Ellis Crawford is a world famous NY Times bestselling author who is tired of writing what he sees as 'trash fiction'. H...moreA great psychological thriller!
Ellis Crawford is a world famous NY Times bestselling author who is tired of writing what he sees as 'trash fiction'. He writes a political manifesto of sorts, and is thrilled when it's published, and wants to kill off the heroine of his best selling series. The problem is he has 3 more books under contract.
Killing Jenna Crane was a new twist for me, and is a psychological thriller that has you evaluating your own world and everything around you. What is real? What is imaginary? What is just a mere plot to a book? While I wasn't as surprised as most people with the quick twist, I found it quite refreshing to see this handled as it was. An excellent job that takes a look at the mind, reminiscent of Secret Window.
I did have issues with the time line on the book. This is a weakness of mine, I guess, because many authors use it, and it causes me almost as much frustration as poor Ellis when he wanted to kill his heroine. There was nothing in the chapter headers to indicate that each chapter was from a different time line - past vs present. So for the first several chapters I struggled, thinking this was all in order of events, and I couldn't figure out why I was so confused. I guess I need my "cheat hint" at the chapter header for me, but the confusion eased once I realized what was happening, and I was able to delve deeper into the book.
And thank heavens I did. One twist and turn after the other, as poor Ellis tries to figure out why his life seems to be falling apart around him. If you love psychological thrillers, you'll love this novel! Jump right on in, and see if you can figure out what's happening before the end. You won't be disappointed as you peek into the mind of Ellis Crawford. (less)
As my nieces and nephews get older, there's more and more the chance of forthcoming children. Having watched these future parents go from infant to ad...moreAs my nieces and nephews get older, there's more and more the chance of forthcoming children. Having watched these future parents go from infant to adult, it makes me wonder if they could handle those little dudes and dudettes, so reading this book not only gives me the confidence of their future (and current) parenthood, I've found the perfect gift for each. A dude's guide to babies starts not with the first announcement of the impending birth, but farther back, when the decision to conceive is made. I love the presentation, which takes the most yucky parts of parenthood, and turns them into something funny, but also takes the time to remind the future parents about the wonders and joys of said child. Reading this from a dad's perspective if even more interesting. Nothing which is included in this book is actually NEW, but it puts it in the language any future parent can enjoy. So before you consider bringing a little dude or dudette into the world, you need to read this book. It even discusses how unbearable it is to carry a diaper bag! But never fear, Richard and Barry even have the perfect answers for that. Ever think of cargo pants filled to the brim with baby wipes, bottles and the rest? Or maybe a basic back pack filled with all the baby goodies you'll need for your trip to the grocery store. Included inside are several lists of what must be ready - from how to baby proof to what to put in those cargo pants for an overnight trip. Lists on what you need to give the new dudette a bath. There are no secrets, no sweet language in this book. You will cringe but you will also laugh! Great how to! Know someone about to have a dude or dudette? This s the perfect gift!(less)
When Dee's boy friend dies, she is left behind to make a decision that affects the lives of three entire families. Left alone by her boy friend's best...moreWhen Dee's boy friend dies, she is left behind to make a decision that affects the lives of three entire families. Left alone by her boy friend's best friend, she makes a choice that she believes is best for all. But when her boyfriend's best friend returns thirteen years, the the lives of those three families spiral out of control.
Guilty Hearts, by Susan Jaymes, is a perfect example of not judging a book by it's cover. The cover, while beauitful, is very sweet, and calm, and well, bland. So, I was rather expecting a sweet, soft romance. What I got was an emotionally packed story of family, friends, Love, Hate, Lies and sadness.
The story focuses on two primary characters, and while both were strong individuals in their own right, I felt Matt was missing something in his portrayal. There were times his emotions bounced back and forth like a ping pong ball and my head was spinning. All were valid emotions, but the internal thoughts to support this bouncing didn't exist.
Don't get me wrong. I liked Matt. But I FELT Dee. As Dee's life crumbles around her, I couldn't stop crying. Every emotion she felt ripped through me, as only a true master of the word could do. A mother does what she must for her child, and Dee was willing to lose everything to keep her son happy and protected from everything. Susan does an excellent job of portraying every thought, and every fear this young mother feels. I couldn't stop crying, that's a huge compliment.
The story is slow to develop, and in the early portions of the book, it was awkward, and somewhat repetitive. But once the emotions exploded, I forgot all about those distractions.
All in all, Susan Jaymes did an excellent job of dragging readers, kicking and screaming, straight into the heart of a woman who made terrible decisions when she was younger. I happily recommend this to anyone who loves emotional, contemporary romance! I give This 4.5 stars!(less)