Books completed last week:
13.BLACKLANDS***** by Linda Bauer is a psychological suspense that was so tense I had to finish it to get relief. A boy writes anonymously to a child killer in prison hoping the man will help him find the body of one of the local boys he's murdered. He's a very serious little boy and has deeply personal reasons for wanting to locate this murdered child. Eventually the killer figures out that he's communicating by letter with a twelve year old boy...talk about cat and mouse. Don't miss this one.
14.THE OUTCAST****+ by Sadie Jones is an excellent read. A young man, 19, gets out of prison and returns home to his English village and a demanding and unforgiving father. He tries to cope with all the negative attitudes and expectations around him but it's a difficult road. Very well written and highly recommended.
15.GOOD TO A FAULT**** by Marina Endicott is an award nominated novel that has a woman take in a homeless family after hitting their car and putting the mother in the hospital. Another wild ride ensues as these people are typically unpredictable, demanding and not always to be trusted. A very interesting story about motives for giving, guilt, and the limits of generosity. Well worth reading and highly recommended.
16.RAIN***** by W. Somerset Maugham is a short story (34 pages) that I always loved and had not read in 40 years. I was shocked by the ending back then. It was filmed at least twice with Joan Crawford and Rita Hayworth in the starring role. Both films were excellent. I highly recommend this and any of Maugham's short stories.
Books I gave up on:
BEFORE I WAKE by Robert Wiersma by page 90 was going in a direction I did not like. A couple's daughter was believed to be healing people, while completely and irreversibly comatose no less. Somebody tell me this book is worth finishing and does not get stupid.
Book in hand...
THE SWAN THIEVES by Elizabeth Kostova is great so far, I love stories with psychiatrists and their patients in them. Lot's of art and book reference as the doctor's patient is a painter. Tried an hour of the audio and got a headache. It's seventeen hours long on audio, my nerves can't take that many hours of someone yakking at me. I gave it a try, audio is not for me-until I'm blind or something.
THE COMEDIANS by Graham Greene
THE PRACTICE OF PERFECTION by Mary Frances Coady
GOURMET RHAPSODY by Muriel Barbery
THE LOVE WE SHARE WITHOUT KNOWING by Christopher Barzak
THE APPLE by Penelope J. Holt
Books I Still Need to Write Reviews On:
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What are you reading?