Yowza! This is a fast paced, tight, intense tilt-a-whirl ride of a book! A psychological thriller wrapped seamlessly in a many faceted mystery that wiYowza! This is a fast paced, tight, intense tilt-a-whirl ride of a book! A psychological thriller wrapped seamlessly in a many faceted mystery that will keep you up late into the night turning pages and trying to figure it all out (you won't--it's THAT well written, but it's fun and a tiny bit maddening trying). Annie is a loving wife and mother. Ophelia is the traumatized captive of a sociopathic serial killer--or maybe his accomplice. The thing is, Annie and Ophelia are the same person. This is the story of how one woman became two who fight to become one again. It goes back and forth in time and perspective, introducing characters that may or may not exist, events that may or may not have happened, always leading to a white knuckle conclusion that may or may not be the conclusion. Nothing is definite in this book except it is a definite must-read for thriller fans.
I've long been an Iris Johansen fan so I was more than curious to see that her new book is co-written with her Edgar Award winning son Roy. I found thI've long been an Iris Johansen fan so I was more than curious to see that her new book is co-written with her Edgar Award winning son Roy. I found that mother and son make a dynamite writing duo.
The premise is Hannah, a brilliant, driven but haunted marine architect, has undertaken an assignment for a museum clearing a Russian nuclear submarine for any hazards before it becomes an exhibit. It should be a straightforward job that lasts no more than the two weeks that she promises her assistant and brother Conner it will. But they discover a strange set of message panels hidden in the sub that leads to the murder of Conner (and many others). Devastated and aching for revenge, Hannah and her sister in law begin an unsanctioned investigation that pulls in a mysterious stranger of many names and a complex past as well as a whole lot of intrigue and danger. There is a lot of historic and technical detail to this page turner of an international thriller, as well as Johansen's usual side of love story woven in. The characters are well developed and hard to leave behind at the conclusion of the book.
This debut novel by Noah Boyd packs a punch—and happily it is the first of a planned series featuring non-conforming, irreverent ex-FBI agJackie says:
This debut novel by Noah Boyd packs a punch—and happily it is the first of a planned series featuring non-conforming, irreverent ex-FBI agent Steve Vail, fired for insubordination but too valuable to forget. That's why Deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon is sent to find him and enlist his help in an extortion case going horribly badly for them—bodies are piling up and it could just be that someone in the FBI is actually involved. Vail is just the sort of under-the -radar investigator for the job—he literally always gets his man, even if it means breaking a few rules and ignoring more than a few orders to do so. He's a tough man's man that male readers will want to be, and the women will want, period. The pace is good, the writing well researched, and the plot complicated and interesting. This is going to be a very popular series that should capture fans of John Sanford and Lee Child especially....more
CSI and Thomas Harris lovers, Heartsick is for you. It's about a detective, the woman who kidnapped and tortured him, and life after her surrender andCSI and Thomas Harris lovers, Heartsick is for you. It's about a detective, the woman who kidnapped and tortured him, and life after her surrender and arrest. It's a complicated and twisted thriller that should pull in the Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell crowd nicely.
This is a story told twice--once by Nora and once by Timothy. It is a love story. It is a murder mystery. It keeps you guessing to the verJackie says:
This is a story told twice--once by Nora and once by Timothy. It is a love story. It is a murder mystery. It keeps you guessing to the very end because it is extremely cleverly written. The character development is deft, and the story moves along quickly with no small touch of humor running throughout. I had TREMENDOUS difficulty putting this book down. Trust me--you want to read this book....more
Joe said: "Now You See Him" is a nuanced, intelligent novel. The story is told from the point-of-view of Nick, a mTattered Cover staff LOVED this book!
Joe said: "Now You See Him" is a nuanced, intelligent novel. The story is told from the point-of-view of Nick, a man in his 30's whose marriage, and then everything on which he's based his life, falls apart. Nick's best friend from high school, Rob Castor, a famous writer, has killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide. These events profoundly affect Nick, and send him on completely new road in life. Richly written, this thrilling novel reveals its twists and revelations to gloriously delve into the nature of truth, of friendship, marriage, and our own perceptions of ourselves. What is it that may drive us to do things we've never dreamed of?
I loved reading every page of this novel; and feel, days after finishing it, as if a shot just rang out with the whole story reverberating in my ears."
Chris C said: " I agree 100% with Joe. This book was really unlike anything I've read before. Everyone should read it. Everyone."
Jackie said: "This is a haunting story of how the people in our lives help to form us and our perceptions of the world. It's about love in just about every form and what we'll do for it. The story itself is mesmerizing--the fact that it is so beautifully written makes it unforgettable.
Christine said: "Add me for a fourth! A riveting read!"
Molly M said: "Include me in on this one. I could not put it down. The writing is like flowing silk, smooth and captivating. I'd be in for a book club chat -it's the kind of book that, after finishing it, I wanted to talk to someone about it."
This is a delightful bit of Southern Christmas magic that no one should miss. Theodora is the elderly matriarch of a very messed up family. This ChrisThis is a delightful bit of Southern Christmas magic that no one should miss. Theodora is the elderly matriarch of a very messed up family. This Christmas she's finally gotten them all together to celebrate, and all she really wants is a glorious, homespun holiday like when she was a girl. Enter Pearl--the now angel of her beloved childhood friend/nanny/housekeeper. Sassy, fun, and not above a dirty trick or two, these two ladies teach this disjointed family about what it means to love and respect both themselves and each other. I laughed a good deal reading this, and covet a Pearl of my own. There's bonus old Southern holiday recipes included in the book as well--yum!
Elizabeth Noble, author of "The Reading Group" and several other well received books, is back with another winner. "The Girl Next Door" inJackie says:
Elizabeth Noble, author of "The Reading Group" and several other well received books, is back with another winner. "The Girl Next Door" involves an ensemble cast and seems very much like a reasonably intelligent soap opera. We get to see bits of the lives of several people in one building in Manhattan--relationships begin and end and have everything in between happen to them as well. There is birth and death, love and hate, fear and joy. This isn't a fluff read--Noble weaves some pretty powerful emotions into these neighbors' tales (I required a tissue late last night at one particularly intense scene). You'll want to know what happens--with everyone! ...more
Rubin, not an unhappy person generally speaking, decided that she would nevertheless like to be happier. So she did A LOT of research on tJackie says:
Rubin, not an unhappy person generally speaking, decided that she would nevertheless like to be happier. So she did A LOT of research on theories of happiness, from the ancient Greeks to the founding fathers to Dr. Drew. Armed with all this, she created The Happiness Project, which involved coming up with specifically defined resolutions for each month, with the trick that each month added resolutions without taking any away, so the project became broader in scope each month. The monthly resolutions have an overall theme i.e.: January--Boost Energy, April--Lighten Up, September--Pursue a Passion, etc. Then there are 4 or 5 resolutions to go with each theme. Everyone's H.P. will of course be different, but Rubin details her resolutions and experiences to show us how it works in a general sense. She's honest about herself, honest about what was easy, what was hard and what turned out to be just impossible for her.
This book is very inspiring and ambitious and definitely worth a read. I may not start a full blown project of my own, but I certainly learned a few things that I want to try. After all, who doesn't want to be happier?
She also started a now wildly popular blog as part of this project, which offers more tips and stories from folks all over the place that are trying this idea out for themselves. ...more
This is teen targeted fiction published by Bloomsbury Children's Books, but the premise is so completely fascinating that I'd literally recommend thisThis is teen targeted fiction published by Bloomsbury Children's Books, but the premise is so completely fascinating that I'd literally recommend this book to the 12 to 102 crowd with no reservations. It's the year 2140 and the fountain of youth has come to the world by way of Longevity, a drug that literally lets people live forever. But it's caused a problem--if everyone lives forever, the planet is going to fill up--FAST. The solution is to ban anyone on Longevity from having children, and banning all other medications so that folks NOT on Longevity die fairly quickly. Of course, rules get broken and illegal children get born--they are the Surpluses. They are cruelly rounded up and, if "trainable", put into institutions to learn service trades in order to atone for their existence. The others are destroyed. Society has become static--no new people means no new ideas. There is not youthful enthusiasm--Surpluses are taught to be fearful automatons. But of course there is a rebel faction trying to rescue the children and keep the "old ways" of freedom and variety alive. This book is extremely well thought out, and I found it equally terrifying and fascinating. The issues brought up in this book haunt me still--this would make an AMAZING book club selection because you just HAVE to talk about it--the issues are too big and too exciting/chilling to keep to yourself.
Laura is in the sandwich generation--she's got two kids at home, a thriving nursing career, a loving husband, and a very difficult motherJackie says:
Laura is in the sandwich generation--she's got two kids at home, a thriving nursing career, a loving husband, and a very difficult mother who shut down years ago when Laura's father died. When her mother has a massive stroke, Laura breaks her mother's long held demand for privacy by beginning to read to her the letters her father wrote to her mother years ago, describing their perfect love. Or at least that was always the story. As the letters unfold, a different tale of her parents lives and relationship emerges, and Laura finds she has more in common with her mother than she ever dreamed....more
This is a book about a writer's critique group made up of all levels of literati-- historians, popular fiction writers, biographers, poetsJackie says:
This is a book about a writer's critique group made up of all levels of literati-- historians, popular fiction writers, biographers, poets, all at various levels in their careers. It's a bit of a literary soap opera with former and current relationships among the members, secrets kept and ideas stolen. There are 7 characters, all well represented, and the story moves along at a brisk pace. I found it thoroughly entertaining....more
This book is FANTASTIC, a smart and heady thrill ride full of engrossing action. Nick Quinn's wife has been murdered, and he's been accuseJackie says:
This book is FANTASTIC, a smart and heady thrill ride full of engrossing action. Nick Quinn's wife has been murdered, and he's been accused of the crime. A mysterious stranger gives him an odd talisman that allows him to move back in time one hour at a time, which he does to try to save his wife. But each change has a consequence, and soon it's more than his wife's life and his own freedom at stake. Fans of The Time Travelers Wife, Memento or The Butterfly Effect will gravitate to this book, as should all thriller fans....more
"A wonderful debut novel that is surprising in all the right ways. It's a love story, a celebration of the natural world, environmental sCathy L says:
"A wonderful debut novel that is surprising in all the right ways. It's a love story, a celebration of the natural world, environmental statement, and a story of lifelong friendships. Though Barbara Kingsolver comes immediately to mind when looking for a comparison for Joyce Hinnefeld, I found that her voice was unique, and if you'll pardon the metaphor, as clear and bright as morning birdsong in early spring."...more
This book couldn't be more current. The premise: Jesus comes back, this time running for the presidency of the United States. There is very little relThis book couldn't be more current. The premise: Jesus comes back, this time running for the presidency of the United States. There is very little religion in this book, surprisingly--he's running on a platform of kindness, understanding, optimism and fairness (how outstandingly refreshing after every evening's political news these days). There is a lot of what the book calls "reverent irreverence", definitely some laugh out loud moments and some hilarious camouflage for real life characters (one of my favorites--Shawn "not so" Mannily). The ending is predictable, yet leaves the feeling of hope and possibility of change behind.