For me, this book is really a 3.5 star read and, in some ways, it came close to Stephen King in suspense and creepiness....and I do mean creepiness inFor me, this book is really a 3.5 star read and, in some ways, it came close to Stephen King in suspense and creepiness....and I do mean creepiness in a good way....although I can no longer read Stephen King books because of their creepiness creeps me out but I w-i-l-l continue to read and enjoy books from Chris Bohjalian....because his brand of eerie suits me well!
The mix: A former regional airline pilot who was one of 9 survivors of a plane crash where 39 perished. His wife and two twin daughters Their escape from publicity to a northern New Hampshire town and a Victorian house that needs some...erhhh...remodeling. A door in the base,net of said house that, coincidentally (?) that sports 39 sturdy bolts. A plethora of greenhouses in the town and women who are all named for plants and are, seemingly, a community of herbalists. A long standing mystery that the town shrouds in rumor and misinformation.
The result: A page turning novel that holds your interest from beginning to the end.
I found this book to be slower paced than some of the author's other books and it did take awhile to set the scene...but it did not stop my reading late into the night! As a former small fry pilot, I thoroughly enjoyed the prologue. The end was unexpected and, in a way, perhaps a bit "meh", but that might have been just be use I had built up a reading momentum and wasn't quite ready for the book to end. It was a good twist.
This wasn't my favorite Bohjalian book, but, yes, I will be reading more books from this talented writer!...more
This book is very close to 5 stars for me. I chose it by chance at the library and what an zcellent choice it was!
Mix ingredients together: 2 AlgerianThis book is very close to 5 stars for me. I chose it by chance at the library and what an zcellent choice it was!
Mix ingredients together: 2 Algerian 'courtesan' escapees+ 2 dead Russian thugs+ 1 older 'good' brother who throws an 'at home' bachelor party for his... 1 younger, immature, bachelor brother+ 1 wife, Kristin + 1 nine year old daughter, Melissa + 1 blackmailing friend of younger brother Gently blend in: sex slavery+gossip, innuendo, judgement, shame, rumor = One excing thriller!
Chris Bohjalian's manages to tackle the dark subject of sex slavery with insight and compassion. The book weaves the stories of Richard, an older brother who throws his younger brother, Philip, a bachelors party at his toney Westcheater home while his wife and daughter are visiting her mother in nearby Manhattan. The plan included a stripper, arranged for by a slimey friend of the groom. The night of revelry turns into mayhem. The strippers offered a bit more than taking off their clothes and their lent up fears are released in an unexpected way throwing all of the books characters into life changing situations that just keep coming as you turn the pages. Even the end of the book is unexpected.
"The Guest Room" is a social commentary that challenges the reader's feelings about blame, shame and attitudes toward sex slavery and it brings into questions how rumors and innuendo can be equally devastating. This is a read that grips your attention and will have you up late at night to keep reading.
I almost left it behind at the library..the cover didn't grab me, but the inside cover features an old movie still of Clark Gable and Loretta Young. TI almost left it behind at the library..the cover didn't grab me, but the inside cover features an old movie still of Clark Gable and Loretta Young. The books description sounded interesting and so it came home with me....and I am glad that it did. I have not read this author before and am still a bit puzzled by some of the 3 star ratings whose readers said that it was not up to par with Ms. Tri's aria other books. You can bet I will have a read.
This book is about Loretta Young. It features the alleged romance between Loretta and Clark Gable (began during the filming of "Call of the Wild") and the child that was, as rumors go, born of that romance. The book is about Loretta's attempts to keep the birth secret.
Life in Hollywood during the "Golden Years" was much different than it is today. Actors were not as well paid then, fans were not as rabid, paparazzi were yet to become such a burden to a stars privacy, movies were in black and white and cost 25 cents. There was a morals standard in place at the time and having an out of wedlock baby would potentially have cost them both their livelihoods.
The book also features the story of the friendship between Loretta and her secretary, Alda. Alda, a recent Italian immigrant, had been a novitiate in a San Francisco convent where she worked with unwed mothers, but she was released from the convent by her Mother Superior before she took final vows because she was thought to be too soft hearted and she might not be able to follow instructions to the letter. However, Mother Superior and a Los Angeles priest have arranged for Alda to get a position in the Young household. Loretta was a devout Catholic. This unlikely pairing results in a staunch friendship that lasts for the rest of Loretta's life.
I could go on but if this peaks your interest even a bit then you should read the book yourself! I found the characters to be well developed, the plot very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in the world of old Hollywood. Now to find another book from this author........more
Another wonderful, true-to-life feel, book from Bernard Cornwell....set in 877 AD this is the story of Uthred, the Saxon warrior and his defense of thAnother wonderful, true-to-life feel, book from Bernard Cornwell....set in 877 AD this is the story of Uthred, the Saxon warrior and his defense of the Christian King Alfred. Action, adventure, Danes and Saxon...an excellent read....now I am off to read the rest of the series......more
I am a fan of Jon Krakauer's work. This book was a slower read for me than usual. Generally, I read Krakauer's books rabidly and then have to wait impI am a fan of Jon Krakauer's work. This book was a slower read for me than usual. Generally, I read Krakauer's books rabidly and then have to wait impatiently for the next book to be published!
Then again, perhaps the subject matter deserves to be read more slowly, thought about more deeply and considered for longer. I worked in the court system for many years and so I related to the tedium of court room ritual and the way many attorneys are more actor than 'counselor'. As always Krakauer's attention to detail is superlative and his way with words does not falter despite the weighty topic. This book is about far more than just the allegations of conduct that appeared to some to be rampant in the Griz football ethos of UM.
The book looks at sports culture and "non-stranger" rape. Was there a connection in Missoula? Krakauer's provides the framework, the facts, the legalities and a fair look at the high emotional cost from both sides. Drawing heavily on interviews and transcripts the book recounts two of the most famous (or perhaps infamous) trials that surrounded allegations of "non-stranger" rape to have been investigated in Missoula.....along with details about other a,l ge incidents were either un or under reported or did not get to trial. One of the two featured trials produced a guilty verdict and one a not guilty acquittal. Why did the Department of Justice investigate the Missolua Prosector's office? Was the attitude of their office culpable or complicit in any way ?
This book is an education for the reader. It highlights the judicial system of course, but it also tells the stories of young men and women whose lives were indelibly affected by crime. It's a pithy book, an admirable read and one I am glad that I took the time read and ponder about. Another elucidating read from one of my favorite authors.
I rated this book at 5 stars because it moved me, it taught me and it made me think. Christine Granville was a woman far ahead of her time. She was obsI rated this book at 5 stars because it moved me, it taught me and it made me think. Christine Granville was a woman far ahead of her time. She was obstinate, dedicated, independent, brilliant, cool, embroiled and just plain amazing. She died far too young at the hand of an obsessed admirer. Christine was born to Polish landed gentry parents, but her mother, whose banking fortune had bailed the Skarbek family out of debt, was Jewish. Christine dealt with being an outcast for being partially Jewish before the war. She became a spy for Britain during WWII when her own country questioned her loyalties. Cool under pressure, blessed with physical endurance and exotic good looks, Christine was a spy's spy. No one, it seems, did it better. After the war, however, Christine found civilian life dull and boring, but she was trying to find her way.
I learned so much from this book! I had no concept of how poorly Poland had been treated before, during and after the war. The Poles were proud, admirable fighters. I learned about spycraft and how it was carried out during the war. I learned about brave, honorable men and women who risked their lives for what the believed in.
I have to wonder what amazing things Christine Granville would have achieved had she survived the attack that took her life. Fascinating, riveting, instructive...this book has it all...a worthy read....more