The String Diaries

The String Diaries

Book - 2014
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A mother frantically drives through the night - her daughter asleep in the back seat, her husband bleeding out in the seat beside her. In the trunk of the car rests a cache of diaries dating back 200 years, tied and retied through generations with string. The diaries hold the secret to the man - or thing - that has finally found and attacked them. But how can you fight an enemy that you cannot recognize?
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, 2014, c2013.
Edition: 1st North American ed.
ISBN: 9780316254465
0316254460
Branch Call Number: FIC Lloyd
Characteristics: 423 p.

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karcoldelharvic5 Nov 24, 2015

An O K book. Really confusing with all the switching from now, to early nineteen hundreds and 17 hundreds

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diggie
Sep 22, 2014

maybe it gets better--i couldn't get past the second chapter--but the writing is better in the weekly television listings.

Danibrarian Sep 06, 2014

The book opens with a tense and frenetic race to escape an unseen predator who can take the form of anyone -- leaving Hannah Wilde, her young daughter and her bleeding husband in a state of terror and adrenaline. When the book moves on to other characters: a shapeshifter in 19th Century Hungary, and a pompous professor meeting a sassy and secretive French woman at 1970s era Oxford University, the tension gradually lessens until the story is no longer frightening. While this is an intriguing read, the horror aspects drain away quickly, until it is merely dramatic rather than terrifying.
This would make a good horror movie, in the hands of a director who knew what to cut. As for the ambitious time-layered story, Stephen Lloyd-Jones' book is good, but Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian does every bit of it better -- including a more suspenseful and fulfilling ending.

ChristchurchLib Sep 09, 2013

September 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=674857

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