The story is narrated by both Margot and Mina. Mina, going back in time telling us her story of how she arrived in America from Korea and how she came to meet some of the people in her life
Leading a company through any ONE of these events would be career making and interesting…to lead a company the size of mid-sized country through ALL of them (and many more) is mind blowing.
“Lilly’s perfect husband of 3 weeks has disappeared. One minute he was texting her from the train, an hour from home, and the next, vanished. The police have no clues,…”
We’re witnessing Imanuelle coming of age, recognizing the violence visited upon young girls, and coming to terms with the ‘magic’ or powers handed down to her from her ancestors.
First impression: This was cute! I can see why its getting a lot of hype. If you want a straightforward, friends to lovers tale, this will likely go down in one sitting and leave you satisfied.
“The idea of riding in a car with a murderer and somehow keeping him entertained as you have a mental breakdown, is pretty interesting, you have to admit. “
Friday Black is a collection of short stories, staged in a dystopian world not very different than ours, except for its violence and insensitivity to race and culture. Sounds small but its definitely not!
The book is essentially two essays, one written in the form of a letter to his 14 year old nephew, the other discussing religion and its impact on the black community.
Danny is a young ambitious man that yearns to be a race car driver. We meet him and his dog Enzo, as he is coming out of a hard time as described by Enzo, the dog. Enzo is actually our narrator in the story.
The story follows aging actress Meredith White. She has the world in the palm of her hand when her Director husband decides to leave her for a young, up and coming actress.
A lot of twists and turns with this one as Brown leans heavily on thrills and goes a little light in the romance area. I wasn’t disappointed whatsoever.
I really believed Jules desperation and why she took such an obvious risk. The characters are complex- and what they are doing is wrong but, if you had the money- what would you do?
The book is a collection of longish, short stories with very little in common besides the overwhelming creepiness of each.
I enjoyed the fast-pace of the story. The trick of allowing us to get to know, and even like, the victims before the murders? Coldblooded Patterson! But, the technique worked. I was hooked, and no matter the obstacle thrown in Cooks way, (and there were many!)
There are plenty of scenes between the two pf them to keep you interested and as always Brown almost has you thinking it wont happen for them, right up until it does.
In Anita’s world vampires and werewolves rule the day…well, night 🙄 and exist legally. So, its a problem when someone decides to start targeting vampires and killing them.
The books are full of plots and twists: political scheming, mass murders (maybe a bit triggering in current times, but really done well), revenge, backstabbing, beautifully described fictional locations and big action scenes and cliffhangers.
Months after reading this, I feel like the author held a mirror up to women and said, ‘see how beautiful and ridiculous and horrific you are?’.
The story is about a group of friends that while on a hunting trip, angers a strong spirit. It takes a while but, the spirit comes looking for them to exact her vengeance.
This is more for The Wiz and Maleficent crowd. 💁🏾♀️ In this version, Dorothy’s gorgeous slippers may be evil and she and her buddies are holding Oz captive.
One day, one of Regina’s previous clients, Robert, a magician who Regina got acquitted for murder against his rich wife, shows up in Robin’s office and wants help patenting a magic trick.
Rye is a rough, living life on the edge, pilot that enjoys charging extra for difficult suicide runs. This next flight, may kill him. A rich client is requiring him to deliver a locked box, contents unknown, to a doctor, in a remote location.
Its the authors autobiographical memoir of her childhood experiences coming of age during the 1960-70’s Civil Rights movement and The Great Migration.
The tension between Peach and Natalie set the right tone and I liked watching the romance unfold between the two of them. I also enjoyed how the author addressed Natalie’s grief around the loss of her mother and boyfriend. Natalie was a fairly complex character
Ledge knows how unforgiving Penton can be. He’s had his own run-ins with the corrupt law and Ardens father. He decides to help with the refurbish job, mostly to keep an eye on her, and pow-chica-pow-wow: thinly veiled innuendos, steamy close calls, sexual tension and we are off to the Sandra Brown races!!
“in my opinion, Mexican Gothic was a fair modern twist on the genre, that maybe edged a bit closer to horror and will be able to intrigue a new audience.”
I was intrigued by the threesome of Leo, Joanne and Piper. The break up of Joanne and Leo gave me Diary of a Mad Black Women vibes when the husband unceremoniously tosses his wife out with the u-haul guy. Piper as narrator also tells us about her past issues upfront and comes off as a very mysterious character.
Ally Linden arrives at work one morning, in her ex boyfriend’s office, at a place she hasn’t worked in years. Other than her tossed mental state, there is no sign of trauma.
Not one character is shamed or written to be better than another. I suppose we learn, no matter your choice, loveless or abusive marriage, mistress or childless wife, independent , single woman, it all comes with its burden to bare.
The storytelling is the real winner. We are with Vanessa as she, very honestly, recalls her trauma and faces the truth of the manipulation.
oh the tangled web we weave. Its also a great twist on the Lifetime channel, husband kills wife to be with mistress plot. Nah, not this time.
The story, greater than your typical missing persons, isn’t really about the search for Ellie but, about how Ellie will spend the next year in captivity.
Very interesting way to tell an old story of teenage pregnancy. I also liked the middle/upper class representation of blackness. Not all blackness is earmarked by poverty and lack.
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.
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.