The best way to read Jodi Picoult is to set aside an afternoon devoted entirely to her book, because once you begin, you won't stop reading until theThe best way to read Jodi Picoult is to set aside an afternoon devoted entirely to her book, because once you begin, you won't stop reading until the very last page.
Leaving Time is such a treasure. Her writing is perfection flowing seamlessly from one page to the next. You are drawn into the story from the very first page.
Jenna Metcalf is a young girl who has spent most of her life seeking answers in the disappearance of her mother, Alice. Alice and Jenna's father, Thomas, ran an elephant sanctuary. On the night of Alice's disappearance, one woman was found trampled, Jenna's father landed in a medical institution, and, as a result, Jenna went to live with her grandmother.
Jenna connects with Virgil Stanhope, one of the original officers assigned to the case, and Serenity Jones, a psychic who seems to have lost her psychic abilities, to finally discover the truth--what happened to her mother?
This unusual trio of detectives lead the reader through a mesmerizing story with an unexpected ending.
I loved the story, loved the writing, applaud the creative ending, and enthusiastically recommend this book.
It's been a while since I've read anything from Patricia Cornwell, and, I have to say, this book was somewhat surprising.
For instance, I was halfway tIt's been a while since I've read anything from Patricia Cornwell, and, I have to say, this book was somewhat surprising.
For instance, I was halfway through the book and was still trying to discern the plot of the book. The story unfolded slowly, allowing the reader to familiarize him- or herself with the characters, and it was done so smoothly and was so well paced, you found yourself turning the pages quickly to see where everything was headed.
The Front centers around an old, unsolved murder of a young woman. An ambitious D.A., Monique Lamont, has her own agenda when she assigns Win Garano, a state investigator, to the case. What are her reasons for digging up this case? Win is not too thrilled to be pulled into it, especially when he finds that he will be working the case with Stump, a Watertown detective.
A quick read. At the end, though, I was found wanting more. It was well written, I really liked the characters, and I could have kept reading for another 100 or 200 pages....more
Karin Slaughter's latest book, Cop Town, is probably one of her best yet.
Set in the south in the 1970s, amidst the racism, corruption, and homophobic Karin Slaughter's latest book, Cop Town, is probably one of her best yet.
Set in the south in the 1970s, amidst the racism, corruption, and homophobic attitude of that decade, women are joining the Atlanta police force.
Faced with hostility, sarcasm, mundane tasks, and lewd gestures and language from their male counterparts, Maggie Lawson and Kate Murphy accept the challenge.
Kate Murphy is the newcomer, hailing from a rich and privileged background and completely out of her element in this raw, almost feral environment. She is partnered with Maggie, a woman facing her own demons in the form of a cruel and over-domineering uncle and uncommunicative brother--both on the police force.
When a killer begins targeting cops, Maggie and Kate are no longer content to sit on the sidelines and begin their own investigation--landing them straight in the killer's path.
The story flows well, the characters written and developed to be realistic and representative for that period, and it has a good storyline.
Overall, I liked this book and read it very quickly. Recommended....more
As a fan of the archaeological, Dan Brown-type of story, I appreciated the plot of this book.
Tom Stewart is in Rome, spending the day with a friend whAs a fan of the archaeological, Dan Brown-type of story, I appreciated the plot of this book.
Tom Stewart is in Rome, spending the day with a friend who is working on an excavation of the buried rooms of Emperor Nero's Golden Palace. His friend and another archaeologist die after entering the room--their bodies contorted as if caught in a spasm--with a green moss covering their bodies.
The investigation connects their deaths to a three-thousand year old virus with the power to quickly and painfully kill millions of people.
The search begins to find the last remaining stash of the virus before it can be released.
The storyline was good and engaging, but the writing style seemed a little forced with dialog that seemed a little stilted. ...more
Although I missed this book when it was first released, I'm happy that I have now had the chance to remedy that oversight.
When an entire Amish familyAlthough I missed this book when it was first released, I'm happy that I have now had the chance to remedy that oversight.
When an entire Amish family is murdered, with the young, teenage girls being tortured horrifically before their eventual death, Police Chief, Kate Burkholder, takes charge of the investigation.
Kate herself was raised Amish but an incident in her early life caused her to break from her community.
Considered an outsider now, Kate still relates to the young girls and is determined to find the motive and person or persons behind these deaths. Calling in her friend and sometimes lover, State Agent John Tomasetti for assistance, their investigation uncovers crimes and acts that affect them both.
I liked Castillo's straight-forward writing style and her character development. A good read that will keep you turning pages....more
I enjoy books that have one foot planted in reality and the other in the "this could potentially happen" camp.
Altar of Eden begins with the bombing ofI enjoy books that have one foot planted in reality and the other in the "this could potentially happen" camp.
Altar of Eden begins with the bombing of a zoo in Baghdad that houses a secretive facility beneath it--a laboratory undergoing genetic research.
The destruction of the zoo creates a need to transfer the surviving laboratory animals in order for the research to continue.
When the trawler carrying the animals runs aground freeing some of the animals on a small island, Dr. Lorna Polk, a veterinarian from The Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, becomes involved in the hunt to find the animals--animals unlike anything she has ever encountered before. This hunt brings her back into contact with Jack Menard, the older brother of a boy she dated and who his family blamed for his death.
The animals seems to be a throwback to the modern species and are able to communicate and act with a hive mentality, the result of a new type of warfare being engineered by a company working on a defense project.
The insight into some of the victims of these trials is excellent. The story held my interest, and I finished the book in two days.