The descriptions around characters, food, action scenes and locations: all beautiful beyond reproach. The imagery WILL transport you to the marketplace, the fights on the countryside and onto the castle grounds. The book cover itself is a work of art. We get to understand more about the Maji and their complicated history. Major uptick in action from the first novel.
In present time we meet sisters Maddie and Allie. Allie is set to be married and we learn how and why Maddie is having an affair with her sisters fiancé. Oh, tragedy.
The story begins following Clara and Luke, a young couple sharing a flat. Luke doesn’t come home one night and, having a reputation of a being a philanderer, his friends assume he’s on a binge and will return when he’s ready. After a couple of nights, Clara is not convinced thats true
The parents of the victim paint him to be the perfect son and husband. We determine pretty quickly from the wife, he was just the opposite. As a matter of fact, most of the characters are hiding imperfections behind their public personas.
As readers, we know theres a serial killer on the jury. It’s interesting following Eddie as he figures it out and then, as he finds out that others aren’t what they seem. Again, not just a courtroom drama! Definitely a thriller with a murder mystery twist.
I love the way the author writes dialogues between the characters, perfectly capturing the nuisances of southern conversation. Which is to say, the ability of saying one thing but meaning the opposite.
#InterestingRead My greatest desire as a reader is to be grabbed at sentence one and taken on a long roller coaster ride of a story. In every practical sense, Imaginary Friend delivers, tenfold.
The author has crafted the perfect story, set in the best time, to weave themes of found families, women and sex in the 20th century, reproductive rights, hetero, homo and bi-sexuality, pay equality, and domestic violence without being overhanded at all.
Unlike Queenie, I actually like Autumn and don’t find her to be a self hating, self-sabotaging, casually racist, insufferable psycho slut. Both books tell a story of young black women dealing with trauma in a world that doesn’t allow them to acknowledge that trauma.
Christians versus Muslims, monsters versus monster hunters and monster hunters against Christians. Of course we have appearances from our old villain, Hugo Vox. Good thing there’s a sexy sniper chic as a co-star this episode and we (including Joe!) can all be distracted by her.
The kid asks her about one man, one relationship and Viv decides to tell her the story of her life, beginning with how she lost her virginity to an old veterinarian, whom she thought was a medical doctor, in a dilapidated boarding house when she was 19.
This woman has a beyond twisted mind and writes a mean psychological thriller. I’ve only read two of her books but her habit is to grab your attention early, then proceed to throw everything and the kitchen sink at you as you speed to the climax. This book followed that formula with great return.
With 21 stories and forwards by King, this is a pretty big short story collection. All the stories are interesting in that weird King way that he makes ordinary people deal with extraordinary phenomena.
….it’s sold as a view into choosing family over everything but, I’m not sure that’s what it is. It’s a story about siblings. About how in some families, for any or whatever reason, one child can be cherished or valued over another and, how that preference, can be detrimental to the preferred child as well as the one(s) not preferred.
I’m a newbie on GoodReads, having started my list December 2018. It’s now hovering around 300 reads and…yea. How’s that gonna happen? Lol, may be a quick and dirty edit will help!
In comparison to JC, which was focused more on the clans using brute force to win territory, War is more about the long game. Each clan attempts to use covert political strategy to gain leverage, causing some pointed collateral damage
The author readily admits Queenie’s point of view is problematic and intentionally so. She says the story is a description of what she thinks things would look like if she allowed her life and emotions to “get out of hand”.
the story is intriguing and quite funny in some parts, but, the people you’re reading about are mostly pretentious, self-centered, conniving in some cases and unforgiving in others. How the author managed to write a darkly funny story about a bunch of un-fun people is beyond me.
…,what’s a Ledger book without an over the top secret society, richer than God, meaner than the devil and crazier than a bedbug?! Maberry writes evil really well. The characters here have the audacity to expect honor amongst thieves! They call themselves the Seven Kings…
Anissa Gray writes about the 3 Butler sisters and their life yesterday and today. Yesterday, they narrowly escaped their abusive childhood home and father to grow up to be, today, reflections of the brokenness they’ve never really escaped.
The story is written in a lighthearted, fun poem format but, doesn’t hold back on the truth! Best part was when they get off the train and notice the underground station stinks! 🤣🤣 Hilarious and true!
It’s kind of sex, drugs, rock and roll…and shoot-outs, in a book. This should be a movie.
Most notable is the relationship Hen develops with Matthew, the suspected murderer next door. Even in his own insanity, he is honest with her. The eventual trust built between the two will captivate you. It’s almost a love story. Almost.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the main character, Grace. She’s written as one of those damsels in constant distress always seeking a savior, and that grates my nerves. She bucks up soon enough, if only in her own way,
We meet the Lee family as they’re in breakdown over the disappearance of their middle daughter, Lydia. It will be several days and several revelations before Lydia’s body is dredged from the lake near their home.
Alicia loves Gabriel, and is devoted to him, their life and convincing him she is fine. No spoilers, but eventually Alicia shoots Gabriel and ends up in a psych ward, not speaking and regarded as a lost cause.
The writer, Barbie Wilde plays the only female Cinnabite in the Hellraiser movies. As I’m a fan of all things horror and Hellraiser is a cult fav, I was super excited to dig in.
It’s not the typical psychological thriller where the turnaround is overhanded. It’s actually quite subtle but, months later, you’ll still be wondering about it all.
Cyrus Jakoby and his sidekick Otto have healed from their physical wounds, but, continue to be batshit crazy otherwise. They’ve vigorously pushed forward with their plans of ‘thinning out the herd’ (Thanos, anyone?) by killing ‘mud people’ through maximizing on genetically engineered diseases.
The best thing about the story is what nearly derailed my entire challenge. Murakami does a great job of telling a story. He creates a space and time so detailed with so many moving parts, very simply put, I was interested.
The author does an excellent job of creating several small interesting plots that weave all the characters together in the end to a very good climax. The other great thing about this book is the characters. Ware does a really good job of fleshing out and creating multidimensional characters. I found myself being interested in all of them….
Through a teenage girl’s perspective, you begin to learn about a very well to do family in a small working class town. The oldest member and apparently well liked member of the community, was recently poisoned to death. The town, as judge and jury, has deemed the teenagers older sister as the murderer, though a real court room did not condemn her, but, judged it an accident. Sometimes, judgement by our peers is far worse than any courtroom could deliver.
In Candyland, a loner on a long drive pulls over in a town and gets caught up in..local norms, shall we say. Lol. This is a must read for anyone that enjoys long rides across states, like I do. The fun and fear is pulling over in a different spot and meeting the locals. This one combines all the neurotic things my sister thinks will happen to me when I pull over.
The story is staged in a country that instead of a current day mafia style gang, it has arguably, more dignified, Jade families. Jade is a powerful jewel giving the wearer enhanced senses & fighting strength. The families, it’s members & supporters are entwined in government & local businesses operating under a long running truce. The story begins when one family seeks to end the truce & expand its territory.
The short stories are odd tales centered around ghosts and death. The good thing (because I like to find something positive), the stories are short, and include I’m sure what was considered racy language at the time of first print. I kept reading because the beginning and middle of each story captured my attention.
Watchers is one of his most loved books and his personal favorite. Originally published in 1987, over 30 years ago, I have been pleasantly surprised at its relevance to modern day. Themes of Christian beliefs versus scientific advancement for the ‘greater good’, moral superiority and love – all play out in a story about a dog and his chosen family.
This is a collection of short thrillers, all by AA authors. What attracted me to the book, besides one of my favs Tananarive Due, was the stories are longer than your typical ‘short story’. There are 3 stories, all about ghosts, goblins, family, & about a hundred pages long.
This is a super fast read you will not be able to put down…except to flip some lights on, for sure. It’s nonstop action, you will like the characters, and the author will rip your heart out..over and over.
“…strange things start happening to the people that’ve been through the device. Strange like, they go home and shoot their spouses in the face, strange.”
“Welcome to the average middle class American family. Living paycheck to paycheck and/or one healthcare crisis away from poverty. It’s like a CNN statistic come to life.”
Reading other blogs, I see folks saying they’ve read well over 150 books in a year. Listen, I have a life or, I should say, I have a job. And this blog is my side bitch.
“I remember reading it & thinking everything about me, a young, black girl from West Philly, was magical. The way I talked, dressed, what music I listened to, how I cooked my food, even my cycle..all a gift…”
Zombie’s, detectives being chased by ‘them’ and my favorite, the superhero that maybe isn’t that super. All good weird, stories with a diverse cast of characters.
“The tale is a good one filled with all my favorite things: murder, suspense, plot twist, star-crossed lovers and black people..”
“Her stories share multi-layered themes of race, gender and sex as they relate to power. Set in 17-1800’s, the height of the African slave trade, Butler, in a fiction novel, reflects true history.”
Insecure, depressed and abusing her body, the story is about how this young lady pulls herself out of it all, by slowly allowing herself to engage with the world around her and FEELING.
“..the story is about overcoming fear so incredible, it manifests in a physical nature, before you can become who you are destined. There’s good writing around us being taught to be docile Christians following man instead of God & how God intended for us to be powerful: physically & mentally. “
This is the first book in a series following agent Joe Ledger. He’s like a mix of Jack Reacher and John Wick. Intelligent, sarcastic and superhero like ability in his job. He and his team routinely take on acts of bioterrorism.
Dekker is a Christian, thriller writer and ALL of his stories include over the top, fantastic confrontations between good and evil. The layers of imagery and lessons embedded in his stories are incredible, this one being the best I’ve read so far.
“The series tells the story of people that have been exposed to ‘Living Blood’. Depending on how the blood is taken, you could live a healthy 200+ years or forever. This entry gives a lot of history on where the blood originated and demonstrates the lengths some will go to get it. “