What gets you out of a slump? One of the things is a new show. An amazing new show called “The Sinner”. In it, Cora Tannetti (played by Jessica Biel) is a seemingly normal woman who commits a very abnormal and brutal murder in full view of dozens of people. What made her snap? Cora’s loved ones are shocked, and so is Cora. Nothing in her history would suggest she would do such a thing. But then again, we don’t know a lot of her history, do we?
As time goes on, we learn some things about Cora. One of them is that she is a habitual liar, which makes her unreliable. It’s so hard to figure things out. At the end of each episode, we’re left with more questions than answers. It seems like anything could happen. And that’s what makes it so thrilling.
Here are some of my thoughts…..
- Maddie. The victim’s girlfriend looked a lot like her. It’s possible that Maddie was attacked in the past, and Cora saved her. In the moments building up to the stabbing, Cora mistakes the couple’s normal affection for assault. Then that song comes on. So she protects the girlfriend the way she (possibly) protected Maddie all those years ago. Maybe the beach incident wasn’t the first time she’s killed…..
- Frankie, the victim. Despite what we initially believe, Cora did know Frankie. It’s one of the many lies she’s told. Maybe Frankie did something to hurt her in the past. Seeing him again triggered all of the bad memories, and Cora acted accordingly.
- Mommie Not-so-Dearest. Cora did not have a happy childhood. She was abused by her mother and possibly her father. Her mother belongs in an insane asylum. Clearly, Cora is still haunted by her mother and the abuse. I completely understood why she lied about her parents. I would too. Is Mommie Not-so-Dearest behind the repressed memories of Cora’s? Was Frankie just a convenient target for the rage she felt towards her mother?
- What about Mason? Cora’s husband seems like a great guy who really loves her. But then we see him with the cop. We learn that they had sex at one point. Did it happen while he was married to Cora? Did he ever hurt her? Is he just pulling off a brilliant “Man of the Year” act when he’s really an abuser? Or is he as innocent as he seems? Who knows……
- J.D. From what we’ve seen, J.D. is a dirtbag acquaintance from Cora’s past. He was there with her and Maddie in the bar that night. And the three of them were together at the house. What happened in that house? Right now, J.D. seems like the most viable suspect. But it’s usually not that simple…..
- Cora Doesn’t Wanna Go Home. Detective Ambrose really seems to care about Cora. This is a cut-and-dry case. Most detectives would stop there, but not Ambrose. He really wants to help Cora win this case and go home. But why? And why doesn’t Cora want to see her family again?
- The Man in the Mask. Towards the end of episode three, we meet a man in a big, creepy mask. From the looks of it, he has dark eyes. I think he’s one of Cora’s tormentors. But who is he? For some reason, Mason popped up in my head. Then Frankie. But it could be neither or either of them.
- That Song! Something awful happened to Cora. That song was playing in the background. Frankie looked familiar to Cora on the beach. Then the song plays, and it triggered the memory of the attack. Which led Cora to kill Frankie, a possible source of her pain.
But these are just thoughts. What do you think?
We’ll find out over the next few weeks…….
Synopsis: A down-and-out writer gets the opportunity of a lifetime when an aging superstar asks her to write her biography.
Monique’s career and life is going nowhere. She is getting a divorce. Living in an apartment she hates and a career that is basically on pause. Out of the blue, Monique gets the news that could change her life forever. Charismatic screen legend Evelyn Hugo wants Monique to write the story of her life–the good, the bad and the ugly. She’s ready for the world to know everything. But neither woman is ready for what happens during this journey.
I have to say that Evelyn Hugo was one of the most interesting protagonists ever–in print, movies or TV. It is really hard to believe that she’s not a real person. Evelyn felt very real, very much human. I liked how honest and straightforward she was. She was very smart and calculating. She came across as colorful and nuanced. She made all the other characters more real than they would’ve been on their own. Harry was a great character as well. He was so sweet and I liked his and Evelyn’s special friendship and bond. He was easily my favorite husband of hers. Monique was pretty good on her own. She seemed to learn a lot from Evelyn in such a short time.
The story is told in an unique way. Instead of the usual chapter format, each husband gets a chapter. Different men, different periods in Evelyn’s life. They’re more about Evelyn than her husbands, but it was highly original and well-done. It’s written like a memoir, a gossip magazine and a diary all rolled into one. The format was also surprisingly easy to read. That is kind of ironic because Evelyn is such a complex character. The two biggest twists in the book– Evelyn’s true love and Monique’s connection to Evelyn–came about in a very interesting way. This is my first time reading a book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but it definitely won’t be the last.
While I found Evelyn Hugo to be one of the most intriguing protagonists ever, there were lots of times where I didn’t like her so much. Some of the things she did to get ahead were just wrong. It often seemed like she cared more about fame and fortune than she did about the people in her life. And those mistakes proved to be quite costly. She didn’t seem like a good person. But at least she’s honest about it. And she was true to herself. Like a person or don’t, you have to admire someone who’s honest and true to themselves. My only other grievance was Monique. She wasn’t a very interesting character on her own. Kinda boring, really. It was like the friendship between Monique and Evelyn was supposed to happen.
Hands down, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of best novels I’ve ever read. It’s highly original, smartly written and well-researched. I wonder who inspired Reid when she wrote this book? I highly recommend it, giving it a 9.5 out of 10. You can find on amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other such bookstores.
Synopsis: A young woman is haunted as secrets from her past threaten her new life.
Everyone has their secrets, even the most open of people. Anna Blackwell is no exception. She’s living a fabulous life. Married to the man of her dreams, great job co-running the family business. Living a big, expensive seaside home. Anna is happier than she’s ever been. Until a gruesome text message is sent to her anonymously. That person knows far more about her than she’s willing to reveal. He knows things that can ruin her life forever….
They say not to judge a book by its cover. When I saw the cover of “The Millionaire’s Wife”, I assumed that Anna was some sort of spy or something. But she wasn’t. Anna was a very likable heroine. Smart, strong, independent. But she was someone with a heavy burden. Reading about her inner struggles was very interesting, and it made me feel very sorry for her. At first, I didn’t understand why she kept these secrets from her husband. But as I got further along in the book, I completely understood why she did. I don’t blame her for keeping them. Will himself was a kind, understand and compassionate man. But he, like Anna, was someone who knew how to take charge when he needed to. I understood his reactions in the book, too. The villains in the book were not who I expected them to be. Man, those people were sick and disgusting! I felt sorry for Anna, Will and their families.
Shalani Boland wrote one hell of a page-turner. The start of the novel was brilliant, even though I did not know how it fit in at first. The pacing was near-perfect. The characters all kept you guessing until the very end. We see the story being told from two points-of-view–past Anna & present Anna. It really seemed that I was reading about 2 different women. It was a very intriguing plot point. You actually felt sorry for Anna’s ex until you realized who he really was. Then you wanted her to run away from him and never look back! I tried to turn off my Kindle app, but I just had to know what would happen next. I’ll definitely be reading Boland’s other books in the future.
But sometimes, I wish that Anna would’ve done things a little differently. Sometimes, I was a little frustrated with her. Maybe things would turned out differently. But apart from that minor complaint, I thoroughly enjoyed reading “The Millionaire’s Wife”. It was action-packed, scary and overall entertaining read. I highly recommend this book and give it a 9.5 out of 10. You can find it on amazon, Barnes & Noble and other bookstores.
Cast: Gal Gadot as Diana/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta, Robin Wright as Antiope
Synopsis: A story about an Amazonian war princess who becomes the superhero Wonder Woman.
What’s one thing that superhero movies have in common? It’s all of the remakes. The vast majority of these movies have numerous remakes, rewrites and sequels. The same can be said about most of today’s movies. But anyways. They’ve never done a Wonder Woman remake. Not that I could find, at least. I was excited to learn that they’d be making one for Wonder Woman. Plus I’m crazy about superhero movies. So let’s begin our review.
For a while, the Interweb seriously doubted that Gal Gadot was right for the role of Wonder Woman. Those reasons really didn’t make sense. After seeing this movie, they made even less sense. In fact, I thought she was absolutely perfect for the role. She was able to play a woman who was incredibly strong, smart, vulnerable and very naive. Often at the same time. She was a lot of fun to watch. I liked seeing her relationships in the movie, particularly with Steve. Their love story was cute and unique. Connie Nielsen was good as Hippolyta, Diana’s mother. Robin Wright also shined big time as Antiope, Dana’s aunt/commander. That first battle scene was amazing! I wish there were more scenes with her.
I’ll admit that I don’t know much about the Marvel vs DC battle. In fact, I’ve only watched one DC movie–Batman vs Superman. It was good, but not memorable. Director Patty Jenkins did a marvelous job with this movie. I liked how she devoted a decent amount of time on Diana’s childhood. Not the typical skimming of the childhood flashbacks we normally see in films like this. Seeing Diana explore a different new world was also fun to watch. Everything so new and exciting. Speaking of exciting, let’s talk about those fight scenes! Especially the first big one on the beach. It was one of the best ones I’ve ever seen. But why was the whole movie so (literally) dark? That and the occasional slow pacing were the only problems with the movie. They certainly didn’t keep me from enjoying out.
Overall, Wonder Woman was a brilliant, well-acted movie. The best part is that we only have to wait until November to see Diana/Wonder Woman in another DC Comics film, Justice League. Until then, I highly recommend Wonder Woman. I give it a 9 out of 10. It’s playing in theaters now.