Death of a Ghost review

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Another Hamish Macbeth story. I enjoyed the story and following Hamish about again as he struggles to figure out the identity of the killer or killers. He is always a colorful character who tries to do what is right but has to dabble in the wrong now and then as well.

I found the ending rather vague – like a quick wrap up of information rather than storyline. But overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one in the series.

I give the book an A – it kind of covers old ground but still, it kept me reading till the end.

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Well, I have nothing bad to say or complain about with this book. I started it at work and finished it last night. It spawned some amusing/scary nightmares which is always the mark of a good creature feature.

The writing was excellent – I had no trouble immersing myself in the story as if I was really there. The squid freaked me out sufficiently as well. Seriously, I don’t know that I will ever swim in blue water. Sharks had me freaked out enough, now I have to worry about squid too. 🙂

This book made it to my top ten for creature features. Great job! I will have to check out what else he has written. I give it an A+

Full Wolf Moon review

32336166Goodreads: Logan travels to an isolated writers’ retreat deep in the Adirondacks to finally work on his book when the remote community is rocked by the grisly discovery of a dead hiker on Desolation Mountain. The body has been severely mauled, but the unusual savagery of the bite and claw marks call into question the initial suspicions of a wild bear attack. When Logan is asked to help investigate, he discovers no shortage of suspects capable of such an attack–and no shortage of locals willing to point the finger and spread incredible rumors. One rumor, too impossible to believe, has even the forest ranger believing in werewolves. As Logan gets to know the remote deep-woods landscape, including a respected woman scientist still struggling with the violent loss of her father in these very woods, Logan realizes he’s up against something he has never seen before.

I started this book this afternoon around 1:30 p.m. at work and finished it a few minutes ago.  It kept moving and kept me guessing as the body count kept piling up.  Child sends you so far into the deep woods that I was wondering if I’d need a compass to get back.  Definitely had me looking up to check my surroundings a couple of times.

The pages flew by and then I reached the end.  Believe me, I was disappointed to see it end.  One of Child’s best, I’d say although “Terminal Freeze” will always be one of my favorites.

This was a great turn for Logan – I hope Child stays more with this line of supernatural in his future books.  After his last one, I debated buying this one for fear I’d be disappointed – but I’m not unhappy with my purchase at all and can see myself re-reading it in the future.

I give the book an A+ – thanks Lincoln Child for great read!

 

 

Murder at Honeychurch Hall review

I know I haven’t been all that great about updating this page.  Honestly, I haven’t been reading that much the past six months.

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My first book by this author and I probably will read more over time. Her descriptive air made me feel like I was there with the characters. I found the constant secrets and revelations a bit much but the storyline was good enough to overlook that. Need a chart to keep track of who was kin to whom but overall an entertaining read.

Goal Reached

This year on Goodreads, I elected to read 30 books this year.  As of now, I am at 31 – whew, another goal met.

OK, I do have to say that I changed the goal several times – going as high as 60 and as low as 20.  It was such a struggle to find books I wanted to read – how sad is that? Yes, I know I am picky – I won’t read romances, historical fiction, or non-fiction.  My loss, I get that.

Still, I settled on 30 books and finally made it, so I am happy.  For next year, I’m leaning towards 30 books again – it was a decent amount for how busy I’ve been.

Maybe I will buy a new book for myself for Christmas.  🙂

Fragile review

9986977Everybody knows everybody in The Hollows, a quaint, charming town outside of New York City. It’s a place where neighbors keep an eye on one another’s kids, where people say hello in the grocery store, and where high school cliques and antics are never quite forgotten. As a child, Maggie found living under the microscope of small-town life stifling. But as a wife and mother, she has happily returned to The Hollows’s insular embrace. As a psychologist, her knowledge of family histories provides powerful insights into her patients’ lives. So when the girlfriend of her teenage son, Rick, disappears, Maggie’s intuitive gift proves useful to the case–and also dangerous.

Eerie parallels soon emerge between Charlene’s disappearance and the abduction of another local girl that shook the community years ago when Maggie was a teenager. The investigation has her husband, Jones, the lead detective on the case, acting strangely. Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn. In a town where the past is always present, nobody is above suspicion, not even a son in the eyes of his father.

“I know how a moment can spiral out of control,” Jones says to a shocked Maggie as he searches Rick’s room for incriminating evidence. “How the consequences of one careless action can cost you everything.”

As she tries to reassure him that Rick embodies his father in all of the important ways, Maggie realizes this might be exactly what Jones fears most. Determined to uncover the truth, Maggie pursues her own leads into Charlene’s disappearance and exposes a long-buried town secret–one that could destroy everything she holds dear. This thrilling novel about one community’s intricate yet fragile bonds will leave readers asking, How well do I know the people I love? and How far would I go to protect them?

So because the author said “The Whispers” was the prequel to this book, I had to stop reading “The Whispering Hollows” and turn to this one so the story could continue in a natural flow.  I will do the same with the next two novellas in the book.

This one made me a trifle disappointed when I realized Eloise was going to have a very bit part in it after being the star in “The Whispers” – but understand where the author is going with this.

This story centers around a young girl who disappears one night and how the small town “The Hollows” deals with the mystery.  Some of the adults remember that it wasn’t that many years prior when another young woman went missing and was later found dead.  So the story intertwines with the current and previous disappearance.  The old case was solved long before this girl went missing so it can’t be the same person – so what happened to Charlene?

I liked the story, it was engrossing and I did hate to put it down to go to bed last night but I did.  I liked Maggie and while I started off skeptical about Jones, I ended up liking him quite a bit too.

At this very moment, not far from my home, a 9 year old girl is missing.  Will they find her alive? I certainly hope so.  Reading this book and hearing about the girl, made me shudder that fiction and real life can be so similar. The Bible says “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8.  That verse comes to mind whenever I encounter, via news, reading or real life – a person with evil intentions.

I give the book an A and will look forward to reading more of Unger’s work.

The Whispers – Review 1

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Part One: The Whispers

On an ordinary day in The Hollows, a terrible accident claims the lives of Eloise Montgomery’s husband and oldest daughter and leaves Eloise in a coma. While recovering, she experiences her first psychic vision. Struggling to understand her frightening new abilities, Eloise is torn between helping her grief-stricken younger daughter move on and the work she feels compelled to do now—heed the tortured whispers of lost women and girls calling for her.

So I read this short novelette – The Whispers – and liked it quite a bit.  The author did a great job introducing Eloise and her daughter.  The tragedies around their life and the feelings that the tragedy lead to.  I liked the idea of her visions and now the mission she has in life to help those lost souls who were brutalized by the world and disposed of.  It was well written but could have used a smidge more to make the story feel less rushed.

I am going to enjoy the next novelette in the book and expect to read more from the author about The Hollows. I give it an A.