Read advance reader review of A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, page 2 of 5

Summary | Reviews | More Information | More Books

A Ladder to the Sky

A Novel

by John Boyne

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne X
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  • Readers' rating:

     Not Yet Rated
  • Publishes in USA 
    Nov 13, 2018
    0 pages
    Genre: Novels

    Publication Information

  • Rate this book

Buy This Book

About this book


Page 2 of 5
There are currently 33 member reviews
for A Ladder to the Sky
Order Reviews by:
  • Cheryl S. (Redmond, WA)

    Another winner from John Boyne!
    I was thrilled to receive an ARC of John Boyne's latest novel A Ladder to the Sky from BookBrowse. I am an avid fan of Mr. Boyne's books and have read all but one of his adult novels. In my opinion he is one of the most accomplished authors writing today. His latest did not disappoint, I loved it and could hardly stop reading. It was like watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie! The author has a marvelous dry and dark humor, yet he can also write with such empathy and compassion. I urge everyone to read A Ladder to the Sky and then move on to all Mr. Boyne's other novels if you haven't already, you are in for some great reading.
  • Erica M. (Chicago, IL)

    A totally fresh take on the art of writing
    I have never read a book quite like this. A completely fresh plot. The main character reminded me of a sociopath/narcissist I once had to deal with. Awful, but too fascinating to turn away from. The use of various narrators and first, second and third person narrators kept the book fresh and unique. The book moves through various phases of the writer's life and ambition at no time making him a sympathetic character. Can't wait to see what else John Boyne has written.
  • Susan S. (Lafayette, CA)

    Patricia Highsmith meets All About Eve
    This is a wonderfully dark novel, with an evil, ruthless protagonist. There aren't very many of those, so for me it is quite a find when I encounter one. If you are a reader for whom the phrase "wonderfully dark" resonates, then I highly recommend this extremely well-written, entertaining novel. (On the other hand, if you are a reader for whom the phrase "wonderfully dark" is an oxymoron, then I don't think you would like it.)

    I also loved the inside take we got on the world of book publishing.
  • LynnNC

    An unlikable man
    This is the story of Maurice Swift, a totally reprehensible man. I often find it difficult to read about someone I find unlikable. In this instance I could not wait to see what he did next.

    The use of a few real people helped to keep the timeline on track and added some extra interest for me. An interesting and enjoyable read.
  • Julie G. (West Hartford, CT)

    A Ladder to the Sky
    This is my third John Boyne novel, and each is so different I had no idea what to expect. Wow- this one blew me away! The main character is like someone from a Patricia Highsmith novel - he is completely unscrupulous, and yet is able to use his charm and good looks to go after those who have what he most covets. Watching him entrap and manipulate the people he chooses to use is mesmerizing and still I was shocked at the depths to which he would go to achieve success. I could not put the book down, and it remained riveting until the final page.
  • Lesley F. (San Diego, CA)

    A Ladder to the Sky: Wow! THIS is a horror story.
    This author wrote The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. John Boyne can flat-out tell a story. This one is frightening if you have ever contemplated writing a story, or your story, or someone's story. Boyne draws you in slowly but as you follow this story of Maurice you begin to see what the characters telling the story don't, about this truly repulsive and yet fascinating writer. You begin to add dread to the repulsion you already are feeling and at some point (not saying where) you will be compelled to yell out to them "Look out!" The publisher and marketers have a devilish time trying to give a synopsis without revealing too much. So. Briefly, here is a man who wished to become a writer, and rich, and famous, but he is without talent. He discovers a way to get the stories he can't write from other people. It is shocking and uncomfortable - and remarkably easy to believe - even when the methods he uses become ever more horrifying. 350 pages were flown through and still the end was shocking.
    Very funny cover for the book and the publisher remarks that they were glad to get this one from John Boyne before Maurice Swift got to him...but then in the list of Boyne's published books I see a Thief of Time and a Mutiny on the Bounty ....and then I began to wonder about Boyne...yikes!...
  • Julie M. (Golden Valley, MN)

    New Favorite Author
    This story may have been a bit predictable, but I couldn't stop reading it. Boyne develops his characters so well and tells an entertaining story to boot. He's becoming one of my favorite authors after only reading three of this books.
    Thoroughly entertaining and fun read!


Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Rust & Stardust
    Rust & Stardust
    by T Greenwood
    Highly readable and tightly plotted, T. Greenwood's Rust and Stardust achieves the perfect ...
  • Book Jacket: American Prison
    American Prison
    by Shane Bauer
    After spending over two years in Iran's notorious Evin Prison for supposedly crossing the country's ...
  • Book Jacket: Small Fry
    Small Fry
    by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
    Small Fry is the debut memoir from Lisa Brennan-Jobs, long-time journalist and writer, and oldest ...
  • Book Jacket: The Winter Soldier
    The Winter Soldier
    by Daniel Mason
    Imagine the thousands of confounding cases doctors face routinely for which diagnoses are hard to ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason

A story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and of the mistakes we make.

About the book
Join the discussion!

Readers Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    French Exit
    by Patrick deWitt

    A brilliant and darkly comic novel from bestselling author Patrick deWitt.
    Reader Reviews

Win this book!
Win The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House. On sale Oct 9.


Word Play

Solve this clue:

T Turn T S

and be entered to win..

Books that     

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.