Recommended by Isabelle. Author: M. L. Woolley is very nice. Must read these books soon!
*** Okay, I have been sitting on what to say in this review all...moreRecommended by Isabelle. Author: M. L. Woolley is very nice. Must read these books soon!
*** Okay, I have been sitting on what to say in this review all day. The plot, the story was interesting. I like reading or watching 'end of the world as we know it' books or movies. I liked the characters and watching their development, toward good or bad. I was happy (but does it cheapen the message) for the redemption of some. I kind of wished one who wasn't redeemed had been, while another was that I felt didn't deserve it, but got it. But that's me playing god in M. L. Woolley's world. I especially felt drawn in for the preparations of what is coming.
BUT... I had a hard time with the point of view, rather, whose point of view this is now, especially in the beginning of the book. It seemed to jump around. Maybe titling each section would help the reader know who we are reading about. And then there were a couple places where a more universal POV jumped into the middle of an individual's POV. I think this was something missed by the editor(s)
I have nothing against religion, per se, but the inclusion of certain scripture and verse weakened the story and what seemed to be main goals.
On the other hand, I loved the idea of the dream relationship and wished to read of more individual occurrences of the dream meetings. And I would have loved seeing the best friend's story built up more, and a follow through of predicted great deeds.
I am, however, looking forward to reading the sequel, maybe what I need resolved in the story and with its people with be written there.(less)
As usual, I feel beneath those who classified this as classic. Once again I feel classic means no spirit, no passion, just a bunch of words to help th...moreAs usual, I feel beneath those who classified this as classic. Once again I feel classic means no spirit, no passion, just a bunch of words to help the reader feel the pain of the author, or characters. Ok, I didn't finish but I felt 50% of the book was more than enough time for me to care about something.
First, I don't believe in the main character who calls herself a New Yorker yet says very little. Not in my experience. And she says she's in love with the other woman but has never asked that woman anything. She knows nothing about the OBJECT of her love.
Second, I don't love the other woman, nor respect her. She give nothing of herself.
And third, What is up with the caveman? Why does the silent NYer spend any time with this brute?
Salt is rubbed into the readers eyes as they try to read this and feel any identification with the author.
Sorry. There are billions of good books out there. I will go read one of them.(less)
Mysteries and thrillers are not my kinds of books. They are the elements of nightmares for me. But I have read and enjoyed other books by R.E. Bradsha...moreMysteries and thrillers are not my kinds of books. They are the elements of nightmares for me. But I have read and enjoyed other books by R.E. Bradshaw. Decky has done it again. I read it in one day. I had previously read about 5% of the book before but had left it for a time when I knew it didn't have to replace my bedtime book, though parts would have been ok. ;) I had to reread it from the beginning and was tied up in the story until the end.
Now I can hardly wait to read Rainey Nights!(less)
This was a fun book. I loved the characters, plots, and sub-plots. It was very sexy, romantic. If you don't like lesbian romance this isn't for you. I...moreThis was a fun book. I loved the characters, plots, and sub-plots. It was very sexy, romantic. If you don't like lesbian romance this isn't for you. I believe love is love and found this delightful.
I especially liked the little daughter. The author made her so realistic. I wanted to give her a hug and kiss on the forehead.
For those who might feel hesitant to read a mystery/thriller, know that the levels of anxiousness are not too high. I don't think I will have any bad dreams about this book. The good feelings far outweigh the bad.
At midnight, I finished the book yet wasn't ready to go to sleep, so I started book 2. Book 1 didn't end with a cliffhanger, so it could be read and left behind until you are ready to read the next book. All threads were nicely tied up.
One small thing, there were a lot of places that could have used better editing. But that didn't detract from the story; plot and character kept me engaged.(less)
Right up front, I want to admit that this was a complimentary Kindle copy for an honest review. I know the author through GoodReads and have read othe...moreRight up front, I want to admit that this was a complimentary Kindle copy for an honest review. I know the author through GoodReads and have read other books by him. He knows I do not like mysteries as my favorite genre. All that still holds true. But his mysteries are at least not from the eyes of the murderer but from the detective trying to sort it all out.
I have to also admit to smiling, and laughing out loud at the way L.H. Thomson's tongue in cheek, sometimes even cheesy phrases emerged when I wasn't expecting it. Case in point involves a gaze toward the skies. (Trying not to drop a spoiler.) I have grown to love this priest-turned-agnostic-detective, Max Castillo. He is self deprecating without making you want to throw up. He treats everyone with slight disdain yet respect. He isn't so much a womanizer like others of his ilk and blames his former religion. In fact, his woman friend is often the one who sees the answers first. She just doesn't want to play detective.
Since I haven't had the opportunity to travel to Spain, I must admit this series has made me think about it. I can't say how true to life Mr. Thomson's descriptions are, but he does give the country, especially the beaches, an appealing draw.
I would have given this 5 stars but there were places that the editor missed, I'm afraid. I don't know if they are places that show up when just reading, but text-to-speech, which is the way I read most often, brings little flubs up glaringly. When those happen I do stop the tts and look to make sure it isn't just the computerized voice screwing up. [TTS says n-p-s when it sees insp. That usually makes me laugh. Oh, mm. is millimeters which sounds funny when alluding to a gun.] But there were true grammatical, but mostly spelling errors, that could have been missed with human eyes alone. Not a lot of them, mind you. In this day of the independent publishing I have read far worse. Some of which were so bad I had to stop reading. This story kept me going. I wanted to see what Max would come up with, or what happened to him. And the other reason for the lack of one star, mysteries not being my favorite genre
I have read a lot of LH's books and what I can say is he does keep the story interesting and his characters fun. The plots aren't hopeless messes (as I have found with mysteries most often) but situational stories that make you want to read more.
Giving three stars for a mystery is good. That was because I did like the main character, Jayden. She was strong and flawed and it was fun to be insid...moreGiving three stars for a mystery is good. That was because I did like the main character, Jayden. She was strong and flawed and it was fun to be inside her head. If the point of the mystery is to figure out who done it I had it pegged from the beginning. Guess I can't say why as that would be a spoiler. Needless to say having a church hierarchy to look at gave me all the clues I needed. If this had been anything but a mystery and involved anything but a church I would have found it a delightful story. (less)
This is the mystery book. I do not know how it came into my hands. It just appeared. I had let it sit on the shelf for a while and then finally decide...moreThis is the mystery book. I do not know how it came into my hands. It just appeared. I had let it sit on the shelf for a while and then finally decided that I could try with very good lighting and short reading times, that I could read it.For someone with good eyesight this may actually be a short read. But for me it took longer. I liked that the spaces between lines made it easier than most paperbacks. In fact, this is the perfect book for a summer read, or plane ride.
It was fun, even though there was murder involved. At least the blood and gore was kept to a minimum. As the author points out it was fashioned from the movie, Rear Window. One of the few Hitchcock movies that didn't leave me shaking.
The characters were believable and likable. The stories within the story were all great asides without taking over and took me in. All in all, a fun short read (well not for me, but you know what I mean).
Because no one claimed the book I registered it on BookCrossing.com BCID: 393-12573558(less)
Ok, I need Xanax! This was non-stop anxiety! Great writing, as usual, Ms. R.E. Bradshaw. And thanks for adding to my paranoia!
Decky did a wonderful j...moreOk, I need Xanax! This was non-stop anxiety! Great writing, as usual, Ms. R.E. Bradshaw. And thanks for adding to my paranoia!
Decky did a wonderful job pulling the reader in. I think this sequel could be read without having read the first book, but it is best to read them in order. The characters are well developed, the plots and subplot move you to a satisfying end, all threads tied off properly.
I highly recommend the Rainey Mysteries to everyone.(less)
Sorry I didn't send you all postcards. I didn't have time to stop for souvenirs. Ah, but aren't road trips the best? That's how I felt as I was readin...moreSorry I didn't send you all postcards. I didn't have time to stop for souvenirs. Ah, but aren't road trips the best? That's how I felt as I was reading this charming book. Like I have been from New York to visit a lot of Europe. I met so many people and saw so many sights. I might have learned a thing or two along the way.
Every moment of this book was fun, even the angsty ones. These weren't the usual teen/romance angsts but rather of getting lost or being shy or missing a loved one. Anyone can relate to those feelings, no matter what their age or gender.
I loved the characters and their growth throughout the book. I so wanted to give Gin, the MC a hug on a few occasions. That's how real she felt to me.
You know, I only have one bad thing to say about the book. That is about the bonus part. That is the first bit of the next book. You see, this book was free, way back in--was it 2011 or 2012? In fact, I couldn't find the B004T5V4L6 edition on Amazon. At any rate, it was the lead up to book two that was the bonus. Picture me with a fish-hook through my mouth. So I went to look for the next one and found it to be way to expensive for my meager book allowance. AND neither this book or the next are lending-enabled. BOO! So I am on a waiting list for the library version. Hope the font is large enough for me.
Anyway, want to travel? Pick up this book. $1.99, I think. Compared to the cost of the flight alone, that is a bargain! Enjoy!(less)
Though I am reading the three-book boxed set, I think it is fair to give a review of each individual book. Since I did buy both, and as I want to enco...moreThough I am reading the three-book boxed set, I think it is fair to give a review of each individual book. Since I did buy both, and as I want to encourage writing for seniors, the reals ones not the ones in twelfth grade in high school. Besides, it doesn't hurt my reading goals to review individually. ;-)
It is so exciting to actually read something that includes people, womyn, who are not teens. Was it as well-written as I would like? Not so much. I would give this three and a half stars. This needed more editing. And did we have to fall into the trap of the romance? I like when womyn can think for themselves and stand without a man coming to their rescue. Agnes did that for the most part, but she got all weak kneed and girlie when the man of her dreams comes into view. I loved Eleanor, the ninety-something sex crazed side-kick better than the main character. She pulled no punches and got what she needed from the world.
That world is Tawas, Michigan. I've never been there so it seemed like another country, to me. The author did make it sound like the kind of place I'd like to visit sometime.
I love how Madison Johns, the author, captures all kinds of senior citizens within this book. She laughs at some who seem like they would enjoy the joke while holding respect and sympathy for those not so blessed or able. And I love how Ms. Johns addresses fem issues. You wouldn't think that the issues would be so strong once womyn were no longer in the work force, but it seems to affects us all a lot more. Ms. Johns doesn't draw attention to these issues, but rather, states them as is and moves on, leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions.
The tags 'mystery, thriller, suspense' are the most accurate. Chic-lit or cozy mystery seem too light for the contents. Rape, murder, and sex-trafficking are some topics involved which are dealt with in a serious manner. I found that fact a little too much to deal with. I don't like reading stories that are too realistic. I get that on the news. Give me a good sci-fi or fantasy to get lost in, any day. But all in all this was a good read and I will continue the series with delight. Go, Seniors!(less)
L. H. Thomson proves his witty, wonderful writing once more in this second of the Max Castillo mystery. Look, I don't much like mysteries. I don't car...moreL. H. Thomson proves his witty, wonderful writing once more in this second of the Max Castillo mystery. Look, I don't much like mysteries. I don't care to put my thoughts into murder and who-dunnits. Even so I do enjoy Mr. Thomson's writing. The whole time I was reading this one I kept telling my husband that HE will love this book. He already was convinced and has downloaded the first, Buried in Benidorm. He likes-um-loves mysteries and detective books.
I love the character, Max Castillo. I think he has a good outlook on life, religion and people. I love his sense of humor. Here, again, I giggled quietly, but I could see that when my husband reads these he will LOL!
The plot does keep you guessing. I think folks who love mysteries will love LH's novels! Well done!(less)
Good job, Mr. Thomson! I do not like detective novels. I do not like murder mysteries. Hey, I do not like Green Eggs and Ham (vegetarian bordering on...moreGood job, Mr. Thomson! I do not like detective novels. I do not like murder mysteries. Hey, I do not like Green Eggs and Ham (vegetarian bordering on gluten-free vegan). But I tried L.H.'s book because I have read another book by him, Antique Hunters, and I liked it. So I thought I would try this.
Am I a convert? Nope. While I love L. H.'s writing style and the philosophy he slipped in, I would rather not read about murder and other horrendous deeds portrayed on the news. Not that this act was gruesomely written about, not that I don't want to be informed. I just have a strong allergy to nightmares. Murder and the justice sought in such cases, bring those mares galloping out.
On the other hand, I KNOW my husband will LOVE this book! As the cats will attest, HE has no aversion to nightmares. We, the cats and I, know of nights where one or more of us land on the floor! He likes reading mysteries and writes them. One day L. H. will have a bit more competition in that arena. Hubby (and I) are slow in the publication stage.
Qualification of the tags/GoodReads Shelves: adult, anxiety, canada, children, death, depression, disabilities, ghosts, kindle, mystery, read, strong-...moreQualification of the tags/GoodReads Shelves: adult, anxiety, canada, children, death, depression, disabilities, ghosts, kindle, mystery, read, strong-fem
This is an adult book because of the fear it could cause in anyone but especially the young. It brought out my anxiety. Any mother would be anxious as she reads this!
This is in the author's country, Canada. It isn't over emphasized but makes you want to go there. It sounds like it must be absolutely beautiful!
This is about the kidnapping, torturing, dismembering and killing of children, which makes it a book I will never read again. I will forever have nightmares from this!
The main character's son has a disability. He is unable to speak. Yes, you do find out why.
Ghosts waft about and take over at times, be prepared. As usual, they need help.
Yes, I read this with text-to-speech on my Kindle.
I don't usually read mysteries, neither do I read books that will keep me awake or cause nightmares. The author leaves all the clues you need to solve the mystery. You do see it coming. Even still, as gruesome as this mystery is, you keep reading in hopes of closure for the poor mother who has been through enough.
Strong fem. She just doesn't know it. She hides from her own strength in her alcohol. But when she is more sober, facing her demons, so-to-speak, you know that any person would want to escape this mess, any way they could.
If I were into crime mysteries I think I would give this five stars. I prefer Cheryl Kaye Tardif's Whale Song.(less)
Gore at the beginning and edge-of-your-seat anxiety at the end makes this a NON-bedtime story. STILL, it was a fun read. I love the characters, corpor...moreGore at the beginning and edge-of-your-seat anxiety at the end makes this a NON-bedtime story. STILL, it was a fun read. I love the characters, corporeal, ethereal, or vampireal who are a mixture of them all. And how evil is it to include a section of the next book in the series? Now I can hardly wait to get into that one!
Great job, J. N. Duncan! You have turned a reading-wimp into vampire of bloody novels! (less)
I won a signed paperback copy. Thank you, Cheryl Kaye Tardif! But my eyes don't do paperback novels very well. Then I picked up a free Kindle copy. Ya...moreI won a signed paperback copy. Thank you, Cheryl Kaye Tardif! But my eyes don't do paperback novels very well. Then I picked up a free Kindle copy. Yay!
I am so glad I got to read this. It is like two novels in one. You get the wilderness adventure and then a science fiction novel. I loved the characters so the switch was easy, I still wanted to know what happened so even though there was a bit of a bump from nature to sterile futurism, the story continued. In fact, for this sci-fi fan it got even better. I would have been happy with either part of the story alone. Together it makes quite a story!
The sad part? The story ended. Is there a chance of a part two? I can see so much that wants to happen. But I wasn't left on a cliff. Those kinds of endings make me so angry. This just leaves you wondering. It will stick with me for a long time. The science is within the grasp of scientists so some part if not all could happen. Will it be used for good or ill? I may have to immerse in the first part of the book and backpack into the wilderness.(less)