Books

Weekend Reading

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This week I read The Dry by Jane Harper. It took me almost all week to get through, but it was worth it. The book is a richly atmospheric story, written well keeping your interest from beginning to end. It’s a long book, not The Goldfinch long, but still took me several days to finish, not that I am complaining.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

The second book in the author’s Aaron Falk series is Force of Nature which I read and reviewed, that one was really great too.

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Karen White is one of my favorite authors, I see one of her books and I just know I will enjoy it. Dreams of Falling is her latest, due out in June so mark your Goodreads list. Karen’s books always take place in the south which I love. Please transport me from where I am to somewhere new! Its one of my favorite things about reading, visiting new places, if only in my imagination.

There’s always a sympathetic main character and of course some kind of crisis. I can’t wait to see what Karen writes next. But for now, here’s what you need to know about  Dreams of Falling:

It’s been nine years since Larkin fled Georgetown, South Carolina, vowing never to go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she knows she has no choice but to return to the place that she both loves and dreads–and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home. Ivy, Larkin’s mother, is discovered in the burned-out wreckage of her family’s ancestral rice plantation, badly injured and unconscious. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly 50 years. Secrets that lead back to the past, to the friendship between three girls on the brink of womanhood who swore that they would be friends forever, but who found that vow tested in heartbreaking ways.

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From the title and the cover, I feel like this book is going to be a super suspenseful and creepy page-turner!  The Perfect Neighbours by Rachel Sargeant is a worst case scenario if you move or you happened to not really know the people who live on your street.

When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare…

As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything…

I am completely intrigued with the premise and cannot wait to start reading this!

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I remember reading I Don’t Know How She Does it by Allison Pearson back in 2001 when my kids were little and I loved it. Now my kids are big, I’m older, and so is the main character of the book, Kate who is nearing fifty. How Hard Can It Be? is going to speak to me (and you) on a variety of personal levels from impossible teenagers to aging parents to dealing with life in general.

Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as “sparkling, funny, and poignant…a triumphant return for Pearson.”

Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

To answer the question, How Hard Can It Be? I’ll tell you, it’s very very hard! Thankfully there are talented writers like Allison who can help find the humor in life. I’m about twenty minutes from starting this book, I intend to read straight through until tonight!

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I don’t know why I am interested in true crime but I like it (most of the time…I had nightmares after reading about Jim Jones) and I devoured all the books written by the amazing Ann Rule. On my To-Read list is Strangler by Corey Mitchell,  a true crime story about Anthony Allen Shore.

 
A musical prodigy who never realized his potential, Shore found a way to outsmart society—by getting away with murder. And he wanted the whole world to know it. After brutally killing a 16-year-old girl, he called the local NBC affiliate and told an editor precisely where to find her body.
 
Eight years passed before DNA evidence caught up with Shore. Subsequent police investigations revealed a violent megalomaniac who had sexually abused his own daughters. He confessed to murdering four females, one only nine years old. And he hinted at many, many more—leading authorities to believe that Anthony Allen Shore could even be the notorious “I-45 Serial Killer,” whose bloody legacy had earned for one Texas highway the grisly moniker “Corridor of Blood.” Bestselling author Corey Mitchell recounts the case from its twisted beginnings to its chilling conclusion . 

This one is due out on January 30!

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Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates is getting great reviews, it’s a dark literary thriller that begins in New York 1982. I really don’t need to know more than that, 80’s? Yes. Dark? Thriller? Yes. East coast? I’m all in.

Let’s take this further and check out the plot: 

Grist Mill Road is a dark and twisty Rashomon-style narrative which is expertly plotted. The year is 1982, the setting an Edenic hamlet some 90 miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends—Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah— are bound together by a single, terrible, and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty-six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves could never have predicted, the three meet again–with even more devastating results.

Here is a triple helix of a story structure, a sharp-edged love triangle complete with an Atonement style revelation. Character-driven, gorgeously written and wrenching, it exposes the poisonous resentments, sexual longings, and reservoirs of violence that roil just below the orderly surface of small-town life.

I have so many books to read that my nights are completely booked, literally and figuratively!

 

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