RaveBookreporterNot only is Goodnight Beautiful an engrossing story, we grow to really like Sam and Annie, and we want everything to work out for them. But Molloy masterfully creates one cliffhanger after another, and we keep reading, intent on discovering how it all will turn out. The homage to another author, perhaps the master of thrillers, is superb, but disclosing his or her identity would be a huge spoiler. This is a lovely and well-put-together story that is qualitatively different from other psychological thrillers and may very well leave you feeling darn near joyful.
PositivebookreporterThere are many red herrings here, along with a plethora of clues. It’s not that difficult to figure out who the kidnapper is, but that doesn’t take away from the constant emotion of fear that pervades the novel as Fern tries to bring back the repressed memories that tease her dreams and engulf her days. And when she finally does discover the abductor’s identity, will that help Astrid? Collins provides an unexpected twist to keep us guessing until the very end. Behind the Red Door is not a happy beach read. There are some very dark themes of child abuse and bullying throughout these pages. But ultimately, this story of redemption and overcoming cruelty will linger in our minds as we consider our own memories and how accurate they really are.
PositiveBookreporter... this charming story begins like a lovely overture, an introduction that gets you used to the rhythm and feeling of the piece. Slowly you become entranced and rapt in the characters and plot of this beautifully composed novel ... Poeppel does a lovely job narrating the story through the third person points of view of not just Bridget and Will, but also their children and many other fascinating characters ... a lovely look into the world of classical music. There is romance, intrigue, secrets that need to be aired, and an ending that isn’t a surprise at all, but rather is a lovely finale to a beautifully played concert.
RaveBookreporterThe story, the characters, the setting and the situation all lead to a thrilling climax. Cleeton does a magnificent job describing the fury of the hurricane, right down to the stinging sand moving at such a velocity that it causes bleeding on the skin. Roofs ripped from houses, whole buildings flung around like paper, railroad cars tossed in the water --- it’s all so vivid as we feel like we’re experiencing the storm firsthand. We can see, taste and smell the salt air on the beach, as well as the stagnant rotting in the veterans’ camps. We see the beauty of the Keys, the worst side of nature, and the fortitude of women who must stand up for themselves.
RaveBookreporterThis book is truly difficult to put down. While Cassie acts in some ways that will make readers cringe (like when someone goes down into the dark, boarded-up basement, and you just know there\'s going to be something bad at the bottom of the stairs), she\'s only human. And stress and emotion make people act in ways that are occasionally not completely logical. Cassie doesn\'t give up, and we are rooting for her the whole time ... If you enjoy books that keep you on edge, wondering how things will work out, then No Bad Deed is perfect for you. There are twists, followed by more twists, and plenty of excitement and mystery. It\'s like riding a rollercoaster --- you really don\'t want to get off until the whole terrifying ride is over.
RaveBookreporterReading Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West was a perfect way to escape from staying home and to remember days gone by when children actually went to school and we could see each other in person. In this book, we meet several people—each of whom is imperfect in some way—and we grow to, if not like them, at least understand and sympathize with them ... The plot, the dialogue from teachers and parents, and the students themselves all ring true ... impressive. West deftly balances multiple perspectives and brings together Julia and Isobel in a completely believable manner. This is a book that needs to be read by book clubs, parents and, yes, even teachers.
PositiveBookreporterAs secrets build on secrets --- some of which are pretty horrifying --- readers will begin to suspect what is really going on here. But even when Jones reveals part of the truth, there are still more twists to be unraveled.
PositiveBookreporterMuch of the story is plot-driven, with plenty of dialogue to advance the action. Harris gives Lizbeth a folksy way of talking, and she veers from speaking correctly --- especially around her mother, a school teacher --- to using colloquial language, which can be jarring at times...Readers may accept those kinds of language disconnects as part of the novel’s charm. Others may find them distracting ... All in all, though, A Longer Fall is a fascinating and unique combination of action and fantasy.
PositiveBookreporter[A] clever and twisty psychological thriller ... Twists, surprises and characters who are not what they appear to be make The Wives a quick and enjoyable read. The situation is so unusual, and so distasteful to most of us, that we really want to know how it all ends.
PositiveBookreporterThere\'s much to enjoy here. Aside from the main characters (and dogs), the supporting players are well drawn and fascinating, including the wealthy scion of a Vermont family whose friends from prep school are not all they appear to be, including the scion’s wife. The Vermont setting is also depicted in detail, making non-New Englanders want to become \'peepers,\' as the visitors who come to see the autumn colors are called. Mercy\'s grandmother, Patience, is a veterinarian, and her calming presence helps keep her granddaughter’s life in order ... The plot is intricate ... In this delightful book, there are subplots and mysteries within mysteries galore, along with a touch of romance. Above all, there are dogs --- lots of dogs doing wonderful things, like keeping children safe, following bad guys and finding a long-buried murder victim. Readers will look forward to the next installment for the chance to solve another mystery with Mercy and hear about the developments in her relationship with Troy and Susie Bear.
PositiveBookreporterAs the suspense builds and builds, we can\'t put the book down. As in all of Isaacs\' work, we truly like the protagonist and are happy to go along on this adventure with her step by step. Read this combination character study/action novel slowly. Get to know Corie, because Isaacs\' website informs us that Takes One to Know One is the beginning of a series. Rest assured that all of us will want to read more of Corie Geller\'s excellent adventures.
RaveBookreporter... simultaneously will make you gag and smile, but won\'t make you die laughing ... Doughty\'s writing is unusually conversational in tone for a book with subjects that can be considered taboo. Not only does she manage to make it extremely informative, throughout she includes her comments with sometimes profound thoughts, real humor and a significant dose of brilliant wit ... While children asked these questions, this book is written for adults. But there\'s nothing in these pages that would preclude those curious kids from finding answers here. It might give them nightmares, but children are often hardier than parents think. Reread some Grimm’s fairy tales, and you will realize that those stories are grimmer than anything in the pages of Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
PositiveBookreporterThis domestic thriller will keep you thinking about the characters and what happens long after the last page is turned. Savvy readers will pick up clues along the way about what might transpire, and some of those do lead to the final denouement. But for many, it\'s only in retrospect that they will see how everything adds up. All is mysterious and deceiving; all is logical. Brilliantly done, The First Mistake is a pleasure to read.
RaveBookreporterThe setting almost becomes a third main character in the story ... In some ways, the two stories --- seemingly independent --- mirror each other. And the conclusion is where Jio brilliantly brings these tales together. Filled with emotion and wonderfully written, All The Flowers in Paris shows that love transcends age and that sometimes, out of the mouths of babes, great truths are spoken.
RaveBookreporterGoldin\'s writing is engrossing, and it\'s truly difficult to put the book down. You start the first chapter, and suddenly you need to find out what\'s going on and how it all ends. While part of the conclusion is revealed at the start, it\'s still not clear exactly what happened, and Goldin carefully shows the shallowness of those who work long hours for the ability to buy more ... While the reader will guess part of the mystery before the end of the book, the fun is in turning page after page to see how bad it gets in the elevator and how good revenge can be ... A clever, insightful look at Wall Street, The Escape Room is thrilling, well written and just plain fun to read.
PositiveBookreporterAkhtar ambitiously covers a wide range of animal issues ... She gives us story after story, each of which demonstrates that animals can break down walls we build around ourselves to protect us after traumatic experiences ... In addition to the anecdotal, Akhtar provides science that makes every presentation much more than just a story ... While the topics and examples in the book are far-reaching, Akhtar keeps things connected with the continuing flashbacks and stories of her childhood dog, Sylvester, and the abuse from her uncle. The effect is that, while she\'s telling us this compelling story about her young life, she\'s also sharing important information about animals and how they help us in many different ways. Some of it is hard to read.
Rachel Howzell Hall
PositiveBookreporter\"The reader travels with Miriam from sunny California to Mexico, and—thanks to Hall\'s writing—becomes immersed in what she is thinking and experiencing. While much of the book is a lovely murder mystery à la Agatha Christie, there are also some beautiful metaphors about the people and the situation and life ... The ending is strangely satisfying and horrifying at the same time. Does a much-changed Miriam make it back to her family and a new life? Read the book. You won\'t regret it.\
RaveBookreporter\"... gripping ... The romance is beautifully written, and the spy story feels authentic. The reader will experience Bay of Pigs (the failed attempt to oust Castro from Cuba) and wonder who exactly was to blame for the horrible disaster. There is a cautionary tale here as well: Be careful what you wish for ... Those not previously informed about what happened in Cuba’s history will find When We Left Cuba to be an enlightening read as well as an emotional one.\