- File Size: 292 KB
- Print Length: 105 pages
- Publication Date: July 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008HYYC7I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,918,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mary Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
As odd as my way of wording it might sound, this novella had a nicely refreshing spookiness. Little by little, the reader is presented with tiny, light touches of eeriness that help the tension build up in a discrete yet efficient manner; they contrast all the more, in restrospect, with the many apparent perfections of Eires Green. At the same time, it was a refreshing read, in that it didn't leave me with the feeling of just any ghost story. I was pulled in from the beginning, always wanting to know what would happen in the next chapter, and trying to piece up the hints the author scatters along her story; this is not something I make the effort of doing when I'm not so interested in a book.
If I should list one thing I couldn't really wrap my mind around, unfortunately, it was the fast pace at which relationships evolved in the story. Although that pace made sense once I reached the end and realized why things came to be that way, it was still going too fast to my liking in terms of chronology (one week seemed too short a time frame to develop such relationships--I guess a few weeks would have felt more `natural').
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading "Mary", and will heartily recommend it.
I have to say I was really glad I read this novella during the day. I have not read a book that truly scared me in a long time. This isn't a typical ghost story, it isn't one you would tell around a campfire or at a slumber party; Mary is spooky and complex. Based off the Bloody Mary urban legend, Mary is a story that explores the bonds of family and the measures one will take to exact revenge. Ann Haines' writing takes the reader right into the eerie setting of the English countryside. Small pieces of the puzzle are revealed throughout the story alluding to the full picture, creating a slow stream of suspense that bursts at the end.
I did figure out part of the mystery on my own, but the twists kept on coming. I liked the fact that this was a novella, though the relationships could have been more natural. However, there are so many layers that it would be impossible for a short story to explain every detail and as a full length novel I think the rush I felt when reading wouldn't have been as exciting. I enjoyed reading Mary and would recommend to anyone who likes to feel goose bumps run up and down their spine.
the only thing i did not like is the relationship development. The story is very fast- paced when it comes to Mary making new friends. Her romantic relationship even developed rather fast. She was kissing the boy after having only met him twice. I know it was not necessarily a long story, so there was not too much time to dwell on characters, when that was not the main focus of the story, but it still sort of bothered me. other than that, the book was A-ok. :)
The only drawback for me was the speed with which the relationships were developed. In spite of this I thoroughly enjoyed the story and would definitely recommend it.