Friday, October 6, 2017


Fiction by Lisa Scottoline.

Damaged (Rosato & DiNunzio Series #4)

This was a decent legal thriller about a lawyer trying to help a special-needs kid who lives with his aged grandfather. I've read several books in the Rosato & DiNuzio series by Lisa Scottoline, and while this one is not my favorite (that was probably Think Twice) it was still pretty good.

I also read recently by this author: Every Fifteen Minutes

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Olive Kitteridge

Fiction by Elizabeth Strout.

Olive Kitteridge

This book was more of a collection of stories than a novel.  All of the stories have the one character (the epynonymous Olive) in common, but there is no story progression or overall plot.

Although the characters in the stories are wonderful and interesting, and Olive herself is surprisingly enjoyable to read about although she is not a wholly sympathetic character, I disliked the lack of an actual story. I really don't prefer short story collections, and I don't like this one masquerading as a novel and tricking me into reading it. However, for a short story collection it was really good, and I did finish reading it (mostly because I was hoping it would tie together somehow in the end, which it didn't), so all in all I'll still give it a reluctant thumbs-up.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

How I Lost You

Fiction by Janet Gutler.

How I Lost You

This was a story about a high-school girl and her best friend. It's obvious to the reader that the best friend is kind of a terrible person but the girl stays steadfastly loyal to her. You know (from the TITLE) that this friendship is going to have to end.

It should have been a good story but the whole thing seemed too transparently predictable and shallow. I can'r explain why exactly, but I would never have finished this book if I hadn't been stuck on an airplane with nothing else to do for two hours.


Friday, September 29, 2017


Fiction by Sarah Miller.

Caroline: Little House, Revisited

This novel is Little House on the Prairie re-imagined from Ma's point of view.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the Little House books as a little girl, and as I read them to my kids when I was an adult I really began to empathize with Ma. Laura (of course) thought her Pa was the greatest, but I felt that if he were my husband I'd be annoyed at him for dragging me all over the wilderness for no good reason. Caroline left her family and everything she knew to live in various places just because her husband wanted her to. As a military wife I can really identify!!

This book was really good, and it includes some historical notes as well, explaining which parts Laura might have remembered wrong.(Since she was only three or four years old we realize her account can't be perfect.)

Also it answers some questions about pioneer life that Laura Ingalls Wilder never addressed, namely: WHERE did they go to the bathroom?!

You know you wondered that too.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

An Innocent Client

Fiction by Scott Pratt.

AN Innocent Client

In this story, a defense lawyer tired of defending criminals wishes for just one innocent client before he retires. It was a really good legal thriller.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Little Face

Fiction by Sophie Hannah.

Little Face (Zailer & Waterhouse Series #1)

At the beginning of this story, Alice comes home from a brief outing to find that her newborn has been swapped for another infant while its oblivious dad was taking a nap.

The tagline on this book says, "It's every mother's nightmare," but it's not a scenario I've ever thought of. (Although NOW I have; thanks a lot for that, Sophie Hannah!)

But what does she do next? Her husband says that their child was not swapped; it's still the same baby, he insists. The police are skeptical. I had no idea how this was going to be resolved.

This was kind of a strange story, but interesting. I'm not sure about the ending...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Behind Closed Doors

Fiction by B.A. Paris.

Behind Closed Doors

Okay, AGAIN with the initials instead of the first name? (See my previous rant on that subject if you wish, here.) This is an annoying trend, but....

I forgive you that small pretension, B.A. Paris, because your book ROCKED.

Now THIS is a thriller!