Shakespeare's Counselor (Lily Bard #5)
Cleaning woman and karate expert Lily Bard is a woman with a complicated past. Trying her best to cope with her terrifying memories and horrible nightmares, she decides to join a weekly group therapy session in her hometown of Shakespeare, Arkansas. At first, Lily can hardly believe the number of her fellow Shakespeareans that share her life experiences.
As it turns out, t...more
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Charlaine Harris writes the best final books for a series I've ever seen. Her characters grow and you can see them moving on from where they were in the first book. Whatever the threads were that moved from one book to the other, get tied up, while making it obvious that life did go one even if we didn't get to see it do that. As with the Harper Connelly series, there could easily be more bo ...more
Besides the first, this closing book is probably the best of the series.
Lily Bard may still be stiff and socially awkward, but she's grown on me more. A lot of her past gets explored as she attempts a help support group after attacking Jack in her sleep during a routine nightmare. The women's group meetings were interesting - I do think they should have been followed up with a bit more in the second half, but they dropped off the radar page completely. I also wish we could have witnessed the ...more
A decent end to a decent series, bu ...more
In addition to finally settling down with Jack, Lily has decided to face her past and begin attending group therapy sessions. Of course, these sessions become the scene for yet another murder in cozy little Shakespeare. And as usual, Lily is right smack in the middle of the action.
As others have said, this wasn't the best in the series. I think some of that was because there weren't any loose ends to lea ...more
More like a 2.5 star book for me, but I'm rounding up since I liked the series overall, mainly on the strength of the Lily Bard character.
"So you don't believe a divine plan runs the universe?"
I just laughed. Some plan.
"Don't you believe that most people are innately good?"
"No." In fact, I found the fact that some people did believe that to be absolutely incomprehensible.
Tamsin looked really horrified. "You don't believe that we're only given the burdens we can handle?"
She tried again. "Do you believe in the e ...more
It's not unusual for people to have relapses after trauma, but Lily's anger seems to go completely out of control in this series finale. She outright admits that she despises all men (except, I assume, Jack), which sadden ...more
However the Lily Bard series was what I wanted, needed, these past few days, and I spent a nice time with it. I enjoyed the down to ...more
Of course there was a murder. One of Lily's fellow group member's sister in law was murdered. Lily as always saves the day, but thi ...more
Picked up this book after reading the Sookie Stackhouse series by the same author. While it's a fairly enjoyable read with plenty of action and twists that left me guessing right up until the end it's also pretty dark, with very little humour. The main character Lily is a strong woman who is working to overcome her trauma and while she's got plenty of depth I couldn't really say the same for the rest of the cast.
Oh how I have loved this series. And I am sad that there are no more books. I hope someday Lily pops back into Ms. Harris' head and demands another book be written about her. I would be first in line to buy that one. :-)
I thought both characters and plotlines were well crafted, with continuing character and story development within the series, and deft handling of the new characters and events. I listened to this one, but will probably get h ...more
Welcome back to the sleepy little town of Shakespeare*, Arkansas*, where secrets come to hide.
Lily Bard has joined a group therapy session, determined finally to face her past. It sounds positively enlightening, until the murder of a fellow member sends a warning. But who was the message meant for? Why? And who's next to fall victim to a killer's head games?From Publishers Weekly
Harris's fifth Lily Bard mystery set in the small Arkansas town of Shakespeare (Shakespeare's Trollop, etc.) is go
The final book thankfully doesn't go down the path of unlikely happy endings. Bad things happen to Lily i ...more
Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr ...more