Really enjoyed this story. Although I found Charlotte (Charley) to be sometimes unsympathetic, she is vividly drawn and all too human. The never-marriReally enjoyed this story. Although I found Charlotte (Charley) to be sometimes unsympathetic, she is vividly drawn and all too human. The never-married mother of two (with two different fathers) is a journalist searching for her own true voice. She is offered a once in a lifetime chance to work with a convicted serial killer to tell the true story of the horrific murders committed by this woman. Along the way, she attempts to keep her younger brother sober and reunite all the siblings (said brother plus two siblings) with their biological mother who left when Charley was 8 - for another continent and another woman.
The book is longish for the typical 'thriller' but only feels slow a few times and not for long. If you are looking for a book to while away the time at the beach or lake this summer, you could do worse than to pick this one....more
Really love these novels - even as much as I'm green with envy because I don't have the perfect cottage and a NANNY so I can spend my time gallivantinReally love these novels - even as much as I'm green with envy because I don't have the perfect cottage and a NANNY so I can spend my time gallivanting around the English country side, solving "crimes" that generally turn out to be nothing! *LOL* I really do like these books. In the latest installment, a shadowy figure is seen watching the children at riding lessons - they swear he is a vampire, so of course what's a self respecting mother to do but track said vampire down?...more
**spoiler alert** This book is an engaging trip back to late 19th century Philadelphia. The protagonist, Ephraim Carroll, is a talented young doctor w**spoiler alert** This book is an engaging trip back to late 19th century Philadelphia. The protagonist, Ephraim Carroll, is a talented young doctor who is sensible and irrational by turns - perhaps not so much irrational as naive, and acts upon his suspicions without fully realizing the consequences. Ephraim has been selected by his mentor and idol, Dr. Osler, to begin working and teaching at the newly established Johns Hopkins. Before this happens though, there is a disappearance to solve. A young socialite has disappeared under suspicious circumstances - is she reallly in Europe, as her parents claim, or did Ephraim glimpse her face in the morgue? Is the death of Ephraim's colleague Dr. Turk a drug overdose, or was he poisoned by hands unknown?
The story is well written and intriguing, the only reason I did not rate this higher was because I felt it demonized both abortion and any woman who might choose to seek one - with the activities in our own current century of the past week, this just didn't sit well with me. It is probably a historically accurate depiction of prevalent opinion at the time. ...more
“4.5 out of five! I really enjoyed this book. Nell de Lacey is a pampered child of privilege, doted on by her parents who had experienced many stillbi“4.5 out of five! I really enjoyed this book. Nell de Lacey is a pampered child of privilege, doted on by her parents who had experienced many stillbirths prior to her arrival in their lives. But therein lies the mystery - how exactly did she arrive in their lives? Is it just coincidence that then 14 year old Elizabeth is rumored to have given birth at the same time Nell is born? Or that Nell's parents are dark, while her hair blazes red like the Queen's own?
This book is very well written. I enjoyed the depiction of the Tudor Court and the relationship between Nell and her father, who educates her far beyond the expectation of most women of the time. Nell is a strong independent though sometimes naive and impulsive heroine - you will eagerly turn the pages until you find out if she is in fact the Virgin Queen's daughter....more
I really desperately wanted to like this book, but it was just too convoluted, overwrought, and nearly boring. I have never in my life read all but thI really desperately wanted to like this book, but it was just too convoluted, overwrought, and nearly boring. I have never in my life read all but the last 50 pages of a book and then quit! Till this one, that is. Here is the Publisher's Weekly review so you know what it is about:
"It's the mid-18th century, and young Highland Scot Duncan McCallum is on a convict ship bound for the New World. Most of his family has been slaughtered, and he's having a hard time with the yoke of British oppression himself. He witnesses a series of murders and suicides among his fellow passengers, and goes diving into the Atlantic to save another. When he reaches New York he finds the French and Indian War in full swing, and his troubles really begin.
Once indentured to empire builder Lord Ramsey as a tutor to his children and connected to his utopian community in the Hudson Valley, Duncan scrambles to understand both his new setting and the continuing series of murders that follow in his wake. The conflicts among armies both private and government-backed, allies and enemies among the Huron, the French and members of the Iroquois Confederacy, and the knowledge that his soldier brother has become a renegade, make a mix to try his soul.
A string of dead people haunts the story, at times seeming more alive than the survivors. Also hauntingly beautiful are the bonds between the cultures of the Scots Highlanders and the Indians, both "true skin" peoples. Dark, complex and compelling in mystery, historical, and spiritual considerations, the reader wonders along with Duncan whether the New World will see oppression extended or explode in a new burst of freedom. "
I have heard his other novels are better, but sad to say I just can't recommend this one....more
**spoiler alert** I would give this a 3.5 - I had this book on my TBR list for a while and was lucky enough to run across it at the library. For some**spoiler alert** I would give this a 3.5 - I had this book on my TBR list for a while and was lucky enough to run across it at the library. For some reason, I kept brushing past it in favor of others I had checked out - but I finally started on it last weekend and am so glad I did! It is very irreverent and portrays major gods of Greek mythology in a definitely human, flawed way - but in return, the mortal humans featured in the book are shown to have heroic qualities. I might have enjoyed it more if I were more familiar with London - I suspect there are some inside jokes due to neighborhoods, etc but that's not to say it was off putting at all. It is a fairly short read, but enjoyable. Plus it will help you brush up on your Greek gods :)
I also learned from this book that I wish my husband would literally go to "hell and back" for me! Somehow, I couldn't see it......more