It’s always hard for me to write a review of a book by a favorite author when I am disappointed with the book. Such is the case with Elizabeth’s Berg’It’s always hard for me to write a review of a book by a favorite author when I am disappointed with the book. Such is the case with Elizabeth’s Berg’s latest. I usually love her books and relate to the characters but this book felt flat and uninvolving.
The basic storyline revolves around Irene and John, a middle aged divorced couple who live in different states and share custody of their daughter Sadie. When a family emergency arises John and Irene are brought back together and we learn a lot about their past.
Main problem? I didn’t like John or Irene; John is so puritanical and rigid in his thinking and Irene is such a smother mother and whiner I didn’t want to spend anytime with them. Sadie, who is only 18 was far more likeable, even when she wasn’t making the smartest decisions. Just when the book got interesting it was over. I think I would be more interested in the story that happens after the last page of this book.
Definitely not on par with her other novels. ...more
Room is one of the most compelling books I have read in a very long time. It is also one of the most difficult to review without revealing too much, tRoom is one of the most compelling books I have read in a very long time. It is also one of the most difficult to review without revealing too much, the less one knows going in the better.
Jack and Ma live in Room, they never leave. Jack is five and this is the only life he knows, he doesn’t know there is another world on the other side of Door. The entire book is told from Jack’s perspective. While Jack sees the world from a child’s eyes as an adult reading you know that there is something very wrong here and a sense of dread begins to build page by page. It is at times dark and disturbing but it is also full of life and love. It is a book that is hard to stop reading once you start and one you will think of long after.
I loved the concept and execution of this book, but what I took from it the most was the depths of a mother’s love. Ma does everything to give Jack a ‘normal’ life. They have TV but she doesn’t let him watch much, she doesn’t want his brain to turn to mush. She teaches him and invents games and toys out of paper tubes and egg shells; she even creates classes of physical education. Above all Ma loves and wants to protect Jack and that is the impetus of the book that leads to a drastic choice.
This will be on my favorite books list for this year, possibly at the top of the list, I was fully immersed in the world of Room and invested in the characters; I was sorry to turn the last page, always the sign of a good read.
I have been a fan of Emma Donoghue since I read Slammerkin many years ago, a very different book than this one; also dark and disturbing but in an entirely different way. I do recommend it if you are a fan of historical fiction that is not prettied up. ...more
I’ve been following the adventures of private investigator Kinsey Milhone since the early eighties; unfortunately while I have aged Kinsey is still baI’ve been following the adventures of private investigator Kinsey Milhone since the early eighties; unfortunately while I have aged Kinsey is still back in the 80’s. Keeping Kinsey back in this time frame can be a little disconcerting, there are times you just want her to pick up her cell phone or get on the internet. On the other hand it does allow for a mystery filled with good old fashioned investigating; libraries and reverse directory phone books, newspapers on microfiche, the way it was done before the techno revolution.
Kinsey is hired by Michael Sutton to look into the details of a recently recovered memory, he believes he witnessed the burial of a girl who had been kidnapped 20 years earlier. With little to go on Kinsey begins her investigation, but begins to have doubts when she learns that her client has problems with telling the truth; still she can’t seem to let go and begins to put the pieces together one by one.
The book is told in alternating time frames, present day 1988 and 1967, the year of the kidnapping. The narrative in the past is told through the stories of several different people, the threads of all their stories intertwining to ultimately reveal the truth of the disappearance of Mary Claire Fitzhugh. There is also an underlying subplot that involves Kinsey and her fractured relationship with her family, providing some insights into Kinsey’s solitary life.
In the past several books Grafton has begun to create mysteries that focus on social issues, and I have found this change to the series to be a positive, adding depth to a long running collection. With only five more letters in the alphabet it is a bit sad to believe this series maybe ending very soon; I for one will be sad to see the finish, Kinsey is like a long time friend and I will miss her.
FBI Special Agent Kelly Jones survived her last case involving a serial killer. Now working in the Behavioral Sciences Unit she is called in to work aFBI Special Agent Kelly Jones survived her last case involving a serial killer. Now working in the Behavioral Sciences Unit she is called in to work another case after a Boneyard is found- a grave site with multiple victims. Heading to The Berkshires Kelly learns the bones have been found across state lines and must now supervise the investigation in both Massachusetts and Vermont with Detective Bill Doyle and Investigator Monica Lauer, who have nothing but disdain for each other. Soon it becomes clear that there is probably a second killer on the loose, a copy cat murderer. In addition Detective Doyle seems determined to thwart the investigation at every turn. As more bodies are found an intricate cat and mouse game begins, involving both killers and the police.
I have been reading a lot of historical fiction lately and just needed a break; I enjoyed The Tunnels, the first book in this series, so I picked up Boneyard. It did a good job of keeping me interested in a moderately entertaining serial killer mystery. The characters were pretty standard good guys versus really bad guys, but with the exception of the main characters Kelly Jones and Jake Riley most of the other characters don’t have much depth. The dialogue in general was often stilted and plot lines are dropped without resolutions; one involving a young boy who we become attached to is left unanswered and I found that very annoying. There was quite a bit of graphic violence, not to be unexpected when dealing with this genre of books and there didn’t seem to be much explanation of motives but the storyline was creepy enough to keep me interested and so I will be moving on to book 3, The Gatekeeper.
Overall this was a good but not great entry in this series. ...more