Zoe Walker, like many of us, has a boring, routine commute. She takes the same route every day, chooses the same seat and feels secure in doing so. OnZoe Walker, like many of us, has a boring, routine commute. She takes the same route every day, chooses the same seat and feels secure in doing so. One day while waiting on the train for a delay to be cleared she notices a weird advertisement in the paper she is reading with her picture accompanying the ad. The ad directs readers to a site called FindtheOne.com, but Zoe can’t get into the website. Her family eventually convinces her that the picture isn’t really of her but she cannot let it go so she looks at older papers, finding other women’s faces and eventually stumbles upon one woman who had been in the news as having had her keys stolen. She contacts the police and the officer, Kelly Swift, who is dealing with the theft. Soon it is discovered yet another woman in the ads had been murdered . Kelly Swift, as with all fictional police officers, has had past issues within the police department but she gains a place on the murder team. The story works best in its exploration of the lack of privacy. We are constantly being viewed through public cameras and our images can be pulled from Facebook or other social media accounts. It is creepy to think about the fact that someone could be watching without our ever knowing through these platforms. Zoe was also believable as someone who should legitimately be fearful and it is easy to see how she might begin to suspect her boss or her daughter’s new boyfriend. I did feel that the story dragged a bit in the middle, I would have preferred the focus to remain on Zoe but I also understood why the author did what she did. It just slowed the story a bit for me .I wish there had been more characterization overall. Another area that I found annoying at times was Kelly’s constant focus on her sister’s rape and using it to excuse some of her poor decisions. I do get tired of the flawed detective trope. On the other hand the author made a very strong valid point that it is up to the victim as to how they want to proceed, whether they want to prosecute or to leave that event in the past. I also did not buy into the mastermind’s reasons for setting up the website and including Zoe Walker as one of the victims. So overall, an okay read for me. I am curious enough to pick up the author’s first though since it has received such strong reviews. ...more
At the start of The Dry Aaron Falk returns to his home town to attend the funeral of his childhood friend Luke. Luke and his family had been found shoAt the start of The Dry Aaron Falk returns to his home town to attend the funeral of his childhood friend Luke. Luke and his family had been found shot to death and the locals assume that it was murder suicide as Luke’s farm along with everyone else’s had been suffering due to a severe drought. Luke’s parents ask Falk to investigate. Falk is reluctant to do so but the local lawman Greg Raco, also has suspicions and Falk agrees to take a quick look. Falk is a police investigator specializing in financial crime so he begins to look into Luke’s financial affairs. Falk faces considerable hostility from the locals. Falk and his father had been driven out of Kiewarra twenty years ago when Aaron had been suspected of the murder of a classmate, Ellie. Luke had alibied Falk but the townspeople never truly believed either of the boys. As the story follows the current investigation, we also have flashbacks of what occurred all those years ago. I have gotten to the point where, if a book has a lot of hype, that I gird my metaphorical lions and prepare myself for disappointment. I was quite thrilled to find that this was not the case with this story. I enjoyed the atmosphere that Ms. Harper conveyed. I could almost feel the dry searing heat seeping through the pages as well as feel the desperation of a dying town, and while I felt I was in that small town I also felt that the story itself was pretty universal. The people and the mood could have been in any dying small town. The townspeople who are quick to judge and the hostility they express could also have been in any small town so in that sense the story was easy to relate to. I like the relationship between Raco and Falk as well and while I suspect we might see Falk in further books I’ll miss the easy comraderie between the two. Finally, for fear of spoilers I cannot really go into there is one thing the author did that did not follow the story arc I am most accustomed to with this type of plot. I can say though that if one is paying attention to the story it is fairly clear who done it. Overall a very enjoyable read. Recommended. ...more
I listened to the Glass Sword on CD and the narration by Amanda Nolan was suburb. For the most part, middle novels tend to be not as exciting. They act I listened to the Glass Sword on CD and the narration by Amanda Nolan was suburb. For the most part, middle novels tend to be not as exciting. They act as a bridge and sometimes suffer as a result. I'm happy to say this wasn't the case with Glass Sword. I enjoyed it even more than Red Queen. There was so much action at times that I did not want to stop the car and go into work. I also liked the fact that Mare changed in this book as did Kilorn. I know many readers were not pleased at the way she changed but I felt the changes were appropriate to her circumstances. It will be interesting to see how the story develops in the next book.
Grace is housed in an insane asylum not because she is mad but because she is pregnant with her father's child. While life is not ideal she vows neverGrace is housed in an insane asylum not because she is mad but because she is pregnant with her father's child. While life is not ideal she vows never to leave and return to her hellish family life. Through a series of events Grace eventually meets Dr. Thornhollow who recognizes her intelligence and who spirits her out of the asylum to assist him in catching murderers. In order to do so though she must pretend to still be insane. Thornhollow and Grace make their home in a new asylum and there Grace flourishes gaining new friends while using her wits to track down what appears to be a serial killer. Ultimately Grace must face both her own streak of darkness as well as her past. I had started this book shortly before our Christmas break and initially I wasn't that enthused with it having just finished Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly which also had an insane asylum component. I then left the book at work and to be quite frank forgot about it. I ran across it again in February and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it once I got into the book. I enjoyed the relationships between grace and her friends at the asylum, got a kick out of Dr. Thornhollow CSI and appreciated the fact that Ms. McGinnis did not shy from some of the darker issues of incest and cruelty. This book is most definitely for everyone as it does deal with issues of incest and murder nor is there any love interest to speak of though there was some indictors that Grace had admirers in both Dr Thornhollow and a young policeman. I would dearly like to read another story with Grace and Dr Thornhollow. ...more
I really enjoyed Mr Swanson's earlier book The kind Worth Killing. I wasn't quite as enthused with this book I think perhaps because I never felt thatI really enjoyed Mr Swanson's earlier book The kind Worth Killing. I wasn't quite as enthused with this book I think perhaps because I never felt that Kate our protagonist was as scarred as we were told. She seemed to cope pretty well moving to Boston even though we are told that she has anxiety issues due to a traumatic event earlier in her life. I guess I just needed more personality for her on the page. I do have to say though there is one section of the novel later on that was truly creepy Overall an enjoyable read but not as entertaining for me as The Kind worth killing was...more
The widow is a psychological thriller told from different viewpoints. Two year old Bella has been kidnapped from her garden. Did Glen Taylor, our primThe widow is a psychological thriller told from different viewpoints. Two year old Bella has been kidnapped from her garden. Did Glen Taylor, our primary suspect take her? We slowly learn the truth as we listen to the widow, Jean Taylor, the reporter, Kate and the police detective, Bob Sykes. Through flash backs we learn about Jean and her life with Glen as well as the investigation as it unfolds over a period of years. It is difficult to say much about the book without giving much away but we begin to wonder did Jean’s husband really take Bella or did the police botch the investigation by concentrating on him? Did Jean know anything? Was she involved somehow? If she did know, why did she stay with him? We are confronted by two unreliable narrators and they tell only their side of the events and it makes for gripping reading. For once I felt the book did live up to its initial hype. Be warned though if child abduction and pedophilia are a trigger for you then this is definitely not the book for you....more
One of my favorite library patrons encouraged me to read this one. I did not enjoy this one as much as the earlier title of hers I read. In this instaOne of my favorite library patrons encouraged me to read this one. I did not enjoy this one as much as the earlier title of hers I read. In this instance I didn't feel any chemistry between our two leads and never understood why Autumn felt relaxed around Dax. Overall a lukewarm read for me. However other readers have loved this title and you might as well....more
I was excited to read this book, the thought of a more human, fragile Queen Elizabeth sounded intriguing and when the novel concentrates on the queenI was excited to read this book, the thought of a more human, fragile Queen Elizabeth sounded intriguing and when the novel concentrates on the queen I very much enjoyed it. I enjoyed reading about her encounters with the "common" folk on the train and it tickled me to think of her practicing yoga. I was not as enthused with the book when the focus was on other characters for two reasons - one it interrupted the flow of Elizabeth's story to introduce small snippets of these six supporting characters repeatedly and two I didn't feel that some of the characters were necessary. I would probably have liked the characters better as well if we weren't introduced to them in such a scattershot way. A bit of a disappointment for me in the end....more
What happens when a girl who believes in science and facts meets a boy who believe in love?
We find out through multiple narrative voices and the resulWhat happens when a girl who believes in science and facts meets a boy who believe in love?
We find out through multiple narrative voices and the result is absolutely magical, lyrical and bittersweet. It didn’t hurt that this book sang to that innermost romantic part of me. Ms. Yoon's writing is absolutely lovely and her characters are so vivid I felt like I had met them on the street. Don’t think that this is just a book about teen romance though. Her story also speaks to what its like to not quite belong in one world or the other, what a parents expectations are for their children and what role fate plays in life. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Give it a try even if YA isn’t your usual balliwick.