As an ex Floridian I always respond to Hiassen's humor because everything from the crooked politicians to the loony toon tourists and residents is basAs an ex Floridian I always respond to Hiassen's humor because everything from the crooked politicians to the loony toon tourists and residents is based on truth. I'm sticking to that because even while leading my very humdrum life it was hard to completely avoid the crazy there.
That being said, I don't think Hiaasen is covering any new ground here and his female characters still haven't graduated beyond being sex crazed manipulative bimbettes (there were at least 4 in this one) with nothing really distinguishing one from the other except our Razor girl happened to be a sex, crazed, manipulative bimbette with an apparent love of animals.
This story also bought back Andrew Yancy ( Bad Monkey), former detective now demoted to roach patrol inspector in Key West. The main storyline involving reality show stars appears to be a parody of a certain Duck Dynasty show. This one is good for laughs but shock me next time Hiaasen and introduce a female character who isn't taking off her clothes and throwing herself at our hero immediately upon meeting him, alluring as a professional roach patrol must be. ...more
It's possible this was nothing but a soap opera potboiler from the beginning but for a while I thought it was about people in a friendly, Southern towIt's possible this was nothing but a soap opera potboiler from the beginning but for a while I thought it was about people in a friendly, Southern town bought together by a near tragedy. Then 2/3rds of the way in, ta-dum-dum-dum all the secrets get revealed and it's like episodes of Desperate Housewife gone off the rails. Now I did use to watch Desperate Housewife back in the day so obviously I have a tolerance for the genre but the resolutions on this one were just too quick and easy and tied up in a nice pretty bow at the end. And I say this as someone who normally like a tidy bow ending but...
This one is for lovers of chick lit, soap operas (have no idea why this is flagged as a mystery) and who have a high tolerance for idiotic character names, and yes I'm looking at you Zell, Bryte & Jencey.
The premise is that Anna's 13 year old daughter Julie is taken in the middle of the night with the only witness being her younger sister Jane. Eight yThe premise is that Anna's 13 year old daughter Julie is taken in the middle of the night with the only witness being her younger sister Jane. Eight years later she returns or so it appears. Anna starts to have doubts that it's really her daughter after uncovering holes in the story.
There's nothing here that wouldn't have been resolved with a quick DNA test. The author instead goes through hoops to write as confusing a story as possible switching from first to third person point of view and back and forth in time between Anna's viewpoint and the views of girls with different names. The result of all this was the story was a mess.
I really can't go into more without revealing spoilers. The police, the press and the people involved all behaved in a cliched but still basically unrealistic manner. There was plot holes a plenty. This very much resembled a bad lifetime movie. If that that's your cup of tea then go for it but otherwise I wouldn't recommend. Although this had potential, I found the plot poorly written and executed.
Got this for free so there's that. The gimmick of them trying to meet cute just went on too long so the entire story felt forced and not natural. NotGot this for free so there's that. The gimmick of them trying to meet cute just went on too long so the entire story felt forced and not natural. Not one of her best. ...more
Started off with some interesting ideas and continued on to multiple other interesting ideas to the point it was hard to track all that was going on.Started off with some interesting ideas and continued on to multiple other interesting ideas to the point it was hard to track all that was going on. This was ok as an audio book as there was always a lot happening. But it's part of a trilogy and I don't think I have the energy to continue with this series....more
Considering the polarizing reviews I enjoyed this more than I was expecting. The cheating part didn't bother me as much since they were only in a LaveConsidering the polarizing reviews I enjoyed this more than I was expecting. The cheating part didn't bother me as much since they were only in a Lavender, almost green card marriage anyways with it almost being an open relationship except the wife was in deep denial of her sexuality.
Things take a turn after the first couple chapters and the story turns to one about Sol and the real reasons behind his intimacy issues as the focus becomes his relationship with Adam. Unlike some of the reviewers, I did end up liking both main characters and liked the little bits of humor interspersed throughout amongst all the drama and the tears. This was a nice free read from the Loves Landscape series. ...more
This had a slow and somewhat boring start but propelled by my need to find out how a little 'miracle' girl in a small Irish town could survive withoutThis had a slow and somewhat boring start but propelled by my need to find out how a little 'miracle' girl in a small Irish town could survive without food for months, it ultimately ended up really holding my interest.
Lib Wright, a very skeptical Nightingale nurse from England is hired, along with a Catholic nun, to monitor this little girl to see if she's really not eating as claimed. The story takes place in Mid nineteenth century Irish village right after the Great Potato famine and so issues of poverty and religion are explored as many look to this child as a symbol of hope in trying times.
It's interesting that, as the author pointed out, that these stories about fasting girls and sometimes boys, showed up with some regularity from around the 16th to the 20th century. Today we tend to hear more about the stories of people seeing things like the Virgin Mary and Jesus in their toast. It's all the same really as it's about looking for something to believe in.
The author has fashioned a truly compelling story out of these historical facts. I've never read her other popular novel, Room, but I sense that she's good with small spaces as this was a nice, compact and satisfying novel. ...more
This is a beautifully written story about a young, smart and attractive black girl/woman growing up in a small town in California. She's thrown off coThis is a beautifully written story about a young, smart and attractive black girl/woman growing up in a small town in California. She's thrown off course after her mother's suicide and her attempts to right herself leads to a relationship with the local pastor's son, Luke Sheppard and a friendship with a girl with a troublesome background of her own named Aubrey all of which has long term consequences for all their lives.
The reason for the title is pretty clear as the role of mothers and the roads taken and not taken and its effects is highlighted. Throughout the story we also periodically get the point of view of what can only be described as a sort of greek chorus of mothers in the town. The writing on this is so clear and evocative that you can't help but be drawn into the story. It's only afterwards that you question some things like the main plot. It's a little like I'd imagine a Tyler Perry movie would be if I'd actually ever seen a Tyler Perry movie. In other words, it's more soapy than realistic to believe that this one action would resonate so many years later.
It made me question a little if the author had a particular point of view or political motivation here. No matter though, despite some flaws and quibbles the author's obvious talent shines through on this debut novel. It's a story that holds you under its spell while you're reading it. ...more
This was a police procedural in the true sense of the word starring Detective Antoinette Conway as a rather bitter and sometimes paranoid officer inveThis was a police procedural in the true sense of the word starring Detective Antoinette Conway as a rather bitter and sometimes paranoid officer investigating what's supposed to be a by the book domestic murder case of a young woman named Aislinn Murray. Except that Antoinette has doubts about this being so basic and it doesn't help that her partner Stephen Moran keeps whispering her ears other what if scenarios.
The problem with this story is that not much happens for the first 200 to 300 pages as everything seems to point towards a standard case with an obvious culprit. We also spend the majority of the time in the mind of Antoinette and lets face it, she's so bitter and angry that's it's not always a pleasant place to be.
Still I ended up being satisfied with how everything culminated in the case. This one requires patience due to its slow moving storyline. If you don't have it you may want to pass on this.
I was not a fan of Ruth Ware's first book In a Dark, Dark Wood but this one at least is a step up from that. In this case, the author channels her innI was not a fan of Ruth Ware's first book In a Dark, Dark Wood but this one at least is a step up from that. In this case, the author channels her inner Agatha Christie and has a plot involving a young travel reporter, Lo Blacklock who's covering a small Norwegian Luxury liner cruise with a limited number of berths (10). During this cruise Lo believes she witnesses a murder except all the passengers are accounted for.
The author does a good job of building tension and keeps your interest especially during the middle portions of this story. You get the satisfaction of reading what feels like a modern take on a classic who done it. Ultimately however, the story unravels towards the later portion and becomes muddled , illogical and a bit of a let down.
I'd still recommend as a vacation read, unless you're going on a cruise of course....more