As the saying goes, “to every reader her book, every book its reader” This book was just not for me. I could not get around the nasty, mean, crabby, s...moreAs the saying goes, “to every reader her book, every book its reader” This book was just not for me. I could not get around the nasty, mean, crabby, snarky, horrible characters in this book! There is only one guy who is a half ass normal person and its Maeve's boyfriend. I have a feeling even though anyone in this book could chew glass and fillet people at the same time, he will end up being the killer. I had to stop reading about a third of the way in, I did try. (less)
4 stars, review to follow...:) This book perplexed me and at times made me smile. I was all over the place trying to figure it out. I was led down many...more4 stars, review to follow...:) This book perplexed me and at times made me smile. I was all over the place trying to figure it out. I was led down many a wrong path trying to figure out just who is the serial killer in this book. I love the premise of the wild child found, brought into society and then what happens to her and everyone around her as a result. This book has a wealth of information in it about the ultra rich and very disconnected scions of society in New York and how everyone followed the petty whims of the very rich back in the day. I would like to say had Bronwyn been more forthcoming with Hugo at some point he wouldn't have been so crazed all the time, that being said, I think more of what and who Bronwyn was or where she was coming from might have also made for a more enjoyable read. Like Hugo I felt left out at times, discombobulated, floundering and not knowing if I should put the book down or just turn the page! This is mainly a book about the ultra wealthy Hugo, son of the wealthy Delegate family in Manhattan circa 1875, who when on a family trip to Nevada, they come upon a female wild child in a side show act who had allegedly been raised by wolves with razor like claws made especially for her and her wild girl side show act . Hugo immediately feels an affinity, a pull he can't explain with this wild child and this almost becomes his undoing. The family decides to "buy" her and take her on as their new pet project having done so many times before with other oddities of the population who have since become members of their ultra rich entourage and they try to make her a part of a family that they think anyone in their right mind would love to be a part of. Right mind being a key word here... They soon find their "Savage Girl" is a very capable, secretive, independent and extremely functional girl in any situation, she can & does run circles around her new family and the people she meets. She tells them she remembers her name is Bronwyn and after that she is clothed and readied for society but, is society ready for her? There are people sneaking in and out at night, including Bronwyn, Strange goings on that happen in the dark in the huge Delegate home or citadel as it is known. Soon men who have admired Bronwyn and paid her attention start to turn up dead and mutilated all over town. Who could be doing this? Is it Hugo, who is consumed with jealousy, falling hard for his savage girl or is it the savage girl herself who can not be tamed by money or society? This is something you will be puzzling out throughout the book, wondering who is the savage killer on the loose...(less)
Too much sex in this for my taste but it is an easy read and sadly this sort of thing happens a lot, crazy peopl...morea great 3 star read, review to come...
Too much sex in this for my taste but it is an easy read and sadly this sort of thing happens a lot, crazy people with too much time on their hands and messed up heads digging into other people's lives. I covered up the camera eye on my computer after the first few pages....you never know! A wacko computer hacker is taking over people's computer webcams and then blackmailing the ones who do "interesting" things, he calls them slaves. unfortunately for him he has targeted detective Robin Tate who just happens to be investigating the murder of one of his former slaves. The thing is, Robin has a secret. A sexual secret, kind of like the hacker. Cyber crimes are on the rise and this book will give you the heebie jeebies!
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wow, oh wow.....just a never ending nightmare, review to come...:/
This novel blew me right out of my chair with a double whammy! the book starts out sl...morewow, oh wow.....just a never ending nightmare, review to come...:/
This novel blew me right out of my chair with a double whammy! the book starts out slowly, building into a dark, break your heart psychological thriller. You have no idea what is to come but, hang in there because it is worth the ride. Artists Harry & Robin are living a good life in Tangier, Harry is getting ready to celebrate his wife, Robin's birthday until he realizes he has left the present he got for her earlier in town so, he decides that while his 3 yr. old son Dillon is sleeping he will just run the few blocks to go pick it up.... This spur of the moment decision changes his family's life forever. This is a story of how secrets and lies kept from your partner can blow up in unexpected ways you could never imagine. There are a few shady characters along the way that add to the tension but, I don't want to give to much away so I will just say, you need to read this book! (less)
a most excellent 5 star read for me, review to come...:)
My criteria for a 5 star review is... if I can not stop turning the pages, I am in! I was turn...morea most excellent 5 star read for me, review to come...:)
My criteria for a 5 star review is... if I can not stop turning the pages, I am in! I was turning the pages like crazy most of the way through this book. I was a little unhappy with the ending but, hey....not my book. I would love for this to be a series with Dani and Choo Choo stomping out the bad guys! Dani works as a data analyst for the big security company Rasmund, she has the unique ability to read the things people throw away, their trash. late for work one day and coming in the back way she stumbles upon a team of hit men who are killing everyone in the building and looking for something. Dani hides and barely escapes with one of her co workers, the fabulous Choo Choo. Dani and Choo Choo are on the run and don't know which way to turn or who to trust. As they try and stay alive and figure out just what it is they might have that the killers want, we are treated to a wild and crazy ride.
This book was a kindle first freebie from Amazon...:) (less)
I very much enjoyed this book, it is beautifully written. Having lived in the south and gotten to know some peo...morea wonderful 4 star read, review to come
I very much enjoyed this book, it is beautifully written. Having lived in the south and gotten to know some people from the holler I recognized right away the suspicion and skepticism some of the people live with so, the outcomes were no surprise. This was a heartbreaking book filled with what I know are sad truths about the world we live in. The depravity of humanity just reared its ugly head and smacked many of these women from the holler up side the head.... Lila, Cheri, Ransome, Lucy, the list is endless in this book. This story starts out in the tiny backward town of Henbane in the Ozark mountains. Lucy Dane is a 16 year old having trouble fitting in this town just like her mother did many years ago until she disappeared. Lucy's friend Cheri goes missing and this brings up painful memories for the whole town as it reminds everyone when Lila, Lucy's mother mysteriously left but with a gun in her hand. Two women in two generations just gone. This is a mystery about family, the blood ties that bind and sometimes kill. I must say I was disappointed in Carl, I mean......open your eyes man! A wonderful read. I will be looking forward to her next book(less)
a most excellent 5 star read for me! review to come...:)
I loved this book from the first page. This is the second novel from author Nancy Horan, the f...morea most excellent 5 star read for me! review to come...:)
I loved this book from the first page. This is the second novel from author Nancy Horan, the first being" Loving Frank" which I also loved from the first page! Fanny and Louis... who would ever imagine these two opposite yet, passionate people would come together in a wild and loving relationship that would span the globe and eventually lead to marriage. Fanny Osbourne 37 year old feisty American mother of 3 and still married to her philandering husband when she meets Robert Louis Stevenson 10 years her junior, Scotsman and author of such classics as Treasure Island and The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to name just a few. Fanny had gumption and in 1875 followed her dream at a time in History when most women were doing the complete opposite, my mother would call her a Maverick! Fanny decides to pack up her 3 kids, flee from her worthless husband and sail to Belgium to follow her dream to study art! tragedy strikes early on and as Fanny tries to find solace she meets her love in France, he is trying to get well and write and she to mourn her child and so the adventure begins as they travel the globe looking for a place for Louis to find inspiration and a climate that will help him live comfortably with his weak lungs. This is a wonderful, chilling, tragic and triumphant love story. (less)
A most excellent 5 star read for me, review soon to come!
What a wonderful premise for a book, I loved the writing and the fun flights of fancy, I neve...moreA most excellent 5 star read for me, review soon to come!
What a wonderful premise for a book, I loved the writing and the fun flights of fancy, I never knew the "real" story behind Achilles Heel! This book was a delightful page turner for me, I love the idea of the strong Amazon woman and the fact that maybe, just maybe they/we are all still out there empowering woman everywhere. The mythology, The Iliad, hunting treasure, the Amazons, the Trojan war, the fast pace, The wonderful storyline and the hint of a romance without to much sex was perfect, not to mention the gorgeous cover art all make for a most excellent 5 star read for me. Anne did a wonderful job with the characters who I cared about, were real but flawed with really interesting jobs that I believed in and that I actually learned from as I read the story. I 'm not usually thrilled with two separate stories in time however, this one was done well moving back and forth with the two main characters Diana in present day and Myrina in the past. The story starts out in present day Oxford, England with Dr. Diana Morgan, a philologist, giving a lecture desperately trying to make her claim for the existence of Amazons. She is warned to let the subject go unless she wants to see her academic career in ruins but, for Diana this subject has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember and a huge part of the relationship she had with her beloved grandma who mysteriously disappeared when Diana was young and claimed that she was an Amazon. Soon after giving her ill received lecture Diana meets a stranger who tells her of a fabulous Archaeological discovery that is proof of the existence of Amazons. The foundation he works for has made a wonderful discovery and she is needed right away in Amsterdam to help with the authentication process. Diana explains she is not an archaeologist, but a philologist who studies deciphering, reading and the study of language and then he shows her a picture of an inscription on what looks to be an ancient plaster wall and that she is needed to try and decipher it. We then are taken to North Africa, Late Bronze Age where we meet Myrina and her younger sister Lilli who were out hunting for food and upon arriving home to their village find everything too quiet, no dogs come to greet them, the houses are silent until an old crone comes at then screaming obscenities about the girls mother, long thought a witch. She tells the girls their mother has cursed and burned the village and they must go away forever! The girls wander until they at last find the harrowing and exciting future they were destined for. This is just the beginning of this wonderfully thrilling, mysterious and inventive story. The dictionary describes the Amazons as a mythical race of female warriors. After reading this book it does make one wonder. This was a most excellent 5 star read for me, I highly recommend it. After writing this review I decided to share it with my grandmother who has always had a vivid imagination and had told me many thrilling and unbelievable stories when I was a young girl. When she was done reading she became very quiet. She then told me she was very glad I had come across this book as it was about time I learned the truth of my ancestry and the legacy I was about to inherit because I, like my grandmother before me was also a descendant of the Amazon ....Gotcha! Well, one never does know, does one? (less)
I enjoyed the book, and I particularly liked all the information about archaeology. I would have liked the...morea wonderful 4 star read, review to come...:)
I enjoyed the book, and I particularly liked all the information about archaeology. I would have liked the ending to be different. I think a certain cop had one to many chances and should have been given the heave-ho...:) Archaeologist Libby Maitland no sooner lands the project of a lifetime, a data recovery excavation in a small town in the Pacific Northwest when she fears she is being stalked, or is she? She enlists the help of the very handsome chief of police Mark Colby who sometimes believes her and sometimes he doesn't. She finds a body at the excavation site and this leads to much confusion and trouble. Could this be the body of a wife and mother gone missing many years ago never to be heard from again? Is someone stalking her or is her past catching up to her, who can she trust, who is on her side? This is a fast, interesting, fun read, that will keep you guessing until the very end, I will be looking forward to more of this authors books!(less)