The Silent Girls is one of those stories that grabs you from the beginning and keeps you wanting more. A very creepy murder mystery. Young women are mThe Silent Girls is one of those stories that grabs you from the beginning and keeps you wanting more. A very creepy murder mystery. Young women are missing and turning up dead which is bad enough but Frank Rath is tormented with these deaths. Why? His sister and brother in law were murdered many years ago and the case had not been solved. He took in and adopted his little niece who was in the house when the murders occurred. Abortion is always a touchy topic and I think the author took on this topic with empathy and used as the underlying plot of the story is admirable. I loved the pace of the story and just the way it was written reminded me of a good British mystery, even though it was not. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story with believable characters and settings.
Voices Echo tells the story of Jamaica in the 18th century. Rhiannon Ross, newly married, wants to get the funds from her husband to open up an inn inVoices Echo tells the story of Jamaica in the 18th century. Rhiannon Ross, newly married, wants to get the funds from her husband to open up an inn in America. She feels that her husband does not really care if she stays in Jamaica or not. The atmosphere in Jamaica is not great and as she realizes that the safety of the plantation and her husband are in jeopardy from a slave rebellion. She also has an attraction to a young man Liam Brock which has her conflicted.
This is a very descriptive historical story based on the slave rebellion to abolish slavery on the island. The slave owners are not too happy with this effort as this would mean the end of their authority over the slaves. Plantations get burned and there are rumors of voodoo. Rhiannon feels that there are strange going's on that she can't quite figure out. Can she trust the house slaves? The author tells a great story of believable characters and island life. This is a long book but well worth the read. I only wish I had read the two previous books, I think it would have helped to get to know the characters better. Still a stand alone novel that is worth the read.
In her recent novel, Always Watching, Chevy Stevens tackles an interesting topic, cult life. I have always been intrigued by cults and the reasons whyIn her recent novel, Always Watching, Chevy Stevens tackles an interesting topic, cult life. I have always been intrigued by cults and the reasons why people join them and this book provides a great insight, albeit fictional, into the world of cults.
Goodreads provides this description of Always Watching:
She helps people put their demons to rest.
But she has a few of her own…
In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire—healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.
When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her—and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?
And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most…and fight back.
Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape.
I have only read two novels by Chevy Stevens and this one is pretty interesting. Stevens takes on and interprets the “cult” life pretty well in Always Watching. The story kept my interest but it did not captivate me as much as the other novel of hers I read called That Night. Perhaps because the plotline was drawn out a bit, as the main character Nadine tries to wrestle her own demons about her experience in the cult life. Or perhaps the ending was too predictable? I gave this book a solid 3-stars on Goodreads. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Chevy Stevens fan or a fan of mystery.
1994, wow, it does not seem that long ago and the way the internet is now is amazing, I can't even begin to imagine how it will be in the future. I wa1994, wow, it does not seem that long ago and the way the internet is now is amazing, I can't even begin to imagine how it will be in the future. I was so thrilled to get my first computer, I do remember that there was a lot out there but I generally used Geocities and chat rooms. I was not into the why's and wherefore's of how computers worked, QR codes or any of the technical stuff, I knew that I could do exciting things on the internet and I wanted to learn more.
Web of Betrayal is a story that takes the reader back in time when the internet was young. A story that gets you right from the beginning and doesn't stop. Lots of technical terminology, written by an author who definitely knows her stuff. Then you throw in the the characters, which are very real and believable, and you have a story that is not only about the dawning of the internet, but of murder and duplicity and the need for revenge. I think that if you are an internet geek like I am then you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I highly recommend it!!...more
Who isn’t a fan of the book or movie Freaky Friday? I know I am. It is a very clever and funny story about a mom and daughter who switch lives and leaWho isn’t a fan of the book or movie Freaky Friday? I know I am. It is a very clever and funny story about a mom and daughter who switch lives and learn important lessons about each other. The book Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke draws inspiration from that story and they make it unique, even though the storyline has been somewhat overdone.
Goodreads provides this description of the book:
Best friends since childhood, Casey and Rachel couldn’t lead more different lives. While workaholic Casey rubs elbows with celebrities daily as the host of Gossip TV and comes home nightly to an empty apartment, stay-at-home mom Rachel juggles an “oops” baby, two fiery teenagers, and a husband who barely seems the man she fell in love with two decades before. After an argument at their twentieth high school reunion, Casey and Rachel throw back shots to get the night back on track. Instead, they get a life-changing hangover.
Waking up in each other’s bodies the next morning, they must figure out how to navigate their altered realities. Rachel is forced to confront the reason she gave up her broadcasting dreams when she got pregnant in college, and Casey finally steps out of the spotlight to face the truth about why she’s alone. And they soon discover that they don’t know themselves—or their best friend—nearly as well as they thought they did. When I read the description of the book, my first thought was honestly “great, Freaky Friday Part 2, cue the cheese”. Although it resembles that story, Your Perfect Life has believable storylines and characters with depth (not implyingFreaky Friday doesn’t, but because the stories are so similar, I was surprised at the depth of the story and character development). Once Casey and Rachel trade lives, they really have the chance to see what the other person goes through on a daily basis and they learn the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, which is a hard lesson for most of us to learn without trading bodies with people.
I gave this book 3 stars because although it was a well written book, the storyline wasn’t as original as other books in the same genre.
Based on the description from Goodreads and reviews I had read online, I had high expectations of the book The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. Goodreads proBased on the description from Goodreads and reviews I had read online, I had high expectations of the book The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. Goodreads provided this description of the book:
Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.
Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.
An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems….
It is labeled as a mystery/suspense, which is appropriate based on the content but I felt a bit let down at the end. There was no point in time while reading that I was on the edge of my seat, like an excellent suspense story is supposed to make you feel. The story itself just seemed trite and the main character Mia annoyed me throughout, even if she was a “victim” of a kidnapping. The story also jumped between characters and before and after, and I felt like Kubica robbed herself of the suspense by letting the reader know right away that Mia survived the kidnapping. I felt more excited to be done with the book than I did to be reading it. I gave the book 2 stars on Goodreads.
Crazy is Normal by Lloyd Lofthouse that tells the story of a year in a school in his life as a teacher. He was teaching college prep English and a jouCrazy is Normal by Lloyd Lofthouse that tells the story of a year in a school in his life as a teacher. He was teaching college prep English and a journalism class that worked on the school newspaper. Mr.Lofthouse kept a detailed journal for this year at Nogales High School in California. We learn his methods of teaching, what he will tolerate and what he won't in class. We the reader are introduced to many students, both the at risk kids and the achievers who will go on to better their lives. Mr.Lofthouse felt that each child has a chance and that they also have to want to take that chance to get out of the neighborhoods they live in and succeed. He was intolerant of kids who mouthed off in class and treated others unkind. Off to detention they would go and their parents would be called. It seems that there were a lot of parents who didn't care or think education was important.
I imagine that it was extremely hard to teach anything at this school, as it was in less than desirable neighborhoods, with the drive by shootings and other crimes that happened in the area, sometimes right on the school grounds. It appeared to me that Mr. Lofthouse was a dedicated teacher who excelled when his students did well, while still trying to encourage those who were at risk. The book as a memoir was well written and gives the reader a sense of who he is, not only a teacher but an established author as well. I have read one of his novels, My Splendid Concubine and I have enjoyed both books. I highly recommend both of these books.
1947 Charleston is the setting for Palmetto Moon. Vada Hadley is a young woman who is to be married to a man she despises. She tries desperately to fi1947 Charleston is the setting for Palmetto Moon. Vada Hadley is a young woman who is to be married to a man she despises. She tries desperately to figure a way out but the only way is to run. Run she does but not too far from home to a little town not far from Charleston. She moves in to a boarding house with very little money and is accepted for a position as teacher. While living in the boarding house she meets Claire, a young widow with three little boys who is looking for a man to help her raise her two boys. Frank Darling runs the local restaurant and falls in love immediately the first time he sees Vada. They each have their own secrets but start seeing each other romantically. Vada is also looking for Darby, a longtime friend, who Vada wants to reconnect with and make sure she is doing well.
In the meantime Vada's father and ex fiance, Justin, are looking for Vada and do eventually find her. Will she go back with them and marry Justin or will she go where her heart is? Well for the answer, you need to read the book and find out. I liked Vada because even though this is 1947, just after the war, where woman, especially in the South, have strict rules to follow. They do what their fathers require, marry the man that generally is picked by the father, an arranged marriage if you will. Vada is a strong character and wants to lead her own life even if that means being estranged from her accustomed way of life. Frank Darling is a hard working average man who will do anything for Vada. I did not like Justin at all, a pompous jerk, not at all what Vada needs for a life partner.
This is a character driven novel that depicts life in the south, not only with its prejudices and hatred. Characters who are full of life and meaning, who will grab your heartstrings. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Pigeon River Blues is a continuation of the Sam Jenkins Mystery books. I have read the previous ones and liked this one as much as the other ones. SamPigeon River Blues is a continuation of the Sam Jenkins Mystery books. I have read the previous ones and liked this one as much as the other ones. Sam Jenkins is police chief in a small town in Tennessee. He moved with his wife and dog from New York City, where he was a detective, hoping for a life with less stress. Thinking that small town living and working has its perks as far as less crime proves to be wrong. Criminals will pop up anywhere I guess and Pigeon River is no exception.
Sam is asked to be a body guard to a young country singer who is back to her hometown to perform in a concert at Dollywood. Sam is not real happy with this assignment as C.J.Profitt is not his idea of what he wants to do on his job. It appears that C.J. has received some threats from a radical hate group, The Coalition for American Family Values. It appears that this group, consisting of a mother, her son and few other undesirable characters, hate gay people. They have sent C.J the threatening letters because she is a lesbian. They don't think that she should be allowed in town because of her "corrupt' morals.
Sam and his crew find themselves a bit deeper involved than just protecting this young artist. There is a murder attempt and threats of bombs being set, Sam has an ex detective friend, John Gallagher, that he worked with in New York that he has hired. Well John seems to have a language all his own and he totally messes up some words, I found this to be very funny, I was giggling whenever he said something and the responses of the people around him were equally funny. This is a story that has twists and turns in the plot that had me turning the pages late into the night. I love a good mystery that has great characters but also has a bit of humor. As with his previous books I enjoyed this one immensely. Keep them coming Mr.Zurl!!...more