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Jan 10, 2017 10:49AM

19126 Just finished Good as Gone about a mother whose child is kidnapped and 8 years later turns up on her doorsteps but then she begins to doubt if it's really her. It's poorly written and executed. 2 Stars

Another kidnapping storyline but this time a baby in The Couple Next Door. It's probably equally unbelievable but the author was better at building the suspense and the result was a more entertaining novel. 4 Stars

Also read the 6th book in the Scandinavian Department Q series, The Hanging Girl. Overly long but interesting enough if you like the series. 3 Stars.

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena The Hanging Girl (Department Q, #6) by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Feb 11, 2016 05:40PM

19126 Sean wrote: "The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and the author for an advanced copy for a honest review.

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. H..."

I have this on my TBR shelf so it's good to see some good reviews on it.
Feb 07, 2016 10:20AM

19126 I gave The Guest Room a slightly higher rating but I do agree it's a tough and depressing topic to read about.
Feb 07, 2016 07:36AM

19126 Georgia wrote: "Yvonne, I'm curious about what you think about Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. I read it. I didn't like it. I chose to read it as I saw her on the Tavis Smilley Show and on a Sunday panel wherei..."

If only I'd seen your comments before starting Pretty Girls
I gave it a 2 star but I might have been overly generous.

The more I think about it the more I realize the plot was one of the stupidest things I've read in a while requiring you to believe in giant conspiracies that span decades involving multiple people, and of course Nobody to trust in law enforcement with a main character so dense that she noticed nothing because she was too rich and her house was too big to actually explore.

Not to mention that we were treated to excessive descriptions of women being raped and mutilated. I've never read Karin Slaughter before and I think I'm going to avoid her books in the future.
Feb 05, 2016 11:28PM

19126 I am currently reading Pretty Girls which is intriguing so far.

I'm also starting with The Weatherman which starts off with a murder and then a deadly tornado and some flashbacks to a Vietnam napalm attack that leaves a man badly disfigured. The cast of characters are basically the TV crew and weatherman. It's a little odd but I'm interested in how everything connects.

Good books I've recently read are: Child 44 a cold war mystery in the Soviet Union in 1953. It stars a member of the Secret Police who's exiled when he attempts to investigate a series of child murders. 5 Stars

Also The Cold Cold Ground which takes place in Northern Ireland in 1981 during the time of the troubles, the IRA & the UVF and involves a policeman trying to track down a killer that appears to be targeting gay men. 4 Stars
Feb 05, 2016 11:12PM

19126 Barbara wrote: "I finished I Am Pilgrim I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim, #1) by Terry Hayes by Terry Hayes.

An American secret agent is tasked with stopping the complete destruction of the U.S plan..."

I Am Pilgrim was a good book but I do agree with you that the foreshadowing was heavy handed.
Jan 13, 2016 10:23AM

19126 I finished The Devil's Star The Devil's Star (Harry Hole, #5) by Jo Nesbø by Jo Nesbø --I really enjoyed this one. It's the fifth Harry Hole mystery series about the alcoholic detective from Oslo. This does have to be read in order as this was the end of the trilogy that started with the third book The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3) by Jo Nesbø

I also just finished The Whites by Harry Brandt-- a lot of the reviewers have made a big deal of the fact that this is written under a pen name for Richard Price. I was unfamiliar with him.

It's a good, solid police procedural about some open cases called the Whites because they're like the White Whale of cases where they know the murderer's identity but can't put him away. When someone starts coming up with a permanent solution, the lead character Billy Graves is faced with a moral dilemma.

This one involves a large cast of characters.
Jan 08, 2016 09:40AM

19126 I'll second some of those listed like The Girl on the Train and The Kind Worth Killing

Also Before I Go to Sleep Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia HeaberlinBlack-Eyed Susans is not exactly identical to Gone Girl but there's a superficial similarity in time jumping and people not being what they seem.
19126 Looks like a good list. An Officer and a Spy was a favorite of mine. It was an interesting blend of historical fiction and mystery.
Jan 03, 2016 01:25PM

19126 For my first of the year mystery I'm starting The Whites by Harry Brandt (author Richard Price's pen name)
19126 It was hard to narrow mine down to just one and it was between Nemesis a Harry Hole mystery by Jo Nesbø, and The Fear Artist

I went with The Fear Artist by Timothy Hallinan as that was a much tighter story.
19126 Favorites doesn't necessarily mean flawless for me. For instance, I'll include a story like Black-Eyed Susans that kept me engrossed for hours on a car trip only to peter out at the end. I'm also including a 3 star story for me, Mr. Mercedes just because it's stayed in my head and I still think of it especially when another lunatic decides to drive their car into a group of pedestrians.

Here's my list so far in no particular order:

1. The Fear Artist by Timothy Hallinan
2. Nemesis by Jo Nesbø
3. Trust No One by Paul Cleave
4. The Son by Jo Nesbø
5. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
6. Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
7. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
8. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
9. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
10. A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen
11. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
12. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø
13. The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
19126 Overall I think this book had an interesting premise. It's something different in crime fiction and for 3/4 of the way I really enjoyed it. But I found the ending a real let down. Too many unnecessary twists and too many dead bodies.

It took away some of the believable factor. It's one thing to think a guy in his previous life committed a murder but what police detective would really believe a man in full blown dementia would be not only capable of a crime but multiple crimes and also of intricate cover ups?
(view spoiler)

Also alzheimer is such a depressing disease as it is, I was hoping for an ending that was less of a downer.
19126 I finally started this one and half way through and really liking it so far. I hope the end isn't a let down like some of you are saying.
19126 I'm on a waiting list with my library for this one.
19126 Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling wrote: "I have a nice interview with Terry Hayes on my blog if you are interested http://wp.me/p3aMo4-xn - great book and lovely person"

It's interesting to hear this will be a trilogy. I'll have to keep a lookout for the next one.
Sep 11, 2015 03:57PM

19126 I'm currently reading Where All Light Tends to Go. It appears to be well written but I'm having a hard time reaching for it & it's been sitting around for weeks because it's such a downer.

I'll add Bull Mountain to my list even though they appear to share similar themes of Southern messed up family and drug and meth trade. Maybe it's less depressing.
Sep 11, 2015 03:48PM

19126 Tom wrote: "Nancy wrote: "My real-world book group starts up again at the end of the month with All the Light We Cannot See so I'm making my way through that book right now. So far, I'm not a..."

Re All the Light We Cannot See
The first line in my review is how I was underwhelmed by it. It had some interesting moments. I think because they were parallel stories except at the end, I felt distanced from the characters. Plus I spent a lot of time anticipating the meeting between the young girl and the German boy and it was very quick and anticlimatic.
19126 I was put off at first by the writing style with all the flashbacks and the slow bid but this one did take off after Part 3.

I think the ending is believable if you buy into the notion that everyone has their achilles heel. (view spoiler)

The book showed he had very personal reasons for what he was doing. (view spoiler)

ETA: I'm not sure if we're supposed to use spoiler tags or just assume people in the discussion section have already read the book.
Sep 04, 2015 08:56PM

19126 Other books I read in Aug/Sept.:

The Life We Bury The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens --which was somewhat disappointing and an ok 2 star read.

The Nature of the Beast The Nature of the Beast (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #11) by Louise Penny a 3 star Inspector Gamache mystery

The Absent One The Absent One (Department Q, #2) by Jussi Adler-Olsen - 3.5 stars

The Missing One The Missing One by Lucy Atkins 3 stars family drama mystery of interest because of killer whales

The Arc of the Swallow The Arc of the Swallow by S.J. Gazan I read this as a stand alone but there's apparently a book that came out before this one. 4 stars but this is a long book that requires patience and you have to wade through a lot of stuff to get to any kind of payoff.
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