Aug 23, 2020

Sunday Salon: Armchair Travel

Finished a few books in the past ten days, more than I've been reading lately. Here are my brief reviews and comments.

White Out (Badlands Thriller, #1)
White Out by Danielle Girard, August 1, 2020, Thomas Mercer
Genre: thriller, suspense
Setting: North Dakota
Source: Kindle Unlimited

Lily Baker wakes up in a car overhanging an overpass, the injured driver unconscious behind the wheel after the accident. She slowly extricates herself while trying to save the driver, whom she doesn't recognize. Lily is suffering from amnesia from the accident, and discovers, step by step, her painful past experiences and who she can and cannot trust. 
An entertaining thriller, very good at the beginning but burdensome and heavy at the ending. Still worth reading.

The Other Side of the Door
The Other Side of the Door by Nicci French, William Morrow Paperback,
Genre: suspense, psychological thriller
Setting: London
Source: NetGalley

My Goodreads review:

Love, obsession, murder, friendship. These are themes in Nicci French's psychological novel. Bonnie has promised her friend to perform at her wedding and has gotten together a motley group of friends to form a small band just for the event. The interaction among these people lead to unforeseen consequences that tests love and friendship.

A compelling read with suspense and an unexpected ending.

The Nesting
The Nesting by C.J. Cooke, September 29, 2020, Kindle edition
Genre: Scandinavian thriller, suspense, modern Gothic
Setting: Norway
Source: NetGalley

Set in Norway, the novel uses Norwegian legends, beliefs, and folk tales as an integral part of the plot.

 Lexi Ellis, down on her luck and needing a job, pretends to be someone else to get a dream job of nanny to two small girls in the forests of Norway. She becomes involved in the local beliefs of spirits and ghosts and the mystery of the death of her employer's former wife. Good armchair travel and an entertaining plot. 

Tahoe Hit (An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller Book 18)

Tahoe Hit by Todd Borg, Kindle edition
Genre: thriller
Setting: Lake Tahoe, Nevada, California
Source: Kindle Unlimited

The son of a rich financier with a home in Lake Tahoe hires Tahoe private investigator Owen McKenna to investigate and find his son. Time is of the essence, as McKenna and his sidekick, a Great Dane named Spot, try to unravel a Shakespearean plot that involves a family drama resembling the  tragic story of Hamlet. 

 Clever use of setting and literature to craft a mystery thriller well worth reading.

Currently reading:

Hard Rain (Rogue, #1)

Hard Rain by Irma Ventner, romantic mystery set in Tanzania, with a journalist and a photographer with a mysterious past. 

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


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

These all look so good! I love Nicci French The Other Side of the Door is going on my list. And so is White Out. Enjoy!


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

The Other Side of the Door looks really good. I love thrillers, but if they are even a little bit scary (a bad guy popping up outside a window, a sudden killing, etc.) I won't be able to sleep for days. Thanks for sharing it and the others.

I'm glad you are getting a little more reading done. I had trouble reading at the beginning of the pandemic, but now it feels like I have to read much of the time. It almost feels like too much.

I hope you have a good week, and stay safe.

Elza Reads said...

Hi there! I'm sooo excited now!! You are reading a book that was originally published in South Africa, in Afrikaans. That's where I come from and Afrikaans is my mother tongue. Yea!! It's a whole series in Afrikaans and I've read most of them.

The Nesting seems like a great read as well.

I love your short snippets. Just enough to awaken the taste buds.

Hope you will have a good week!

Elza Reads

Vicki said...

They all sound good especially the first one. Love the covers! Have a great week!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

The first 3 all sound good to me. All new to me as well. Hope you are doing well and that you enjoy the coming week.

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Another Nicci French? That will make three new books this year! I’ve read the other two so I’ll have to request this one now too.

Wishing you a great reading week

Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings said...

I like the sound of a The Nesting though they all sound good!

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I think I'd better add THE NESTING to my TBR. You had me at Norwegian folklore. Thanks for sharing. My Sunday Post full of good news, and funny stuff

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