Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver (♦♦♦)

Someone is terrorizing New York City using electricity as his weapon of choice. Panic is widespread since any electrical outlet can be the cause of death. NYPD, with the help of the FBI and other domestic agencies, identify the perpetrator early on in the investigation, yet they seem unable to stop the fatal attacks. Consultant criminologist Lincoln Rhyme is leading the forensic part of the investigation, collecting evidence—with the help of Amelia Sachs and Ron Pulaski—which doesn’t always make sense. Alongside Rhyme is following a case unfolding in Mexico involving an evasive criminal nicknamed the Watchmaker.

I spent nearly two weeks reading this book. I have read other books by Jeffery Deaver which I have liked, such as The Stone Monkey and Garden of Beasts; I also watched the movie The Bone Collector. This book was disappointing in a sense; I don’t like stories where I’m kept in the dark while the criminal seem to have the upper hand. The characters were engaging and the plot was unique, but the story took very long to develop and, in my opinion, never quite reached momentum.