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deslily
24 September 2016 @ 03:57 pm

Book 4 for RIP....

Every Dead Thing by John Connelly.

Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books(June 16, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1501122622

 

Amazon Review.

Former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker is on the verge of madness. Tortured by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, he is a man consumed by guilt, regret, and the desire for revenge. When his former partner asks him to track down a missing girl, Parker finds himself drawn into a world beyond his imagining: a world where thirty-year-old killings remain shrouded in fear and lies, a world where the ghosts of the dead torment the living, a world haunted by the murderer responsible for the deaths in his family—a serial killer who uses the human body to create works of art and takes faces as his prize. But the search awakens buried instincts in Parker: instincts for survival, for compassion, for love, and, ultimately, for killing.
Aided by a beautiful young psychologist and a pair of bickering career criminals, Parker becomes the bait in a trap set in the humid bayous of Louisiana, a trap that threatens the lives of everyone in its reach. Driven by visions of the dead and the voice of an old black psychic who met a terrible end, Parker must seek a final, brutal confrontation with a murderer who has moved beyond all notions of humanity, who has set out to create a hell on earth: the serial killer known only as the Traveling Man.
In the tradition of classic American detective fiction, Every Dead Thing is a tense, richly plotted thriller, filled with memorable characters and gripping action. It is also a profoundly moving novel, concerned with the nature of loyalty, love, and forgiveness. Lyrical and terrifying, it is an ambitious debut, triumphantly realized.

I have read 2 other books by John Connolly and liked them both.  This one was another good book.  "Bird" was on the search for the cold case in which his wife and child were killed.... but not "just" killed.

At times he almost lost me by having so many people involved that I'd start wondering what the heck was going on.  But eventually it cleared up and I once again knew what it was all about.   I am a bit brain dead when I get too many characters to keep track of lol.

I enjoyed this book enough to order yet another book by the same author.  Which surprises me since  "detectives" are getting to be the "norm" when in truth my favorite books are still more to the "family secrets" when solving a crime.

 
 
deslily
14 September 2016 @ 10:55 am

Book 3 for RIP...

 

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens.

Paperback: 303 pages
Publisher: Seventh Street Books(October 14, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1616149981

 

 

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.
Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. 
Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

Ok... best book I've read in a long time!! I hated this book to end!  Loved the characters, loved the story (stories)..nothing I didn't like about this book!.. well, except that I didn't want it to end but couldn't stop reading it!

Excellent mystery of a "cold case" pulled up due to and English project for Joe.  Toss in Joe's background and a small love story and you have it all in a very good, too short, book.  I had this book on my wish list for some time and sorry now that I waited so long to send for the used copy!!

It's a keeper!  Ya'll  might want to read this one!

 
 
deslily
13 September 2016 @ 08:37 am

Book 2 for RIP...

 

The Woman who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sandstone Press (November 12, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1908737328

Amazon Review:

Cal McGill watches the young woman through the dirty windshield of his Toyota. There's something compelling about her stillness, about the length of time she has been standing, staring out to sea. What has brought her to this remote beach, he asks himself. Is she a kindred spirit who finds refuge by the shore? Idle curiosity soon turns into another investigation for oceanographer and loner McGill as he embarks on a quest to discover why, 26 years earlier, another young woman walked into these same waves. According to the police, she killed herself and her unborn baby. McGill, the Sea Detective, questions this version of events and confronts the jealousies, tensions, and threats of a coastal community determined to hold on to its secrets.

Hooray! A real mystery!!  Of course it includes a dead body or two..  but the mystery is finding out ones past.  I liked the writing style in this book and found I looked forward to picking it up each time.

The only strange thing about the book is that Cal McGill did not really seem like a "detective" but more of a person wanting to help in the situation.  However I did like that it wasn't a detective constantly going to his office and reporting to others.   I enjoyed the book and all the mysteries surrounding the story!

 
 
deslily
09 September 2016 @ 03:10 pm

First book for RIP!

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad.

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Witness Impulse (January 27, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0062351540

Amazon Review:

With the dead of a bitter Vermont winter closing in, evil is alive and well . . .

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace.

Soon Rath's investigation brings him face-to-face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.

With the consequences of his violent and painful past plaguing him, and young women with secrets vanishing one by one, he discovers once again that even in the smallest towns on the map, evil lurks everywhere—and no one is safe.

Morally complex, seething with wickedness and mystery, and rich in gritty atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, The Silent Girls marks the return of critically acclaimed author Eric Rickstad. Readers of Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbø, and Greg Iles will love this book and find themselves breathless at the incendiary, ambitious, and unforgettable story.

A good mystery right up to the end!  A new missing person case connects to some old cold cases, and if that's not bed enough Rath's daughter turns up missing!  It began like most detective stories but it got better and better as it went along. 

I still prefer mysteries with lots of family secrets in them but it seems more and more books are detective books.  If you get a really good and interesting main character then it's good when more books come out using the protagonist that you have come to find so interesting.

This is my first book by Eric Rickstad  so I don't know if he uses Frank Rath in other books yet.

 
 
deslily
31 August 2016 @ 02:27 pm

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase.

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (February 9, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0399174125

 

 

Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family’s country estate, where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, of course, it does.
More than three decades later, Lorna is determined to be married within the grand, ivy-covered walls of Pencraw Hall, known as Black Rabbit Hall among the locals. But as she’s drawn deeper into the overgrown grounds, half-buried memories of her mother begin to surface and Lorna soon finds herself ensnared within the manor’s labyrinthine history, overcome with an insatiable need for answers about her own past and that of the once-happy family whose memory still haunts the estate.
Stunning and atmospheric, this debut novel is a thrilling spiral into the hearts of two women separated by decades but inescapably linked by the dark and tangled secrets of Black Rabbit Hall.

 

This was quite a good read.  The books goes back and fourth between 2 generations.  It was easy to follow, and kept me reading as it was mostly "family secrets". (love that sort of book)

A woman named Lorna finds the home and wants to be married in it.  She doesn't know why she is so drawn to this particular place that was so far out of the way.  After spending some time in the home with the owner, Mrs Alton, she becomes fearful of the hidden secrets, but winds up staying and discovering why she is so drawn to this mansion.

The best of the last few books I've read recently.

 
 
 
deslily
25 August 2016 @ 02:40 pm

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage (January 5, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0307455793

 

 

In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven’t seen in years. And, because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him.
As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share. By turns savage, suspenseful, and intensely moving, The Buried Giant is a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory, an extraordinary tale of love, vengeance, and war.

Strangely enough, I really had no idea what this book was actually about when I found it in a box of books for .50.

For me, it was hard to believe that this is the same author who wrote Remains of the Day (movie by the same name).

Familiar names are drawn into this "story telling" book, such as Merlin and Arthur. I found the book to be quit different in the writing I am used to. But it did intrigue me enough to keep reading until the end.  I think that because I have been reading mysteries and murders and such that this was so far out in left base that I was lost part of the time. lol. 

It was an ok book.  Not really my type of writing, but yet interesting enough to let me read it all.  I am sure others would enjoy it more.

 
 
deslily
15 August 2016 @ 06:51 pm

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company;(November 3, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0316410705

 

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.
Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.

This is the second book I've read by Michael Connelly.   It was a good read.  Strangely, though it was something missing.  I'm not sure what. Maybe more closeness to the main character of Bosch.

It was a cold case reopened and how they solved the case.  I like watching cold cases being solved on tv and I generally expect "more" in a book.  More detail.  More character building.  I liked the first book I read, the Black Box, but all I can say on this one is:  It's ok. Not a bad read. But could have been better.

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Lately I just can't seem to find the books I enjoy so much.  Books like, Diane Setterfield's,  The Thirteenth Tale, or books by Michael Cox (The Meaning of Night & The Glass of Time), or the Alex Grecian books, The Scotland Yard Murder Squad, The Devil's Workshop/ The Black Country/The Yard/ The Harvest Man .  Also Dan Simmons, Drood!..  My reading has gone down to a crawl because I don't seem to be able to find books like these !!   Sigh.. ah well... who knows?  Maybe the next book eh?

 
 
deslily
05 August 2016 @ 08:57 am

The Broken Harbor by Tana French.

Paperback: 450 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books(April 30, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0143123300

 

Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2012: In Tana French’s fourth novel, detective Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy and his partner are sent to the abandoned, half-constructed housing development Broken Harbor to investigate the brutal murder of the Spain family. What Scorcher thinks is an open and shut case is quickly complicated when Jenny Spain is found barely alive, and the family’s circumstances are brought to light: hidden baby monitors, a strained mortgage brought on by the housing crisis, and the increasingly erratic signs of a family in crisis. French fans will appreciate this new look at Scorcher, who was a minor character in Faithful Place; he shines as the successful but jaded detective with a troubled past. French delivers a layered psychological thriller and satisfying ‘who dunnit,’ masterfully spinning a plot packed with tension and a haunting mood that rivals the best of the gothic writers.

This is book 4 I've read of Tana French's.

It's also my least favorite.  But... having said that the past month my head has not been with reading very much. I was sick for a time then in pain for a time and stressing about things.. so this was a slow, slow read for me. Also noted though is that I did not set it aside and stop reading it, so that says something too.

The detective Scorcher did not grab me as a interesting character, like most of her leads.  The mystery of the killings was good though.

I don't have a lot to say to encourage or discourage you to reading this book...  I will more than likely try her next books when it comes out, as I have enjoyed her other books.

 
 
deslily
05 July 2016 @ 08:35 am

Since She Went Away by David Bell.

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: NAL (June 21, 2016)
ISBN-10: 045147421X

Three months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.
The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.
But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.

This is book number 7 for me, written by David Bell. My first was Cemetery Girl and from then on I've been a fan.

This book was no exception. I am not sure how to define his writing, but one always feels they are right there and part of the story ... and that it's real! 

Like other's of his books it's hard to set them down for very long.  It helps, tremendously, that he writes very short chapters, which always makes you read one or two more before setting the book down!  I don't know if publishers like that or not but "I" sure do!

Chalk up another  good read from David Bell!

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I don't always do a list of books I read for each month, but last month all the books were really good so here they are:

21.The Black Box.......................Michael Connelly....(480 pgs)

22.Cracks in the Sidewalk..............Bette L. Crosby.....(332 pgs)

23.A Memory of Violets.................Hazel Gaynor........(432 pgs)

24.The Midnight Rose...................Lucinda Riley.......(496 pgs)

25.The Likeness........................Tana French.........(466 pgs)

I didn't read when I was on my trip except for something on my tablet that I "thought" was a full length book but turned out to be only 48 pages. It was Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas DeQuincey.  Maybe I should count that as a book anyway lol...

Well, Happy Reading for you all for the month of July!!

 
 
deslily
02 July 2016 @ 03:01 pm

Faithful Place by Tana French.

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books;(June 28, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0143119494

 

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. French's emotionally searing third novel of the Dublin murder squad (after The Likeness) shows the Irish author getting better with each book. In 1985, 19-yearold Frank Mackey and his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, made secret plans to elope to England and start a new life together far away from their families, particularly the hard-drinking Mackeys. But when Rosie doesn't meet Frank the night they're meant to leave and he finds a note, Frank assumes she's left him behind. For 22 years, Frank, who becomes an undercover cop, stays away from Faithful Place, his childhood Dublin neighborhood. When his younger sister, Jackie, calls to tell him that someone found Rosie's suitcase hidden in an abandoned house, Frank reluctantly returns. Now everything he thought he knew is turned upside down: did Rosie really leave that night, or did someone stop her before she could? French, who briefly introduced Mackey in The Likeness, is adept at seamlessly blending suspenseful whodunit elements with Frank's familial demons.

Book number 4 that I've read by Tana French.  She really knows how to tell a story and keep you interested on reading to the very end.  This one is a 22 year old cold case. And I do get hooked on cold cases lol.

This one I wasn't sure I would like.  On her other book she used the character of Frank Mackey and I can't say he was a favorite lol.. so when this book was "about" Frank Mackey", I was leery.  But she turned him into someone of interest and made me read this book to the end also! 

Her books are quick reading and keep your interest.  I have one more in my tbr mile high pile which I will get to after one book that I waited for it to come and now I have to read that first! (That would be David Bell.  I have read every book he's written! another one of those, have to read, authors).