Once the author introduced the ghost of Patsy Cline and a demonic influencer (whose name I have already forgotten), I had to bail, a little more thanOnce the author introduced the ghost of Patsy Cline and a demonic influencer (whose name I have already forgotten), I had to bail, a little more than halfway in. I was struggling with it anyway, as the characters were rather flat and the tale a little too illogical, but swerving into the supernatural was the telling blow. The title still makes me giggle, but the story, not so much....more
A taut thriller and a psychological cat and mouse game that proved less than satisfying. I did not realize when I picked it up that it is the first o A taut thriller and a psychological cat and mouse game that proved less than satisfying. I did not realize when I picked it up that it is the first of a trilogy, or that it is the twelfth book in a multi-volume series about the main character. I may not have chosen this if I had known. The characters were well-drawn and enough of the backstory was revealed that I was not completely lost, but the unresolved mess at the end dictates that one must read the rest of the trilogy to find out what happens. I am just not sure that I care enough to make that commitment, especially since the second book is only available from our library as a downloadable e-book.
Niggling little details bothered me as well. The climatic scenes involved a high-tech instrument that can track a cell phone by its signal. The CIA agent wielding it could not get a fix on her quarry due to the lack of cell towers, yet she was able to communicate via text with others of her party? Details, details. But isn't that where the devil resides? I will have to think long and hard whether I want to invest any more time with this story. Right now, that is not engendering much enthusiasm....more
A self-deprecating look at what brought Anna Kendrick to this point in her life, from a Tony-nominated child actor to a member of two big movie franchA self-deprecating look at what brought Anna Kendrick to this point in her life, from a Tony-nominated child actor to a member of two big movie franchises and an Oscar nomination, to boot. I enjoyed her quirky brand of humor and her irreverent style as she explained the source of her neuroses. Born in Maine, she and her dad moved to New York City when she was twelve when she landed a part in High Society, in order for her to pursue her dreams. She relates her experiences with honesty and a good deal of humor and kept this reader interested in her story. If you think being an actor in Hollywood is all glitz and glamour, let Anna disabuse you of that notion. Sometimes it means a twelve-hour shoot, acting (and dressed) like it is spring, when the thermometer reads below freezing. Sometimes it means not being able to sit down between takes in order to keep your wardrobe from wrinkling. And sometimes it can all come together and be downright fun....more
Oh. My. God! Mind: blown. Science fiction has always been a vehicle for exploring what-if scenarios philosophically. This one explores the question, wOh. My. God! Mind: blown. Science fiction has always been a vehicle for exploring what-if scenarios philosophically. This one explores the question, what if every choice you made your entire life, resulted in an alternate reality and what if someone devised a way you could explore the multi-verse that would result? What if you were displaced from your reality and given the keys to the vehicle that made travel through those realities possible without any idea how to steer that vehicle. Could you find your way back? Would things be as they were, and how would you know whether this was *your* reality? What would you be willing to do to get back? How many different versions of yourself would exist and how different would their lives be from your own? This book explored all of that and so much more. I was only able to put the book down in order to sleep, and only one time, once I got into the story, about 10 pages in. This is a page-turner extraordinaire. A thriller, wrapped up in a mystery, inside a hard science fiction story based on quantum physics. One does not have to understand the science to enjoy the story. I am still reeling from the implications. The best book I have read this year, by far. Five stars is not enough....more
This was literally a book I could not put down. It took less that a day! This is a small, but chillingly powerful story of a young girl taken from anThis was literally a book I could not put down. It took less that a day! This is a small, but chillingly powerful story of a young girl taken from an orphanage and forced to live as a slave to an immigrant African family in an unnamed English city. This story borders on horror, when the victim turns the tables and becomes the tormentor. Once again, Ms Walters has produced a tale unlike any other she has previously written. Most successful mystery authors write stories that follow a certain pattern, or revisit the same police detectives. Not so with Ms Walters. Each tale is set completely free of reference to any other of her works. Each set of characters stands alone. Each intricate plot is unique. Her imagination is breathtakingly fertile! Once again, I am reminded of why I never tire of reading Minette Walters. This was scary good....more