Jan 21, 2019

It's Monday: Three Winter Thrillers

Books set in snowy winter, which fit the stormy weather we are having right now.

No Exit thriller set in Colorado in winter
Title: No Exit by Taylor Adams
Publication: January 15, 2019, William Morrow

College student Darby Thorne, driving in the wintry, snowy mountains of Colorado, pulls in at a truck stop, unable to drive further because of the tons of snow that have shut down the state highway and back roads. She meets four other people in the truck stop, also stranded for the next day or so before the snow plows can arrive to clear the roads. In the meantime, the snow keeps coming down.

Darby goes outside to her parked car and on the way back spots a small hand of a child through a parked van that belongs to one of the travelers in the stop. She sees a child padlocked in a dog crate in the back of the van, and is too terrified of the situation to say anything to any of the people inside. Instead, she plots a way to free the child and drive her off to safety.

Easier said than done. The next several hours brings surprises that put Darby and the child in danger from not one, but maybe more of the people trapped inside the stop with her. She is not sure who to confide in and her decisions may be the wrong ones. 

This turned out to be a hair-raising thriller, with more twists and turns in the plot than I could have imagined. It kept me going on a snowy day when I was myself kept indoors by snow. What a perfect book for the day! 

Though the dialogue was a bit stilted, the book carried the day with the plot and action scenes, plus the personality of the tenacious Darby. 

Five stars.

The Hunting Party is a thriller set in the Scottish Highlands
The wintry thriller I'm reading next is set in the Scottish Highlands, at an exclusive but remote resort with cabins and a lodge set around a loch surrounded by thick pine trees and forests. The Hunting Party has a setting we are familiar with from Agatha Christie and other mystery writers - a group of people isolated and alone in a hotel or house, unable to leave, and with an unknown killer in their midst.

I can't wait to see who the culprit is, and the motive for murder.
Thriller set in Alaska, a coming of age adventure

The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury is next on my list of winter reads.

This one is set in the Alaskan wilderness with a young girl Tracy, trained to be a trapper and hunter. She is accustomed to being outdoors running with her dogs, but is one day attacked by a stranger, whom she fights off successfully.  

When an injured man later shows up, Tracy wonders if he was the one who attacked her.

The Wild Inside is described as a coming of age book as well as a psychological thriller.

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? by Book Date. What's on your reading list this week? 

Jan 19, 2019

Book Review: In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick

Review of romance novel featuring show dogs!

Romance novel, Labrador Retriever show dogs and an unexpected inheritance
In Dog We Trust
In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick
Publication: January 8, 2019, Berkley
Genre; fiction
Setting: Black Dog Bay, Delaware
About: "When Jocelyn Hillier is named legal guardian for the late Mr. Allardyce's pack of pedigreed Labrador retrievers, her world is flipped upside down."

How does a dog walker come to live in a mansion and be co-trustee of three show dogs who have inherited their owner's fortune? Jocelyn finds herself in this enviable position, but there are challenges to her good fortune by the dogs' trainer and by the owner's son. 

What will come of this and how will or can solutions and compromises be made? And is romance also in Jocelyn's future?

A romance of the doggy kind that is easy to read and enjoyable. It's also not a totally predictable plot, which I appreciated.

Four stars.  

Thanks to Berkley which provided a copy for review.  

Jan 18, 2019

No Exit by Taylor Adams: Book Beginning

No Exit
No Exit 

Title: No Exit by Taylor Adams

Publication: January 15, 2019, William Morrow
Setting: College student Darby Thorne driving in the wintry, snowy mountains of Colorado

Book beginning:
5:19 p.m.
December 23 
"Screw you, Bing Crosby."
Darby Thorne was six miles up Backbone Pass when her windshield wiper broke, and that bass-baritone voice was just kicking into the second chorus. It was official: he'd be getting his white Christmas. He could shut up about it now. 
Page 56:

"Do you know the man who drives this van?"
"Did he take you?"
"From your house?...."

About the book:
... four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to outwit a vicious psychopath.

I thought this was a perfect setting for a thriller, especially since we are in the midst of winter!

Memes: The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader

Jan 6, 2019

Sunday Salon: My First Three Books of the New Year

Becoming is a memoir, inspiring and moving
I recently started reading this, my second book of the year, and am enjoying it tremendously, especially since I am familiar with the place in which Michele Obama grew up - the south side of Chicago, including Hyde Park where I lived for over 10 years.

The memoir is not just of a woman who became the First Lady of the United States, but is also the story of a middle class Black family in Chicago and children who grew up to succeed. It is also a romance, between Michelle and Barack Obama, before their lives became entrenched in the political. I can't wait to get to that part.

My first book of the year, completed, was
Killing Commendatore, a fantasy, magical realism novel
Killing Commendatore
Murakami's book is another of his fantasies. It drew me in, in the same way a pit in the back of the narrator's house drew him in and led him on to voyages reminiscent of  Dante's Underworld and the crossing of the river Styx.

The above two books, memoir and fantasy/magical realism, couldn't be more different, but I like them both and find them a great way to start off my reading in 2019.

My third book of the year, which I've already begun, is

In Dog We Trust (Black Dog Bay #5)
In Dog We Trust
This is turning out to be a more traditional kind of romance. It's about dogs and their owner, a young woman thrust into the limelight of becoming caretaker and co-trustee of  three famous and valuable show dogs. Her job comes with a seaside mansion that only she has access to. Along the way, she seems likely to meet the man of her dreams. This is delightful light reading. My review.

What are your first books this year?

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Dec 31, 2018

Mailbox Monday: The Last of the Year

Two books arrived in the mail, one for a book tour by the publisher.

The Feed
The Feed
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
Published March 13, 2018, William Morrow
Genre: sci-fi, fantasy
About: what could happen if technology should suddenly disappear or not be available.

In Dog We Trust (Black Dog Bay #5)
In Dog We Trust
In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick
Publication: January 8, 2019, Berkley
Genre; fiction
Setting: Black Dog Bay, Delaware
About: "When Jocelyn Hillier is named legal guardian for the late Mr. Allardyce's pack of pedigreed Labrador retrievers, her world is flipped upside down."

Visit Mailbox Monday to see what books others have on their reading list. 
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Dec 30, 2018

Sunday Salon: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year coming in a few days! Wishing everyone the best in 2019 and hoping it will be full of good surprises in books and reading and gardening, and, and......

I haven't been reading much over the holidays, what with decorating, visiting, sending cards and packages, and so on. I hope it was an equally festive time for you.

The library is my greatest source of  books these days, though I still welcome the galleys from publishers who wish for reviews. My TBR pile is waiting.

I bought Michele Obama's book, Becoming, and am reading it slowly but enjoying reading about her growing up in the city I lived in for so many years, south side Chicago.

I started the ebook of Murakami's Killing Commendatore, which I am enjoying even though it has magical elements. I don't always like these in books, but Murakami makes it work,
Killing Commendatore
Killing Commendatore
Then there is Harry Potter in French from the library, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, to improve my reading in that language.
A l'ecole des sorciers
I finished The Museum of Modern Love, based on fictional characters surrounding a real life art event at MoMa, when for 75 days Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present was presented.  It confused me a bit as it was both surreal and true to life. 
The Museum of Modern Love
The Museum of Modern Love
I am also in the middle of  American By Day, a book whose title and author caught my attention. The novel is about a Norwegian woman who sets out to find her long lost brother in the U.S.A. and who confronts differences in culture and habits when she arrives here.
American by Day
American By Day
I have more than enough reading for the rest of the year and beyond. How about you?

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Dec 16, 2018

The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott: The Sunday Salon

The Missing Years
The Missing Years
Borrowed from Netgalley, The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott will be published  April 2019 by Corvus.

This mystery novel involves an old Scottish manse, with strange goings on and strange visitors that suggest the house is haunted. Ailsa inherits it from her mother and returns from London to the Scottish Highlands to either live in or sell the house. But there is a problem, as half of the house is still owned by her father, who has been missing for 27 years. 

I read it and gave it 4.5 stars because of the complex characters involved. 

A book to review soon:

The Affliction
The Affliction
The Affliction by Beth Gutcheon, paperback published November 27, 2018, William Morrow
Genre: murder mystery
Setting: girls boarding school, New York

Currently reading:
In the Woods by Tana French, the first in the Dublin Murder Squad series
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
Last Boat Out of Shanghai by Helen Zia

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