Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Perfect Nanny

Fiction by Leila Silmani

This story starts out with a dead baby, a seriously wounded little girl, and a nanny with apparently self-inflicted wounds. Then it goes back in time to show us how this accused killer was once thought of as the titular Perfect Nanny.

The characters were interesting in this book and I mostly liked the story, but I did not like the ending, and I didn't feel like the author really explained how this tragedy could have happened. I'd like a better reason for a murder-suicide than just, "She was crazy, wasn't she?"

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Last Time I Lied

Fiction by Riley Sager

Fifteen years ago, Emma was a thirteen-year-old spending her first summer at a camp for rich girls when a tragedy struck and her three cabin-mates disappeared into the woods. The girls were never found, and Emma still hasn't really gotten over it. Then she gets a chance to go back to the camp, this time as a counselor, and, hoping to find closure, she decides to take the job. And stay in the same cabin. Supervising three girls.

Gee. Do you think that's a good idea, Emma?

This was pretty good and the ending was a real surprise. But, just like with the last book I read by this author (see below), I experienced an awful lot of "Oh-No-I-Can't-Look-Syndrome."

I also read recently by this author: Lock Every Door

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Moving Finger

Fiction by Agatha Christie

A young pilot and his sister go to a quiet English village to convalesce after he suffers an injury. They pick somewhere nice and quiet where "nothing ever happens"... but then something does happen! Anonymous letters, and MURDER!

This story is listed a Miss Marple mystery, and it is, but the old lady doesn't show up to solve it all until near the end.

I also read recently by this author: Five Little Pigs

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Five Little Pigs

Fiction by Agatha Christie

In this story, Hercule Poirot unravels a mystery from the past. A famous artist was apparently killed by his wife, but the couple's daughter --now grown up-- wants to prove her mother's innocence.

I also read recently by this author: The Body in the Library

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Spilled Milk

Nonfiction by K.L. Randis

So here is another example of (what my Aunt Susan called) the "harrowing-ordeal" memoir. This one is a girl who survived childhood sexual and emotional abuse, and she grew up to help other kids in that situation. It was an interesting story too.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Duplicate Keys

Fiction by Jane Smiley

I couldn't get interested in this story. It  was only because I'm stuck at home with a quarantine and I don't know when I'm going to be able to go to the library again that I forced myself to finish the book.

There is a murder in chapter one, so one expects this to be a mystery story, but it's really not. Or, it's not a good mystery story. It's not suspenseful. We do find out who the murderer is at the end, and it's the person I thought it was in chapter one.

Anyways, I don't know why the review quoted above calls it a cliff-hanger. It's more of a cliff-sitter-and-don't-go-anywhere-at-all-er.

I also read recently by this author: Private Lives

Friday, March 27, 2020

Alone: Orphaned in the Ocean

Nonfiction by Tere Duperrault Fassbender and Richard Logan

This is a true story about an eleven-year-old girl who was (almost) the sole survivor of a sailboat that sank in the ocean near the Bahamas. (The ship's captain also survived, but everyone else on board was lost.) It was an amazing survival story, but not quite written as engagingly as I would have liked.