Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Win

 Fiction by Harlan Coben


This thriller is from the perspective of the character Win Lockwood, who has been a supporting character in most of the the Myron Bolitar novels, of which Home was number eleven. It was very interesting to see things Win's way.

This was a really good story with several twists that I definitely didn't see coming.

I also read recently by this author: Don't Let Go


Friday, May 7, 2021

Big Lies in a Small Town

 Fiction by Diane Chamberlain


Jesse Williams, a successful modern painter with a passion for helping the young struggling artist, has recently died. In his will, he sets instructions for the restoration of a late-1930's WPA mural that he wishes to be installed for the opening of  his new museum. But he has very specific instructions about the mural that he wants his daughter to carry out, one of which involves getting a young woman released from jail to do the work.

The story goes back and forth between 1939, when the mural is first being painted, and the restoration of the mural in 2018. It's a good book with some surprises on store! 

I also read recently by this author: Necessary Lies



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

All is not Forgotten

 Fiction by Wendy Walker


This story begins with a teenage girl who is raped in the woods outside a high school party. Afterwards, she is given an experimental drug that is supposed to wipe her memory of the incident, a treatment her parents readily approve in the hopes that she can put the whole thing behind her. They eventually find out that it’s not that easy. The story goes back and first between the points of view of the girl, her mother, and the psychiatrist who is trying to help her. 

This is a really good thriller with quite a twist at the end!


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Chasing Windmills

 Fiction by Catherine Ryan Hyde


This was an interesting story about Sebastian, a homeschooled teenage boy in New York City whose father keeps him under such tight control that he can only leave the house to exercise for an hour or so a day, unless he sneaks out in the middle of the night. He has no friends except for an elderly lady he sees when he goes out for his run, and he keeps that relationship secret from his father. 

Once Sebastian meets Maria while escaping the house after midnight, you can guess he’s ready to break out of his dad’s control. But Maria has troubles of her own....

This was a really good character story. I really liked how the author avoids going for a pat and tidy but unrealistic ending; instead, she really gets you to think about these characters and what might happen in the future.


I also read recently by this author: Love in the Present Tense


Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

 Fiction by Ernest J. Gaines


This is a fictional account of an interview with a 110-year-old former slave conducted in the late sixties. Miss Jane is quite a character, and her life story is very interesting! I didn’t care for the ending as much.

Apparently this is a classic of sorts; it was originally published in 1971. This audiobook version is newer; I’m not sure about the narrator but I did enjoy the book. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Cut

 Nonfiction by Cathy Glass


In this true story by a British foster carer, 13-year-old Dawn comes into the foster system because her mother can’t seem to make her go to school, and says she has become unmanageable. The child has been shuttled back and forth between her divorced parents and no one is owning up to the reason Dawn seems so disturbed.

I am on a real kick of reading these Cathy Glass books; this one is her very first chronologically, although not the first one published. All these books are good. I’m planning to make a list of all her books on the correct order. 


 I also read recently by this author: Damaged

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

 Fiction by Olivia Hawker


On a lonely prairie out west in the late nineteenth century, there are only two houses anywhere near each other, and a fight between the two homesteaders leaves one man dead and the other in jail. The two women are left alone with their children to fend for themselves through the winter.

This story is about how the two families learn to put differences aside and help each other. Apparently it is loosely based on some of the author’s own family history.