**spoiler alert** This book is so heart wrenching - raising more questions that it answers.
Julia, a married American journalist lives in Paris with he**spoiler alert** This book is so heart wrenching - raising more questions that it answers.
Julia, a married American journalist lives in Paris with her French husband Bertrand and their pre-teen daughter Zoe. She is assigned to research the Vel d'Hiver in anticipation of the 60 year anniversary.
She soon finds out how dark WW2 was for France and how little reviewed or acknowledged the Vichy period is by the French population.
July 16, 1942, thousands of Jewish families were rounded up by the French police and delivered to the Velodrome (an indoor bicycling arena). From there parents were delivered to trains enroute to camps in France. The children for the most part were delivered directly to Auschwitz for gassing.
Julia finds the story is very close to her own family during the investigation. The apt vacated by her grandmother in law (Mame) was found and available to her parents (moving up from their very crapped apt) as a result of the Vel d'Hiver. In it, the son of the former Jewish occupants was found dead in the cupboard. His sister, Sarah, had thought they would be able to return and release him. The father of the family in occupation helped her through anonymous (to her) donations to the farm family that took her in after she and another girl escaped their French camp.
During her research into the Vel d'Hiver and Sarah, Julia finds herself in a quandary over her own life as she discovers she is pregnant. Her husband, Bertrand, finds himself unwilling to be a father at 50 and issues her an ultimatum - the baby or him. She chooses the baby and finds that her marriage had become comfortable and she had not paid attention to Bertrand as she had previously.
Her search embroils her father in law, Edouard, and she manages to give him peace over the discovery of the boy in the cupboard and his father's support of Sarah in the years after. Julia becomes obsessed with Sarah and manages to track her down in the US only to find she had died more than 30 years ago in a car accident. Married, there had been once child - a son, William, now living as a food critic in Italy.
Julia continues her odyssey, along with her daughter Zoe, from New York to Italy to locate William and share Sarah's story. They find that she had committed suicide as she was never able to handle the death of her brother. ...more
A very popular local football (US - soccer) player is admitted to the hospiLove Val McDermid and the Tony & Carol series.
Poisonings and bombings.
A very popular local football (US - soccer) player is admitted to the hospital for respiratory illness. Final diagnosis - ricin poisoning.
Meanwhile, Tony Hill is in the hospital recuperating from having a hospital inmate take an ax to his knee. He reasons that the poisoning is not isolated and has been effected before - execution too neat.
The first poison victim was a lottery winner. The next victim is a former cop. They are all tied to the local high school and are targets due to their lifestyle (envy).
In the midst of investigating the poisonings, Carol Jordan becomes involved in a bombing at the local stadium. Their investigation is sidelined by the Counter Terrorism department and Carol is not happy.
Turns out the bombing was not Islamic fundamentalist/extremist action. The bomber did the deed (and died) b/c he listened to the woman he had fallen in love with. She wanted her husband dead (and lover) and wanted it hidden deep within the idea of a terrorist act. Carol and her team get the last laugh. ...more
great to read this book a second time. Adelia is a great character as is 12th century England. Only thing missing is some background and/or explanatiogreat to read this book a second time. Adelia is a great character as is 12th century England. Only thing missing is some background and/or explanation of the killers' motivation or psyche.
appreciated the death of the main killer at the hands or rather teeth of the dogs....more
A vampire book that delivers characters and a premise like no other. Mira, is a very special species of vampire - one that control fire. SHe is calledA vampire book that delivers characters and a premise like no other. Mira, is a very special species of vampire - one that control fire. SHe is called in along with Danaus, a hunter and member of the Thetis group, to repel the Naturi. The Naturi are fairies who see themselves as earth's guardians and to fulfill their duties see the annihilation of human- and vampire-kind as the only answer.
Mira and Danaus temporarily set aside their own reckoning as vampire and vampire hunter-killer until the Naturi are prevented from opening a portal permitting their queen to enter this universe....more
A novella in length, it certainly packs a punch. As difficult as it is to write, I believe it's even more so to be able to present a full story well iA novella in length, it certainly packs a punch. As difficult as it is to write, I believe it's even more so to be able to present a full story well in such a condensed read.
Kudos to Jim Butcher for finally writing about Thomas Raith. I hope he continues to do more on him.
An interesting find at the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Regional branch.
The book is written by a woman that was compared to Zelda FitzgeAn interesting find at the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Regional branch.
The book is written by a woman that was compared to Zelda Fitzgerald. Intelligent and yet unstable.
Victorine reads at equal parts like a girl's diary, very self-aware and full of itself. And yet the substance shows it is so much more. The book really speaks and delves into the disaster that is the life of a girl realizing her sexuality and sensuality (outside of her body).