13 Reasons Why: Season 2 possibilities 

Hannah’s story is finished, but there are plenty more to tell.  There were so many loose ends in the season finale.  I hate when movies and TV shows end that way.  It looks like we’ll be getting a 2nd season anyway.  Here are some storylines I’d like to see.

  1.  Alex.  The last time we saw Alex, he was in critical condition after a suicide attempt.  We know that he did some terrible things on the show.  He made that stupid hot-or-not list.  Because of it, his friendship with Hannah was ruined.  Not only that, he ruined Hannah’s friendship with Jessica too.  He wasn’t exactly a good boyfriend to Jessica.  He dumped her for not wanting to have sex with him.  But unlike a lot of the others, he actually felt guilt and remorse for what he did.   We were so consumed by Hannah’s story that we overlooked Alex’s issues.  Reckless behavior.  His mood swings.  Dealing with depression and anxiety.  Sadness.  Emptiness.  A major life crisis, which was Hannah’s death.  Making preparations, etc.  Whether he’ll survive or not is undetermined, but I would like to hear his 13 reasons why.
  2.   Jessica.  She was raped by her friend, Bryce.  Two people she cared about knew about it and did nothing about it.  Justin is one of those people, and he lied to her about it for months.  Really deep down, I think Jessica knew something bad had happened to her.  She just couldn’t piece it together until Justin finally confessed.  And he gave the stupidest, yet understandable reasons why he didn’t report it.  She was betrayed by a lot of people in her life too.  We could see things from her point of view.  It doesn’t have to follow the exact same formula as Hannah’s.
  3. Tyler.  I know you’re wondering why I put Tyler on this list.  He’s done a lot of messed-up things on the show too.  He stalked Hannah, which is why he was one of the 13 reasons she killed herself.  He leaked that picture of her and Courtney after Hannah rejected him.  He’s a bit of a creep.  But you don’t necessarily have to like someone in order to feel sorry for them.   I mean, look at Hannah.   From what little information we have, Tyler is an outcast.  Tyler was bullied for all of his life, it seems.  He tried desperately to fit in, but he was constantly rejected.  He didn’t seem to know how he came across.  The only way he could connect with people is through his photography.  I think he’s likely dealing with depression too.  Constant rejection will do that to you.  Trust me, I can relate.   If he doesn’t get the help he needs, he could get into some real trouble.  The last time we saw him, it looked like he was planning a school shooting.  And he had pictures of the people he apparently wanted to kill.  He took down Alex’s picture, possibly meaning that he change his mind about killing him.  We see a flashback of Alex defending Tyler against Montgomery, one of Tyler’s bullies.  We don’t know for sure if they’ll use the school shooting story.  But it would certainly be interesting to see Tyler’s point of view.

 

These are just some random theories I have.  13 Reasons Why is streaming on Netflix.

Review for “The Couple Next Door”

Review for “The Couple Next Door”

Synopsis: A mystery story about a couple whose child was stolen.

Anne and Marco Conti are just exhausted.  They recently became parents to little baby Cora, and they have no real time to themselves.  For just one night, they attend the party of their glamorous next-door neighbor.  They wanna  let loose and have fun.  Fun without their little daughter, whom they leave home alone.  So they get the shock of their lives when they return home to find Cora missing from her crib.  This is just the beginning of the many problems the Contis will face.  Get ready for a rough ride.

It’s quite a task to write about such unlikeable people.  You have to find a way to make them sympathetic as well.  But I think that Shari Lapena did an excellent job of that.  All of the characters have done terrible things, but somehow, you find yourself feeling sorry for them…a little.  I felt the most sympathy for Cora, the couple’s six-month old daughter.  But out of the adult characters, I felt the most sympathy for Anne.  She has never quite had an easy life growing up.  And she has to deal with a lot of really intense things.  What are those?  You’ll have to read the book in order to find out.  There was some sympathy for Marco.  I could somewhat relate to a few of his struggles in the book.  But for a lot of the story, I didn’t like him very much.  I couldn’t stand Anne’s step-father.  What a twisted man! You just wanted to punch him in the face.

With this book, Lapena used a slightly more traditional format.  From the very first page, you just have to know what happens next.  It felt like I was going through a variety of different feelings–shock, surprise, disgust, sympathy, anger and relief etc.  I wanted to shake Marco violently for even suggesting that they leave their baby daughter at home alone.  That was incredibly dangerous and stupid.  Later on, you’ll see why he did that.  You’ll probably won’t believe it.  It was fun to see things partly from Detective Rasbach’s perspective.  There was tons of secrets that the characters kept form each other.  I liked how they were unveiled one piece at a time.  It never felt overwhelming.  He was an interesting character.   I wish we knew more about him, though.

My biggest issue with the book was the ending.  At first, I liked it.  That ending was certainly a shock. Upon rereading, however, I liked it a lot less.   I know a lot of people hate ‘happily ever after endings’.  But I think it would’ve made more sense this time.  Anne and Marco had gone through enough.

 

Besides the above complaint, I really enjoyed reading The Couple Next Door.  It was a fun, fast-paced read.  In fact, it was probably one of the best mystery books I’ve ever read. Highly recommended,  I’d give it a 9 out of 10.  You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores.

 

Random Theories for Big Little Lies

Random Theories for Big Little Lies

“Big Little Lies” is highly addictive.  The book is probably one of the best I’ve ever read, and the show is amazing.  Great cast, great characters, good mystery etc.  That being said, I have some random theories about BLL.

 

  1. I don’t think that Ziggy hurt Amabella.  He seems to be a very kind, loving and friendly little boy.  None of the evidence so far suggests that Ziggy would even consider doing anything like this.  Plus, Ziggy is the only one being accused.  Usually, in that case, it means that the person is innocent.  Even though there is a slim possibility, I doubt Ziggy hurt anyone.  I think the opposite is true–he’s being bullied too.

2.  Celeste.  In the novel, I thought Celeste was the best character.  She was a little more multidimensional than the others.  She’s great here too.  I feel so scared for her in every scene she has with Perry.  That man makes my skin crawl. The therapy sessions are also creepy, but well-acted.  Especially the first and last ones.  I really hope she leaves him before the series is over.  As far as the mystery goes, she could be on either side of it.  But I doubt it.

3.  Jane.  On the show, Jane is probably the character I sympathize with the most. Seeing her struggle with PTSD?  Those scenes are certainly relatable because I’ve dealt with that too.  For different reasons.  The way it’s portrayed in the show is very realistic.  I really hope that Ziggy is innocent because I don’t think Jane could deal with it.  I’m rooting for her.  It’s possible that she killed the victim in self-defense and she could be the victim.

4.  Madeline.  I actually like Madeline a lot.  She’s the type of person who fights for what and who she believes in.  She’s cute and funny.  She is a really good friend to Jane and Celeste.  A great mother.  She has so many likable qualities to her.  You’re almost willing to overlook the fact that she’s having an affair.  Or that she’s in a petty war with Renata.  Ed is an entertaining guy.  In the book, he and Madeline were happily married.  Why does there always have to be cheating?  Happy relationships can be fun too.  I don’t believe she is the victim or the killer.

5.  Speaking of Ed, something is a little off.  The comments he makes about other women.  Taking pictures of them without their knowledge.  People have always commented on the looks that he gave Abigail.  Was it desire? Attraction?  Or did the look mean nothing?  Body language is weird and diffucult to interpret.  Maybe the writers just want Ed to be a viable suspect in the upcoming murder.  Or victim?  Honestly, I don’t know how to feel about Ed.  Is he just a nice guy who is just really weird?  Or is a huge pervert? Kiler? No.  Victim? Possibly.

5.  Renata & Gordon.  Their relationship seems to be the healthiest on the show.  They’re both very angry and frustrated over Amabella being bullied.  While I understand how Renata feels, I think she’s taking it too far.  With each episode, the chances of Ziggy being the bully grow smaller and smaller.  Amabella is terrified of her tormentor.  This is about Amabella, not Madeline.  And I think the feud between them is ridiculous.  Entertaining but ridiculous.  I think Gordon’s approach is better and more rational.

6. If I’m dealing with a jerk, I’d rather deal with one like Nathan.  He knows he’s being an ass and isn’t hiding it.  I hate how he isn’t taking Madeline’s concerns about Abigail seriously.  I kinda that’s why Abigail moved in with him and Bonnie.  He lets her do whatever she wants, probably out of guilt for abandoning her and Maddie. Both father and daughter are annoying.

7.  Perry is a jerk times 100.  I cringe every time he’s on the screen.  He’s a monster and he’s never going to change.  Celeste has a strong case of Stockholm Syndrome.  People say that Perry hates himself for hurting his wife, that he feels guilty.  I honestly don’t care if he does.  He’s a horrible person.  I think the whole point of that first therapy session was to trick Celeste into staying with him and he succeeded.  He blames her for her own abuse.  He knows what he’s doing and he doesn’t care.  Plus, he turns their own kids against Celeste.  I think if Celeste stays any longer, Perry is going to kill her.

8. Chloe.  In a lot of ways, she’s a pint-sized version of her mom.  I like how the writers fleshed out the child characters as well.  (Most of them.  We still don’t know much about the twins.).  She seems so smart and intuitive and funny.  I like her.  I hope she isn’t the bully.

 

Now I have to reread the book for potential clues.  This mystery just gets better and better.

HTGAWM: Worst. Finale. Ever.

I was fully prepared for this to be the best part of season 3.  Episode 313, “It’s War” was easily the best episode this entire season, and I believed that nothing could top it.  Nothing could top the masterpiece that was the finale of “How to Get Away with Murder”‘s first season.  Turns out….I was right.  Last night’s episode was the cherry on top of a disappointing season.

Let’s start with who killed Wes.  It wasn’t Oliver or Connor.  It wasn’t Bonnie or Frank or Laurel.  Not even the Mahoneys.  All of those would’ve made much more sense than having him killed by some stranger.  I thought that Wes would leave the show in some heroic way.  I was expecting Laurel to hunt down Wes’ killer and really make them pay.  None of that happened last night.  Wes died in a brutal and demeaning way…for no good reason at all!  Worse yet, the hit was ordered by Laurel’s own father!  Wes was screwed over in life and he was screwed over in death.  I am so furious with Annalise and the rest of the Keating crew.  Expect for Laurel, of course. How could they do that to Wes?!  Turn him into some violent psycho killer?!  All Wes did was protect the people he loved.  He wasn’t a bad guy.  He was obviously broken, but he was a good person.  Probably the most human character on the show.  He fought hard to make a decent life for himself.  Life beat him up, but he didn’t stay down.  Not until, yeah.  That.  He deserved so much more than this.  And I guess I’ll have to use my Charmed approach–pretend this whole season doesn’t exist.  After Prue died, the show just wasn’t the same.  The same is true for Wes on How to Get Away with Murder.

All these months theorizing and looking for clues turned out to be a waste of time.  If you wanted Laurel’s dad to be involved, you should’ve made him a more prominent character.  You wasted too much time on Attwood, Meggy, and the whole “Under the Sheet” debacle.  It turns out they were nothing but pawns and red herrings.

It’s a shame too.  Attwood was probably the best villain the show’s ever had.  I didn’t like her very much.  But she was cunning, smart, determined and quick.  She was a perfect adversary for Annalise Keating.  I would’ve loved to see her in another battle with Annalise in season 4.  But that isn’t going to happen.  It turns out that Attwood was just a pawn in Denver’s game.  Denver on his own probably would’ve made a good villain.  But Attwood?  Wow.

Speaking of wasted, what about Meggy?  It was crystal clear from the start that her relationship with Wes wouldn’t work out.  That Wes and Laurel would wind up together.  She probably would’ve made a nice bad guy, but she was basically reduced to being the needy ex-girlfriend.  And she wasn’t the only one.   It would’ve been better if the character never existed, to be honest.  Nice people don’t last on this show.  Look at poor Wes….

Speaking of needy ex-girlfriends, what about Laurel?  I hate what they did to her character.  Where was the spunky, confident young idealist we met in season 1?  The sweet seeming girl with a dark side?  There was no trace of her in season 3.  It was like she was some boy-crazy high school student instead of a serious law student in her twenties.  The obsessive behavior over Frank would’ve made sense if she were pregnant then. I did enjoy the relationship between her and Wes.  It was nice to see someone happy for once, and Wes definitely deserved happiness. This is another thing I hated about the season.  Meggy turned out to be a nice yet distrusting person, but it would’ve been better if that relationship didn’t happen.  I wish there were more sweet moments between Laurel and Wes.  I wish the relationship began sooner.

 I guess this should’ve been a big clue.  Nobody is ever happy for more than 2 seconds on this show.  It always ends at some point.

Wes Gibbins was probably the best character on the show, besides Annalise.  I’ll miss him.  

Okay, rant over.

 

 

 

 

Review for “The Woman Next Door”

Review for “The Woman Next Door”

Synopsis:  Two former friends come back together in a strange and terrifying way.

Hester is a sixty-plus widow living a lonely life.  Her dog, Bertie, is her only companion.  Melissa is a fortyish woman who appears to have the perfect life.  These two women have absolutely nothing in common except for the fact they are next-door neighbors.  And they used to be friends.  But murder and scary secrets force them back together.  How does it all unfold?

I enjoyed reading about both Hester and Melissa.  I found Hester to be more interesting and sympathetic , however.  Just by ‘looking’ at her, you wouldn’t think she would be capable of doing some of the things she did.  She does scary things, and is very practical and smart.  But also really eccentric.  She certainly has quite a few screws loose.  But I felt sorry for her because she didn’t seem to have anyone.  And I kinda understood why she latched onto Melissa so hard.  Kinda.  If she were my neighbor, I don’t know what I’d do.

Melissa was still a great character too.  She could be quite mean a lot of the time, but the book did a good job of explaining it.  She had gone through some painful things too, but handled it in a less-than-conventional way.  She was equally smart, less practical and her secrets were more interesting than Hester’s.   It turns out that she was just as twisted as Hester could be.  She just hides it a lot better.   These two women have far more in common than you’d think.

Sometimes, the multiple point-of-views way of storytelling can be quite confusing.  In this book, however, it was done very well.  It was perfectly paced–not too slow or fast.  It really helped you get to know the two women.  The Woman Next Door was completely unpredictable, full of twists, turns and is very dark.  Cass Green did an amazing job, and I hope she writes more books in the future.

 

Overall, The Woman Next Door was a lot of fun to read.  Maybe ‘fun’ isn’t the right word. It was fairly short, but it kept me guessing the entire time.  The ending was…interesting.  You’ll have to find out for yourself.  I highly recommend it.  I give it a 9 out of 10.  You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores.