Thank you to Netgalley and Galley/Scout Press for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
First of all, I love the cover of thThank you to Netgalley and Galley/Scout Press for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
First of all, I love the cover of this book! It's simple, but it manages to convey a sense of claustrophobia in the midst of a vast ocean, which is the feeling I had throughout this story. I thought Ware's first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood was pretty good, and this one was even better!
Travel journalist, Lo Blacklock, has landed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write about her experience on the luxury cruise liner, Aurora, as it embarks upon its maiden voyage in the North Sea. The trip starts out smoothly enough, but quickly takes a turn for the worse when Lo is witness to a terrible crime - she believes she has seen a woman thrown overboard. The problem: everyone on board is accounted for, and there is no evidence to corroborate Lo's story. Is she going crazy? Is someone hiding a horrible secret? Is she in danger with no chance of escape?
If you like stories with unreliable narrators, like The Girl on the Train, then this book is right up your alley. Lo Blacklock is not a particularly likable character, and because of that, it keeps you wondering the whole time if she actually saw what she saw or if she has completely lost it. The suspense ratchets up as the story progresses until the claustrophobia of the small cruise ship in a vast, unforgiving ocean becomes almost overwhelming. All of these elements come together to create an eerie and twisted murder mystery that you won't be able to put down!
After reading the first book in the Amos Decker series - Memory Man - for book club, I just had to read the next book in this series! I'm new to the BAfter reading the first book in the Amos Decker series - Memory Man - for book club, I just had to read the next book in this series! I'm new to the Baldacci bandwagon, but I can see why people enjoy his books so much. The characters - particularly the main character, Amos Decker - are down-to-earth and realistically flawed, which I appreciate as a reader. I don't quite know why, but Amos Decker reminds me of Cormoran Strike from Robert Galbraith's (aka JK Rowling's) best-selling mystery series.
To give you a brief run-down of the story, it's about a man (Melvin Mars) on death row who is saved from lethal injection at the last minute when a man he's never even heard of confesses to the crime for which Melvin was convicted - murdering his parents 20 years prior. Amos Decker, who has recently joined a special FBI task force, hears of the case and convinces his team to investigate. What follows is a twisty tale of racism, deceit, betrayal, and explosive secrets.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and once again, I was not able to predict the outcome no matter how I tried to wrap my brain around it. I'm hoping Baldacci is planning to continue this series and I hope that he brings Melvin into subsequent storylines because I think the two of them would make a great team. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced and perplexing mystery!...more
Ahhh-mazing! This series just keeps getting better, and I am NEVER able to figure out who the murderer is! If you haven't read this series yet, what aAhhh-mazing! This series just keeps getting better, and I am NEVER able to figure out who the murderer is! If you haven't read this series yet, what are you waiting for?!?...more
Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
This was my first Lisa Unger book and itThank you to Net Galley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
This was my first Lisa Unger book and it won't be my last! Finley, the main character, has psychic abilities, whether she likes it or not. As a result, she moves back to The Hollows to live with her grandmother, Eloise, who has similar abilities. Despite her best efforts to resist the sounds and visions that crowd into her head, Finley becomes inextricably involved in a local abduction mystery involving a missing girl.
This was a quick and enjoyable read for me. I liked the characters and I was on the edge of my seat, anxious to see if Finley would be able to sort the images in her head in time to save the girl from her sinister fate. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced mystery with aspects of the supernatural!...more
I don't read a lot of mysteries, and this was my first time reading anything by Baldacci, so I didn't have very high expectations for Memory Man. I waI don't read a lot of mysteries, and this was my first time reading anything by Baldacci, so I didn't have very high expectations for Memory Man. I was more than pleasantly surprised by the fast pace and suspense of this story, and I spent way more time reading/listening to it than I should have, considering my stack of ungraded papers and unwritten lesson plans that have been patiently awaiting me all weekend! I just had to know where the next clues would lead and who could have perpetrated these meticulously planned and executed crimes. I know Baldacci has a huge fan base, so I'm sure his fans already know and love his writing style, but I think Baldacci "newbies," like myself, will thoroughly enjoy the quickly unfolding mystery and the character of Amos Decker - a man seeking justice for his family and for other innocent victims of violent crime. ...more
It all started when Nora got the email, inviting her to a "hen" party for her former best friend Claire, whom she hasn't spoken to in 10 years. ReluctIt all started when Nora got the email, inviting her to a "hen" party for her former best friend Claire, whom she hasn't spoken to in 10 years. Reluctantly she accepts the invite, setting off a chain of events that she will struggle to recall when she wakes up in the hospital days later.
In a Dark, Dark Wood is most notable for its creepy and unsettling atmosphere. Set in glass house out in the middle of the woods, the reader immediately gets the feeling of being exposed and watched by malicious, unseen forces. The few guests that show up for the party form an unlikely group, making for many awkward and uncomfortable moments in what should have been a fun and relaxing weekend, celebrating Claire's last days as a single woman.
Throughout the narrative, Nora alludes to a deep, dark secret that she has closely guarded for the last 10 years. Without giving anything away, the secret itself was not as explosive as I'd expected, based on the build-up throughout the story. The characters also were not very well-developed, and I didn't feel much in the way of empathy for Nora or any of the others. The driving force in this story was the elusive mystery that slowly unfolds as Nora gradually remembers the events of the weekend leading up to the tragic accident. On the whole, I enjoyed the fast pace and the anticipation of discovering the mystery, despite the lackluster ending. It had a lot of potential, but the lack of character-development and originality made this book less outstanding than I had hoped.
I typically try to stay from retellings of classic stories, but I was so drawn in by the dark description of Alice that I just had to check it out. ItI typically try to stay from retellings of classic stories, but I was so drawn in by the dark description of Alice that I just had to check it out. It was a quick and compelling read for me. I liked how Alice developed from a meek, scared little girl to a strong and confident woman. Hatcher was the perfect counterpart to her character since both have endured the unthinkable and have determined never to be victimized again. The villains in this story were disgusting, but eerily familiar as there are people who walk among us every day who have the same sick desires and actions. All you need to do is turn on the news or watch an episode of Dateline to see that this is true. What made this less than stellar for me was the abruptness of the ending. (view spoiler)[The whole book is leading up to Alice's reunion with The Rabbit and their eventual battle with the Jabberwocky. When the author finally delivers us to The Rabbit's doorstep, he is just a mere shadow of the villain he once was. I guess there is some poetic justice in that. Then, after Alice's old "friend" quietly kills The Rabbit, Alice then comes face-to-face with the ultimate of all evil monsters and he is no more than a man in a suit who is so gullible that all Alice has to do is take his hand and turn him into a butterfly in a jar. What the what??? Then Alice and Hatcher go skipping happily ever after into the field of flowers to follow the white rabbit and begin their next adventure??? I was just really disappointed in the anticlimactic ending. (hide spoiler)] Overall, it was an "interesting" read (in the words of Cheshire), but I don't think I'll be continuing on with the series. ...more
Based on the real-life murder of Canadians Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery in the 1840's, Alias Grace is the story of convicted murderess Grace MaBased on the real-life murder of Canadians Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery in the 1840's, Alias Grace is the story of convicted murderess Grace Marks. Grace, along with alleged accomplice James McDermott, were tried and convicted for the murders, for which McDermott was later hanged. Grace on the other hand was moved to an asylum due to her erratic and unusual behavior, but later returned to the penitentiary to serve her sentence. Due to her youth and beauty, many people felt she had wrongly been convicted and lobbied for her release.
Alias Grace tells the tale of a young doctor, Simon Jordan, who seeks to establish his own asylum and reputation by interviewing Grace Marks to see if he can uncover what really happened the night of the murders. However, as more of Grace's story is brought into the light, Jordan's own personal demons and vices take a turn toward the dark side.
Prior to reading this book, I had only read two other books of Atwood's - The Handmaid's Tale & Oryx and Crake. Alias Grace is very different from those two books, and I found that I preferred Atwood's historical fiction more than her dystopian novels. While I wouldn't characterize this book as a fast-paced read, it did capture my attention and kept me engaged throughout. There is something fascinating about unreliable characters...Are they good or bad? Can we trust what they say, or are they being deceptive? What is their true motivation?...I like flawed characters because nothing in this world is truly black or white, and the characters in this story did not disappoint. Even after the last page, the reader is left to wonder what really happened. Once again, Atwood has proved why she is one of the most well-known and celebrated authors of our time!...more
Littlefield has written an exquisitely touching story about one girl's experience in a Japanese internment camp after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, andLittlefield has written an exquisitely touching story about one girl's experience in a Japanese internment camp after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, and the lengths that her mother was willing to go to in order to protect her daughter. Lucy Takedo is a 14 year-old Japanese-American girl who led a privileged life, until the tragedy of Pearl Harbor. In the aftermath she and her mother are forced to relocate to a Japanese internment camp where they have to endure harsh, unlivable conditions. Lucy's mother, Mikayo, will do anything to protect her daughter, even if it means putting herself in peril. Lucy's narrative is interwoven with her daughter, Patty's, who is learning 30 years later what her mother and grandmother endured in the camps, as she tries to uncover the truth about whether her mother could have murdered a former camp guard. I devoured this book in just two days - I had to know what happened next! This book was the perfect blend of history, suspense, and mystery. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Littlefield would reveal another twist and turn. A must-read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, mysteries, and stories of strong family ties and deeply-buried secrets!...more
I was hooked from the first line: "There are gods in Alabama: Jack Daniels, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus."
The main charaI was hooked from the first line: "There are gods in Alabama: Jack Daniels, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus."
The main character, Arlene Fleet, left Alabama - and her dirty little secrets - behind ten years ago, and has no plans to go back until her serious boyfriend, Burr, gives her an ultimatum: take me to meet your family or we're done. Not wanting to lose Burr, but too terrified to go back and face the fact that she killed the high school quarterback and his body has yet to be found, Arlene struggles with her decision. That is until Fate steps in and makes up her mind for her in the form of Rose Mae Lolley, the former girlfriend of the slain boy, who shows up on her doorstep.
This book was the perfect blend of humor, wit, and mystery, with a huge helping of Southern "charm." Arlene's wacky cast of family members lends a lighthearted twist to an otherwise gritty story of abuse, rape, mental illness, loss, and despair. I enjoyed Jackson's unique brand of storytelling, and look forward to reading more of her books. ...more