Friday, July 20, 2018

The Fallen: A Review

My Thoughts:
The Fallen by David Baldacci was an enjoyable read.  There were many details and side stories that were unnecessary to the story however. I did not think this was his best work but I did enjoy it.  One thing I definitely did like is that Amos became more human, likeable and began developed deeper relationships.  Three stars.

The closer Amos Decker comes to the truth, the deadlier it gets in David Baldacci's latest #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man thriller.

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes--obscure bible verses, odd symbols--have the police stumped.

Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has only been there a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

Then the next killing hits sickeningly close to home. And with the lives of people he cares about suddenly hanging in the balance, Decker begins to realize that the recent string of deaths may be only one small piece of a much larger scheme--with consequences that will reach far beyond Baronville.

Decker, with his singular talents, may be the only one who can crack this bizarre case. Only this time--when one mistake could cost him everything--Decker finds that his previously infallible memory may not be so trustworthy after all.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Magic Hour: A Review

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah is about a child overcoming years of isolation and struggling to overcome.  It had a good plot and story line. I had a lot of trouble with the girl's narration, the book would have been better off without it or with it in a normal speech pattern. It was a moving book about overcoming and love.  Good character development, good plot, interesting story.  Four Stars.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an incandescent story about the resilience of the human spirit, the triumph of hope, and the meaning of home.

In the rugged Pacific Northwest lies the Olympic National Forest—nearly a million acres of impenetrable darkness and impossible beauty. From deep within this old growth forest, a six-year-old girl appears. Speechless and alone, she offers no clue as to her identity, no hint of her past.

Having retreated to her western Washington hometown after a scandal left her career in ruins, child psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates is determined to free the extraordinary little girl she calls Alice from a prison of unimaginable fear and isolation. To reach her, Julia must discover the truth about Alice’s past—although doing so requires help from Julia’s estranged sister, a local police officer. The shocking facts of Alice’s life test the limits of Julia’s faith and strength, even as she struggles to make a home for Alice—and for herself.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Distant Shores: A Review

Distant Shores by Kristen Hannah is a short read about a wife and mother who lost herself and now has some decisions to make regarding the future course.  There is good character development, but I kept thinking there was something was lacking.  I especially enjoyed the relationship between the main character and her step mother.   Three Stars.
Synopsis:  Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a family. From a distance, their lives look picture perfect. But after the girls leave home, Jack and Elizabeth quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job, Elizabeth puts her own needs aside to follow him across the country. Then tragedy turns Elizabeth’s world upside down. In the aftermath, she questions everything about her life—her choices, her marriage, even her long-forgotten dreams. In a daring move that shocks her husband, friends, and daughters, she lets go of the woman she has become—and reaches out for the woman she wants to be.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Blue Dahlia: A Review

I was disappointed wit Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts.  The reviews are quite high but I’m being generous rounding this up to three stars.  I found the “thoughts” and mundane, trivial conversations very dull.  The plot was decent but underdeveloped.  The Character development was pretty good, especially between the women.  But parts of it were a chore to get through. Parts of it were a bit raunchy also.  I’d rather twists and turns, leave out the descriptions of hair and running thoughts, give us some guts.  The ghost storyline never developed at all and we were left at the end of this first novel with far too many unanswered questions, that was an oversight it would have been better not to introduce the ghost at all than introduce it and leave it for other books. It would have been a good novella with some editing.  Two and a half, rounding up to Three Stars.

Synopsis: Against the backdrop of a house steeped in history and a thriving new gardening business, three women unearth the memories of the past in the first novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts' In the Garden Trilogy.

A Harper has always lived at Harper House, the centuries-old mansion just outside of Memphis. And for as long as anyone alive remembers, the ghostly Harper Bride has walked the halls, singing lullabies at night…

Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee. She isn’t intimidated by Harper House—nor by its mistress. Despite a reputation for being difficult, Roz Harper has been nothing but kind to Stella, offering her a comfortable place to live and a challenging new job as manager of the flourishing In the Garden nursery.

As Stella settles comfortably into her new life, she finds a nurturing friendship with Roz and expectant mother Hayley and a fierce attraction to ruggedly handsome landscaper Logan Kitridge. He’s difficult but honest, brash but considerate—and undeniably sexy. And for a sensible woman like Stella, he may be just what she needs…

Don’t miss the other books in the In the Garden Trilogy
Black Rose
Red Lily