Thursday, December 29, 2011


Title: Obedience

Author: Will Lavender

Date Finished: November 6, 2011

Personal Book Count: 41 out of 75

Rating: 4 out of 5

Genre/ Subject: fiction/ suspense

First Line: The strange thing about Williams was that nobody had ever seen him.

Why did I pick this book?: it was recommended to me online at one point.

Summary and Review: taken from the author's website-

When the students in Winchester University's Logic and Reasoning 204 arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted not with a syllabus or texts, but with a startling assignment from Professor Williams: find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly. If after being given a series of clues and details the class has not found her before the end of the term in six weeks, she will be murdered.

At first the students are as intrigued by the premise of their puzzle as they are wary of the strange and slightly creepy Professor Williams. But as the students delve deeper into the mystery, they begin to wonder: Is the Polly story simply a logic exercise, designed to teach them rational thinking skills, or could it be something more sinister and dangerous?

The mystery soon takes over the lives of three students as each finds disturbing connections between Polly and themselves. Characters that were supposedly fictitious begin to emerge in reality. Soon, the boundary between the classroom assignment and the real world becomes blurred—and the students wonder if it is their own lives they are being asked to save.”

I had started this one on audio, but didn't have time to finish it. So I ordered it online. But the for whatever reason it sat on the shelf for a long while. I knew I was going to love it, as I had started it already, but I took a long time to get back to it. Well, it turned out to be one of those book that I am a little sad you could only read for the first time once. I wish I could say more about it, than it had me twisting and turning from beginning to the last chapter, but I don't want to ruin a minute for anyone. The characters weren't always likeable, but compelling through out. The setting was vibrant and easy to picture. The plot for a first novel was well thought through and the twists and turns made sense and always answered some questions with raising others. It was very hard to quit turning pages. And yet it was one you wish you could make last forever and savor it. It was one that stuck with me for a long time after, I couldn't stop thinking of it, and for a time, compared all others to it. If you like suspense, or a good mind-twist, run, don't walk and get your hands on a copy anyway you can. =D

Agree? Disagree? Recommendations? Any insights, suggestions, or comments on the book or format, or blog at all are most welcome. If you have read this and/ or review it yourself, please let me know. Can you think of any books like this? Give me a recommendation! =D

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