Eadie's 2018 Reading Log
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My Goal for 2018 is to read 200 books, which includes listening to 60 audio books, complete 15 series and get 15 series up-to-date.
January 2018 - 26 Books - 9,767 Pages
February 2018 - 25 Book - 9,493 Pages
March 2018 - 20 Books - 8,174 Pages
April 2018 - 18 Books - 6,312 Pages
May 2018 - 20 Books - 7,322 Pages
June 2018 - 14 Books - 5,380 Pages
July 2018 - Books - Pages
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November 2018 - Books - Pages
December 2018 - Books - Pages
Total 2018 - 123 Books - 46,448 Pages
✔ ★ ☞ ☊
☞The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King - 400 pgs
☞"...And Ladies of the Club" by Helen Hooven Santmyer - 1,176 pgs.
☞☊Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - 320 pgs.
☞Us Against You by Fredrik Backman - 448 pgs.
Finished Reading June 2018
✔ ☊Gilead by Marilynne Robinson - 282 pgs. - ★★★ - 6/1/2018
✔Sovereign by C. J. Sansom - 583 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/2/2018
✔An American Marriage by Tayari Jones - 320 pgs. - ★★★ - 6/5/2018
✔☊A Separate Peace by John Knowles - 204 pgs. - ★★★★ - 6/6/2018
✔☊Piranha by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison - 422 pgs. - ★★★★ - 6/6/2018
✔☊The Outsider by Stephen King - 576 pgs. - ★★ - 6/11/2018
✔ A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo - 308 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/12/2018
✔☊Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - 581 pgs. - ★★★★ - 6/12/2018
✔Where the Red Ferns Grow by Wilson Rawls - 272 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/14/2018
✔The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - 288 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/14/2018
✔The Guilty Dead by P.J. Tracy - 336 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/18/2018
✔The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths - 360 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/19/2018
✔Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/20/2018
✔The Godfather by Mario Puzo - 448 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/21/2018
June 2018 - Group Reads
Mystery and Suspense Group Winner : TBD
The Book of Spies by Gayle Lynds - 390 pgs.
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly - 392 pgs.
Day of the Dead by Nicci French - 416 pgs.
The Great American Read
Watchers by Dean R. Koontz - 483 pgs.
The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger - 214 pgs.
1001 Books To Read Before You Die
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach - 512 pgs.
Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy - 480 pgs.
The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt - 319 pgs.
✔The Lost by Claire McGowan (2013) - 372 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/1/2018
✔The Dead Ground by Claire McGowan (2014) - 394 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/2/2018
✔The Silent Dead by Claire McGowan (2015) - 374 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/3/2018
✔A Savage Hunter by Claire McGowan (2016) 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/4/2018
✔Blood Tide by Claire McGowen (2017) 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/5/2018
✔☊Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta (2016) - 400 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/6/2018
✔The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by David Langercrantz - 448 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/7/2018
✔Don’t Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams - 432 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/8/2018
✔☊Some Kind of Peace by Camilla Grebe & Asa Traff - 356 pgs. ★★★★ - 1/8/2018
✔☊End of the Watch by Stephen King - Completes Bill Hodges Trilogy - 496 pgs. ★★ - 1/9/2018
✔My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout - 209 Pgs. ★★★★★ - 1/10/2018
✔When The Music's Over by Peter Robinson - 464 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/11/2018
✔The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry (#7 of 13) Sigma Force - 577 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/13/2018
✔Doctor Death: a Madeleine Karno mystery by Lene Kaaberbol - 304 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/14/2018
✔☊Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain - 298 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/15/2018
✔Nowhere Man by Aleksander Hemon - 256 pgs. - ★★★ - 1/16/2018
✔☊Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/17/2018
✔The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe - 368 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/19/2018
✔Double Indemnity by James M. Cain - 115 pgs.- ★★★★★ - 1/21/2018
✔More Bitter Than Death by Camilla Grebe - 320 pgs. - ★★★★ -1/23/2018
✔☊The Hit by David Baldacci - 528 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/24/2018
✔ The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn - 444 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/25/2018
✔☊A Lady in Shadows by Lene Kaaberbol - 352 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/26/2018
✔ The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett - 496 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/27/2018
✔ The Collar Robber by Hillary Bell Locke - 308 pgs. - ★★★ - 1/30/2018
✔Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/30/2018
✔The Grave's A Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/2/2018
✔Serenade by James M. Cain - 183 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/3/2018
✔Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger - 368 pgs. ★★★★★ - 2/4/2018
✔☊A Column of Fire by Ken Follett - 928 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/5/201
✔☊ Unpunished by Lisa Black - 320 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/6/2018
✔☊ Perish by Lisa Black - 320 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/7/2018
✔Force of Nature by Jane Harper - 320 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/8/2018
✔☊The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore - 288 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/9/2018
✔☊The Dark Room by Jonathan Moore - 294 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/10/2018
✔☊ The Night Market by Jonathan Moore - 288 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/11/2018
✔Map of Bones by James Rollins - 656 pgs. - - ★★★★★ - 2/12/2018
✔Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout - 300 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/12/2018
✔☊ Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger - 336 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/13/2018
✔☊ Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger - 320 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/14/2018
✔☊Still Me by Jojo Moyes - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/19/2018
✔Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald - 480 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/20/2018
✔☊Agent 6 by Tom Robb Smith - 469 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/21/2018
✔☊Perfect Hatred by Leighton Gage - 336 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/22/2018
✔The Saboteur by Andrew Gross - 416 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/22/2018
✔☊ Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger - ★★★★★ - 2/23/2018
✔Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths - 358 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/24/2018
✔☊The Ways of Evil Men by Leighton Gage - 338 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/25/2018
✔☊ Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger - 328 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/26/2018
✔☊ Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger - 306 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/27/2018
✔ When Gods Die by C.S. Harris - 388 pgs. - ★★★★.5 - 2/28/2018
✔☊Mourn Not Your Dead (#4) by Deborah Crombie - 310 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/1/2018
✔The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor - 280 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/2/2018
✔☊Dreaming of The Bones #5 by Deborah Crombie - 355 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/3/2018
✔☊Kissed a Sad Goodbye #6 by Deborah Crombie - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/5/2018
✔The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin - 448 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/7/2018
✔☊ A Finer End #7 by Deborah Crombie - 368 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/8/2018
✔Mirage by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul - 421 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/11/2018
✔I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May - 367 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/12/2018
✔☊ And Justice There Is None #8 by Deborah Crombie - 416 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/13/2018
✔☊ Dead Souls by Ian Rankin - 485 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/14/2018
✔☊ Murder In Thrall by Anne Cleeland - 336 pgs. - ★★★ - 3/15/2018
✔The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer - 434 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/16/2018
✔Damnation by Peter Beck - 480 pgs. - Early Reviewer - ★★★★★ - 3/20/2018
✔One by One by Chris Carter - 501 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/21/2018
✔☊ Set In Darkness #11 by Ian Rankin #11 - 496 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/22/2018
✔☊The Falls by Ian Rankin #12 - 500 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/24/2018
✔☊ Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland - 352 pgs. - ★★ - 3/26/2018
✔The Sign of the Cross by Glenn Cooper 288 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/27/2018
✔Darktown by Thomas Mullen - 384 pgs. - ★★★★.5 - 3/30/2018
✔☊The Resurrection Men #13 by Ian Rankin - 528 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/31/2018
✔The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/3/2018
✔☊Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens - 406 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/5/2018
✔Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris - 384 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/6/2018
✔Frozen Stiff by Patrick Logan - 256 pgs. - ★★.5 - 4/11/2018
✔The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick - 263 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/12/2018
✔☊A Question of Blood #14 by Ian Rankin - 440 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/15/2018
✔A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/19/2018
✔☊The King's Deception by Steve Berry (#8) - 413 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/20/2018
✔The Fallen (Amos Decker, #4) by David Baldacci - 432 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/22/2018
✔☊The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce - 306 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/22/2018
✔☊The Call of the Wild by Jack London - 172 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/23/2018
✔☊Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse - 160 pgs. - ★★★★ - 4/24/2018
✔☊Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney - 272 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/25/2018
✔☊When Shadows Fall by J.T. Ellison - 448 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/25/2018
✔Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix - 254 pages - ★★★★ - 4/26/2018
✔☊Beartown by Fredrik Backman - 418 pages - ★★★★★ - 4/27/2018
✔Dissolution by C.J. Sansom - 480 pages - ★★★★★ - 4/28/2018
✔Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom - 504 pages - ★★★★★ - 4/30/2018
Finished Reading May 2018
✔☊The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon - 226 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/1/2018
✔☊The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton - 192 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/3/2018
✔Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard - 368 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/4/2018
✔☊What Lies Behind by J.T. Ellison - 395 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/10/2018
✔☊Black Order by James Rollins (#3 in the Sigma Force Series) - 510 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/11/2018
✔The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler - 480 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/12/2018
✔☊ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - 216 pgs. - ★ - 5/13/2018
✔☊ The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - 528 pgs. ★★★★ - 5/13/2018
✔You by Caroline Kepnes - 432 pgs. - ★ - 5/15/2018
✔Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/17/2018
✔☊The Target by David Baldacci - 420 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/18/2018
✔The Teacher by Katerina Diamond - 400 pgs. - ★★★ - 5/19/2018
✔☊Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin - 576 pgs. - ★★★★ - 5/20/2018
✔Red Clocks by Leni Zumas - 357 pgs. - ★★ - 5/21/2018
✔Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks - 403 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/21/2018
✔☊The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - 248 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/21/2018
✔☊Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - 220 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/22/2018
✔☊Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell - 340 pgs. - ★★★ - 5/24/2018
✔☊The Gunslinger by Stephen King - 253 pgs. - ★★★★ - 5/26/2018
✔As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner - 400 pgs. ★★★★★ - 5/28/2018
Getting Series Up-To-Date Books for 2018 (15 Goal)
1. Blood Tide Paula Maguire by Claire McGowen (2017) 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/5/2018
2. ☊Rise the Dark Mark Novak by Michael Koryta (2016) - 400 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/6/2018
3. The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by David Langercrantz - 448 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/7/2018
4. Don’t Talk to Strangers Keye Street by Amanda Kyle Williams - 432 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/8/2018
5. ☊Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/17/2018
6. More Bitter Than Death by Camilla Grebe - 320 pgs. - ★★★★ -1/23/2018
7. ☊A Lady in Shadows by Lene Kaaberbol - 352 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/26/2018
8. The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett - 496 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/27/2018
9. Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/30/2018
10. The Grave's A Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/2/2018
11. ☊A Column of Fire by Ken Follett - 928 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/5/2018
12. ☊ Perish by Lisa Black - 320 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/7/2018
13. Force of Nature by Jane Harper - 320 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/8/2018
14. ☊ The Night Market by Jonathan Moore - 288 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/11/2018
15. ☊Still Me by Jojo Moyes - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/19/2018
16. Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths - 358 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/24/2018
17. ☊ Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger - 306 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/27/2018
18. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/3/2018
Complete Series Books for 2018 (15 Goal)
1. ☊End of the Watch by Stephen King - Completes Bill Hodges Trilogy - 496 pgs. ★★ - 1/9/2018
2. The Collar Robber by Hillary Bell Locke - 308 pgs. - ★★★ - 1/30/2018
3. ☊Agent 6 by Tom Robb Smith - 469 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/21/2018
4. ☊The Ways of Evil Men by Leighton Gage - 338 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/25/2018
New Series Started for 2018
1. Paula Maguire by Claire McGowan
2. Siri Bergman by Camilla Grebe & Asa Traff
3. Madeleine Karno by Lene Kaaberbol
4. The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer - 434 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/16/2018
5. Damnation by Peter Beck - 480 pgs. - Early Reviewer - ★★★★★ - 3/20/2018
6. The Sign of the Cross by Glenn Cooper 288 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/27/2018
7. Darktown by Thomas Mullen - 384 pgs. - ★★★★.5 - 3/30/2018
Audios 2018 (60 Goal)
1. ☊Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta (2016) - 400 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/6/2018
2. ☊Some Kind of Peace by Camilla Grebe & Asa Traff - 356 pgs. ★★★★ - 1/8/2018
3. ☊End of the Watch by Stephen King - Completes Bill Hodges Trilogy - 496 pgs. ★★ - 1/9/2018
4. ☊Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain - 298 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/15/2018
5. ☊Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/17/2018
6. ☊The Hit by David Baldacci - 528 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/24/2018
7. ☊A Lady in Shadows by Lene Kaaberbol - 352 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/26/2018
8. ☊A Column of Fire by Ken Follett - 928 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/5/2018
9. ☊Unpunished by Lisa Black - 320 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/6/2018
10. ☊Perish by Lisa Black - 320 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/7/2018
11. ☊The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore - 288 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/9/2018
12. ☊The Dark Room by Jonathan Moore - 294 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/10/2018
13. ☊The Night Market by Jonathan Moore - 288 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/11/2018
14. ☊Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger - 336 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/13/2018
15. ☊Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger - 320 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/14/2018
16. ☊Still Me by Jojo Moyes - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/19/2018
17. ☊Agent 6 by Tom Robb Smith - 469 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/21/2018
18. ☊Perfect Hatred by Leighton Gage - 336 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/22/2018
19. ☊Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger - ★★★★★ - 2/23/2018
20. ☊The Ways of Evil Men by Leighton Gage - 338 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/25/2018
21. ☊Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger - 328 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/26/2018
22. ☊ Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger - 306 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/27/2018
23. ☊Mourn Not Your Dead (#4) by Deborah Crombie - 310 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/1/2018
24. ☊Kissed a Sad Goodbye #6 by Deborah Crombie - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/5/2018
25. ☊A Finer End #7 by Deborah Crombie - 368 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/8/2018
26. ☊ And Justice There Is None #8 by Deborah Crombie - 416 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/13/2018
27. ☊ Dead Souls by Ian Rankin - 485 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/14/2018
28. ☊ Murder In Thrall by Anne Cleeland - 336 pgs. - ★★★ - 3/15/2018
29. ☊ Set In Darkness #11 by Ian Rankin #11 - 496 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/22/2018
30. ☊The Falls by Ian Rankin #12 - 500 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/24/2018
31. ☊ Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland - 352 pgs. - ★★ - 3/26/2018
32. ☊Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens - 406 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/5/2018
33. ☊A Question of Blood #14 by Ian Rankin - 440 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/15/2018
34. ☊The King's Deception by Steve Berry (#8) - 413 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/20/2018
35. ☊The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce - 306 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/22/2018
36. ☊The Call of the Wild by Jack London - 172 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/23/2018
1. The Lost by Claire McGowan - 372 pgs. - ★★★★ - Finished 1/1/2018
Book 1 Paula Maguire Series - This series takes place in Northern Ireland. Lots of history of the political issues of the North and South of Ireland in the 80's. Characters are well-drawn and the story of the missing girls is well-plotted with lots of twists that kept things interesting.
2. The Dead Ground by Claire McGowan - 394 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/2/2018 - (January Pages Read - 766)
Book 2 Paula Maguire Series - This 2nd book in the series is a very gripping read about stolen babies. Paula's personal life has become very interesting and complex just like the mystery involving the babies. The book is a real page-turner and hard to put down. The author makes you feel like you are in Northern Ireland experiencing everything that is happening there. Can't wait to read the 3rd book in order to find out more about these intriguing characters.
3. The Silent Dead by Claire McGowan - 374 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/3/2018 - (January Pages Read - 1,140)
Book 3 Paula Maguire Series - This series is highly addictive. Paula Maguire has a very complex situation in her life besides the fact that her mother has been missing for over 20 years. She is a forensic psychologist and her job keeps her very busy. Five Mayday bombers who caused the death of 16 people are being murdered one at a time and Paula is helping to find the killers. I'm finding the history of Northern Ireland fascinating and how the people were affected. The book is filled with suspense and lots of surprises. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
4. A Savage Hunger by Claire McGowan - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/4/2018 (January Pages Read - 1,492)
Book 4 of the Paula Magure Series begins with a repeat of a missing person's murder case similar to one that happened decades earlier. Paula is getting married but she is so focused on the case she doesn't even take time to pick out her wedding dress for her upcoming wedding. This tightly plotted mystery has many twists which keep the pages turner. These books get better and better with each book. The series should be read in order so that you can get the back history of the characters. The very surprising cliffhanger ending leaves the reader wanting the next installment.
5. Blood Tide by Claire McGowan - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/5/2018 - (January Pages Read - 1,844)
Book 5 of the Paula Maguire Series gives more information about Paula's missing mom. Looking forward to Paula finally coming to terms with her mom and the reason she went missing. These books have to be read in order as each book builds upon the last. Paula is working on Bone Island in this book investigating the disappearance of a young couple. I found the book very well written, well plotted and paced with lots of suspense and surprise. I'm looking forward to the next installment in March in order to find out how Paula's life issues are worked out. Excellent series and love finding out about the history of Northern Ireland's troubles.
6. ☊Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta - Marcus Kovak - 400 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/6/2018 ( January Pages 2,240)
This is the 2nd book is the Markus Novak series. The ending leaves off setting up for a third book in the series. There were lots of twists and action throughout which kept the pages turning. Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place he's avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga. The author did a lot a research about electricity which plays a part in the novel. There was lots of dry humor which I enjoyed and some touch of paranormal which made the story interesting. As the spring's final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, the man Markus Novak believes killed his wife. Drawing them all together is a messianic villain who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future. Looking for more explanation in the next book.
7. The Girl Who Takes An Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz - 448 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/6/2018 (January Pages 2,688)
Book 5 in the Millenium Series - I enjoyed this book very much but it was lacking the sparkle that Stieg Larsson gave to the Lisbeth Salander character. I know it's got to be hard to take over for an author who has died and I think David Lagercrantz should be commended for his attempt but I can only still wonder where Larsson would have taken his Salander character. I will continue to read the Millennium Series as I do enjoy Lagercrantz writing and the storyline was a good one. The research on the study of twins was very interesting and made the plot a lot more fascinating. The story got off to a slow start but midway and through to the ending the story took off and was a real page-turner. Can't wait for the next book in order to see what Lizbeth and Blomkvist are up to.
8. Don’t Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams - 432 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/8/2018 (January Pages 3,120)
Book 3 of the Keye Street series is the best of the series so far. Read the first two in order to get the background of the characters but this book can also standalone. It certainly was not a disappointment. It was a fast moving and well written story. The pages kept turning for the beginning until the end. You think you know the killer until the surprise twist at the end. Can't wait for the author to complete the next installment. I find her books quite entertaining.
9. ☊Some Kind of Peace by Camilla Grebe & Asa Traff - 356 pgs. ★★★★ - 1/8/2018 (January Pages 3,476)
Book 1 in the Dr. Siri Bergman series is a psychological thriller debut from Swedish Sisters, Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff. Dr. Siri Bergman is haunted by her own loss and finds herself in the midst of danger from a number of possible suspects. The authors use insights and experiences from their own professional backgrounds in telling this well-paced intriguing story about man's inability to let go of the past. The suspense in the story builds and builds and the ending is as surprising as it is horrifying. This is not a book to read at night in a house by yourself. The book is well-written with interesting characters and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
10. ☊End of the Watch by Stephen King - 496 pgs. ★★ - 1/9/2018 (January Pages 3,972)
I think I liked the first two books better. I didn't really buy into the supernatural aspect which wasn't in the first two books and this book seemed too rushed as if King wasn't really into it and just had to complete the trilogy. I'd have to say that it was just OK and nothing really to write home about!
11. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout 209 pgs. (January Pages 4,181) - ★★★★★ - 1/10/2018
This book really makes the reader get in touch with their feelings. It’s mostly about that complicated love between mothers and daughters and family relationships. It’s a character driven novel that switches from past to present. During Lucy Barton’s hospital stay, her mother visits her after a long estrangement and you can feel the tension below the surface even though they don’t say much. The book doesn’t have much of a plot but Elizabeth Strout has proven that she is certainly attuned to the feelings of the human condition. My first Strout book but not my last!
12.When The Music's Over by Peter Robinson - 464 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/11/2018 (January Pages 4,645)
Book 23 - This is my favorite Inspector Banks book. I loved the music and poetry references. Enjoyed learning about Brighton Beach and all the concerts from the late 60's. The book focused mainly on two separate cases involving young women who were raped. One from the past (1967) and one from the present. I found the book well-written and researched. The characters were well-developed and the storyline was riveting. There were many plot twists which kept the pages turning. One thing I like about Peter Robinson's books is that he does not disappoint. His books are always very interesting and intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series and hope for many more in the future.
13. The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry - 577 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/13/2018 (January Pages - 5,222)
This is Book 7 of the Cotton Malone series. It was an enjoyable read but my only complaint is the constant shifting from one perspective of the story to another. It did not allow for the story to flow properly. I enjoyed learning about the privateers, the Jefferson Wheel and the privateers part in the different presidential assassinations which is fiction but made for an interesting plot-line. I look forward to reading the next book in the Cotton Malone series as I do enjoy the historical aspect of these books.
14. Doctor Death: a Madeleine Karno mystery by Lene Kaaberbol - 304 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/14/2018 (January Pages - 5,526)
This is a very dark, Gothic-like historical mystery book set in 1894 when it was inappropriate for women to me involved in early forensic science. Madeleine Karno's father is known as Doctor Death. When he becomes injured in an accident, he asks his daughter, Madeleine, to take over his cases. Madeleine wants to become a pathologist like her father and is bound and determined to follow her goal. When 17 year old Cecile Montaine's body is found in the snowy streets of Varbourg, France, it has bite marks, mites and bacterial disease. Another body, a priest, is found murdered. Madeleine is left to determine how these deaths are connected. She must seek knowledge in odd places: behind convent walls, in secret diaries, and in the yellow stare of an aging wolf. This is a gripping mystery and a coming-of-age story about the relationship between man and beasts (wolves). This was a very unique story and I enjoyed it very much. I now look forward to reading the 2nd book in the series. I would highly recommend this book to those who love historical mystery.
15. ☊Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain - 298 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/15/2018 (January Pages - 5,824)
This is a story about a mother's unhealthy relationship with her daughter and the mother's obsessive desire to do anything to gain love and acceptance from the daughter. Veda was a very self-centered and ungrateful daughter. She's the type of daughter who takes all the credit for her success but would blame her mother for her pitfalls. Her mother bent over backwards trying to please Veda but Veda was the daughter from hell. The book is a total family tragedy and a definite classic. James Cain is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading some of his other books.
16. Nowhere Man by Aleksander Hemon - 256 pgs. - ★★★ - 1/16/2018 - (January Pages - 6,080)
Jozef Pronek is a young man from Sarajevo who left to visit Chicago in the United States in 1992, just in time to watch war break out in his hometown on T.V. He has a series of global adventures throughout the book and his travels are told to us by multiple narrators with different points of view. The final episode illustrates to us what it means to be a Nowhere Man. With the authors use of extraordinary similes, he shows us the caliber of his writing. With an engrossing narrative, engaging warmth, and refreshing humor, Nowhere Man brings to life a protagonist whose very way of looking at and living in the world provokes an exhilarating sense of seeing everything new again. The novel was a bit choppy in some areas and needed some editing but otherwise I did enjoy the book. Looking forward to reading more from this author in the near future. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in the Balkan War from the early 90's.
Thank you for mentioning this continuation of the Stieg Larsson series! I had wondered about it but not pursued too much research in that direction. I guess I'll have to continue this series at long last!
17. ☊Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/17/2018 - (January Pages - 6,432)
This book had a very powerful start with 5 people shot at a wedding. The killer is announced early in the book but it just doesn't feel right for Banks. After a lot interviews, Banks is now sure that the killer is still on the loose. I found the plot very interesting and the twists kept the pages turning. Robinson is an expert in his characterizations as his characters do feel like real people to me. I love his attention to detail and get a great feeling about the locations of his books. The music references throughout is one of the best features of an Inspector Banks novel. I love that Jenny is back and Annie is having a hard time with this. Can't wait for the next book in order to see how this plays out. I would highly recommend this series to those who love police procedurals. Best to read the books in order as they build one upon the other.
18. The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe - 368 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/19/2018 - (January Pages - 6,800)
I like Camilla Grebe's writing. She excels in the area of character development of her troubled characters in this complex psychological thriller. This is a character driven novel and each chapter is written with a character's different point of view. The storyline centers around 2 different murders which are very similar and happen 10 years apart. There are lots of dark and surprising twists and turns which kept the pages turning until the last page. I have read one other book written by Camilla and her sister and really enjoyed that one too. I have another of their books on my shelf and look forward to reading that one. If you like psychological thrillers, then read this one. It does start slowly, so you need to hang in there but when it gets going, you won't be able to put the book down.
19. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain - 115 pgs.- ★★★★★ - 1/21/2018 - (January Pages - 6,915)
This is a very short and very quick read. Walter Neff, an insurance salesman, and Phyllis Nardlinger, a femme fatale housewife, plan the perfect murder of Phyllis' husband where they will collect double indemnity from a recently purchased insurance policy. The book is tightly written with a first person narrative by Walter Neff. The murder plans are intricately plotted and cleverly inventive. Will they get away with the murder after they begin to mistrust one another? I suggest you read this noir classic and find out. It is a page-turner with lots of twists and hard to put down. A definite masterpiece!
20. More Bitter Than Death by Camilla Grebe - 320 pgs. - ★★★★ -1/23/2018 - (January Pages - 7,235)
This book shows a different side of a murder mystery. You get a psychologist perspective rather than a detective's viewpoint. Siri Bergman is annoying at times and her decisions are not what you would expect from a psychologist. She has a drinking problem and has not gotten over the death of her husband. The book does show how people cope with grief and loss through Siri's character. She does, however, hold a self-help group for women of abuse and it is very informative. The book starts out with five year old Tilda hiding under a kitchen table when a man enters and beats her mother to death. Siri gets involved with trying to find the murderer and does become a victim herself. After the murder in the beginning of the story, the plot slowed down. It got more suspenseful towards the middle and I would not consider this a fast-paced story but it is still worth reading. I do enjoy the Swedish atmosphere and some of the characters. The ending had a chilling twist and really caught me off-guard. I look forward to reading the next in the series but it hasn't been translated yet.
21. ☊The Hit by David Baldacci (#2 of 5) Will Robie Series - 528 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/24/2018 (January Pages - 7,863)
This is the 2nd book in the Will Robie. I love this series and to me all the characters seem very real. They are characters that we love and characters that we love to hate. These books are very quick and easy reads with lots of dialogue and short chapters. They are action-packed and full of suspense. The books are very hard to put down once you have started them. This one ended and you can tell that it is leading up to another great read in the series. If you need another great series to read, try this one. It does not disappoint!
22. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn - 444 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/25/2018 - (January Pages - 8,307)
This book had a slow start and it was not until midway that it finally picked up but it really went gangbusters after that. It is a quick read because of the writing style. Most of the book is written like a screen play dialogue. The main character is unlikeable and flawed. At times you get frustrated with her and at other times you feel sorry for her when nobody believes her story. The plot was very interesting and kept the pages turning. The twists towards the end were great and I was very much surprised at the ending. I liked all the old-time noir crime thrillers that were mentioned throughout as the main character was also a movie buff. I would highly recommend this book to those who like psychological thrillers.
23. ☊A Lady in Shadows by Lene Kaaberbol - 352 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/26/2018 - (January Pages - 8,659)
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is the 2nd book in the series. I have read the first book and enjoyed it very much. This book takes place at the time of an assassination of France's president and a Jack the Ripper type serial killer is on the loose in Varbourg, France. Madeleine has come to the conclusion that it takes a woman to find a killer of women. In her quest to find the killer, she will be dealing with subject matters, such as; abortion, artificial insemination, cesarean birth and homosexuality. The book is well-written and the author did an excellent job in researching the historical, political and social details of 1894 Victorian France. Madeline Karno, also know as Doctor Death, is a strong-willed, smart, independent and caring woman training to be a forensic pathologist, a career that is unseemly even for a man. She has become the first female to gain admission to the University of Varbourg. She is engaged to August but their relationship has taken a turn for the worse. I look forward to reading the 3rd book in the series in order to find out what will happen next in the life of Madeline Karno. I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical mysteries.
24. The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett - 496 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/27/2018 (January Pages - 9,155)
This series has got to be one of the best series out there. It's been a long wait since the last book but it was well worth the wait. It's best to read this series in order so you can get the background on David Hunter. You can't help but feel something for the man and everything that has happened to him. I found this book to be very well-written with incredible characters and the most intriguing plot. Simon Beckett describes the area where the bodies are found in a very atmospheric way that you feel like you are there in person. It was hard to put the book down as the pages keep flying and you need to find out what is going to happen next. The killer had me stumped and all the twists and turns had me changing my mind. The cliffhanger ending has really got me on edge and I can't wait until the next installment. I hope it's not going to be a long wait this time. I would highly recommend this series to those who love mystery thrillers.
25. The Collar Robber by Hillary Bell Locke - 308 pgs. - ★★★ - 1/30/2018 (January Pages - 9,463)
Hillary Bell Locke has written two different series with two different main characters. In this book Cynthia Jakubek from "But Remember Their Names" and Jay Davidovich from "Jail Coach" team up. Jakubek is a lawyer and Davidovich is a Loss Prevention Specialist and works for Transoxana Insurance Company. A few shady characters think they can use a bright idea to gouge $50 million dollars from Jay Davidovich's employer, Transoxana Insurance Company. If the client, Pittsburgh Museum of Twentieth Century Art, wins their case from claimants demanding remittance based on the Nazis forcing their late relative to sell a masterpiece. If they lose, Jay knows his firm would have to cover the $50 million lawsuit.
There was too much going on in this book as Cynthia is also dealing with a few lawsuits and all the characters are very hard to keep track of. There was some humor in the book which I found quite entertaining. It wasn't until almost the end of the book that I started to enjoy the book. My goal this year is to complete some of the series that I have started. That is the main reason that I wanted to read this book. If not for my goal, I might not have finished this book.
26. Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/30/2018 (January Pages - 9,767)
I love this series and it was great to be back on Shetland Island with Jimmy Perez again. Jimmy is one of my favorite detectives. He is still grieving for Fran and is attempting to have a relationship with Willow but continually keeps backing off. Can't wait until Jimmy finally settles into a good relationship because it definitely is time for him to move on from Fran's death. Ann Cleeves is an excellent writer but she is very careful with her clues and figuring out the murderer has proven very difficult. Her characters are always very interesting and well-developed. The plots are intriguing and keep you guessing until the reveal in the last part of the book. If you haven't started this series, it is best to read the books in order. I'm looking forward to the next installment which comes out in September 2018. I would highly recommend this series to those who love atmospheric thrillers.
(February 2018 - 1 Book 400 Pages) Total for Year - 10,167 Pages
27. The Grave's A Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/2/2018
I am very glad to be back in Flavia's world. She is now 12 years old and the inheritor of Buckshaw since her father's death. Dogger suggests a boating trip to help the girls with their grief. It's on this trip that Flavia discovers a body along the bank of the river. Dogger has taken on a new role of assisting Flavia in trying to solve the murder. Her sisters are more congenial towards Flavia and even extend helping hands with her detecting. There are lots of new and entertaining characters that Flavia needs to interview. Alan Bradley is a very witty writer and this book does not disappoint. His plot is very intriguing and keeps the pages turning until the very end. I think Alan is only doing 10 books. This is #9 in the series but he has also written a novella, so I'm not sure if this is the last book. I hope not because I will definitely miss Flavia and her adventures. I would highly recommend this series to those who love adventure mysteries with a bit of wit and chemistry. This series is best to read in order.
(February 2018 - 2 Books 583 Pages) Total for Year - 10,350 Pages
28. Serenade by James M. Cain - 183 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/3/2018
I enjoyed this book but I liked Mildred Pierce and Double Indemnity better. Cain's knowledge and feeling for the musical world is clearly evident in this story of a famous opera singer, a young conductor and a Mexican-Indian prostitute. His mother was a singer and his first ambition was to become an opera singer but later settled for writing. This book is a great love story of John Howard Sharp, an American opera singer, falling in love with Juana, a Mexican prostitute. It is not a mystery nor is it suspenseful but it is an interesting story deserving to be read.The story started out slow but halfway through it gets really good and is hard to put down. I look forward to reading The Postman Always Rings Twice and hope to find a few more of his books. I would highly recommend this book to those who like classic, noir stories.
(February 2018 - 3 Books 951 Pages) Total for Year - 10,718 Pages
29. Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger - 368 pgs. ★★★★★ - 2/4/2018
Another great book by Krueger. His writing is always so beautiful and I love the native Ojibwa wisdom and spiritual messages that run through his books. In this book detective Cork O'Connor must solve the murder of a young girl who has recently had a baby. Jenny, Cork's daughter, becomes attached to the baby but death seems to follow the child and Cork is determined to find out why. The author's characters always feel so real and his descriptions of the settings make you feel like you are there. The plot begins with a bang and kept my interest all the way through with plenty of action and suspense. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and I highly recommend this series to those who love mystery and adventure.
(February 2018 - 4 Books 1,879 Pages) Total for Year - 11,646 Pages
30. ✔☊A Column of Fire by Ken Follett - 928 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/5/2018
In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love.
Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.
The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost.
Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett’s most exciting and ambitious works yet. It will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and is the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett.
It was great to be back with Ken Follett and his Kingsbridge series. I listened to this book on audio and enjoyed the experience very much. I appreciate all the research that Follett has gathered and found his characters very intriguing. I think Follett is an excellent writer and his many plots held my interest until the very end. I'm looking forward to the next installment as this book ends in 1620. I would highly recommend this series to those who love history of the United Kingdom.
(February 2018 - 5 Books 2,199 Pages) Total for Year - 11,966 Pages
31. ☊ Unpunished by Lisa Black - 320 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/6/2018
Maggie Gardiner is a forensic expert who studies the dead and Jack Renner is a homicide cop who stalks the living. They have come together in this book to solve a series of murders which are taking place at the Cleveland Herald. We get lots of information on the inside workings of the newspaper publishing world and how they relate in this digital world. It's best to read Book 1 of the series in order to get the background on Maggie and Jack as each has their own secrets from the past which plays a big part in their present relationship. I enjoyed all the forensic detail in this book and the information kept me guessing about who the murderer was until the last page. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and would recommend this book to those who like mystery with lots of forensic detail.
(February 2018 - 6 Books 2,519 Pages) Total for Year - 12,286 Pages
32. ☊ Perish by Lisa Black - 320 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/7/2018
This is the 3rd in the Maggie Gardiner and Jack Renner series. It's best to read the series in order as the first book explains the relationship between Maggie and Jack. Basically they both have secrets they don't want exposed and the author lacks giving enough information to the reader in book 2 and 3. She just assumes that the reader already knows about their relationship. The author also tries to educate the reader in each of her books. The subject matter in this book is the mortgage business, banking and crooked lenders. If you are not interested in the subject, you may find the information boring but she carefully researches her subjects and I do find that I do learn a lot from her books. Three women from Sterling Financial are murdered throughout the book. There are lots of suspects to surf through with lots of action and suspense. A surprise twist at the end that I did not see coming makes for an enjoyable read. The book is well-written and researched and I look forward to the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to those who like mystery books with lots of forensic detail.
(February 2018 - 7 Books 2,839 Pages) Total for Year - 12,606 Pages
33. Force of Nature by Jane Harper - 320 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/8/2018
This is the 2nd book in the Aaron Falk series. Aaron Falk is a Financial Crimes Federal Police Officer who is investigating the Bailey Family Corporation for fraud. Carmen Cooper is his cohort in this book as his partner, Greg Raco, is convalescing from Harper's last book, The Dry. The corporation is holding a weekend corporate retreat for team building which consists of a hike in the wilderness in Australia. Five men and five woman are in two separate teams. The story focuses mainly on the five women whose personalities clash during the whole hiking experience. Only four women return in the end and the question remains, "What happened to Alice?" I found Jane Harper to be a very talented storyteller and she uses two different timelines in order to set down her well-paced plot. I found all the characters to be very interesting and well-developed. I was happy to find out more background information on Falk and look forward to reading more about him in the future books. I would highly recommend this book to those who love intriguing, mystery thrillers.
(February 2018 - 8 Books 3,127 Pages) Total for Year - 12,894 Pages
34.☊The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore - 288 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/9/2018
I listened to the audio for this book and found the reader to be very good. I would definitely classify Jonathan Moore as an excellent writer. The main character, Caleb Maddox, is very flawed and unstable. He has developed a mental illness from a brutal childhood experience. He is a toxicologist and is trying to use his profession as a way to escape his mental illness but he seems to be unable to escape. The book starts out slow but soon takes off and I found it hard to stop listening to the story. It is a dark and creepy novel but I liked it a lot and found it very different. I also liked the San Francisco setting. I'm looking forward to listening to more books by Jonathan Moore and I would highly recommend this book to those who like psycho-thrillers.
(February 2018 - 9 Books 3,421 Pages) Total for Year - 13,188 Pages
35.☊The Dark Room by Jonathan Moore - 294 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/10/2018
The mayor of San Francisco is being blackmailed and the blackmailer does not want money but he does want the mayor to kill himself. Gavin Cain, an SFPD homicide inspector is called to the mayor's office in order to investigate who is blackmailing the mayor. This dark plot involves a 30 year old murder and 4 photographs that the mayor has received. San Francisco is the perfect setting for this dark story. The characters are complex and the twists are unexpected. It's a story that keeps you reading and guessing until the very end. I found the ending to be very surprising and made me want more. I will be reading Jonathan Moore's newest book immediately after this one. I would highly recommend this book to those who like dark and gritty noir crime thrillers.
(February 2018 - 10 Books 3,709 Pages) Total for Year - 13,476 Pages
36.✔☊ The Night Market by Jonathan Moore - 288 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/11/2018
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is the third book of a trilogy of thrillers set in San Francisco written by Jonathan Moore. I received an audio copy for a honest review. I decided to listen to the first two books on audio too and I would have to say that I really do enjoy Jonathan's writing. His first book was a psychological thriller entitled The Poison Artist. The second book was a police procedural entitled The Dark Room and this one is a science fiction/dystopian story. Science fiction and dystopian are not my usual genre but I thought this one to be a very unique read.
Inspector Ross Carver and his partner, Jenner, are at a crime scene and the dead man is covered by an unknown substance that is eating through his skin. Carver is then placed in a decontamination trailer, forced to drink a liquid that sends him into seizures and then drugged unconscious. He wakes up a few days later and finds his neighbor, MIa, reading aloud to him and he can't remember what happened to him.
I found this book to be exquisitely plotted and very entertaining. The characters are very interesting too. You will have to read this book and find out all the creepy and scary things that happened to Carver and his partner, Jenner. I thought the reader, James Patrick Cronin, did an excellent job too. He has a very pleasant voice which held my attention. I will definitely seek out more books by Jonathan Moore and I would highly recommend this book to those who love mystery books with a little bit of romance too.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me an audio book for an honest review.
(February 2018 - 11 Books 4,365 Pages) Total for Year - 14,132 Pages
37. Map of Bones by James Rollins - 656 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/12/2018
I learned so much from this book and found Rollins' research to be excellent. I also liked the biblical and historical references and the visits to Maryland, Washington D. C., Cologne, Rome, Alexandria and Avignon France. The characters were very interesting with an adventurous plot with lots of action. Rollins is a great writer and his descriptions make you feel a part of the story. This is the 2nd book of the Sigma Force series and I look forward to continuing with the series. I would highly recommend this series to those who love Clive Cussler's or Steve Berry's books.
>41 EadieB: wow - that is an interesting mix of storytelling elements. sounds like a bit of an eclectic journey!
>43 Darth-Heather: Yes it is. I really like this author. He is a very different type of writer.
(February 2018 - 12 Books 4,665 Pages) Total for Year - 14,432 Pages
38.Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout - 300 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/12/2018
This book is very thought provoking and I found the author to be very perceptive. It seems that Strout has created a place with a lot of complex characters. I loved the Maine setting with people you could find everywhere.
At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.
As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life;sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition; its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.
I will look forward to reading more from Elizabeth Strout and would highly recommend this book to those who love stories that will touch your heart.
>46 Andrew-theQM: Trying to get as much in now before the spring and summertime comes and slow me down.
>48 tess_schoolmarm: Depressing in parts but interesting story. There is an HBO mini-series too that is very good.
(February 2018 - 13 Books 5,001 Pages) Total for Year - 14,768 Pages
39. ☊ Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger - 336 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/13/2018
Another great story from an excellent storyteller. In this book we get a lot of background on Cork's teenage years and a lot of great research on the Indians of the area. The author gives us likable characters and a very descriptive setting. The complex plot is fast moving and keeps you guessing through many twists and turns right on through to the surprise ending. I am glad to see that the family is moving on from Jo's death and Cork has a new woman in his life. This is one of my favorite series and I am looking forward to reading the next installment. I would highly recommend this series to those who love mystery thrillers with a touch of Indian history. This series should also be read in order as the books build one upon the other.
(February 2018 - 14 Books 5,321 Pages) Total for Year - 15,088 Pages
40. ✔☊ Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger - 320 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/14/2018
William Kent Krueger has brought to us another winner in this book. I love when Cork O'Conner has obstacles that come into his life and he is able to show us how to overcome them. These characters feel so real that the reader can actually feel everything they are going through. In this book, Annie, one of Cork's daughters, arrives home from the nunnery early for a Christmas break. She is really troubled and Cork is trying to find out what is going on in her life. His son, Stephen, has a new girlfriend and is helping them with problems that have come into their lives. When Stephen's life end up hanging in the balance, Cork is somewhat beside himself. While trying to cope with all of this, Henry, Cork's spiritual Indian friend, shows up and comforts him. There are other plots running through the book but these are the ones that really kept me wanting more of the story. If you haven't started this series, I suggest you do, but you need to start with the first book in order to get the background of these characters. I'm anxiously looking forward to reading the next book in order to see how all these situations have panned out for the future of these characters. I would highly recommend reading this series to those who love mystery thrillers that help you cope with life's problems.
(February 2018 - 15 Books 5,721 Pages) Total for Year - 15,488 Pages
41.✔☊Still Me by Jojo Moyes - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/19/2018
Louisa Clark is now living in New York and starting a new life but still wants to keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam at home in the UK. She meets Joshua Ryan and realizes that her heart now lives in two places.
I love JoJo Moyes' writing. I liked this one as much as book 1. Book 2 did not measure up to book 1 and 3 but these books are still a fun read. This book had unexpected twists that I did not see coming. I found the new friends of Louisa in New York very interesting. I would definitely read more from JoJo Moyes and I would highly recommend her books to those who like to read fiction with strong emotional feelings.
(February 2018 - 16 Books 6,201 Pages) Total for Year - 15,968 Pages
42. ✔Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald - 480 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/20/2018
This is the 4th Inspector McLean police procedural. A prominent politician kills himself and his wife and children. Everyone is searching for the motive. Then there is a death of a man covered in tattoos. Are they related and how? These books have a dark undertone and a touch of evil. James Oswald is a good writer and his characters are unique and well developed. He writes with a bit of humor which is always enjoyable. Mrs. McCutcheon's cat feels like a real personal friend to Tony and has sent out a troop of cats to help protect Tony. I liked this book but liked book 2 and 3 just a bit more. Can't wait to read the next in the series and I would highly recommend this series to those who love mystery with a supernatural twist.
(February 2018 - 17 Books 6,670 Pages) Total for Year - 16,437 Pages
43.✔☊Agent 6 by Tom Robb Smith - 469 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/21/2018
Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow's secret police. But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a "Peace Tour" to New York City, he is immediately suspicious.
Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal-one that will end in tragedy.
In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands only one thing: to investigate the killer who destroyed his family. His request is summarily denied. Crippled by grief and haunted by the need to find out exactly what happened on that night in New York, Leo takes matters into his own hands. It is a quest that will span decades, and take Leo around the world--from Moscow, to the mountains of Soviet-controlled Afghanistan, to the backstreets of New York--in pursuit of the one man who knows the truth: Agent 6.
This book was a good ending for the trilogy. It was very atmospheric and I loved the history of Leo in the past from 1950 through 1980. We received lots of information of the brutal Soviet Union of the 1950's. Some parts held me on the edge of my seat. The book flowed very easily and I liked the short chapters. The story does leave you wanting to know more about his family and what happens to them in the future. I found it to be a very interesting spy story and would highly recommend this trilogy.
(February 2018 - 18 Books 7,006 Pages) Total for Year - 44 Books 16,773 Pages
44. ✔☊Perfect Hatred by Leighton Gage - 336 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/22/2018
Chief Inspector Mario Silva and his team have a heavy work load with several high-profile cases. First, a suicide bombing that was apparently the work of a militant Islamist group. Then, a gubernatorial candidate is assassinated in broad daylight at a campaign rally. Could the cases be related? To complicate Silva's investigation, a criminal with a very bad grudge against the Chief Inspector has been released from prison and is plotting ugly revenge wanting to kill Silva.
This is book 6 of the Chief Inspector Mario Silva series and I have read all the books before this one and have enjoyed them all. These books are a great insight into what it's like to live in Brazil. I have had a conversation with the author, Leighton Gage, who spends part of each year in Santana do Parnaiba, Brazil, where he met his wife, Eide. Gage told me about the police who are more corrupt than the politicians. In this book, a politician who was about to fight against all the corruption, is assassinated. Because of my conversation with the author, I was able to understand why this politician would not be a favorite of the police. Mario Silva is an investigator who is also fighting the corruption and a released prisoner in the book is wanting to kill Silva. If you haven't read this series, I suggest you do. It is an excellent series. I'm looking forward to reading book 7, The Ways of Evil Men. I was very sorry to hear about the author's death after writing his last book in 2013. I will surely miss him and his books. I would highly recommend this series to those who would like to read about the corruption in Brazil. Not a good place to visit unless you have a good bodyguard.
(February 2018 - 19 Books 7,422 Pages) Total for Year - 45 Books 17,189 Pages
45. ✔The Saboteur by Andrew Gross - 416 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/22/2018
Based on the stirring true story, The Saboteur is Andrew Gross's follow-up to the riveting historical thriller, The One Man. A richly-woven story probing the limits of heroism, sacrifice and determination, The Saboteur portrays a hero who must weigh duty against his heart in order to single-handedly end the one threat that could alter the course of World War II. Kurt Nordstrom escapes to England to transmit secret evidence of the Nazis's progress towards an atomic bomb at an isolated factory in Norway. There, he joins a team of dedicated Norwegians in training in the Scottish Highlands for a mission to disrupt the Nazis' plans before they advance any further.
This book is a must read. The characters are very well-drawn and interesting. The plot pace is non-stop and makes it hard to put down this book. It is historically accurate and a quick and easy read. I also learned a lot about Norway and some of the winter conditions in the rugged mountainous terrain and the beauty of the country. I look forward to reading another one of Andrew Gross' books and I would highly recommend this book to those who like to read books about WWII.
(February 2018 - 20 Books 7,761 Pages) Total for Year - 46 Books 17,528 Pages
46. ✔☊ Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger - ★★★★★ - 2/23/2018
When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a deadly mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t explain how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, private investigator Cork O’Connor takes on the case.
This was another excellent read from William Kent Krueger. I have read all his books before this one and he does not disappoint. His books are always riveting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. This one was about young Ojibwe girls and prostitution. We get a lot of information about the history and culture of the Ojibwe Indians and why these girls would turn to prostitution. Krueger's excellent writing makes for a realistic story and a hard to put down book. I look forward to the next book and I would highly recommend this series to those who like mystery in the wilderness and Indian history.
(February 2018 - 21 Books 8,119 Pages) Total for Year - 47 Books 17,886 Pages
47.✔Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths - 358 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/24/2018
Winter, 1953. A young flower seller is found dead in her room at a Brighton boarding-house, posed with a chilling perfection into a recreation of a famous painting of the death of Lady Jane Grey. This is a killer unlike any DI Edgar Stephens has encountered before. Across the city at the Hippodrome theatre, Max Mephisto is top of the bill in a double act with his daughter Ruby. Tarnishing the experience, though, is one of the other acts: a seedy 'living tableaux' show where barely -dressed women strike poses from famous historical scenes. Is the resemblance to the murder scene pure coincidence, or is life imitating art? When another death occurs - this time within the troupe itself - Max once again finds himself involved in one of Edgar's cases. They have faced down serial killers and anarchist bombers together, but this threat will come closer to home than anything before. What should be just a job is about to become personal.
This is the 4th book in the Stephens and Mephisto Mystery series. I have read all of Elly Griffiths books and have enjoyed them all. I like this series but I do prefer her Ruth Galloway series better. This one is very different as it is set in the 50's and involves a magician and an investigator that seem to solve the mysteries together. The characters are interesting and the plots are unique. I would definitely read this series in order so you can get to know the characters better. I look forward to reading the next in the series but frankly, when this book ended it seemed like a final ending to the series. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes mysteries set in the 50's with a touch of magic.
(February 2018 - 22 Books 8,447 Pages) Total for Year - 48 Books 18,224 Pages
48. ✔☊The Ways of Evil Men by Leighton Gage - 338 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/25/2018
Sadly, this is the last book for Leighton Gage as he passed away in 2013 after writing this one. As all the others, this book was excellently written. The characters were well-drawn and the plot was very engaging. Lots of twists and turns made the book unputdownable. Gage is a master storyteller and this one did not disappoint. The theme was racism and we received a lot of information about the Awana Tribe of the Amazon in Brazil. The author puts a lot of himself into the character of Mario Silva and shows his outrage at the injustices in Brazil's class system. If you haven't read this series, you should start at Book 1 and read through them as they are a real eye-opener to conditions in Brazil. I will surely miss Gage's writing and highly recommend his books.
(February 2018 - 23 Books 8,775 Pages) Total for Year - 49 Books 18,552 Pages
49. ✔☊ Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger - 328 pgs. - ★★★★ - 2/26/2018
Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O’Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet, his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy.
His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man’s family to stay on the case. Although the wedding is fast approaching and the weather looks threatening, he accepts and returns to that vast wilderness on his own.
I did enjoy this book but I would have to say that it is not one of his best books. I liked reading about the family getting ready for Jennie's wedding but the main plot really didn't hold my attention too much. It lacked the excitement of some of the other books and I was a bit bored throughout. The writing was the same and I loved his descriptions where you feel like you are part of the story. I do look forward to the next book and would recommend this series as it is one of my favorite. I will forgive Mr. Krueger and just hope for a better story next time.
(February 2018 - 24 Books 9,095 Pages) Total for Year - 50 Books 18,872 Pages
50. ✔ Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger -★★★★ - 320 pgs. - 2/27/2018
In William Kent Krueger's latest pulse-pounding thriller, Cork O'Connor's search for a missing man in the Arizona desert puts him at the center of a violent power struggle along the Mexican border, a struggle that might cost Cork everything and everyone he holds most dear.
Well, once again I find myself a little disappointed as I was looking for a better book than the last one. In this book, we do meet some new characters; Jocko, Sylvestor, and Rodriguez when Cork and Rainy take off for Arizonia to find Rainy's son, Peter. Now, I am missing all the people from Minnesota. The book has a political tone to it as it is about the Mexican border, immigrants and drugs. I did like all the descriptive writing and learned a lot about Arizona and their immigration problem but I just missed Cork's family and friends in Minnesota. This book brought me up to date with the series so I will have to wait until August to read the next in the series. Hopefully, I will get a good mystery back in Minnesota with Cork's family. I will anxiously await that book and I will recommend this series to all of my family and friends because it is a great series!
(February 2018 - 25 Books 9,493 Pages) Total for Year - 51 Books 19,260 Pages
51. ✔ When Gods Die by C.S. Harris - 388 pgs. - ★★★★.5 - 2/28/2018
The young wife of an aging marquis is found murdered in the arms of the Prince Regent. Around her neck lies a necklace said to have been worn by Druid priestesses-that is, until it was lost at sea with its last owner, Sebastian St. Cyr's mother. Now Sebastian is lured into a dangerous investigation of the marchioness's death-and his mother's uncertain fate.
As he edges closer to the truth-and one murder follows another-he confronts a conspiracy that imperils those nearest him and threatens to bring down the monarchy.
I have been hooked on this series after reading the first book. This second book was outstanding also. I found the characters intriguing, the plot fast-paced and enjoyed the history. There are many twists and turns with a very surprising ending. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and I would highly recommend this series to those who love English history.
(March 2018 - 1 Book 310 Pages) Total for Year - 52 Books 19,570 Pages
52. ✔☊Mourn Not Your Dead (#4) by Deborah Crombie - 310 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/1/2018
The brutal murder of a much-despised police commander challenges Scotland Yard investigators Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James's relationship. Alastair Gilbert was bludgeoned to death in his kitchen, and the list of potential suspects is long - the man's arrogance earned him widespread enmity both in the village where he lived, and in police circles.
I started this series in 2012 and I am glad to be back reading book #4 in this engaging police procedural series. I found this book to be well-plotted with well-drawn characters and fast-paced dialogue. I enjoyed the town of Holmbury St. Mary and the atmosphere of the setting. Gemma James, sergeant, is having a secret relationship with her detective, Duncan Kincaid. In fact, the book seems to be about relationships; mother/daughter, husband/wife, lovers or police professionals. I looking forward to the next book as this series keeps getting better and better. I would highly recommend this series to those who like Scotland Yard mystery novels.
(March 2018 - 2 Books 590 Pages) Total for Year - 53 Books 19,850 Pages
53. ✔The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor - 280 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/2/2018
In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.
This book had a slow start for me as it kept switching back and forth from 1986 to 2016. It has a very creepy, complex plot that is very suspenseful and kept me guessing until the last page. The book has a feel of 'Stand By Me' by Stephen King but add in the chalk figures and the evil they represent. The characters were very well-drawn and intriguing. The author is very talented and I am anxiously awaiting her next book. I would highly recommend this book to those who love psychological thrillers.
> 65 Thanks but I can see it slowing down in the Spring and Summer. The audio books help a lot. Your page count is admirable with your working so much.
(March 2018 - 3 Books 974 Pages) Total for Year - 54 Books 20,234 Pages
54. ✔☊Dreaming of The Bones #5 by Deborah Crombie - 384 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/3/2018
It is the call Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid never expected—and one he certainly doesn't want. Victoria, his ex-wife, who walked out without an explanation more than a decade ago, asks him to look into the suicide of local poet, Lydia Brooke—a case that's been officially closed for five years. The troubled young writer's death, Victoria claims, might well have been murder.
No one is more surprised than Kincaid himself when he agrees to investigate—not even his partner and lover, Sergeant Gemma James. But it's a second death that raises the stakes and plunges Kincaid and James into a labyrinth of dark lies and lethal secrets that stretches all the way back through the twentieth century—a death that most assuredly is murder, one that has altered Duncan Kincaid's world forever.
I enjoyed book 5 very much and another visit to another small English village. Cambridgeshire this time. I also liked the excepts from Rupert Brookes' poetry at the start of each chapter. Once again, great writing from Deborah Crombie, unique characters that were well-drawn and another super plot. I look forward to the next installment and I would highly recommend this series to those who love mystery in small English villages.
>65 Andrew-theQM: Been tougher to get the reading miles in this year but persevere with prioritising whilst balancing with work.
>68 Andrew-theQM: Exceeding what you did last year will be very hard if your work load is heavy.
(March 2018 - 4 Books 1,374 Pages) Total for Year - 55 Books 20,634 Pages
55. ✔☊Kissed a Sad Goodbye #6 by Deborah Crombie - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/5/2018
Scotland Yard's Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James face their most haunting case yet when the past devastatingly intersects with the present....
Book 6 is a very good installment to the Kincaid/James police procedural series. I liked the way the author wove the WWII past into the present day murder case. I enjoyed reading about Kincaid's relationship with his new found son, Kit, and Gemma's reaction to his fathering skills. There were lots of interesting new characters who became suspects on my list for the murder only to be surprised when the murderer was finally revealed. I found the book to be very well-written and it's hard to believe that this British mystery is actually written by a Texan. I look forward to Crombie's next installment and highly recommend this series to those who love British mysteries.
(March 2018 - 5 Books 1,822 Pages) Total for Year - 56 Books 21,082 Pages
56. ✔The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin - 448 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/7/2018
Detective Inspector Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork generated by his investigations into a suspected war criminal. But an escalating dispute between the upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty's gang gives Rebus an escape clause. Telford is known to have close links with a Newcastle gangster nicknamed Mr Pink Eyes - a Chechen bringing refugees into Britain as prostitutes. When Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford takes the high road back to Paisley and pronto. Then Rebus's daughter is the victim of an all too professional hit-and-run and Rebus knows that now there is nothing he wouldn't do to bring down prime suspect Tommy Telford - even if it means cutting a deal with the devil.
I'm glad to be back reading an Inspector Rebus book. This one had a long list of characters and it took awhile to keep them straight but soon I knew who the baddies were and I kept my eyes on them. Rankin is great with his characters and they are always fleshed out. The book was about transporting drugs and prostitutes and Rebus handled the thugs and had them behind bars in the end. It was a bit touchy for Rebus's daughter, Samantha, when she was a victim of a hit and run and I could really feel the affect it had on Rebus and his ex-wife. I look forward to reading the next Rebus book as you always know that Rankin does not disappoint. I would highly recommend this series to those who love Scottish mysteries.
(March 2018 - 6 Books 2,190 Pages) Total for Year - 57 Books 21,450 Pages
57. ✔☊ A Finer End #7 by Deborah Crombie - 368 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/8/2018
Deborah Crombie gives us another spellbinding novel of mysteries--one contemporary, one ancient--an investigation that will challenge Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James personally and professionally. The story takes place in Glastonbury UK and we get lots of history about King Arthur who is buried there and the power in that area. There is a connection to the present day characters and the characters from the past. Crombie handles this layered plot along with the ongoing romance between the two main characters with ease. The theme of the story is redemption and hope. It also shows a bit of a struggle between good and evil. You have to suspend your disbelief somewhat in regards to the mythical and spiritual concepts in order to fully enjoy this book. I look forward to reading the next installment of this series and I highly recommend this book to those who love mystery with some history.
(March 2018 - 7 Books 2,611 Pages) Total for Year - 58 Books 21,871 Pages
58. ✔Mirage by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul - 421 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/11/2018
In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax-but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren't so sure.There is talk of a new weapon soon to be sold, something very dangerous to America's interests, and the rumors link it to the great inventor Nikola Tesla, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943. Was he responsible for the experiment? Are his notes in the hands of enemies?As Cabrillo races to find the truth, he discovers there is even more at stake than he could have imagined-but by the time he realizes it, he may already be too late...
I really liked this book much better than the last few of this series. Some of his action scenes in some of his other books are so technical that it's hard for me to visualize the scenes but this one I had no problem with his descriptions. I found the plot to be very interesting and I liked learning about the Philadelphia Experiment and Nikola Tesla's inventions. His books are real page-turners and this one did not disappoint. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series and I would highly recommend this book to those who like history and action books.
(March 2018 - 8 Books 2,978 Pages) Total for Year - 59 Books 22,238 Pages
59. ✔I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May - 367 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/12/2018
Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.
Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder - and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh.
As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation, the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs.
Peter May is one of my favorite authors. I find his books to always be very well-written with interesting characters and unique plots. I have read all of his books and have enjoyed them all and I would have to count this book as one of my favorite. I loved being back in the Outer Hebrides on the Island of Lewis once again. May's descriptions of the island and the sea gave me a real sense of place and atmosphere. His prose is lyrical and kept the pages turning through lots of twists and a very surprise ending that I did not see coming. I look forward to reading his next book and I highly recommend this novel to those who love mystery thrillers with great atmosphere.
(March 2018 - 9 Books 3,394 Pages) Total for Year - 60 Books 22,654 Pages
60. ✔☊ And Justice There Is None #8 by Deborah Crombie - 416 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/13/2018
Dawn Arrowood was six weeks pregnant. Her lover, Alex Dunn, a porcelain dealer in London's bustling Portobello Market, appears absolutely devastated by her death, but Gemma's main focus of investigation is soon Karl Arrowood, who had the most powerful motive for killing his unfaithful wife. But this case sets off warning bells for Duncan: it's far too similar to an unsolved murder in which an antiques dealer was killed in precisely the same way and when the escalating violence claims yet another victim, he and Gemma find themselves at increasing odds with each other -- as two separate investigations become linked in the most startling of ways. Their hunt for a killer will traverse the teeming stalls of the city's antiques markets to a decades-in-the-making vendetta of history and hatred that has been honed to a flawless, deadly point. To solve this case, Gemma and Duncan must walk a merciless razor's edge through a place where true justice will be a long time coming.
I enjoyed this book #8 of the Kincaid/James police procedural series. Crombie's books never disappoint. I like how the relationship between Duncan and Gemma is coming along. It's best to read this series in order as the characters grow with the series. I found this book to have an intricate plot but still a very entertaining read. Her books continue to be page-turners with very surprise endings. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and I would highly recommend this series to those who love British mystery novels.
(March 2018 - 10 Books 3,879 Pages) Total for Year - 61 Books 23,139 Pages
61. ✔☊ Dead Souls by Ian Rankin - 485 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/14/2018
A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts-and the prospect of his daughter's possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins-knowing it's himself he's really trying to save.
Another great Ian Rankin read. The subject matter of pedophiles and missing children is a hard one to deal with but when Rebus sends them away it makes it all better. This book has a realistic plot with many sub-plots that tie together and kept me engrossed. The book has a real sense of place and I can feel myself walking the streets of Edinburgh with Rebus. I enjoyed the past history of Rebus and his wife and daughter. It made Rebus feel like a real person. Rankin's books are a bit gritty but I like the fact that Rebus has a conscience and a determination to put the criminals away. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and I would highly recommend this series to those who love Scottish mystery.
(March 2018 - 11 Books 4,215 Pages) Total for Year - 62 Books 23,475 Pages
62. ✔☊ Murder In Thrall by Anne Cleeland - 336 pgs. - ★★★ - 3/15/2018
First-year Detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome and enigmatic... to a fault. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying -- a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses. Acton and Doyle are sent to investigate the murder of a trainer at a racetrack. Soon, new killings related to the first start unfolding, dragging the two into ever more perilous situations. But the real danger is the unlikely attachment that develops between the ultra reserved aristocratic Chief Inspector and his plucky working class sidekick... a relationship that will raise plenty of eyebrows -- and hackles -- among their colleagues at the Yard.
This is the first book in the Scotland Yard series. Most of this book is about Doyle and Acton's relationship so the mystery seems to take a backseat. Hopefully, the first book is where the author is introducing the characters and the rest of the series will concentrate mostly on the plot of the mysteries. I did, however, found the characters a bit strange. One thing that bothers me about the book is the fact that Acton is obsessed with stalking Doyle in the beginning of the book and Doyle is so naive. I own the 2nd book and will read that one in order to see if the plots and characters progress in the right direction.
(March 2018 - 12 Books 4,649 Pages) Total for Year - 63 Books 23,909 Pages
63. ✔The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer - 434 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/16/2018
WHO IS NOLA BROWN?
Nola is a mystery
Nola is trouble.
And Nola is supposed to be dead.
Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run.
Zig works at Dover Air Force Base, helping put to rest the bodies of those who die on top-secret missions. Nola was a childhood friend of Zig's daughter and someone who once saved his daughter's life. So when Zig realizes Nola is still alive, he's determined to find her. Yet as Zig digs into Nola's past, he learns that trouble follows Nola everywhere she goes.
Nola is the U.S. Army's artist-in-residence-a painter and trained soldier who rushes into battle, making art from war's aftermath and sharing observations about today's wars that would otherwise go overlooked. On her last mission, Nola saw something nobody was supposed to see, earning her an enemy unlike any other, one who will do whatever it takes to keep Nola quiet.
Together, Nola and Zig will either reveal a sleight of hand being played at the highest levels of power or die trying to uncover the US Army's most mysterious secret-a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back through history to the greatest escape artist of all: Harry Houdini.
What can I say about this book? It was an excellent read with very engaging and unique characters (Nola and Zig). The plot moves at a great pace with short chapters that make you want to read on. I found this book to be unputdownable and loved reading about Dover Delaware's military morgue. I haven't read Brad Meltzer's other books book I definitely will put them in my to-be-read pile. I enjoyed his writing very much. I would highly recommend this book to those who like gripping mystery thrillers.
>78 EadieB: Must get back onto more Brad Meltzer, have enjoyed the two I have read.
(March 2018 - 13 Books 5,129 Pages) Total for Year - 64 Books 24,389 Pages
64. ✔Damnation by Peter Beck - 480 pgs. - Early Reviewer - ★★★★★ - 3/20/2018
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Damnation is the first in the series written by Peter Beck. When Tom Winter's colleague and lover, Anne Arnold, is killed in a helicopter along with Muhammed Al-Bader, who is a relation to the Saudi king, he is determined to prove it was not an accident. Tom is the head of security for a discrete Swiss private bank. Tom finds that he will have to follow the money trail around the world as a nuclear power plant in Egypt and a global infrastructure project in the US are about to be built and invested in by Arabs from Saudi Arabia. When Tom and Fatima, an Egyptian business woman, start to hunt answers, they find themselves the hunted very quickly.
I enjoyed this action-packed thriller very much. Beck gives us a real sense of place through his excellent writing. As I went from Switzerland to Egypt to Norway and then on to the United States, I felt as through I was experiencing all the beauty of these places. I got lots of great information about how Swiss banking works along with fascinating characters. The good ones that you love and the bad ones that you love to hate. The plot was fast-paced and action-packed with breathtaking adventure scenes that made the novel a page-turner until the very surprising ending. I look forward to reading the next in the series and I would highly recommend this book to those who love thrillers with lots of action and adventure.
(March 2018 - 14 Books 5,630 Pages) Total for Year - 65 Books 24,890 Pages
65. ✔One by One by Chris Carter - 501 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/21/2018
Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD's Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address - a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn't want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option.
Chris Carter has done it again. Scared the daylight out of me! If you do not like horror or graphic gore, this is not a book for you. Just when you think Carter has gone beyond horrible, he has proved once again that he is unpredictable. He seems to have scared Hunter's partner, Garcia, also. I now need to read the next book in order to find out if Garcia will be back for more. I doubt it, as Garcia is a family man and needs to make sure his wife, Anna, is protected from his job of horrors. I would highly recommend this series to those who love horror but I will have to leave a warning on this book. BEWARE!
(March 2018 - 15 Books 6,126 Pages) Total for Year - 66 Books 25,386 Pages
66. ✔☊ Set In Darkness #11 by Ian Rankin #11 - 496 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/22/2018
Another great installment in the world of Ian Rankin's Rebus. This book is once again set in Edinburgh and the author does an excellent job giving us a description of the city and some of it's nasty parts. I always enjoy the characters and their humorous dialogue and reaction to one another. Another re-appearance of arch enemy, Big Ger Cafferty (Strawman), adds a unique touch. In this story there are three different crime elements focused on; a man dead for twenty years found behind a wall in the renovated Parliament Building, a tramp who jumps off a bride and leaves behind a suitcase full of cash and Roddy Grieve, a political candidate is found dead. It is interesting how in the end these three instances are tied together. These subplots had all the ingredients to make this another remarkable and fascinating read. I look forward to the next book in the series and would highly recommend reading this series in order as the stories build one upon another.
(March 2018 - 16 Books 6,622 Pages) Total for Year - 67 Books 25,882 Pages
67. ✔☊The Falls by Ian Rankin #12 - 500 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/24/2018
Edinburgh police detective John Rebus, Ian Rankin's popular series detective, is a brilliantly realized character, as moody, dark, and melancholy as Edinburgh itself. In The Falls, he's almost certain that missing university student Philippa Balfour is dead, but he's less sure how she died or what her misadventure has to do with the tiny doll in a hand-sized coffin that turns up near a waterfall on the Balfour family estate. It's not the first coffin found near the scene of a crime; could Philippa be the victim of a serial killer?
In this installment of Ian Rankin's Rebus we find Farmer Watson has retired and Gill Templer has taken his place as Rebus' boss. She quickly learns that Rebus is hard to handle and Rebus begins to think about retirement. Philippa Balfour has been playing a fantasy type computer game with the Quizmaster and Siobhan Clarke decides to play along in order to find out what happened to Philippa. Rebus soon finds out that there is a connection to the Burke and Hare case that was from the 1700. The model coffin found near the Falls of the Balfour Home also has a connection to the Resurrectionists and Arthur's seat. Once again there are a few sub-plots along with the murder of Philippa. I think I enjoyed this book more than I enjoyed the others. I found it very interesting and now I look forward to reading the next in the series. I would highly recommend this series to those who like mystery thrillers about Endinburgh, Scotland with action and adventure.
(March 2018 - 17 Books 6,974 Pages) Total for Year - 68 Books 26,234 Pages
68.✔☊ Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland - 352 pgs. - ★★ - 3/26/2018
In Anne Cleeland's book, Murder in Retribution, Kathleen Doyle and Lord Acton find out that 'retribution may be best left to fate'. When a rash of underworld murders shatters London's normally austere facade, Doyle sets out to investigate the escalating turf war. Doyle uncovers a seedy world where fractious member of the Russian mafia and an Irish terrorist group are fighting for control of a lucrative underground business. Doyle and Acton's married relationship has now come to light at the CID Headquarters and the gossip is flying. Thank goodness for all the murders as the attention is drawn away from them.
I still am wondering about this relationship between Doyle and Acton. In the first book of the series Acton is stalking Doyle and in this book Acton is murdering those who get in his wife's way. I don't think I will be continuing with this Romantic/Mystery series because of this strange relationship. I think Anne Cleeland needs to rethink this relationship as it may turn off readers. I know it has done that to me but I suggest that you may want to read this series for yourself and see how you feel about it.
(March 2018 - 18 Books 7,262 Pages) Total for Year - 69 Books 26,522 Pages
69.✔The Sign of the Cross by Glenn Cooper 288 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/27/2018
Will Cal Donovan be able to prevent an apocalyptic catastrophe? Cal Donovan receives a urgent summons from the Vatican to fly to Italy in order to interview a young priest who has developed the stigmata of the crucifixion. Cal is a Harvard professor of religion and archaeology and is determined to uncover the cause of the mysterious wounds. After Giovanni is kidnapped, Cal realizes that the priest holds the key to an earth-shattering secret.
I enjoyed following Cal and Giovanni's sister, Irene, as they searched for Giovanni. Their search took them to Croatia, Abruzzo and Rome Italy, Cambridge MA, and finally onto Jerusalem. The Nazis want to create a Fourth Reich and since 1935 they have been searching for Christian treasures such as; the sword that pierced Jesus Christ's right side, the thorns from his crown and the nails from the cross. The action starts at the beginning as both sides begin their search and it doesn't let up until the very suspenseful ending. I found the characters to be well-drawn and believable. The book was an easy and enjoyable read and very well-written. I have read Cooper's Will Piper series and enjoyed those books very much. I am looking forward to reading his John Camp Down Series and his standalone, Near Death. He is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. I would highly recommend this Cal Donovan novel to those who love religious thrillers with plenty of action and adventure.
(March 2018 - 19 Books 7,646 Pages) Total for Year - 70 Books 26,906 Pages
70. ✔Darktown by Thomas Mullen - 384 pgs. - ★★★★.5 - 3/30/2018
"Some books educate, some books entertain, Thomas Mullen's Darktown is the rare book that does both." Huffington Post
The Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. They are met with deep hostility by their white peers; they aren't allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters. A woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines. This book is a crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice.
Darktown is an appropriate name for this novel as the story is a dark reminder of the prejudices that existed in the postwar, pre-civil rights South. I was going to give up on this book as it evoked feelings in me that were uncomfortable but I decided to stick with it and I'm glad I did. I found the author's writing to be exceptional and you can't help but be emotionally involved in the story. It was very atmospheric and you could feel that you were sampling a piece of the history. The characters are ones that you are not likely to forget as they will certainly leave an impression on your mind. I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd book in the series and I would highly recommend this book to those who like to read about historical events that leave an impression whether good or bad.
(March 2018 - 20 Books 8,174 Pages) Total for Year - 71 Books 27,434 Pages
71.✔☊The Resurrection Men #13 by Ian Rankin - 528 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/31/2018
While in a reform school for cops, Inspector John Rebus joins a covert mission to gain evidence of a drug heist orchestrated by some of his classmates known as "Resurrection Men." The investigation threatens to uncover a secret Rebus has spent years trying to conceal, and before long Rebus finds himself in the thick of a scandal with men who have no problem spilling blood to get what they want.
You can't help but love John Rebus! He tries so hard to do the right thing but always seems to end up with egg on his face. This was another great Rebus read with unique characters and an excellent complex plot. These books are great to read one after another as you can't get enough of Rebus. Ian Rankin makes you feel like you are in Edinburgh along with all these characters. Siobhan has turned out to be a great sidekick for Rebus and she is starting to sound just like Rebus. I love it! I'm now looking forward to reading the next book in the series and I would highly recommend this book to those who like gritty police procedurals.
(April 2018 - 1 Book 352 Pages) Total for Year - 72 Books 27,786 Pages
72. ✔The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/3/2018
The title of Elly Griffiths 10th novel, The Dark Angel, in the Ruth Galloway Mystery series seems to suggest there is a darkness hovering over Ruth's next archaeological dig. She is contacted by Angelo Morelli, a former friend and lover, to help him identify some bones from the Roman era in Italy. She will be staying in Pompeo’s (Angelo’s grandfather) old apartment in Castello degli Angeli, a small Italian village that has it's own secrets dating back to the German occupation from World War II. Ruth decides to take Kate, Shona and Louis, Shona's son, along with her. Back in Norfolk, Nelson hears about an earthquake in the area of Italy that Ruth and Kate are visiting. He cannot contact her on the phone and shows up the next morning in Castello degli Angeli much to Ruth's surprise. After Ruth discovers a modern-day body in the village church, their holiday turns upside down as the darkness in this little village is brought to surface.
This book takes place in two different settings, Norfolk and Italy, and the plot switches back and forth throughout the novel. Elly Griffiths' descriptions and history of each setting gives us a feeling like we are visiting there too. This series should be read in order as the characters and storyline develops throughout and the characters start to feel like friends that you really care about. The plot was paced in such a way that each chapter had a cliffhanger which makes you want to read on and kept the pages turning until the surprising ending. Each book does involve a mystery but it's the characters and their relationships that really drive the story. I look forward to each and every installment in order to see how they are developing. This series is by far one of my favorite and I would have to say that The Dark Angel ranks at the top of the series for me. I would suggest that you pick up the first book, The Crossing Places, and promise you that you cannot just read the first one, as this series is contagious! I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(April 2018 - 2 Books 736 Pages) Total for Year - 73 Books 28,170 Pages
73. ✔Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris - 384 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/6/2018
B.A. Paris has hit a home-run again! I read her first two novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown, and enjoyed them very much. This one kept me guessing until the very end.
Layla and Finn are driving back to England from a ski trip in France. They pull into a rest stop and when Finn returns to the car after using the restroom, he finds the car door is wide open but Layla is missing.
Ten years later, Layla is presumed dead and Finn is about to marry Layla's sister, Ellen. Suddenly tiny dolls from a set of Russian stack dolls start appearing. Only Layla, Ellen and Finn are aware of the significance of these dolls. Finn starts receiving emails from Layla which leads him to believe that Layla is not dead. Has Layla somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?
The story keeps switching bank and forth from 2006 when Finn first met Layla to the present 2018 and is told in the first person point of view by the main characters; Finn, Layla and Ellen. I was hooked from the very beginning and found the book hard to put down as I needed to know what was going to happen next. After many twists and turns, I found the ending to be cleverly crafted and a total surprise to me. I am now looking forward to Paris' next book and I would highly recommend this book to those who love psychological thrillers. I also would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of the book for my honest review.
(April 2018 - 3 Books 1,142 Pages) Total for Year - 74 Books 28,576 Pages
74. ✔☊Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens - 406 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/5/2018
This book grips you from the very beginning and does not let go until the very surprising ending! I have read one other book from Chevy Stevens, Still Missing, and liked it very much. This one also does not disappoint. It's filled with domestic violence, obsession, control and evil abuse. These are subjects that are hard to read about but worse if you have to live through these nightmares.
Chevy Stevens tells us a story about Andrew, Lynsey and their daughter, Sophie, and the horrible way they had to live. Andrew was an alcoholic and Lynsey made excuses for him and covered up every abuse she received in order to protect their daughter, Sophie, from the truth of their situation. Andrew finally has an accident in which he kills a woman named Elizabeth and he receives a prison sentence of ten years. Sophie keeps in touch with her father while he is in prison and afterwards when he is released without Lynsey's knowledge. Both Lynsey and Sophie begin to feel as though they are being followed and watched wherever they go. Lindsey is convinced it's her ex-husband, even though he claims he's a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?
The point of view by Lynsey and Sophie switched back and forth from the past to the present and you were able to see the pitfalls of these characters and how they tried to manipulate their way out of this abusive relationship. The emotional turmoil was hard to read about and many times I thanked God that I didn't have to live this life. When the ending unfolded after many twists and turns, I had to give Chevy Stevens a lot of credit for the a very clever way to tie up this novel. I look forward to reading other books by this author and I would highly recommend this book to those who like psychological thrillers.
(April 2018 - 4 Books 1,405 Pages) Total for Year - 75 Books 28,839 Pages
75. ✔The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick - 263 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/12/2018
I received The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick from NetGalley for an honest review.
This is the first book by Nicola Cornick that I have read but it won't be my last. The Phantom Tree is a cross of many genres; history, fantasy, romance and mystery. It is a time-travel book where the main character, Alison, travels from the 16th century to the present time. Alison notices a portrait in a museum that someone claims to be Anne Boleyn. Since Alison is from the Tudor 16th century, she immediately recognizes the portrait to be Mary Seymour, who was orphaned at Wolf Hall along with her. How does she explain to them that she knows they are wrong without indulging her secret?
Meanwhile, Alison is trying to travel back to the 16th century as she needs to find out what happened to her son when he was taken from her as a baby. She has no idea how to travel back to ask Marry Seymour if she has found any information about her son. When Alison does finally find the way back, she discovers that Mary Seymour has disappeared.
What I like about Nicola Cornick's writing is that she has taken a historical fact about Mary Seymour's disappearance and has woven a fictional story and has given us a scenario of what might have happened to Mary. Her descriptions of the past and present make us feel like we are right there along with the characters. I found The Phantom Tree to be the perfect escape novel which takes you to an interesting period of history with twists and surprises that keep the pages turning. I would highly recommend this novel to those who would like a romantic adventure with plenty of history.
(April 2018 - 5 Books 1,661 Pages) Total for Year - 76 Books 29,095 Pages
76. ✔Frozen Stiff by Patrick Logan - 256 pgs. - ★★.5 - 4/11/2018
Patrick Logan says that he writes his books in about 2 days and then sends it to someone who makes an audio for him. He then listens to the audio and makes sure everything sounds ok. Then it's off to the publisher. I think he needs to spend more time writing a more cohesive book and get a real editor. I would suggest that he have more suspects because it's quite obvious who the murderer is and takes away from the enjoyment of the book if you guess the murderer in the beginning of the book. There is absolutely no investigation as Chase Adams, the FBI agent, has her visions that tell her what happens to the victim. The book does have a lot of potential but the author needs to take more time with his books and give the reader a type of book they are expecting.
(April 2018 - 6 Books 2,101 Pages) Total for Year - 77 Books 29,535 Pages
77. ✔☊A Question of Blood #14 by Ian Rankin - 440 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/15/2018
I can't seem to get enough of Rankin and Rebus! This is the 14th installment. Series should be read in order. Three plots in this one but the main plot is a school shooting. Lots of dry wit and humor. Characters are well-drawn and fascinating. Lots of twists and red herrings with a surprise ending. One of his better books. I recommend this series to those who like their mystery/thrillers dark and gritty.
>95 Andrew-theQM: I agree! I love him more with each book! I hope he keeps writing forever!
(April 2018 - 7 Books 2,453 Pages) Total for Year - 78 Books 29,887 Pages
78. ✔A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/19/2018
Is it possible to receive messages from the dead? College Professor Paul Davis in Linwood Barclay's novel, A Noise Downstairs, is trying to find the answer to this question. Paul has been under therapy with Dr. Anna White for eight months after getting hit on the head by a colleague, Kenneth Hoffman. Paul was following Kenneth because he wanted to tell him that his tail light was out. Paul notices two dead women in the back of Kenneth's car. Kenneth panics and tries to kill Paul but the police happen by and arrest Kenneth. Paul wants to write down his experience as a way to deal with it. His wife, Charlotte, finds an old Underwood typewriter for him to use. In the middle of the night Paul wakes and hears someone typing downstairs. He starts to find messages in the typewriter that he did not type and is convinced that they are from the women that Kenneth has killed.
I have read ten novels by Linwood Barclay and he is fast becoming one of my favorite thriller writers. I find his writing to be a mixture of Stephen King and Harlan Coben. His characters are always very unique and intriguing. A Noise Downstairs is told by the viewpoint of three characters; Paul Davis, Charlotte Davis and Dr. Anna White. I thought I knew what was happening midway through but after many twists, I was quickly proven wrong. This would be an excellent beach read and I would highly recommend it to those who love psychological thrillers. I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher, William Morrow for an advanced copy for an honest review. "There's a noise downstairs...and it's not what you think." #ANoiseDownstairs
(April 2018 - 8 Books 2,866 Pages) Total for Year - 79 Books 30,300 Pages
79. ✔☊The King's Deception by Steve Berry (#8) - 413 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/20/2018
Cotton Malone is back in Steve Berry's new international adventure, The King's Deception, which blends gripping contemporary political intrigue, Tudor treachery and high-octane thrills. A long-buried secret that calls into question the legitimacy of the entire forty-five-year reign of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch who completed the conquest of Ireland and seized much of its land. Antrim Blake also has a more personal agenda - a twisted game of revenge in which Gary, Cotton's son, is a pawn.
I really enjoyed learning all about the Tudors in this action-packed adventure. It has sparked an interest to read more about Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. I found the characters to be very interesting, good and bad abound. The plot was riveting from the beginning until the surprise ending. Can't wait to read the next Cotton Malone. I would have to mark this one down as my favorite so far. I would highly recommend this series to those who love historical fiction.
(April 2018 - 9 Books 3,038 Pages) Total for Year - 80 Books 30,472 Pages
80. ✔☊The Call of the Wild by Jack London - 172 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/23/2018
I listened to this audio and enjoyed the story very much. I can't believe I never read this before. I loved Jack London's intuitive feeling for animals. This story traces Buck's sudden entry into the wild and his education in survival among the wolves. Jack London's writing is exceptional and makes him one of the greatest American storytellers. If you haven't read this yet, you should as it is a quick, easy and thrilling read.
(April 2018 - 10 Books 3,344 Pages) Total for Year - 81 Books 30,778 Pages
81. ✔☊The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce - 306 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/22/2018
Read this as a Group read which enhanced the pleasure of the book greatly. The story is like riding a rollercoaster - some humorous and some sad parts. Characters are unique and unforgettable. Great music references throughout. Well-written and a great sense of atmosphere. I'm glad things ended on a good note. Great book for those who like music with a little romance. Book would make a great movie. Read this one if you like a change from your normal genre. You may like different!
(April 2018 - 11 Books 3,776 Pages) Total for Year - 82 Books 31,210 Pages
82. ✔The Fallen (Amos Decker, #4) by David Baldacci - 432 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/20/2018
4th book in the Amos Decker series. Decker and Jamison are visiting Jamison's sister in Baronville PA and soon become involved with serial killers. Drugs and hidden treasure from the historic Baron family are the reason for murder. I love how Decker was so sensitive with Jamison's niece, Zoe, after her father becomes a victim. Decker has a talented mind which helps him in crime solving but is his memory starting to fail him? Read this book to find out.
>103 Andrew-theQM: Thanks but April will be a little slower I think. only 10 books so far. But I knew once Spring came it would be slower reading. Must be Spring fever. lol
(April 2018 - 12 Books 3,936 Pages) Total for Year - 83 Books 31,370 Pages
83. ✔☊Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse - 160 pgs. - ★★★★ - 4/24/2018
This is a beautifully written book about Siddhartha, a young man who goes on a journey of self-discovery. I found this book a lot easier to read than I expected with lots of words about the meaning of our existence. Published in 1951 in the US and became very influential in the 1960's hippie movement. Experience, the totality of conscious events of a human life, is shown as the best way to approach understanding of reality and attain enlightenment. The novel is structured on three of the traditional stages of life (student, householder and recluse). Lesson learned: "it's not just intellectual cognition, not just learning and knowing, but spiritual experience that can be earned only through strict discipline in a selfless life." If you haven't read Siddhartha yet, you should give it a try as it may enlighten you as the direction of your life.
(April 2018 - 13 Books 4,208 Pages) Total for Year - 84 Books 31,642 Pages
84. ✔☊Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney - 272 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/25/2018
Amber is in a coma and doesn't remember what happened. The story switches back and forth between NOW and THEN. The book captures you from the beginning and you hear the narrative from Amber but you don't know what or who to believe. Many twists later, you learn what happened. The ending slaps you in the face and leaves you speechless. Very cleverly written and it will leave you wondering what Alice Feeney will write about next. Don't miss this one!
(April 2018 - 14 Books 4,656 Pages) Total for Year - 85 Books 32,090 Pages
85.✔☊When Shadows Fall by J.T. Ellison - 448 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/25/2018
This is book 3 of the Samantha Owens series. Sam has now switched to teaching forensics. She receives a disturbing letter from a dead man imploring her to solve his murder but all signs point to suicide. When Sam learns Savage left a will requesting she autopsy his body, she feels compelled to look into the case. Sam's own postmortem discovers clear signs that Savage was indeed murdered. And she finds DNA from a kidnapped child whose remains were recovered years earlier. The investigation takes Sam into the shadows of a twenty-year-old mystery that must be solved to determine what really happened to Timothy Savage. Nothing about the case makes sense, but it is clear someone is unwilling to let anyone, especially Samantha Owens, discover the truth.
This fast moving thriller kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The characters were well-developed and the plot was well paced. J.T. Ellison has a knack of keeping you riveted and wanting more. Lots of twists and turns make you change your mind about what is going on. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I would highly recommend this series to those who like suspenseful thrillers.
(April 2018 - 15 Books 4,910 Pages) Total for Year - 86 Books 32,344 Pages
86. ✔Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix - 254 pages - ★★★★ - 4/26/2018
An affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and '80s
Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby. Complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles, this unforgettable volume dishes on familiar authors like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, plus many more who've faded into obscurity. Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.
I like to read a good horror or ghost story around Halloween so I found this book an interesting look back at horror books from the 70's and 80's. It gave a brief description of the book, facts about the horror industry, publishers, beautiful cover art, and type of horror for each book. It was a definite blast into the past and a must read for those who love horror books.
(April 2018 - 16 Books 5,328 Pages) Total for Year - 87 Books 32,762 Pages
87. ✔☊Beartown by Fredrik Backman - 418 pages - ★★★★★ - 4/27/2018
Beartown is a small hockey town in Sweden that rests all its hopes and dreams on the junior hockey team winning the national semi-finals. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil.
Backman is a masterful writer and this one will leave you reeling. His characters are well-drawn and the story is well-told. What amazes me about Backman is his knowledge of human behavior and how humans generally will react in certain situations. This story could have happened in any small town and would probably have the same repercussions. It is a highly emotional read and you don't have to like hockey in order to enjoy it. I have read one other novel by Backman, A Man Called Ove and enjoyed that one too. This book is a bit darker than that one but one that you should not miss reading. I look forward to reading the next book by Backman and I highly recommend this one to those who like to read about human behavior.
(April 2018 - 17 Books 5,808 Pages) Total for Year - 88 Books 33,242 Pages
88. ✔Dissolution by C.J. Sansom - 480 pages - ★★★★★ - 4/28/2018
Dissolution takes place in Tudor England in 1537 during the reign of Henry VIII. Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer who has been commissioned by Thomas Cromwell to look in to a murder at the monastery of Scarnsea on the Sussex coast. The monasteries have been ordered to be dissolved as King Henry as announced himself to be the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Shardlake soon finds more murders, sexual misconduct, embezzlement and treason and leaves Shardlake questioning everything he hears and believes.
I enjoyed this book very much and found C.J. Sansom to be an excellent writer. I enjoyed the glimpse of Tudor England from a different point of view. Sansom's historical facts and revelations make for an easy read and one that is very fascinating. His descriptions give a very real atmosphere and the reader actually can share in the sights, voices and the smells of the turbulent times right after the execution of Anne Boleyn. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and I highly recommend this book to those who love historical mysteries.
(April 2018 - 18 Books 6,312 Pages) Total for Year - 89 Books 33,746 Pages
89. ✔Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom - 504 pages - ★★★★★ - 4/30/2018
Dark Fire takes place in Tudor England in 1540. Thomas Cromwell's position is in trouble and Shardlake is given the task of a young girl accused of murder. She refuses to speak in her defense and is imprisoned. Cromwell gives Shardlake 2 weeks to prove her innocence. In the meanwhile Shardlake is also commissioned to find a lost cask of Dark Fire which is a weapon of mass destruction.
This book takes up right after the events of Dissolution. The character of Shardlake grows on you as he is a good and honest man. He is commissioned once more to solve a murder mystery which has political repercussions to the success or failure of Thomas Cromwell's position. There is lots of adventure and period detail and history to be fascinated with once again. Samson's characters are complex and well-drawn. The plot is very believable and held my interest to the very end. I look forward to reading the next installment of the series and I would highly recommend this book to those who love historical mysteries.
(May 2018 - 1 Book 226 Pages) Total for Year - 90 Books 33,972 Pages
90. ✔☊The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon - 226 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/1/2018
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a first person point of view of happenings through the eyes of an autistic teenager. It is a very touching and fascinating portrayal and is a definite classic novel. I found Mark Haddon to be a very clever and observant writer and enjoyed his gentle humor. I look forward to reading another book by Haddon and I would highly recommend this book to those who like unique and different novels.
(May 2018 - 2 Book 418 Pages) Total for Year - 91 Books 34,164 Pages
91. ✔☊The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton - 192 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/3/2018
First published in 1967, S. E. Hinton's novel was an immediate phenomenon. Today, with more than eight million copies sold, The Outsiders continues to resonate with its powerful portrait of the bonds and boundaries of friendship.
In Ponyboy's world there are two types of people. There are the Socs, the rich society kids who get away with anything. Then there are the greasers, like Ponyboy, who aren't so lucky. Ponyboy has a few things he can count on: his older brothers, his friends, and trouble with the Socs, whose idea of a good time is beating up greasers. At least he knows what to expect-until the night things go too far.
Just listened to the audio ofThe Outsiders. It was written by S.J. Hinton when she was 16 years old. She was mad at the social injustices at her school and felt there really wasn't a book about teenage life so she wrote one. I found it to be a very powerful story and it has changes lives of lots of teenagers. Some never read a book before reading The Outsiders. I think you should read this book! I think you would enjoy it!
(May 2018 - 3 Book 786 Pages) Total for Year - 92 Books 34,532 Pages
92. ✔Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard - 368 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/4/2018
Just finished Here We Lie about two friends torn apart by the consequences of power and privilege. This would make a great summer read. The characters are well-drawn and the storyline held my interest until the last page. The story is told by switching back and forth from the two girls viewpoints. Very similar to what is happening with the #Metoo movement today. I will definitely read more by this author. Timely and powerful read that you should not miss!
(May 2018 - 4 Book 1,181 Pages) Total for Year - 93 Books 34,927 Pages
93. ✔☊What Lies Behind by J.T. Ellison - 395 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/10/2018
What Lies Behind's story is told by the viewpoint of the Medical Examiner, Samantha Owens, whose character is flawed but she is very intelligent and brave. The plot is complexed and deals with a stalker who may be a serial killer who is hunting a prey. It also involves a bio-terrorist threat and a governmental pyramid scheme. It is a very gripping story with lots of twists and has a cliffhanger ending. This is the last book of the series so far and the series is a spinoff from the Taylor Jackson series. I look forward to the next book in the series in order to find out how everything pans out. I would highly recommend this series to those who love adventurous mystery thrillers.
(May 2018 - 5 Book 1,691 Pages) Total for Year - 94 Books 35,437 Pages
94. ✔☊Black Order by James Rollins (#3 in the Sigma Force Series) - 510 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/11/2018
It was great to be back with the Sigma Force again. Gray Pierce in is Copenhagen with a suspicious bookstore fire. He is involved is a terrifying mystery surrounding horrific experiments performed in a now-abandoned laboratory in the mountains in Poland. Painter Crowe and Lisa Cummings are in a remote monastery in the mountains of Nepal where Buddhist monks are turning to cannibalism and torture. The Sigma team start to piece together and come to the conclusion about the Nazis' experiments that were going on during the war dealing with evolution and the origin of life. They must now save the world from a new order that is on the rise.
I liked all the information that we were given in regards to what the Nazis were up to. Never heard or read anything as in depth as this book. James Rollins has given us a mixture of science and heart pumping action and adventure where in some place you need to suspend your beliefs. All in all, it is a riveting edge-of-your seat read that will keep the pages turning quickly. I now look forward to the next Sigma Force book and I would highly recommend this book to those who love scientific adventure reads.
(May 2018 - 6 Book 2,171 Pages) Total for Year - 95 Books 35,917 Pages
95. ✔The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler - 480 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/12/2018
I would like to thank NetGalley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for a copy of The Annotated Big Sleep for an honest review.
Raymond Chandler's first novel, The Big Sleep, is a masterpiece of the noir and is on the "1001 Books to Read Before You Die List" and I always wanted to read it. This annotated book gives notes and images alongside the full text of the novel. I was able to gain insight of what Los Angeles was like during the 1920's which included maps and images of famous buildings, notes from Chandler's personal letters, pictures of hairstyles and clothing from the characters and an analysis of class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity mentioned in the book. The main character, Philip Marlowe, was brought to life along with pictures of Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum who played Marlowe on film. Not only was I able to enjoy reading The Big Sleep but I got a lot more than I bargained for by reading The Annotated Big Sleep.
Credit for this version of The Big Sleep should be given to the editors, Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson and Anthony Rizzuto, who did an excellent job putting this book together. I would highly recommend this book as an addition to any crime fiction fan's library and hope that you would enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed reading The Annotated Big Sleep.
(May 2018 - 7 Book 2,364 Pages) Total for Year - 96 Books 36,110 Pages
96. ✔☊ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - 193 pgs. - ★ - 5/13/2018
I'm sure glad that this is not the only genre there is to read otherwise, I would have to give up reading. I think I just don't get it! Glad I listened to the audio because if I had to read it I would never get through it. Enough said, I'm moving on!
(May 2018 - 8 Book 2,892 Pages) Total for Year - 97 Books 36,638 Pages
97. ✔☊ The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - 528 pgs. ★★★★ - 5/13/2018
Two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
Story is told in alternating viewpoints of Eve, a spy, and Charlie, American socialite. I found the story to have well-developed characters and an interesting enough to hold my attention until the last page. Both woman showed lots of bravery in their stories which were amazing! I would highly recommend this book to those who like interesting war stories.
(May 2018 - 9 Book 3,340 Pages) Total for Year - 98 Books 37,086 Pages
98. You by Caroline Kepnes - 448 pgs. - ★ - 5/15/2018
Dark, masterful, and timely, debut novelist Caroline Kepnes' You is a perversely romantic thriller that's more dangerously clever than any you've read before. A chilling account of unrelenting passion, this tale of love, sex, and death will stay with you long past the final page.
I saw a lot of people like YOU but this book is not for me. I would not call myself a prude but YOU is full of nothing but explicit sex and language - too much for me! I would not recommend this book to anyone but I would tell them to beware before reading it as it is about an obsessive stalker and is very intense.
(May 2018 - 10 Book 3,692 Pages) Total for Year - 99 Books 37,438 Pages
99. ✔Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris - 352 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/17/2018
I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher, Sourcebooks, for a copy of this book for an honest review.
"Sometimes we have to make sacrifices for the ones we love."
When I read this quote from the book, Sold on a Monday, by Kristina McMorris, it seemed to convey to me the essence of this story which started with a picture of two children sitting on a porch in a rural area of Laurel Township, Pennsylvania with a sign reading, "2 children for Sale." Ellis Reed, a photographer for the Philadelphia Examiner newspaper, took the picture and wrote a story about Geraldine Dillard having to sell her children out of desperation in 1931. The story was a catalyst for promotion to a New York newspaper for Ellis Reed when it made headlines across the nation and changed the life of the children. Ellis and his friend, Lily, spend the rest of the novel trying to right the irreversible wrongs caused by the article in the paper.
Kristina McMorris has written a book based on an actual newspaper photo that appeared in a Chicago newspaper in 1948 which shook the nation. It is a story of ambition, love, family and the far reaching effects of our actions. The characters are drawn in such a way that you find yourself caring about what happens to them. There is a strong sense of place in the novel and you can feel yourself in the streets of Philadelphia and the surrounding area trying to help find where the children are and who has them. There are lots of historical references to the Italian and Irish mob, prohibition, speak easies and the affects of corruption on the characters.
I found this book to be a fascinating read and look forward to reading more of McMorris' novels. I would highly recommend this book to those who love historical novels that tug at your heartstrings.
(May 2018 - 11 Book 4,112 Pages) Total for Year - 100 Books 37,858 Pages
100. ✔☊The Target by David Baldacci - 420 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/18/2018
The President knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel.
As they prepare for their mission, Reel faces a personal crisis that could well lead old enemies right to her doorstep, resurrecting the ghosts of her earlier life and bringing stark danger to all those close to her. And all the while, Robie and Reel are stalked by a new adversary: an unknown and unlikely assassin, a woman who has trained her entire life to kill, and who has her own list of targets--a list that includes Will Robie and Jessica Reel.
I found the book to be a fascinating story and similar to what could happen in the world news today. There are lots of interesting characters, some good and some not so good. I enjoyed the short chapters which moved the story quickly from one scene to the next. This book gave more information about Reel's life and past history which was insight into why she behaves the way she does. I look forward to the next book and I would highly recommend this series to those who love intriguing thrillers.
(May 2018 - 12 Book 4,512 Pages) Total for Year - 101 Books 38,258 Pages
101. ✔The Teacher by Katerina Diamond - 400 pgs. - ★★★ - 5/19/2018
The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall.
Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end.
As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.
But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community.
And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?
I found this to be a very confusing story. The title is misleading as only the first chapter is about the teacher but then switches from present to past and is not done very smoothly. There are too many characters and too many viewpoints and the story does not flow well. The book seems to need more editing. I don't think I'll be continuing with this series.
(May 2018 - 13 Book 5,088 Pages) Total for Year - 102 Books 38,834 Pages
102. ✔☊Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin - 576 pgs. - ★★★★ - 5/19/2018
On a notorious street where propriety and decadence clash, in the basement of a newly renovated bar, the bones of a woman and child are discovered beneath a cement floor. It's an unusually gruesome find, even for Fleshmarket Alley. When Inspector John Rebus is called to investigate, every fact he finds unleashes a host of new questions. Are the bones those of a mother and child? Are they actual human remains or fakes? Were they planted there - and if so, why? It could be nothing more than a ruthless and enterprising pub owner looking to create a local legend that will help lure trade. Or it could be something far worse - something as grisly as the death of a recent immigrant found brutally murdered at a local housing project, or the murder of Donald Cruikshank, a recently paroled rapist whose body is found just as a young woman goes missing. The missing girl is a friend of Inspector Rebus's colleague Detective Siobhan Clarke, and Siobhan is shocked to find herself in the same intricate web of murderers as Rebus - all somehow tied to that pile of bones under Fleshmarket Alley. In a race to stop the killings before more bodies turn up - even as the possibility of romantic entanglements distracts and entices them - Rebus and Siobhan plumb the darkest corners of their beloved city and confront the lawless, conscienceless men who dwell there.
This was another good read from Ian Rankin. A set of complex plots which finally come together in the end for Rebus and Siobhan. Immigration and racial issues, which a lot of countries deal with, are the meat of the story. Rebus does not seem as depressed in this book as in some of the others. He is still contemplating retirement and hasn't made up his mind yet. I look forward to the next book and would recommend this series to those who love good suspense thrillers.
(May 2018 - 14 Book 5,445 Pages) Total for Year - 103 Books 39,191 Pages
103. ✔Red Clocks by Leni Zumas - 357 pgs. - ★★ - 5/21/2018
Red Clocks is a dystopian novel about what would happen if Roe vs. Wade were overturned and a Personhood Amendment was passed. The theme is: Women and the right to choose. I found it very hard to connect to any character as they are are referred to as; the biographer, the daughter, the wife and the mender. The style of short vignettes by each character was very disjointed and made the story very choppy. I also found the premise of the novel unrealistic as 2/3 of the Congress would be needed to overturn Roe vs. Wade and I doubt that many votes would be garnered. The one question I ask is: "Who looks out for the rights of the unborn?"
(May 2018 - 15 Book 5,861 Pages) Total for Year - 104 Books 39,607 Pages
104. ✔Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks - 416 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/21/2018
Disaster, Melanie Barrick was once told, is always closer than you know.
It was a lesson she learned the hard way growing up in the constant upheaval of foster care. But now that she's survived into adulthood--with a loving husband, a steady job, and a beautiful baby boy named Alex--she thought that turmoil was behind her.
Until one Tuesday evening when she goes to pick up Alex from childcare only to discover he's been removed by Social Services. And no one will say why. It's a terrifying scenario for any parent, but doubly so for Melanie, who knows the unintended horrors of what everyone coldly calls "the system."
Another great mystery from one of my favorite authors. I have read all of Brad Parks' Carter Ross series and loved them all. Also have read his first standalone, Say Nothing. This is a standalone too and does not disappoint. His books are fast paced with interesting characters. Lots of twists and turns and hard to guess who did it. In the end, the culprit makes sense but a bit of a surprise. I look forward to his next book and I would recommend this novel to those who love psychological thrillers.
(May 2018 - 16 Book 6,109 Pages) Total for Year - 105 Books 39,855 Pages
105. ✔☊The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscaar Wilde - 248 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/21/2018
Dorian Gray sold his soul for eternal youth and beauty while his painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years. This was a fascinating read. A timeless masterpiece, the book shows the struggle and torment of good and evil. I loved the character of Lord Henry Wotton. I would have to say that Oscar Wilde was a genius! I will definitely have to read this one again!
(May 2018 - 17 Book 6,329 Pages) Total for Year - 106 Books 40,075 Pages
106. ✔☊Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - 220 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/22/2018
One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.
A Southern love story with wit, beauty and heartfelt wisdom. I listened to the audio and Ruby Dee’s reading brought the whole thing to life. It is a very gripping story and a true classic. It's rich metaphors and analogies are priceless. It tells the irony that "owning" a lover is not secure. But giving a lover the freedom to bloom means you will hold them forever, and they will possess your soul. I look forward to reading more by Zora Neale Hurston. She is a very beautiful writer.
(May 2018 - 18 Book 6,669 Pages) Total for Year - 107 Books 40,415 Pages
107. ✔☊Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell - 340 pgs. - ★★★★ - 5/24/2018
I found 1984 interesting in that it takes place around 1950 and told about how our freedom and democracy are fragile and big brother is watching and the dangers of Soviet threat to the world which can still apply today. One quote I did like was: "Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." The book also cautioned against excessive power of mass media which is very prevalent with all the fake news that is coming out of our mass media today. I would recommend reading it as it is remembered as one of the the most important and moving works of fiction to be published in this generation.
(May 2018 - 19 Book 6,922 Pages) Total for Year - 108 Books 40,668 Pages
108. ✔☊The Gunslinger by Stephen King - 253 pgs. - ★★★★ - 5/26/2018
This is the 2nd time reading The Gunslinger and I think I enjoyed it more the 2nd time as I had read 5 or 6 of The Dark Tower series and it seemed to make more sense to me having some knowledge of what's to come. I took my time reading it this time. I listened to the audio and read along with the book and took notes in order to be able to refer back as I am reading this as a group read. I am looking forward to reading The Drawing of the Three in June and following with the rest of the series. I would recommend this to those who have read some of King's other works as there are references to some of his other writings and this is considered his masterpiece.
(May 2018 - 20 Book 7,322 Pages) Total for Year - 109 Books 41,068 Pages
109. ✔As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner - 400 pgs. ★★★★★ - 5/28/2018
This book was a very realistic view of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 in Philadelphia. It really hit home with me as my grandfather came from Croatia to Philadelphia in 1914. As he was an undertaker for his church in Croatia, I could imagine him helping with all the dead. The story is told by the perspective of the daughters. The characters were well-developed and you can feel great empathy as they told their side of the story. While reading, you get a good insight into the mortuary business at that time. It's was truly amazing to find out that the flu took more lives than WWI. I would recommend reading this book as it really was very interesting to learn how people coped with so many dying around them. I look forward to reading more books my Susan Meissner as I really liked her writing.
(June 2018 - 1 Book 282 Pages) Total for Year - 110 Books 41,350 Pages
110. ✔ ☊Gilead by Marilynne Robinson - 282 pgs. - ★★★ - 6/1/2018
This is a story of three generation from Civil War to the 20th century. Basically a pastor father speaking to his son of the spiritual battles of the American life. Robinson is a gifted writer with beautiful lyrical prose about love and forgiveness. It's not a book that not everyone would love as it is a lot of religious philosophizing. It's not a book with a plot or a real storyline so if that's what you are looking for, this book is not for you. I found it enjoyable in some areas but a bit boring in others.
(June 2018 - 2 Books 865 Pages) Total for Year - 111 Books 41,933 Pages
111. ✔Sovereign by C. J. Sansom - 583 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/2/2018
This is the 3rd book of the Shardlake series and my favorite so far. King Henry VIII and his 5th wife, Catherine Howard progress from London to York. Shardlake and Barak are transporting a conspirator from York to London and come across a secret concerning the monarchy. Someone is attempting to kill Shardlake to protect the secret. This was a very hard to put down book with excellent plot, characters and intrigue. I would highly recommend this series to those who love to read about 16th century Tudor England.
(June 2018 - 3 Books 1,185 Pages) Total for Year - 112 Books 42,253 Pages
112. ✔An American Marriage by Tayari Jones - 320 pgs. - ★★★ - 6/5/2018
I found the characters aggravating. Story is told in first person accounts and letters by Roy, Celestial and Andre. Roy is unjustly incarcerated. His wife, Celestial, spends time with Andre while Roy is away. A love triangle is formed when Roy is released. Roy was arrogant, Celestial was selfish and they never should have married. Why did Andre introduce Roy to Celestial if he was in love with her? Read and see how you feel about this book.
(June 2018 - 4 Books 1,389 Pages) Total for Year - 113 Books 42,457 Pages
113. ✔☊A Separate Peace by John Knowles - 204 pgs. - ★★★★ - 6/6/2018
A classic that young and old can relate to. Gene and Phineas attend a boarding school in New England during WWII and become friends. Gene betrays Phineas out of jealousy and rivalry. Years later Gene is still trying to forgive himself as he recognizes the evil of the dark side of adolescence and the consequences of his jealousy. Book teaches a lesson about how boys can become both rivals and intimate friends but need to be wary of each other.
(June 2018 - 5 Books 1,811 Pages) Total for Year - 114 Books 42,879 Pages
114. ✔☊Piranha by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison - 422 pgs. - ★★★★ - 6/6/2018
Co-authored with Boyd Morrison which gave the book a different feeling. Lacked action and suspense in the beginning but picked up in the end. Love the Oregon crew members and the plot was good but I found the special telescope to be unbelievable. Looking forward to the next installment. These are fun adventure reads with great humor. Some history involved in the storylines.
(June 2018 - 6 Books 2,387 Pages) Total for Year - 115 Books 43,455 Pages
115. ✔☊The Outsider by Stephen King - 576 pgs. - ★★ - 6/11/2018
I'm a Stephen King fan but this book was a disappointment to me. I liked the first 200 pages but after that it went off into an unbelievable tangent and really got boring. I do not enjoy authors who put their political views into the story. Major turnoff. I honestly believe that this book is authored by Harlan Coben as he is frequently mentioned in the book. This writing is not Stephen King's. Read King's older books if you want the real King.
(June 2018 - 7 Books 2,695 Pages) Total for Year - 116 Books 43,763 Pages
116. ✔A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo - 308 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/12/2018
I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an advanced reader's copy for an honest review.
A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo is the 10th book in the Kate Burkholder series. I have read all the books to date and have found them all to be intriguing mysteries. The books are an interesting look at the Amish life in Painters Mill. Kate Burkholder used to belong to the Amish community but she is now the current Chief of Police. The Amish are not always trusting of the police but Kate understands this. She tries to make them feel at ease while questioning them about the arson murder of eighteen-year-old Danny Gingrich. Kate has some demons that haunt her from an experience when she was younger and the death of Danny Gingrich brings back some of those feelings from the past. What are the Amish hiding and why are they hesitant to tell her the truth? Read this book and find out all the secrets that Kate uncovers.
(June 2018 - 8 Books 3,276 Pages) Total for Year - 117 Books 44,344 Pages
117. ✔Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - 581 pgs. - ★★★★ - 6/12/2018
This is a debut novel by Ralph Ellison about what it's like to grow up as a black man in mid-century America. It has many experiences that show how blacks are treated just because they are black. This book should not be confused with H.G. Wells book where the invisible man was actually invisible. Race is what will keep this black man in his permanent underclass status thus denying him his humanity. It is a powerful read and should not be missed.
(June 2018 - 9 Books 3,548 Pages) Total for Year - 118 Books 44,616 Pages
118. ✔Where the Red Ferns Grow by Wilson Rawls - 272 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/14/2018
Captures the powerful bond between man and his best friend. A very good book but very sad in the end. Children and adults will love this story which is an interesting classic.
(June 2018 - 10 Books 3,836 Pages) Total for Year - 119 Books 44,904 Pages
119. ✔The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - 288 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/14/2018
Finished the audio of this beautiful story of 4 Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco who form The Joy Luck Cub. 40 years later story and history continue. Amy Tan examines deep connections between mothers and daughters. A very moving account and a true classic. Sad but story ends on a very positive note.
(June 2018 - 11 Books 4,172 Pages) Total for Year - 120 Books 45,240 Pages
120. ✔The Guilty Dead by P.J. Tracy - 336 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/18/2018
Gregory Norwood is found with a gun in his hand on the anniversary of his son's death from an overdose of heroin. It appears that Gregory may have committed suicide. Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called in to handle the case. Something is not right and the detectives believe Norwood's death is not suicide. Magozzi calls on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench Software’s founder and chief computer genius. She and her motley crew of partners begin to unravel connections between Norwood’s death and an even larger plot. Will they find the killer and save hundreds of lives doing so?
This is the 9th installment of the Monkeewrench series by P.J. Tracy and I would have to say the best of the series so far. I have read all the books and would suggest reading them in order as the storyline builds from one book to the next. I find the characters to be very unique and quite interesting. The plot kept the pages turning until the very surprising ending. I look forward to the next installment and I would highly recommend this series to those who love humor with their mysteries.
I would like to thank Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
(June 2018 - 12 Books 4,532 Pages) Total for Year - 121 Books 45,600 Pages
121. ✔The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths - 360 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/19/2018
Another intriguing read from Elly Griffiths. If you haven't started reading this series, you should start ow. It is one of the best mystery series out there. The characters are very interesting and a few are quite unique. I'm looking forward to the next one as the storylines of the characters are heating up with some hot relationship issues.
(June 2018 - 13 Books 4,932 Pages) Total for Year - 122 Books 46,000 Pages
122. ✔Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas - 400 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/20/2018
"She can run, but her past won't hide" - Someone else knows her secret!
Did you ever think about doing a house swap? After reading Last See Alive by Claire Douglas, I would definitely think twice about house swapping. This psychological thriller is about power and revenge and held my attention until the very last page. It is a plot-driven story will lots of twists and turns like a roller-coaster ride and a nightmare for all involved. The author's excellent writing kept me guessing until the very end. I read it in one sitting as it was hard-to-put down. This is my first book that I read by Claire Douglas but it won't be my last. I would highly recommend this book to those who love psychological thrillers and I look forward to reading another book by Douglas.
I would like to thank Library Thing and Harper Collins Publishers for an ARC for an honest review.
(June 2018 - 14 Books 5,380 Pages) Total for Year - 123 Books 46,448 Pages
123. ✔The Godfather by Mario Puzo - 448 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/21/2018
This is a definite classic and shows the workings of the mafia. I never read the book before but I have seen the movie. Who could forget the dead horse's head in the bed? I enjoyed the book for all the extra information that was not in the movie. I listened to the audio and enjoyed it very much. If you haven't read this book, what are you waiting for?
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