Feb 17, 2019
The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer.What books are you reading this week?
Feb 10, 2019
New books on the TBR list:
Publication: April 9, 2019, St. Martin's Press
About: Munchausen syndrome by proxy
|Broken Bone China|
Publication March 5, 2019, Berkley Books
Genre: Tea Shop mystery set in Charleston
About: a drone collides with a hot air balloon
|Death in Provence|
Publication: February 19, 2019, Harper
Genre: new mystery set in France
About: Penelope finds a body in her pool in Provence
|Before She Knew Him|
Publication: March 5, 2019, William Morrow
About: an unstable young woman worries about her new neighbor
Publication: February 12, 2019, Harper
Genre: psychological suspense
About: dark story about a faithful secretary and the secrets she keeps
|The Better Sister|
Publication: April 16, 2019, Harper
Genre: domestic noir
About: two estranged sisters and family secrets
Lots of thrillers in my reading future. How about you?
What books are you reading this week?
Feb 1, 2019
An Anonymous Girl Book Review, a thriller by Greer Hendricks and Sarah PekkanenJanuary 8, 2018, St. Martin's Press.
Source: library book
Jessica decides to answer a psychological questionnaire on morality, organized by a psych prof in New York City. She does it for the money they offer, but she becomes more entangled in the research study when she learns how much she will be paid. Answering the questions in the university lab leads to real life situations she is asked to participate in. Soon, she is dependent monetarily and psychologically on the study organizer, Dr. Shields, who controls Jessica during her sessions, in and outside the lab.
This is a thriller that leans heavily on psychology, with the puppet master Dr. Shields who may or may not have ulterior motives for getting into Jessica's psyche so completely. Then there is Dr. Shield's husband, who may or may not be in cahoots with his wife in whatever scheme she is planning.
Suspenseful and engrossing, this novel has an unusual plot and characters. It's well written and planned, with Jessica and Dr. Shields both narrating their stories, carrying the novel to its unexpected conclusion.
I gave the book five stars.
Jan 21, 2019
Books set in snowy winter, which fit the stormy weather we are having right now.
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.
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.
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
Review of romance novel featuring show dogs!
|In Dog We Trust|
Publication: January 8, 2019, Berkley
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.
Thanks to Berkley which provided a copy for review.
Jan 18, 2019
Title: No Exit by Taylor AdamsPublication: January 15, 2019, William Morrow
Setting: College student Darby Thorne driving in the wintry, snowy mountains of Colorado
"Screw you, Bing Crosby."Page 56:
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.
"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
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
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|
What are your first books this year?
The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer,
It's Monday, What Are You Reading? by Book Date.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. Klara and the Sun was easy to read for a literary novel of such magnitude and celebrity, I found...
Welcome to the Sunday Salon ! Also submitted to It's Monday; What Are You Reading? at Book Journey , and Mailbox Monday hosted...
First Chapter, First Paragraph is hosted weekly by Bibliophile by the Sea . Share the first paragraph of your current read. Also visit T...
I promised myself not to buy any more books, but this one was not available on NetGalley or at the library, so I bought the ebook! The ...