Wow. What a great mystery. The characters were very interesting, flawed and well rounded. There were lots of detours until you got to the truth. The only thing that disappointed me was one of the mysteries was never answered. The murder was solved, but I really wanted closure for Ryan. It’s a compelling read and the prose is wonderful.
Wow. This story is packed with interesting characters and suspense. It’s a story about sisters, family ties, survival and obsession.
Jillie, the main character, is a spunky eleven-year-old, who while defending her sister as she is being beaten to death, kills a man. Forced into an unbearable situation she runs away, trying to get back to her sister in the hospital. What Jillie encounters on her journey should never be experienced by someone so young.
Along the way, she meets elderly twin sisters, one the polar opposite of the other. Frankly, these characters are funny and amazing and just as likable as Jillie. I’ve always been interested in the bonds between siblings, and twins especially. Balla captures these relationships with elegance and humor.
When a rumor is started about a found treasure by Jillie’s now dead father, some very nasty people are determined to find it, no matter who gets in their way.
Thanks for a great read!
Wow. There’s a lot of twists and turns in this suspense novel. It kept me turning the pages! While I suspected a couple of things (like the nosey neighbor), I didn’t expect the ending. Thanks for a thrill ride, Shari Lapena. This was a very good read.
A seemingly normal housewife receives a call that sends her dashing out of the house. It’s obviously an emergency because she forgot to lock the door, take her purse or her cell phone. None of which are at all like her. When the police call hubby to say her car has been in an accident he rushes out to see if the woman in her car, in a very hinky part of town is really his wife. Not only is it his wife, but the police suspect her of no good. Why was she there, otherwise? And when a dead body is found near where she lost control of her car she becomes a suspect. There’s just one problem. She doesn’t remember anything that happened that night.
This lady gets into deeper and deeper trouble as they investigate, her and her husband’s “perfect” record. Nothing sticks out, which in itself seems strange. Add a nosey neighbor, a stalker and you have a bit of suspense that will keep you reading all night.
Stunning first novel. The prose is vivid, as are the characters and setting. One by one, Kya has been abandoned by her family, so she carries on living alone in the shack in the marsh. The townspeople don’t understand who she is and dubs her the marsh girl. She is strong and a survivor. She gets a little help from a few others, but she spends her life isolated. A friend of her brothers realizes how smart she is and teaches her to read. He also shares textbooks about biology, because he is also a child of the marsh. The sense of nature, the lack of nurture, the stunning scenes and tension of being alone and different are a poignant part of the story. I loved this book. I could smell the fetid water and hear the cicadas. I could sense Kya’s heartbeat as it matched time with the waves coming into the shore of North Carolina.
Thank you, Delia Owens for writing such a compelling book.
Lisa See has recreated Shanghai China in the 1930’s and the escape from the Japanese invasion by two sisters. Their experience is compelling. They eventually make it to Los Angeles and Angel Island. Although they are married (arranged by her father) to young Chinese American men, they struggle with interrogations and accusations by the authorities. Their new lives in America are difficult and opportunities become fewer as World War II rages. They are able to maintain a semblance of Chinese tradition and culture by living in Chinatown and working there. This story centers around the sister’s stories, their closeness, and their difficulties. It is not always an easy relationship because they are very different. One sister bears a child then the other raises it. The other sister loses her child. When one sister betrays the other once again, the results are catastrophic.
I was mad when I came to the end of this novel. There was so much more to the story. That’s when I found “Dreams of Joy” the second book and read it in two days also. Thank you, Lisa See for bringing such richness to the story, the people, the places and the time.
Delinsky takes on the world of remodeling homes and gardens as a background for this novel. Mother is a carpenter and her daughter is an architect for the family firm. There are forces bent on splitting up this dynamic duo. During the course of this story, their close relationship will be tested. Careers will shift, a hunky contractor and a handsome school teacher become important to these women. As always Delinsky gives us some tension, life changes, romance, and surprises. I do enjoy her books.
Like the stars say, I really liked this book. When I open a Dorthea Benton Frank novel I feel like I’m visiting friends in the Lowcountry. She makes you feel right at home. Thanks again, Dot.
Shelby and Fred are in love. They’re from vastly different places, Shelby was raised in Chicago with money, culture and social standing. Fred’s family are southern farmers, with down-home attitudes of hard work and being kind to everyone, no matter what their station in life. To say that the two families have a bit of trouble relating to one another is an understatement. Planning for the wedding gets totally out of control, pretention abounding. But things can change and do when Shelby and Fred say enough. As always, there are a wonderful set of quirky characters and sticky situations that impact everyone. It’s fun. It’s funny. It’s sad. And it’s well worth reading.
Randy Pausch was a scientist, a father, a husband and an inspiration. He chose to be Tigger instead of Eyeore and dealt with cancer and death with humor and found fun and loving in every one of his limited days. He shared his experience, his dreams and lessons learned with honesty. I’m sad that he was burdened with this disease, but honored to have been able to read what he shared. Truly a great book.
Your Every Move took me back to my younger years when my world seemed to change unexpectedly and finding solid footing often seemed beyond my grasp. Alternating between the security of a few trustworthy loved ones and being at the mercy of new relationships was daunting and sometimes dangerous. I enjoyed reading how Amanda faced her challenges and grew to trust herself and her decisions. Thanks for a story with love, suspense and mystery, and the reminder that growth is frequently the result of surviving painful circumstances. ~Janice L.
(Many thanks, Janice.)
With so much shopping being done online now, the consumer review is more important than ever. We miss the opportunity to chat with another shopper in the store to see what they think of the item you are considering purchasing. (Unless they have chat software, but the person on the other end is being paid to say good things about their products.)
Most web sites give you the opportunity to review and even remind you in email to review the product you purchased as well as the shipping. I purchased a cool Impressionist Coloring book from Amazon, and the box I received was totally smashed. Thankfully the contents, however, were shrink wrapped and in fine shape. (They will be told the good and the bad of it, so the next customer doesn’t receive their purchase in bad shape.)
I prefer to shop locally, but if the brand I’m looking for isn’t carried here I take my search elsewhere. Perhaps that is why I love quirky shops like Lucinda’s and Watermark Books & Cafe. The service is great and they have really fun things for sale. I also enjoy shopping at antique stores and consignment/thrift shops where you never know what treasures you might find or be able to repurpose.
As many of you know I love comfortable shoes, but they can be expensive. So, I watch for my favorite brands to see if they are on sale locally and online. (The shoe sales sites that have free shipping both ways are the best, because sometimes shoes just don’t fit and you have to return them and try again. I read the reviews to see if customers found them true to size or if they were durable and comfortable. )
Whenever and wherever I shop, I let people know whether I had a good (or bad) experience. Through social media. Through Customer Reviews. Through word of mouth. When we discover a great new place to eat we tell everyone we know. We humans love to share experiences, it’s story telling in its purest form. That’s a good thing and has probably gone on since the Neanderthal Grug warned his mate not to go near the cave where the neighborhood sabor tooth tiger slept. (Warning! See there is value in letting people know your experience?)
Keep in mind, though, if it’s not dangerous – your opinion is just that – one person’s opinion. There’s no need to get nasty, just say I didn’t like it because… or I liked it a lot because… Let others form their own opinions, and be kind enough not to blame the clerk at the clothing store for your bad day. We all have them, so be responsible and courteous when leaving your review or comments. It’s called “constructive criticism.” Make your reviews count!