Last Week on Inked Brownies

The Eight by Katherine Neville


This book started out nicely and, as the back flap promised, I couldn’t put it down. However, the middle part of the book (about 300 pages long) was absolute rubbish. It seemed like a contest of how many historical figures the author could put into it and get away with. In my opinion, she couldn’t. Most of them were just randomly mentioned; only a few had the purpose of indicating the size and range of the conspiracy theory, and probably ‘accuracy’ when it comes down to the most famous scientists.

Furthermore, I like to play a game of chess every once in a while, but if I wanted to read about the theoretic strategies and such, I’d buy a non-fiction book about chess… So ‘can’t put it down’ turned into ‘can’t pick it up’.

Because I don’t like to give up on a book, I continued to read while sighing and moaning a lot. The abundant amount of cliches in the author’s writing style didn’t make it any easier or more fun. HOWEVER, somewhere around page 500 or so, it started to become a little more interesting again and slowly, more exciting/adventurous. The plot wasn’t GREAT, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be either. So eventually, after thinking this would be one of the few books I’d rate with only one star, it became two stars.

To the people who are reading this book now and are ‘trapped’ in the middle part of sheer boredom: hang in there, it WILL get better!

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About Anne (231 Articles)
Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

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