must be one of the most annoying characters ever created.
13. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
More than 650 pages of sheer agony.
Part of A Baker's Dozen series.