Didn’t know what to make of this book. It seemed like a horror story but it wasn’t really. Then I thought it was about a mother’s descent into madness. But not that either. Not much happened or it didn’t seem to. Hardly no characters and the narrator had serious issues. It all took place in a twelve hour period during a raging blizzard on Christmas Day. Absolutely loved it. Oh and if you’re a read-the-end-first kind of a reader then you probably shouldn’t read this book.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Lane is a young widow with a daughter who has never known her father. Lane is the assistant to a really demanding and in demand interior decorator, Glady. One of Glady's clients is Mrs. Bennett, the unassuming wife of disgraced financier, Parker Bennett. Parker disappeared over a year ago with $5 BILLION of his client's money. Is Parker still alive? Was his dashing son Eric involved? Does his mistress know where he, or more importantly, the money is? As Glady and Lane decorate Mrs. Bennett's new condo, Lane becomes involved with Eric and befriends his mother. What will this friendship cost Lane? Her reputation? Her job? Her daughter? Her life? You will have to read to find out!
Friday, June 26, 2015
His life was changed again 16 months ago. He returned home from his job as a police detective to discover his wife, daughter and brother-in-law murdered. He left his job, lost his house and became homeless. He is now a private investigator on the wrong side of town.
A man suddenly confesses to the murder of Amos' family and then a horrific mass killing happens at the local high school.
Baldacci has several series going but I hope he gets back to this one soon. I am eagerly awaiting book #2.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Oh my! I loved this book. I may just sit back and read all 551 pages again. It begins in "before times" in Ireland. Before the famine, before death, starvation and mass immigration to "Amerikay". Honora Keely is supposed to join the convent in 2 weeks, on her 17th birthday, but up from the sea arises Michael Kelly. It is love at first sight and their destinies are sealed. But life in Ireland is not easy. The Irish work as serfs, planting the fertile Irish fields only to have their crops shipped off to England. Their diet consists of the pratties, (potatoes), and fish. So when the blight hits, they are desperate. Millions succumb to disease, fever, and starvation. Millions also leave the land and traditions, the family they love, and travel to "Amerikay", to find work and survive. And survive, thrive they do. In American cities like Chicago. The children grow into strong, intelligent and talented adults, leaders in their communities, hard workers. But as time goes on, they lose a bit of the "Irish", forgetting their lyrical native tongue, the emerald green of the Irish fields, but not the love of family, the strong ties that bind and the love of a good story or reel. Mary Pat Kelly is the great-great-granddaughter of Honora Kelly, the main character in this book. This is a story passed down thru the ages, because after all, "We didn't die."
Monday, June 22, 2015
I enjoy James Grippando's books and this was a quick read, but I think the Subtitle should be: "The Dumb and Dumber of Criminal Minds." Ruban has the perfect set up. Millions of dollars in cash come into Miami airport on a regular basis. Unloaded in a warehouse and then loaded onto armored trucks, there is a moment in time when the bundles of green are vulnerable. Especially if you have help from the inside. However, Ruban may have a great plan, but as we all know, great plans are only as strong as the weakest links, and there are plenty of weak links in Ruban's gang.
This novel will not go down as the best story ever told, but it was nice for a summer read.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
The trio ends up in Scotland, during the war no less, searching for the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to redeem themselves. They're not much respected there either and tensions grow. Maddie struggles to free herself from her uppercrust snobbery, much to the dismay of her husband. The search is on for the monster . . . but just who is the real monster . . .
It took nearly half the book until I started to enjoy it, but then I really did. This is one I will recommend to others. Sara Gruen, author of "Water for Elephants" may not receive the same acclaim for this, her most recent book, but it was still a winner for me.
Friday, June 19, 2015
But she's not herself. She's no longer blonde, short and busty. Now she's got brown hair and a willowy figure. Everyone around her calls her Jane Mansfield, and Jane is a woman living a life very much like the life portrayed by Jane Austen's heroines. Sure it's great to read Jane Austen, but to live it? Courtney's not so sure. Chamber pots, bleeding of ill humors, showers don't exist, baths are rare and women exist to marry and have children.
A fun, light summer read for even those of us who aren't quite addicts, but never turn down a good Jane Austen story.
Monday, June 15, 2015
First, a personal disclosure: I am not a teenager. It has been a looong time since I have been a teenager, or even had a teen child. Having said that, you can take my review of this book with a grain of salt. I found this book dark and disturbing and will NEVER recommend it to a teen. After I read it, I went back and read reviews to see what it was I missed, but I still do not see why everyone so loves this book...everyone but me!
Picture a future society where there is an epidemic of teen suicides. So much so that "the Program" has been created. Now if your teen so much as sheds a tear in public, you can have a handler haul them off to have all their unpleasant memories erased. They will not remember how their brother died, instead, they will believe any lie you tell them. They will not remember their boyfriend or their best friend if, by association, it will make them remember something sad. The teens are constantly being watched and "The Program" has turned some of their friends into such zombies that suicide seems a viable alternative. Antidepressants are bad, but drugs that erase your memories are good? This book is the first in a series, but needless to say, I will not be reading any of the others.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
"Last Letter" was JoJo Moyes first novel and is a standard romance. A blurb on GoodReads says A sophisticated, page-turning double love story spanning forty years-an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times."
Hmm, not so much for me. I will be sticking with JoJo's more recent books from now on.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
This was a Mark Twain preliminary nominee this year, which means it didn't make the final list. Too bad, because it was a lot of fun!
Friday, June 5, 2015
The Tell-Tale Start: book one of The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe by Gordon McAlpine 178 pages
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
This is the newest in Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, and as usual, it is a doozy! Lindsay Boxer is in over her pretty little blond head, investigating 2 cases. Thank goodness she has her handsome ex-FBI husband Joe to help her out! 1st, she and her partner have to find the gang of ruthless thieves, dressed in NYPD jackets and caps, wearing rubber masks, that are knocking off check cashing places, killing as they go. Of course, it escalates! Soon the gang steals cash and drugs from the "Kingfisher" and the blood bath begins. Will Lindsay get caught in the crossfire? Meanwhile, hubby Joe is investigating a series of murders that always happen on Claire's Birthday. Yuki has switched jobs is now suing the NYPD on behalf of a client. Oops! Talk about a sticky mess. And spoiler alert! This one ends as a cliffhanger!
Monday, June 1, 2015
Otto Ringling is a happily married father of two, living in New York, with a good job in the publishing industry. His parents recently died and he and his flaky sister Cecilia need to sell the family farm in North Dakota.
Cecilia is afraid to fly so Otto agrees to drive her from her home in New Jersey to North Dakota. When Otto gets to her house he finds out she wants him to drive her guru, Volya Rinpoche there instead. And . . . she wants her portion of the family farm to go to the guru. A long road trip and enlightenment ensues.