Twenty-six year old Zane is accused of setting the fire that killed his mother. Now he is responsible for his fourteen year old half-sister, Lettie. AlTwenty-six year old Zane is accused of setting the fire that killed his mother. Now he is responsible for his fourteen year old half-sister, Lettie. All of Zane's life he believed his father died before he was born. Now information found in his mother's belongings reveal the facts that she had a legal name change and nothing Zane thought about himself was true.
He isn't even sure whether or not he started the fire since he was in an alcohol induced blackout and has no memory of that night. A man's body was found in the edge of the woods just behind the trailer house park where Zane's family lived. Now he's accused of double murder.
He searches for the man who he now believes to be his father and finds him. Many years ago, his father was accused of killing two small girls who were attending a camp. He was acquitted because of lack of evidence. (This was before DNA evidence was available.)
Zane wonders if it's in his blood to be like his dad, because the more time he spends with his dad, the more he sees what a bad, bad man he is.
Tension builds at a steady pace and fear mounts. This is a fast paced mystery that will capture your attention and hang on to it.
I received a free e-book of BLOODLINES from Net Galley in return for an honest review....more
This book took me through the gamut of emotions. I began with chuckles for the repartee among the 'swans'. The swans were the women of New York City wThis book took me through the gamut of emotions. I began with chuckles for the repartee among the 'swans'. The swans were the women of New York City who you were likely to read about in the rotogravure or on the society pages. They were the ones who set the standards for high fashion and the best places to eat, have tea, get your hair done.
At the top of the list was Babe Paley, wife of Bill Paley, the CEO of CBS. Most of them had been married two or three times, usually marrying up on the social scale, because that's what they've been trained to do. Babe was the best with the makeup brushes and never allowed her own husband to see her without her full palette or with curlers in her hair.
Along comes Truman Capote. At first he was young, wore suits, and was an adorable little guy. He crashed the group and imagined himself as a larger-than-life beautiful male bird and the ladies were his swans. Through them he broke into high society and spent time in their vacation homes, on their yachts, and his only payments were the stories he told them. He was a story teller; that's how he earned his living, by writing short stories.
As time passed, Capote told each swan she was his favorite, though everyone knew his favorite was really Babe Paley. Soon Bill Paley was included and the strange trio seemed to be the best of friends. He began to dress garishly and to emphasis his fey traits.
After his success with IN COLD BLOOD, Truman hosted a black and white ball and the guest list was like something not seen before, including high fashion, high financiers, and big stars in the entertainment world.
Unable to write another book, Truman tried by writing about confidential things each swan had related to him, and a big split came.
By the time the tale ended, I was sobbing like a baby at the emptiness of it all. The good thing is it made me grateful for my little spot in the middle class.
I was given an ebook of this by Net Galley in return for an honest review. Without hesitation or apology, I give it five stars....more
"They're children, living in their own time, doing their thing, who I overhear. Like the telephone lines of our"If they're not ghosts, what are they?"
"They're children, living in their own time, doing their thing, who I overhear. Like the telephone lines of our times have crossed. The wall between our 'now' and their 'now' is thin. That's all."
Stephen King has nothing on David Mitchell. In fact, David Mitchell's horrors are much more believable.
Every nine years someone disappears from the same place. Each was last seen on the dark, narrow Slade Alley. Also on Slade Alley is a tall brick wall. Somewhere on the wall, mostly hidden by shrubbery is the only passageway through the wall to the large house and the beautiful garden on the other side.
The portal is a small iron gate with no levers, no locks. It is so small most people have to stoop to go through. And it's what's on the other side that interests us. Is this a time warp, hallucinations, or paranormal activity?
Enough said to prevent spoilers.
This is one of the most suspenseful ghost stories I've ever read. It was so good I could not let it go, and I read it in one sitting.
It's short -- only five chapters which are a addition to Mitchell's book THE BONE CLOCK. I'm sorry to say I haven't yet read THE BONE CLOCK. My library's reserved list has been way too long, but my turn will come. It is said each book will stand alone. I know it's true of SLADE HOUSE. I had no trouble jumping right in. Knowing the terminology for creepy things could have helped me do the math quicker than I did, but it didn't take me long to learn.
My yardstick for a scary story is my anxiety level while I'm reading, and this one was almost off the grid.
I guarantee you won't forget this one. It will continue to haunt you.
As I wait for THE BONE CLOCK, I give SLADE HOUSE five stars....more
I received a free copy of this book from the Greenleaf Book Group in return for a review.
Ethan Benson yearns for good old-fashioned journalism. SocialI received a free copy of this book from the Greenleaf Book Group in return for a review.
Ethan Benson yearns for good old-fashioned journalism. Social media has slowed down interest in such television shows, and the top dog has given the crime department to Ethan. He detests working the crime desk. That is, until he has a case that will ultimately lead to the most watched show in the history of the huge communications company.
Be prepared; it won't be necessary to allow so many pages in order for the book to interest you to the point that you'll continue to read. It will grab you by the throat from the first page and shake you like a pit bull would. It won't let go until you've finished the last page, and even then will haunt you.
The case involves a bad boy who supposedly confessed to being responsible for the shooting death of the daughter of the deputy mayor of New York City. Now that Bad Boy has been tried and convicted, the powers that be are trying to reinstate the death penalty just for this case.
As Ethan begins to put together a show in which people related to the case will answer an interviewer's questions, Bad Boy even agrees to take part, and he tells Ethan he has no memory of even seeing the girl during the shooting incident. With this information along with crime scene photos, Ethan becomes more determined to see the show through to airing.
This tale has twists and turns that will keep you wide awake and maybe on the edge of your seat. Everywhere there is danger for Ethan; anything to keep such a show of being aired.
Corruption is rampant in the government: the police department, the DA's office. There is deep involvement with the city's Russian mafia.
This is touted as being the first in a series of Ethan Benson books. Bring on the next one; I'm ready. I couldn't put this one down and read it all in one day.
When will the movie be released? No movie, you say? Well, there should be.
Without hesitation, I give this book five stars....more
The Forgotten Room is a joint effort by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig, all prolific authors of historicalTo be released in Jan 2016
The Forgotten Room is a joint effort by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig, all prolific authors of historical fiction. I've always been in awe of writers who can seamlessly co-author, such as Virginia Berry and Donna Grant, but I think this is the first time I've encountered a trio working together.
The story is told in three voices of women from the same family, but each is from a different generation. You will see that history does repeat itself.
Built in New York's Manhattan in the 1800s, the Pratt mansion is the home of a wealthy family. Unfortunately, Mr Pratt refused to pay the architect who had spent several years on this project. Not being paid led to the architect's destruction, so his daughter invaded the mansion as a maid to snoop to find out why her father wasn't paid.
The forgotten room was at the very top of the house and was available only by a well-hidden, narrow, dark staircase. In this room, each of the three women fell in love with a man from the art world.
In 1892, the Pratt mansion sold and became a boarding house for young working ladies, mainly secretaries.
In 1944, it was a hospital for wounded servicemen coming home from the battlefields of World War II.
In each love affair, there were reasons that seemed too difficult to overcome to allow the couple to remain together. Just as things would seem to smooth out, another twist would occur.
I felt that the room was itself a character, as was a miniature painting and a ruby necklace.
I read this book in one day, simply because I couldn't put it down. I could pick a couple of little places that might have led me to rating it four stars, but I loved it so much I found no problem in coloring in that fifth star.
This is a tender, heart-warming story by Kent Haruf of two widowed people who make an agreement to spend their nights together only for companionship This is a tender, heart-warming story by Kent Haruf of two widowed people who make an agreement to spend their nights together only for companionship and to have someone to talk to in the dark.
A young grandson and a dog come into the relationship; neighbors whisper their gossip; a son interferes.
Maybe because I'm elderly and widowed, but they touched a place in my heart and I enjoyed every page....more
I was lucky enough to receive an uncorrected proof of this book from Random House Publishing Co in return for a review.
From Dean Koontz's beginnings II was lucky enough to receive an uncorrected proof of this book from Random House Publishing Co in return for a review.
From Dean Koontz's beginnings I was a fan, but somewhere throughout the years I strayed. I'm glad I was pulled back by this one.
ASHLEY BELL is the story of Bibi Blair,a writer who is diagnosed with a fatal brain cancer. There is no treatment that works but the patient can choose whether or not to try chemo. Bibi has her mind made up that she will beat this. While she is in the hospital, she has a visit in the middle of the night by a figure wearing a hoodie so she cannot see his face. He has a dog on a leash. The dog puts his fore paws up on the bed and began to lick Bibi's hand.
When Bibi awakens, she feels wonderfully well and knows she is cured. How or why she cannot imagine until she gets a message that she was saved so she could save the life of Ashley Bell, and she must do that in order to remain cancer free.
Bibi has no idea who Ashley is nor where to find her, but she sets out in her valiant, methodical way to make it happen.
This is an action packed drama with twists and turns I didn't see coming. Was it ghosts,quantum mechanics,or just plain crime. She gets into some pulse-bounding situations.
I wish all my author friends would read this and tell me if they think the way this is handled is plausible. It was so off the radar with me.
I liked it well enough that I may read it again to see if I can pick up the clues faster.
I was offered this ebook in return for an honest review.
melophobia: n. the fear of music Origin: from Greek melopoeia, meaning to form a melody and GrI was offered this ebook in return for an honest review.
melophobia: n. the fear of music Origin: from Greek melopoeia, meaning to form a melody and Greek phobia meaning fear. (from http://www.common-phobias.com
After the war to bring back a moral society, the government decided that much of the degradation could be traced back to music, so except for some classical pieces and Muzak, all music was outlawed. They said music caused too much excitement, hard feelings, and anger, and crime.
Now when anyone is arrested, the severity of the crime determines the penalty, as usual. Anyone who breaks the music law by owning or listening to music is sent for Re-education, known as Re-Edge. Their are four levels of Re-Edge.
Merrin Pierce is an undercover agent for The Patrol with their heavy handed tactics. Her father is the Minister of Broadcast Standards. He has been a single dad since Merrin's mother ran off with a musician.
Right now Merrin's job is to infiltrate the underground music scene. She finds that each genre of music from country to hip hop has its own clan underground, and their music is fed to them by someone called The Source.
Merrin's partner is her old high school boyfriend who still carries a torch for her. Also interested in her is the young man her father hired to write the Muzak which plays everywhere as it seems to have a calming effect on the masses.
For some reason Merrin's father has allowed her to keep a music box which her mother had given her when she was a child. As she delves deeper and deeper in the underground and hears the old music, she begins to have old memories of when her mother was still with her.
This is a fast paced action tale with twists and turns that you won't see coming, and you will cheer for Merrin, the sharpness of her mind and her ability to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Throw in a loving, yet strained father/daughter relationship and a love triangle, and it's all you need for a fantastic read.
I wish I were a music producer; this would be a quick pick. I give Melophobia five stars.
Favorite line: I'd rather live my life doing something I love -- something -- something I believe in -- even if it's for only a day than to live safe and bored for the rest of it....more
This is the second book in Mr Arlidge's Helen Grace series.
Helen Grace is the Detective Inspector of a police department somewhere in the UK.
Someone hThis is the second book in Mr Arlidge's Helen Grace series.
Helen Grace is the Detective Inspector of a police department somewhere in the UK.
Someone has started killing men who cruise and use prostitutes. Since it's usually the woman who is killed, this presents an entirely different way of investigating.
The other girls are reluctant to talk to the police, but in time, they finger an amazingly strong, beautiful woman known as Angel.
While the police search, another john dies, and then another. Angel doesn't stop with killing. She removes the heart from each corpse and ships them. The first she ships to the man's home; the ones that follow go to their places of business.
There are problems of a power struggle in the department and questioning of some of Helen's methods. She risked an officer's life by sending him under cover.
This is a fast paced thriller and I enjoyed every minute of it. There were several references back to the first book, but not enough to make you feel lost. (I guarantee you will want to go back and read that one. I know I will.)
A reclusive novelist, her daughter, and her two granddaughters each have a voice in this book that kept me engaged.
The mail carrier left it in my mailA reclusive novelist, her daughter, and her two granddaughters each have a voice in this book that kept me engaged.
The mail carrier left it in my mailbox at 3 p.m. on the 18th. By 3 p.m. on the 19th, I had finished reading, but I was still engaged. This is one of those I'll probably read again to see what I may have missed.
The main theme is mother/daughter relationships and shows how important it is to keep the lines of communication open.
There's also a love affair that lasts through the ages, and I kept rushing through, eager for the next time they were together.
I don't want to let slip any spoilers, so I won't say more,but particularly if you're a woman, this book is for you.