Tuesday, December 30, 2014

THE DAUGHTER by Jane Shemilt is beautifully written.  The author has a way with imagery and description.  However, I did not like the ending.  Sorry, I am a happily ever after person.  Naomi is 15 years old when she disappears.  The things the police and family uncover do not seem to fit with the girl they knew.  Her parents are both doctors and busy most of the time. They don't seem to really know their children and find this out after Naomi disappears.  I did enjoy the book but was disappointed in the ending.  But, that is just my preference.  I would recommend this book.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


HUSH HUSH by Laura Lippman is a good book.  Tess is a PI working for an attorney.  This attorney is representing an old girlfriend, who still has a thing for him.  The attorney, Tyner,  is married to Tess's aunt.  Wow. Why is melisandre back?  Is it really to do a documentary on mother's who kill their children?  Oh yeah,  she did that, too.  Melisandre is working with a producer, Harmony, to make the documentary.  Stephen the ex-husband will not let Melisandre see the girls or allow them to be interviewed but now he is murdered.  Oh what a tangled web, and all that.  Who killed Stephen and was melisandre really "crazy" when she killed her daughter.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


The Waverley women were different.  Some of them welcomed the difference but others tried to run from it.  Sydney found , after several years, moving from place to place was not the answer.  Her sister, Claire was always comfortable in her differences.  Back together, after years apart, the two seem to find each other and themselves with each' others help.  A  mysterious stranger comes to town to blackmail one of the sisters but when the whole family pulls together he cannot hurt them.  Oh, and there is a weird Apple tree.... Well you must read the book, FIRST FROST.  Ms Allen has a way with prose.  Her words bring beautiful pictures to mind.  A must read.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


AFTER THE FALL is excellent.  Patricia Gussin is great at relaying the mystery and tension in her writing.  Even though I knew Jake was the bad guy, the story still help my attention.  Each event was a surprise and the ending was especially masterful.  Laura must decide what she will do now that she can no longer operate after an accident damaged her hand.  Will she take the corporate job offered her?  Laura's life will become more complicated in this new job, in more ways than one.  She has many decisions facing her, also.  Tim, an old friend has proposed and Laura has many secrets to face before she is totally free to marry and live her life happily.  Good book.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins will make you rethink the truth.  Do we really know the truth or do we make up the truth as we want it to be?  The girl on the train watches the scenery but doesn't really SEE it.  Rachel makes up stories about the people she passes while riding the train to work.  I do it (well not on the train) with people I see out and about.  But she finds out, as much as she wants to believe the stories, that it is not how she imagined.  Even the people she thought she knew are not as she believed.  Great read.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


 ONE STEP TOO FAR did indeed keep me guessing til the end.  Emily has a wonderful husband whom she loves but she walks out the door thinking she will never return.  Emily's childhood I'd very different because she is the good twin and everyone loves her except her bad twin.  Caroline is always in competition with Emily, for her parents' love, for friends, and for boyfriends.  Could this be the reason Emily left her family and is hoping never to be found?  This is the mystery.  Even if you read the last few pages (which is my penchant) you do not find out the answers you keep asking throughout the book.

Friday, September 5, 2014


YOU by Caroline Kepnes, seemed similar to other books I've read.  The story has been overdone.  It was well written. The details were vivid.  The characters were well described.  The beginning seemed to drag before I got to the meat of the story.  I would recommend it to someone who enjoys this genre.  

Friday, June 27, 2014

BONES NEVER LIE by Kathy Reichs

BONES NEVER LIE by Kathy Reichs will be out in September.  I think this is one of her better books.  Dr Brennan is faced with finding and arresting the one that got away.  Anique tried to burn Brennan alive while Brennan still lived in Canada.  First she must find her partner in the previous investigation, Ryan.  Brennan is stumped until her mother comes to the rescue.  Read the book to see if Brennan succeeds.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


WITHOUT WARNING by David Rosenfelt is great.  After his wife is murdered by her lover, police chiefJake Ribbins is faced with another disaster.  Someone is either out to get him or avenge Jake.  His hometown is flooded by a burst dam and the time capsule buried four years ago must be opened.  The capsule holds more than the city remembered being in it.  Who put these mysterious predictions in the capsule and why are they coming true.  A must read.

Monday, February 3, 2014


LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB by Francine Prose Is a bit difficult to follow.  Many voices tell the story. Lou is a muscular woman who is a very good athlete.  She is an Olympic track star, undercover agent, traitor, and cross dresser.  There are many accurate historical facts but too many voices.  At one point it is the writer, the girlfriend, and the photographer but all in first person.  I had to keep looking back or reminding myself who was speaking and then I would lose the thread of the story. I like learning the facts, and about the people but want to enjoy a book not struggle to keep it reading smoothly.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


I just finished THE INVENTION OF WINGS and it was great.  The time period was the early 1800s and the slave trade was very wide spread.  Sarah Grimke was very much against slavery.  She had her own ideas and was not shy to tell everyone how she felt.  This is a book of historical fiction.  Sarah was a true person and was indeed, an antislavery activist and feminist when these were not popular opinions.  The author tells us in the back that she did take liberties with some facts and used some fictitious events to make the story interesting.  I really do enjoy learning when I read.