Kate Racculia can write, and I’m not sorry at all that I read this! This year, however, a girl goes missing – and no one’s quite certain whether or not she’s dead – and the events from fifteen years ago seem to be replaying once more. The only reason why this book is deserving of a two was because of the initial pages. The frantic jostling for social status, the prima donnas of multiple schools duking it out for supremacy, the hormonal self-consciousness. And I, the reader, am the only one who cares. Tell Me Three Things. There is a lot going on including murder, hauntings both external and internal , disappearances, shouting matches, a love affair, self discovery, robbery and so much more.
My problem with books like this is an author would start off really great, then somehow they go off course, describing something that is completely irrelevant to the plot or even subplot. Here, however, I had a hard time keeping them straight and in one case didn’t figure out two characters were completely different people until pages from the end. In a remote tumbledown hotel packed with hormone-fueled high school students gathered for a statewide music festival is the backdrop for this whodunit. Mar 07, gaudeo rated it really liked it. When Alice rushes out to get help Jill’s body disappears. I liked Rabbit and his story-line very much; also liked his plucky and obnoxious twin sister Alice. I compare some books to Wes Anderson films sometimes – for me, this is always a compliment – and I’d make that comparison here too. I was wrong ish – it’s not exactly mind-blowing or perfect, but it’s satisfying.
Meanwhile Rabbit has his own issues to deal with: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Those sound like things I will enjoy. It reminds me of Hotel Budapest and the Shining and is such a richly written gem.
Well, for me, one of the primary flaws was a particularly Cruella de Ville caricature of a villain who is pretty important to the plot.
Oh, and two murders. I read it in 2 days. The First Time She Drowned. Add a jaded orchestra conductor, competing twin geniuses, and a wacky hotel staff, you got rhaspody a zany suspense novel. Alice, a singer, is a diva in her own mind, and Rabbit, who plays bassoon, is painfully shy. If the novel were a grim parody of high school arts programs and the desperate, star-seeking kids that populate them, I could accept this.
MY BOOK, THE MOVIE: Kate Racculia’s “Bellweather Rhapsody”
I had it on my nearly endless list of books to read and didn’t really remember being especially enthusiastic when I added it movei the list. But lest you think it’s just fluff, there are weightier issues here as ballast, too: But I was pleasantly surprised and so pleased she never did.
Tucked high in the hills of upstate New York, it’s a hotel that’s long since seen its heyday of elegant ballroom dancing, fine dining, and other begowned and besuited assignations. It races along at a breakneck pace–I finished it in days–and Racculia pulls it all together in a very satisfying way at the end. I mofie the character with David Tennant in mind, though I would, of course, be happy to cast any number of intense British actors in the role rhaspody Her enthusiasm for the subject as well as love for pot-boiler mysteries is infectious.
The Bellweather Hotel has a reputation of being haunted by a ghost of a bride who was found hanging in her hotel room on her wedding night. This year, however, a girl goes missing – and no one’s quite certain whether or not she’s dead – and the events from fifteen years ago seem to be replaying once more.
Descriptions of musical pieces, both classical and popular, are beautiful, and the book as a whole is organized like a musical piece, with various “movements” in sequence–a rhapsody. Racculia chillingly writes about the intense competition and pressure that these young musicians are under: Esteemed Scottish folk singer-songwriter James Yorkston heads into midlife with The Route to the Harmoniumand no has affection for what he sees.
But to add fuel to this setting, a raging blizzard traps the inhabitants of the hotel, though this seems like a minor detail, knowing full well that bellweathe would probably be fleeing the place during the course of that weekend, because doing so would be passing up an opportunity at fame and fortune. Kate Racculia really hits this background to the story on the head.
There were just too many characters; I forgot who people were after a few chapters and what they were doing. I finished reading it before bed, and this morning, I still feel a lovely bittersweet ache from it.
The only reason why this book is deserving of a two was because of the initial pages. May 20, Leanne rated it really liked it Shelves: There are some terrific characters here; my favorite is probably Fisher Brodie, the irascible Scottish conductor with seven fingers. Still, Bellweather Rhapsody is an entertaining and enthralling yarn, and the ending is strong and somewhat sentimental, even if the biggest mystery is the fact that we never learn what happens to these bright young stars, what their future destinies might hold, and if they become renowned and famous at their craft.
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Or more than one. Ronlyn Domingue’s “The Chronicle of Secret This is one of those books So, yeah, I recommend it.
I also enjoyed the many upstate references and the humorous little play on names, the Eastman Rhapsldy of Music being renamed to ‘Westing’, Fredonia being vaguely referred to as Freedom No wonder it won the Alex Award, which goes to adult books teens will love. My problem with books like this is an author would start off really great, then somehow they go off course, describing something that The only reason why this book is deserving of a two was because of the initial pages.
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What were your favorite books and albums in the late 90s? Imagine my surprise then when Minnie’s reintroduced over one hundred pages later with her family alive and well. Sep 25, Snotchocheez rated it really liked it. But what it really is is an intricate and life affirming analysis of broken people scrabbling to make themselves whole again This is a five-star review because Goodreads won’t allow me to give this book the 11 stars I actually think it deserves.
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I gravitate toward vivid visual and auditory elements in my writing, and I always thought of Bellweather Rhapsody in cinematic terms. Kate Racculia is a delight. Between some characters talking about wanting it, some people having it, and others talking about having had …more There are mentions of sex in this book. Coffee with a canine: There’s a heavy dose of quirk if you absolutely despise everything Wes Anderson, bewarebut it’s not gimmicky – in fact, it’s essentially move straightforward murder mystery with a little hint of ghosts and a very colourful cast of characters.
And that swimming pool, my goodness. It’s going to be messy and violent and scary. Definitely worth your time. Fifteen years after a wedding night murder-suicide, a teen prodigy disappears from the same hotel room.