I read Rebecca, a favorite classic written in 1938, for the third time for an upcoming library bookgroup. The book is narrated by an unnamed young wom...moreI read Rebecca, a favorite classic written in 1938, for the third time for an upcoming library bookgroup. The book is narrated by an unnamed young woman who becomes Maxim de Winter's second wife. She is very inexperienced, shy, and unsure of herself, and compares herself to Rebecca, Maxim's first wife who drowned. Although the beautiful, talented Rebecca is dead, her presence fills the pages and she becomes a major character. Mrs. Danvers, the scary manager of the mansion at Manderley, keeps Rebecca's memory alive.
The author uses wonderful atmospheric descriptions, sinister dreams, and probes into the characters' inner feelings to set the stage for an investigation into Rebecca's death. The book is very well written and builds to a climax which I won't spoil for future readers.(less)
Judge Atlee was teminally ill when he sent a note to both sons to come to his house to discuss his estate. Ray Atlee, the older son, is a law professo...moreJudge Atlee was teminally ill when he sent a note to both sons to come to his house to discuss his estate. Ray Atlee, the older son, is a law professor. The younger son, Forrest, has been living a good part of the last few years at substance abuse clinics.
When Ray gets to his father's home, he finds him dead with boxes of cash laying around the Judge's study. He has to make sure it's not counterfeit or bribe money, so he hides it. Soon, someone is on Ray's trail, trying to intimidate him and find the cash.
This was a good thriller that kept my interest. But I did not find the character of Judge Atlee totally believable. He was a man that emotionally neglected his two children, but was extremely charitable and encouraging to other young people.(less)
"Until she was twenty-six, Jodi Linder felt suspicious of happiness." This book caught me with its first line, and didn't let go until the end. Jodi w...more"Until she was twenty-six, Jodi Linder felt suspicious of happiness." This book caught me with its first line, and didn't let go until the end. Jodi was notified that the convicted killer of her parents was being let out of prison, and was locating back in the small ranching town in Kansas where Jodi and her relatives lived. Billy Crosby's son, Collin, had worked to have his father released from prison, convinced of his innocence. Truths come out about her parents, Billy, Collin, and Jodi's uncles. This mystery/thriller had me in suspense until it ended with a great twist.(less)
Christine loses her memories every time she falls asleep. She wakes up in a house she does not recognize--with a man who claims to be her husband in h...moreChristine loses her memories every time she falls asleep. She wakes up in a house she does not recognize--with a man who claims to be her husband in her bed. Then the same thing happens again tomorrow.
Dr Nash told her to keep a secret journal of her days and any memories that she has recovered, and calls her each morning to remind her about the journal. She realizes that her husband is telling her lies. Is he doing it to protect her from devastating truths, or to hide the truth from her for other reasons? She's confused and scared, and wonders who she can trust. This gripping amnesia thriller is full of suspense all the way to a great ending.(less)
Chip Linton was piloting a commercial plane in Vermont when both his engines failed, forcing him to make an emergency landing on Lake Champlain. Month...moreChip Linton was piloting a commercial plane in Vermont when both his engines failed, forcing him to make an emergency landing on Lake Champlain. Months later, his wife and twin daughters move with Chip to an islolated, old, Victorian house in New Hampshire, hoping a new locale will help Chip recover from the post traumatic stress of the disastrous landing.
The small town has many herbalists that seem very interested in the family, especially the twin girls. They bring the family desserts filled with unknown herbs. Are they friendly neighbors or are they witches? Chip seems to be acting stranger and scarier every day.
The book starts out a little slowly. Then the psychological thriller picks up pace in the second half, and ties up the story threads in an ending that was a bit unexpected.(less)
Kate Moore has harbored a secret from her husband. Her government job is not being a paper pusher, but working for the CIA. Her husband, Dexter, wants...moreKate Moore has harbored a secret from her husband. Her government job is not being a paper pusher, but working for the CIA. Her husband, Dexter, wants to relocate to Luxembourg to take a computer security job in the banking industry. Kate is happy to quit her double life, and starts her new life as an expat and an "at home" mother in Luxembourg.
Soon, she feels like she is being followed and investigated by another American couple. Her husband is secretive about his job, working long hours into the night for a client that he refuses to discuss with Kate. She discovers secret bank accounts and more.
The book does jump back and forth between different time frames as the story unfolds. This didn't bother me, but might be confusing to some readers. This mystery/thriller kept me in suspense all through the book. In addition to being a good spy novel, it also looks at marriage, secrets, and trust.(less)
6/28/12 Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney in an affluent community outside Boston, is in charge of...more4/22/14 Reread for a book club discussion.
6/28/12 Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney in an affluent community outside Boston, is in charge of a case involving the murder of a boy in his son's class. He is shocked to find out that a fingerprint on the victim's clothing matches with his son, Jacob. Jacob declares his innocence, and his father sets out to defend him with the help of a good defense attorney. Andy also reveals to his wife, Laurie, the secret that he comes from a family of violent men. As the trial progresses, Andy and Laurie are left to wonder how well they really know their teenage son.
This is a story about a family where love can blind a parent from reality. It also brought to light how posts on Facebook and other sites can be used as evidence in a trial, and we all know how teenagers often do not use good judgement before posting. The book was a well-written legal thriller with convincingly real characters. This story has many themes that would be excellent for book group discussions.(less)
Nina, a nurse at the Danish Red Cross Center, got an urgent call from her friend Karin. Karin gave Nina a key to pick up something in a locker, and sh...moreNina, a nurse at the Danish Red Cross Center, got an urgent call from her friend Karin. Karin gave Nina a key to pick up something in a locker, and she found a heavy suitcase. Nina was shocked to find a naked three-year-old boy inside the suitcase. He was drugged but still breathing. Nina, who had seen many victims of child trafficking in her job, is afraid to contact the police in case they return him to a bad situation. She frantically tries to get in contact with Karin, only to find that she was fatally attacked. Nina cannot communicate with the boy who only speaks Lithuanian, but she must find out his identity before she makes her next move. Meanwhile, the boy's mother in Lithuania is desperately trying to find her son, while not frightening his captors so much that they kill or hurt him.
This book is a wonderful mystery/thriller with a great plot. I could not put it down and read the whole book late into the night. I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy thrillers.(less)
Gone Girl is a psychological thriller about a marriage made in hell. When Nick and Amy were first married, they gave the outward appearance of a happy...moreGone Girl is a psychological thriller about a marriage made in hell. When Nick and Amy were first married, they gave the outward appearance of a happy, attractive, educated couple. After they lost their jobs in the financial meltdown of 2008 and moved back to Nick's hometown in Missouri, their true self-absorbed natures came out. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears and the police are grilling Nick. The book alternates between Nick's dialogue and thoughts, and Amy's diary and thoughts. Both products of bad parenting, Nick is a narcissistic liar, and Amy is a cruel, brilliant manipulator. The story was entertaining and kept my interest. A book group might have fun playing amateur psychologists with this cast of troubled characters.(less)
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is stationed at Isle Royale in Lake Superior for the winter. The isolated Michigan island has been the site for a wolf study t...morePark Ranger Anna Pigeon is stationed at Isle Royale in Lake Superior for the winter. The isolated Michigan island has been the site for a wolf study team for fifty years. This year Homeland Security has sent out a representative to evaluate whether the park should be open to visitors in the winter, and the wolf study should be ended. The plan would be to send out security forces in the future since the island is so close to the Canadian border.
Giant wolf prints were found on the island. Then wolf scat shows DNA from a new family of wolves--but how did they get to the island? A member of the staff is found torn apart out in the woods. Anna becomes suspicious of the staff as she investigates the death.
The second half of the book is rather creepy since the wolf study staff is an odd group of characters, and Anna does not know who she can trust. In the sub-zero temperatures, every trip outside has the possibility of danger. It seemed like Anna was in one life-threatening situation after another. I especially enjoyed the author's descriptions of the outdoor world, including the Winter Study of wolves which really exists at Isle Royale.(less)
"Night Film" is a mystery that goes off into a dark world of horror. Stanislas Cordova is a director (resembling Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, and...more"Night Film" is a mystery that goes off into a dark world of horror. Stanislas Cordova is a director (resembling Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, and Alfred Hitchcock) whose films have gone underground because they are too disturbing and might cause copycat events. He filmed on a secluded estate where there was hardly a line between acting and reality.
When Cordova's daughter, Ashley, is found dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft in New York City, journalist Scott McGrath investigates her death. Two younger people join McGrath in his search for the truth. He interviews sources who tell him about black magic, witchcraft, and curses associated with Ashley's life and the Cordova estate. McGrath's humorous remarks throw some lightness into the dark story. While many answers about Ashley are revealed, the mysterious Cordova still holds some secrets at the end of the book. We wonder what is truth, and what is part of the filmmaker's staged world.
The book contains pages of police reports, newspaper articles, and webpages that add to the contemporary feel of the book. Readers with smartphones or tablets can also download an app for an extra experience. Although it is a chunky 602 pages, the book was entertaining and kept my interest. (less)