Do you ever feel like a book comes into your life at a time when you really need it? It's like some force in the world told me that I needed to read ADo you ever feel like a book comes into your life at a time when you really need it? It's like some force in the world told me that I needed to read Aidan Donnelley Rowley's book, Life After Yes, at this point in my life. The main character, Prudence (aka Quinn) recently lost her father in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has now found herself newly engaged to her man, Sage (interesting name, btw!). I felt so deeply connected to Quinn's story; I could feel her ups and downs as she tries to figure out who she is in her life and if her life is going where she wants it to. I related so intensely to this book and to Quinn's character - her confusion, her insecurity, her relationships with her friends and family.
The Setting: The book takes place in the year follow the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was incredibly moving to read a fictional story about this time and about a character who lost her father in the attacks. It added an additional element to the story that really struck me.
The Characters: I loved Quinn. She's unsure, insecure, and unhappy in her life. Her journey is one of hope and one that I connected to. I felt like Quinn was a friend and that she was sitting right next to me telling me the story. She is full of flaws, but that is what makes her so interesting. Her fiancee, Sage, is the stereotypical great guy who I found myself rooting for through the book. You can tell that he really loves Quinn, flaws and all, and their love story felt very true and real. There are also other characters who show up in the story: Quinn's friends Kayla and Avery, her brother, Michael, her mother, Sage's mother, Quinn's personal trainer, and Quinn's ex-boyfriend. All of them add depth to the story and make it very real.
The Plot: Quinn is struggling with life after she accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Sage. She has a crazy dream that makes her start questioning her choices. She reminisces about her past with her ex-boyfriend, who also happens to pop back into her life during this confusing time. The plot basically revolves around Quinn finding her way through life post-9/11, and post-engagement. I was able to relate very well with her and I imagine that many other women will be able to as well. Who hasn't had confusing moments of: Am I doing the right thing? What is life all about?
To sum up: This book is very easy to read and the author writes very well. The story moves quickly and I was able to read it in about a day. I can't rave enough about this book and I encourage you to go and find your own copy asap!! I am eagerly anticipating more from this author in the future!!
I am a Patterson junkie. I admit it. I'm not ashamed of it. Yes, he spits out novels like an assembly line, but I eagerly anticipate each and every boI am a Patterson junkie. I admit it. I'm not ashamed of it. Yes, he spits out novels like an assembly line, but I eagerly anticipate each and every book that he produces. Although I enjoyed The Postcard Killers, it wasn't one of my favorite Patterson books. I didn't feel any real connection to the characters in the story. I didn't really care what happened to them. I felt that the romance between the the male and female protagonist was forced and unnatural. Their relationship actually made me uncomfortable. One minute they are discussing horrific murders and the next they are in bed together? After just meeting? I just can't buy into that.
The overall story was interesting, but didn't really hold my attention that well. It takes place mainly in Sweden, which I found to be a unique location and not one that I've seen in other Patterson books. I really enjoyed this change in locale from other Patterson novels. I do not know anything about the geography of Sweden, so I would be curious to know how accurate the descriptions were in this book.
The story is about a couple who travel around Europe committing murders and posing their victims to resemble famous paintings. A bit of a strange plot, but interesting, nonetheless. I know practically zero about art and art history so the descriptions of painters and paintings had me glazed over at times. Although I can appreciate art, it is not something that I have a strong interest in, so this book wasn't exciting for me as some of Patterson's previous works.
This is a quick read with Patterson's trademark 2-3 page chapters and easily read in a day or so. It's an interesting story, but not one of my favorites by Patterson - just a middle-of-the-road story for me.
Tiffany, Rachel, and Jessica are three women who are facing serious financial troubles. Tiffany has turned into a compulsive shopaholic after two miscTiffany, Rachel, and Jessica are three women who are facing serious financial troubles. Tiffany has turned into a compulsive shopaholic after two miscarriages has left a void that nothing else can seem to fill. Rachel just lost her teaching job and, as a divorced mother of two, is always trying to please her children by buying them things. Jessica has been a SAHM for many years, but with grown children and her husband's job on the chopping block, she either needs to find a job or face relocation to the other side of the country.
Three women. Three different situations. But money is the theme that bonds them together.
Forced to make drastic changes to their spending habits, Tiffany, Rachel, and Jessica form the Small Change Club, focused on making small changes to their daily financial lifestyles. Eating in, growing their own food, and curbing their unnecessary spending are just a few of the ways that these women try to better themselves and their checkbooks. Chock full of humor, Roberts delivers a contemporary tale that will appeal to many who are facing financial difficulties, especially during our current economic climate.
One small thing that bugged me a bit. There were times when I was reading this that I felt like I was reading a financial self-help book instead of a fictional novel. There are many tips on saving money, which are great, but at times it felt a bit forced. I wanted more of the women's stories instead of all these little tidbits on saving money. Although helpful, they got to be a bit much for me.
Overall, a good book with likable characters and a fairly fast read. It is one of those books that I neither loved nor hated. It was a solid 3 stars, middle of the road read for me.
Did not finish - had a hard time getting into this book. I felt like the author was forcing herself to be a "dog person". And, as a self-admitted animDid not finish - had a hard time getting into this book. I felt like the author was forcing herself to be a "dog person". And, as a self-admitted animal lover, I just had a hard time with some of the author's stories in this book....more
LOVED it! One of my favorite Patterson books ever! THIS is the Patterson we know and love!! I really hope that this turns into a newInitial Reaction:
LOVED it! One of my favorite Patterson books ever! THIS is the Patterson we know and love!! I really hope that this turns into a new series like Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club. I truly loved all the characters and the story was dynamite!
About the Book:
Jack Morgan is a former CIA Agent and Marine who inherited Private Investigations, a firm who does first-class investigations for the elite, the rich, and the famous. Private has top-of-the-line equipment, a plethora of staff members who will work 24/7 to get things done, and a multimillion-dollar forensics lab that is better equipped and faster than anything at the LAPD or FBI.
In this book, Jack's team of investigators and analysts are involved in several cases, but I was not confused at all while reading. I thought I might be when I started reading about one case and then the story shifted to another case, and then another case; but I wasn't. The transitions were seamless and I didn't forget what was going on and was able to pick right back up with each case as it came up in the story.
With that said, the three cases that Private is working on are: (1) the death of Jack's best friend's wife, Shelby; (2) the Schoolgirls killings; and (3) an NFL gambling fix. All cases are unique and interesting in their own right. Being a huge football fan, I was really intrigued by the NFL storyline case in this book.
Case #1: Jack's best friend, Andy, calls Jack to tell him that he has found his wife, Shelby, dead in their home. Jack is dumbfounded and upset and tries desperately to figure out the answers. This leads to some very shocking revelations about Shelby and Andy. I really loved this case - lots of suspense, trying to figure out "whodunit" and being completely wrong!! Lots of shocking moments that left me on the edge of my seat!
Case #2: Justine Smith is a shrink, a forensic profiler, and the second in command at Private. She has been working the Schoolgirls case for the past two years. High school girls are being killed in a variety of different methods with a trophy taken from each girl and later left for the authorities to find, with no prints or means to trace the killer. At their wits end and with a public outcry to find this monster, the LAPD and the DA approved Private to work the case as a public service - pro bono. Justine and Emilio Cruz - a gifted investigator at Private with a bulldog-like personality - try to sort through the evidence, interviewing old witnesses, and retesting old forensic samples in their state of the art lab, hoping for a break in the case. What they discover is shocking and sickening.
Case #3: The NFL gambling fix case was really intriguing. I loved how this case was laid out, investigated, and wrapped up. It probably took up the fewest amount of pages in the book, but it was my favorite case! Someone seems to be throwing games - for big payoffs. But, who is behind it? And why? Jack and his investigating partner, Del Rio, are on the case, determined to find answers.
Mixed in with the cases, as always, we have to have a little romance and some nookie here and there. Jack had a relationship with Justine in the past and is currently having fun with his receptionist at Private. Jack's personal life is like a roller coaster. He is haunted by dreams of the time he was in Afghanistan and actually died, but was brought back to life by his fellow Marine, Del Rio. He keeps having flashes of something he missed and is trying desperately to put the pieces together so he can move on with his life. It doesn't help that he receives daily phone calls telling him, "You're dead, Jack." Add to it a father who is in jail and a brother with a huge debt and hates Jack with a passion, and you have a novel ripe with a deep and emotional character.
The characters in this book are fantastic and I loved them all. I really hope we get to see lots more of Private in the future because this is the Patterson I love. One of his best book ever - I definitely recommend it!