Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Ice Princess

Fiction by Camilla Lackberg,

The Ice Princess (FjÀllbacka Series #1)

I had some trouble getting interested in this book. I'm not sure what the problem was, but I didn't care as much as I should about who murdered this girl.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Girls in the Garden

Fiction by Lisa Jewell.

The Girls in the Garden

In this story, a woman with two adolescent daughters moves into a house with a communal park in the backyard, and something terrible happens to one of the girls in that park.

It was an interesting story with good characters. I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending, though.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Think Twice

Fiction by Lisa Scottoline.

Think Twice (Rosato & Associates Series #11)

This was an exciting thriller about a woman whose identical twin tries to impersonate her. It seemed way too easy for this chick to fool everyone into thinking she was her sister, which concerned me.

It led me to this conversation with my husband:

ME: Do you think you would know if someone was impersonating me?
HIM: What?
ME: I mean, like if someone was pretending to be me, would you know it wasn't me?
HIM: What?
ME: Well, I was reading this book where the lady had an identical twin who impersonated her.
HIM: You don't have an identical twin.
ME: I mean if I did. Would you know?
HIM: Yeah. If you had a twin I would know.
ME: No. I mean, would you know it wasn't me?
HIM: What?

This conversation was not reassuring.

The book was really good, though.

I also recently read by this author: Every Fifteen Minutes

Monday, May 29, 2017


Fiction by Delia Ephron.


When I typed the author's name above, I accidentally put "Nora Ephron" first, instead of the correct sister's first name. I'll bet poor Delia gets that a lot. And, interestingly enough, it looks like Delia is the more prolific writer, although Nora seems to be more well-known. But I digress.

This was another strange book, more of a character story than a plot-driven novel, although some things do happen. It is about two couples (one with a child) who go on vacation together, with the odd complication that none of them actually seem to like each other that much, except the ones who used to date but are now married to other people.

Yes, we actually have a woman here who says to herself, "I think it would be nice to take a vacation abroad with my husband and child, and I believe we should take along my husband's ex-girlfriend and her husband! Just for fun!" Not surprisingly, trouble arises on this trip...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Paradise Lodge

Fiction by Nina Stibbe.

Paradise Lodge

In 1977, a fifteen-year-old girl called Lizzie gets a job as a nurse's assistant in a private old-folk's home. I suppose the licensing requirements for such things were a bit looser then, which is good because Lizzie really doesn't seem to know what she is doing, and neither do some of the real nurses in the book. I, for one, was glad when an efficient nurse showed up to fix things properly for the nice elderly people in this home.

This was an interesting character story, but also a bit strange. I'm not sure where it was going, plot-wise, or if it arrived. It held my attention, though, and I liked the people in the book.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Here's to Us

Fiction by Elin Hildebrand.

Here's to Us

From the cover of the book, I was expecting a best-girl-friends-at-the-beach kind of story. And it was about three women who gathered at a beach house in Nantucket, but they were not on a girls' getaway.

The three women were ex(or almost-ex)-wives of a celebrity chef who had died unexpectedly, gathered with their respective children to scatter the man's ashes. This made for an interesting novel!

I also read recently by this author: The Rumor

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Gunslinger

(The Dark Tower Series, Book #1)
Fiction by Stephen King

The Gunslinger (Dark Tower Series #1)

The Dark Tower series is supposed to be one of Stephen King's best, and there is apparently a movie version coming out soon, so I thought I'd start reading with book one.

It was interesting and held my attention, but oh! It was so BLEAK. I don't know if I can handle another book.

Yes, I realize that perhaps I should expect such from Stephen King, but not all of his books are about terrible things and terrible people. I have loved some of his books and hated others. He writes so very many! This one, I'm not sure how to categorize,

I also read recently by this author: 11/22/63, From a Buick 8, The Wind Through The Keyhole