Feb 2, 2020

Sunday Salon: The Lying Room; Patsy; Paris by the Book and more

Finished reading:

The Lying Room

The Lying Room by Nicci French

Published: October 1, 2019, William Morrow
Genre: thriller, suspense
Source: library book

A busy mom of three must hide the story of her secret lover while protecting her teenage daughter and trying to find a killer. Suspenseful and well delivered plot that had me guessing till the end. Another of Nicci French's mystery books that I really enjoyed reading.


Patsy: A Novel by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Published June 4, 2019, Liveright
Genre: contemporary fiction, immigrant fiction
Source: library book 

A story of Jamaican immigrants to the U.S., those with and without proper visas, a novel of those who left the island and those who remained at home. Patsy leaves because of social and economic reasons, trying to join her former school friend who seems to be doing well in America. She leaves behind her young daughter Tru to be raised by Tru's policeman father and his wife. 

The novel offers a stark comparison of their chances for success in both situations. 

The author is Jamaican-American, born on the island, and her book rings with authenticity, both culturally and socially. There are also LGBT themes, which is interesting, as the island culture has been know for its strong homophobic stance. 

I recommend the book for those interested in immigrant stories from the Caribbean, and finding a book for Black History Month.

Currently reading:

Paris by the Book

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

Published April 3, 2018, Dutton
Genre: contemporary fiction
Source: library book 

I was drawn to the book by the promise of Paris and books. The ratings on Goodreads have been fair to middling, but I want to read for myself to see if I will like it any better than other reviewers. The author wrote Cloud Atlas, so I'm hopeful. 

New on the shelf: 

One Minute Out (Gray Man, #9)

One Minute Out by Mark Greaney

Publication: February 18, 2020, Berkley
Genre: political thriller, suspense
Source: review copy 

This is the ninth in the series, so I'm sure it's popular. This novel deals with the CIA, the main character, the Gray Man, an assassin, and human trafficking. 

What are you reading this week?
Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday Salon


  1. Those first two books sound really good. I could do with an island vibe right about now. Winter is getting pretty dreary! Have a great week :)

  2. I enjoyed The Lying Room, Ivecjust raced through their latest, Losing You.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  3. Thanks for recommending Patsy - it's going on my TBR. Love the sound of the book and themes discussed in it.

  4. The Lying Room sounds promising, I think. So many people love thrillers. It sounds ideal for this gray weather.

    I liked Paris by the Book, but, then again, I'm wild about anything set in Paris. I usually give books with a Paris setting bonus points.

    I hope you have a lovely week!

  5. I enjoyed The Lying Room, and now I have another book by Nicci French: Losing You.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing.

  6. Nice bag of reads. Enjoy them all

  7. Patsy is on my shelf- thanks for reminding me!

  8. what does it take to be a successful author ? I would say that initial reviews and marketing definitely boost your book. I used https://usabookreviewers.com/christmas-gift to get a few reviews and also promote my book. Hopping to be in the top 100 genre lists and see better sales this Christmas season…


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