Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Ghost in Pearls: Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

Lost Among the Living Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Random thoughts after reading Simone St. James' Lost Among the Living, a book listed on 50 Most Suspenseful Novels:

1. Who makes these lists???????

2. Why am I sucker for such lists??????

3. If you are going to introduce the supernatural in a mystery, take some tips from John Dickson Carr. To use it as deux ex machina is pathetic.

4. The protagonist is madly in love with her husband but at the first whiff of suspicion, the missing spouse is suspected of not only being a traitor but also a murderer!!!! Is this what love is all about?

5. The protagonist feel betrayed as certain things were not revealed to her and is unforgiving about the whole issue but in the course of the same conversation she says that if the things were such great secrets than she she should have been kept in the dark even now. Make up your mind, woman.

6. Two stars (rather than one) because I liked Cora and Martin and hope they live happily ever after.


First Line: By the time we left Calais, I thought perhaps I hated Dottie Forsyth.

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  1. I couldn't agree with you more about elements of the supernatural, Neeru. That's all got to be done very carefully, I think. And Carr really did do it well.

    1. Carr is a Master, Margot. The way he uses the supernatural to underscore the terror is unparalleled. I wish modern writers would learn from the old masters. Glad we are on the same wavelength regarding the elements of the supernatural:)

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    1. Welcome back, Prashant. The title is good but that's about it:)

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    1. You are welcome Mathew:) Very disappointed with this Rebecca wannabe.

  4. Just based on the cover, it doesn't look like my kind of book. But you never know. It sounds like more novel, less mystery, and the supernatural element did not help.

    1. Tracy, I read it because it was on that list. I don't know why I am still attracted by such lists. There is hardly any suspense and the supernatural element is used very poorly.