The list I read this title on just did not explain the extent of the sexual content... underneath it all was a pretty interesting story, though. I hadThe list I read this title on just did not explain the extent of the sexual content... underneath it all was a pretty interesting story, though. I had to ding it more than a little for the completely unrealistic set up and, to a lesser extent, ending. Recommended for fans looking for Gone Girl to meet 50 Shades of Grey....more
I found this one a little too easy to tune out, so clearly it didn't demand my attention. I can't say why, though, and will blame it on me instead ofI found this one a little too easy to tune out, so clearly it didn't demand my attention. I can't say why, though, and will blame it on me instead of the author. It was definitely shorter and written in a much choppier style, but still one for fans of dark, moody British psychological examinations....more
The less you know about this one going in the better. All you need to know is that it presents the fallout from the devastating death of a boy in a hiThe less you know about this one going in the better. All you need to know is that it presents the fallout from the devastating death of a boy in a hit and run, alternating between the detectives and those involved that night.
I'm tired of Gone Girl comparisons, but I will hand this out as a read alike. It definitely had the slow burn of that one and the different narrators brought in the insanity.
It also made a good audio. The readers were excellent, though they used the same male voice for two characters so I really had to pay attention for chapter breaks.
Over all, definitely worth a read. Prepare yourself for the roller coaster: a long, slow hill to start and then it's all twists and turns after....more
This short volume is an excellent read as Christians start on the path to healing after dealing with a death. It's honest and frank but gentle in itsThis short volume is an excellent read as Christians start on the path to healing after dealing with a death. It's honest and frank but gentle in its tone, telling the reader things will eventually get better but it's going to be hard until then.
For those concerned that Dr. White has strong opinions as an apologist, this book is written in a way that it's appropriate for anyone professing to be a Christian....more
This book is beautifully written, there's no denying that. Despite mixed feelings, I'll be looking for Danler's next book just because I loved her senThis book is beautifully written, there's no denying that. Despite mixed feelings, I'll be looking for Danler's next book just because I loved her sentences and her way with turning a phrase. This carried the book for the first half as I eagerly ate up the audio, even though it's not my typical kind of book.
Then the second half came and I started realizing nothing was happening. I'm a character-driven reader, but the characters need to be doing even a little bit ofsomething. Then add in the fact that one of my reading pet peeves is characters having casual, inconsequential drug habits and by the end I was just hoping for the last page.
That said, I can definitely see the praise it's getting and why the readers who loved it did. I'll be eager to suggest it to patrons looking for a character-driven coming-of-age story set in the fast-paced kitchens of New York....more
Is it really possible to just disappear in this technology-heavy age? An age where the phone in your pocket knows where you are at all times, camerasIs it really possible to just disappear in this technology-heavy age? An age where the phone in your pocket knows where you are at all times, cameras monitor your every move, and electronic banking tracks every penny? While it's gotten harder, there are plenty of stories that prove it's still a viable option if you put your mind to it.
Here enters the baffling case of Maura Murray, a college student who in 2004 traveled from Massachusetts to New Hampshire for reasons unknown, crashed her car in the sight of several houses, and vanished before police could arrive mere minutes later. No footprints in the heavy snow around her car. No one within range seeing or hearing anything. Nothing.
I first learned about this story while binge-watching the ID channel show Disappeared several years ago. I got so caught up in how this girl could have gone missing that I began scouring the internet for more information since the episode was fairly old by the time I watched it. That was when I stumbled onto James Renner's blog and and spent days catching up on information. I still visit it and other sites regularly despite how convoluted this case has become.
After years of waiting for it, True Crime Addict did not disappoint. I read almost the entire thing in one sitting before life got in the way. The writing style is easy to get lost in, the facts amazing, and the premise of telling his life story around his investigations interesting. I commend him for not being afraid to put his personal issues out there for all to see and judge.
I did eventually learn after finding his blog that Renner has caused a lot of controversy. There are clear battle lines drawn between him and the Murray family, as some of the negative reviews have pointed out. Am I going to say he's a saint in this case? Nope, especially as I only know what he's said publicly. Do I think that he has made some very valid points about how the family has acted since those early days? You betcha. Can he be a little hard hitting? I'm sure even he will say as much. But I think there's enough unbiased evidence that warrants hard questions aimed at the Murray family. Their immediate defenses to him are one of the biggest red flags (because I see no evidence that he went to them in attack mode).
But, read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions. I think it's good to get a variety of perspectives, namely from the author's blog and Websleuths. Definitely recommended to anyone interested in this case, missing people in general, and a hard look at the toll obsessions can take....more