This book is my life. I want to frame the cover and at least one other picture inside the book. Every day is a race to get us out the door. My mom fouThis book is my life. I want to frame the cover and at least one other picture inside the book. Every day is a race to get us out the door. My mom found this book at the library when she was looking for books to keep my daughter busy when we visited at Christmas. She said, "I got that book out for you." Indeed. Much appreciated. ...more
If I don't have a book to read if even for a paltry few minutes before my eyes drop closed then I get restless. This one did the job. I kept turning thIf I don't have a book to read if even for a paltry few minutes before my eyes drop closed then I get restless. This one did the job. I kept turning the pages but I did feel it was rather obvious who did it and what were key pieces of information that would be pointed to at the end. This book spends less time in Pitt's head and more inside the suspects all holed up in Buckingham Palace. I liked the character of Princess Alexandra and was curious to read up on her after I finished the book. ...more
Anyone else find that one false move and Goodreads eats your whole review...poof its gone? Bah! I didn't like this book quite as much as the previous oAnyone else find that one false move and Goodreads eats your whole review...poof its gone? Bah! I didn't like this book quite as much as the previous one Waiting for Wednesday but I did like it. I found it a bit hard to accept who the killer was (in this mystery...we know Dean Reeve is still shadowing Frieda). I did like how she listened and took seriously the young girl who was raped. This fits with everything we know about Frieda (forget about her insider knowledge). In Canada we are thinking a lot about how men mistreat women right now due to Jian Ghomeshi, Bill Cosby, two parliamentarians, the male dentistry students at Dalhousie University. I certainly was thinking about all of that as I read this book. I kept thinking about a particular radio program I heard on CBC about how does one parent children so that the boys learn to treat women as equals and that the girls become confident women who see themselves as more than sex objects. The podcast of that program is here:
As I have a 4yr old girl in daycare right now I thought that the author nailed it with her example of how the behaviour starts.
Back to this book Thursday Children. I can see how a woman would want to keep the fact that she was raped secret. She didn't want to be seen as a victim. People would see her differently and she didn't want to let the rapist define her like that. But the point was that nevertheless it changed her. The fact that her mother didn't believe her was the heart of the tragedy....more
It's funny with Frieda Klein books I always appreciate the small things more than the overall story, but maybe that is the point. I appreciate her ongIt's funny with Frieda Klein books I always appreciate the small things more than the overall story, but maybe that is the point. I appreciate her ongoing quest for a quiet mind and how she does this by attempting to have a quiet orderly home where she can draw pictures with soft pencils at the top of her house. And yet there is this push/pull to be alone (taking long walks or long baths and turning her phone off) versus having her friends care for her or need her help which means they invade this space. Her friends are very very loyal and it seems people glom onto her for her integrity and for the home space she has. I also appreciate how she trusts her instincts and will follow them wherever they take her. In this latest book it was extreme and it reminded me of Sherlock and his "markers" in Season 3...one seemingly odd thing that he notes happening and he knows just from that little thing that all hell is likely to break loose. And so with Frieda and her spidey senses. It leads her to uncover murders no one was even aware of....more
Much better than the Pirate King (previous book), but still not quite as gripping as the previous couple of books set in the UK. I liked the return ofMuch better than the Pirate King (previous book), but still not quite as gripping as the previous couple of books set in the UK. I liked the return of Ali and Mahmoud, Arab spies who are actual English cousins. The internal machinations Russell went through to figure out who was actually behind various plots reminded me a little of Vizzini's thought process when he was having a battle of wits with the Dread Pirate Roberts in "The Princess Bride" which I re-watched recently. I appreciated the Moroccan setting and the historical connections but this book was less of a page turner than some others, still....with my miniscule reading time...I finished it....more
I bought this book in early fall but my work life has been so hellish this term that I didn't get a chance to read this book until now. What a wild riI bought this book in early fall but my work life has been so hellish this term that I didn't get a chance to read this book until now. What a wild ride. This book is the resolution to plot threads that have been building over several books. Gamache's team has been reassigned and only Isabel Lacoste remains along with a number of incompetent people put in place apparently only to belittle and demean Gamache likely at the behest of his nemesis. In the last book his beloved second in command Jean-Guy Beauvoir was in requited love with Annie Gamache but all went to hell and poor Jean-Guy who seemed to be recovering from the terrible wounds (physical and more importantly psychological) he suffered when the team did a raid (Bury Your Dead), instead goes over to the dark side at the end of the previous book (The Beautiful Mystery) and succumbs to his addictions under the influence of Gamache's nemesis Francoeur. The mystery in this book revolves around the last remaining Quint of the famous _fictionalized version_ of the Dionne Quintuplets named the Ouelette Quintuplets. But that mystery is really secondary to the ongoing tension between Gamache and his nemesis Francoeur. 1/3 of the way into the book or maybe halfway through things really get rolling plot-wise. It meant I couldn't put the book down and was up until 2:30pm reading the book in bed with a flashlight sharing a room with my little daughter sleeping in a nearby crib (we are visiting relatives). I am sorry it was over so fast. But the tension was great and the plot was rocketing along. I have to say that when Agent Nicol entered the story I cheered. I have always been rooting for her and I was so happy she was in this story. The ending got rather sappy but it was 2:30 AM when I got there and the characters had fought hard hard heroic battles to get to a happy place. I can see that how Jean-Guy had to face what was eating him was fitting and painful. Is it unfair to say the ending was too happy with some of the consequences that occurred? I am not sure. The title comes from a Leonard Cohen song and Penny mentions he didn't charge anything for her quoting his song so either she offered or he asked that she name a character after his son. To me that stuck out a little as it came in while the plot was racing at 90km/hr. Oh well. Of all the mystery novels I have read that are set in the present day I think Gamache is the only detective not to be cynical, disfunctional, addicted to something etc. I really appreciate that and I think it has been well explained here and there in the series why his character is such and how he is able to bring out the best in his team. I greatly enjoyed this book but would recommend that this not be the first Louise Penny book that someone reads. Especially because of the plot threads in previous books leading to this one. I just wish I could have read it more slowly....more
As others have said, I figured out who did it early on but that didn't detract from the story. I kept reading to see how it would turn out. The characAs others have said, I figured out who did it early on but that didn't detract from the story. I kept reading to see how it would turn out. The characters were very interesting and I wanted to keep reading what they would do next. The protagonist Carl is a burned out detective suffering some burnout and posttraumatic shock from a incident that killed one of his team and left another paralyzed. His character is basically the archetype of a homocide detective who has been on the job a long time. He doesn't play by the rules so he has been promoted to a special Dept Q that works on cold cases. He figures out that the dept is getting obscene amounts of money from the federal gov't for Dept Q and he is seeing very little of it. He continually uses that fact to blackmail his boss into getting things he wants. For one he needs an assistant, who first appears to be some sort of glorified janitor named Assad. But Assad is much more than he appears. His keenness in reading all the case files forces Carl to take an interest as well. As time goes on Assad gets involved more and more. That Assad is a wild card that we have a lot still to learn about I am sure. Carl may be burned out but he still has more detecting skills in his baby finger than many of the police upstairs and he decides to take on a high profile case of a rising star MP who went missing 5 years before. That missing MP is another major character in the book who we learn is not dead but kidnapped and living under brutal circumstances the last 5 years. We learn more about her in flashbacks. The story alternates between Carl and her. The book kept me interested to the very very end. Well done. I look forward to the next Dept Q novel....more
Frieda Klein a psychotherapist has found she is very good at working on murder cases and despite her reluctance to become an official liason with theFrieda Klein a psychotherapist has found she is very good at working on murder cases and despite her reluctance to become an official liason with the police she can't seem to stop herself from getting more deeply involved. Also despite her need for great amounts of privacy and quiet alone time she has an impressive group of close friends. We learn that there is a big bad that will likely pursue her for the whole series of what we presume are 7 planned books in total. I don't have much time to read so the fact that I finished this book in 5 days speaks to it being a real page turner. I await the next book with interest....more
A second Robin McKinley book that goes on my "will-never-finish-reading" shelf? Horrors! She was my favourite author. As many have said, nothing happeA second Robin McKinley book that goes on my "will-never-finish-reading" shelf? Horrors! She was my favourite author. As many have said, nothing happens in this book. And frankly I felt the relationship between Ebon the pegasus and the young female protagonist bordered on creepy. The lack of plot combined with feeling creepy had me put this book down and never pick it up again. Sigh....more
Oh holy wow did this book keep me up at night. I got very unnerved! I don't know why but I can stay awake longer reading in bed if I turn the lights oOh holy wow did this book keep me up at night. I got very unnerved! I don't know why but I can stay awake longer reading in bed if I turn the lights out and read by flashlight. Its not like I need to do that but the sleep deprivation I face now since becoming a parent means that if I set a timer for 12 minutes at night when reading in bed I am mostly asleep before the timer goes off no matter how good the book. I had a deadline for when this book had to go back to the library so I used the flashlight trick. Yikes, considering some of the plot of the book I creeped myself way out by reading this way. Terrific story that examines the wider picture of Ireland after the Celtic tiger has fallen on very hard times. Bravo Tana French for a gripping mystery with a social context. It reminded me of how Ian Rankin says that in order to write a Rebus novel he always had a big question (about life in Scotland or Edinburgh) that he wanted to figure out an answer to....more
I think this is my favourite Camilla Lackberg mystery so far. She has gotten better since her first book for sure but of the ones I have read this isI think this is my favourite Camilla Lackberg mystery so far. She has gotten better since her first book for sure but of the ones I have read this is the best. Her technique of interweaving two related stories in different time periods is very effectively employed here. I was very interested to learn about Sweden during WWII. ...more
Perhaps I have unwittingly started a private reading series that I could call: When life sucked for women XXX BC - 1960sAD. This would be one th thirdPerhaps I have unwittingly started a private reading series that I could call: When life sucked for women XXX BC - 1960sAD. This would be one th third in the series. Being Aristotle's daughter, whom he afforded all kinds of privileges, meant she was better off than most but still, life for women even privileged ones, sucked.
My 2nd title is Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin about the wife of Aeneas from the Aeneid. Her father is a king, her life is privileged but of course life sucked for women. And if you were of lower class it didn't matter if you were male or female, life sucked.
The first book in my series is Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers about a french woman adopted by nuns who immigrates to New France (early French Canada). By being adopted by nuns she was fortunate in France,although she was longing to still be with a wealthy patron. The fact that girls were slaving away producing lace as virtual slaves and dying of cholera and the like in the nunnery sucked which is why she and a friend jumped at the chance to become free women or as free as they could be at that time, by taking a ship to New France to become brides for men settling there. Life for anyone in New France sucked.
But what more can I say about the sweet girl? I think I will have to read The Golden Mean to learn more about Aristotle because his part of the story was quite interesting. After his death his will specified that his daughter Pythias would marry her cousin who had been away warring with Alexander the Great for more than a decade. She's not sure when he will return or if he will return so she explores her options: hanging on to her crush on her adopted brother who has disappeared, rejecting becoming the ward of the man in charge of her father's old school because she has intellectually bested him before and feels he will sentence her to endless weaving in a backroom, considering letting herself be adopted by the town madam as a "daughter"/prostitute, or becoming a handmaid to the goddess Artemis at a local temple, or becoming a midwife or becoming the lover of the god Dionysus. By the time her husband-to-be cousin shows up she has covered a lot of ground and grown up a lot. I thought I knew how it was going to end but I have to say I respect the choice she made in the end. I think it was the best one she could have made. She was indeed fortunate to have as many options as she did compared to all the other women who already were committed to the other paths she explored. ...more