Right Behind You

Lisa Gardner’s Right Behind You captivated me from the beginning. The current story of a murdered wanted for the killing of his foster parents and two random people at the convenience story, is intermingled with the story of the tragic upbringing of the shooter and his sister, now being fostered by former criminal investigators helping on this case. The relationships between all the parties can be complicated, but the desire to find the shooter alive is critical to all involved in the investigation. This novel shows the importance of how your past can always catch up with you.

Read December 2017

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The Rules of Magic

In The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman tells the Owens’ Family story from the perspective of the newest generation. Three siblings, Franny, Jet, and Vincent are raised with very specific rules about magic and how to keep it out of their lives. Their mother cannot protect them forever and they are soon called to the family home in Massachusetts when Franny comes of age. The three siblings grow together as witches and farther apart as adults, but magic becomes an important part of their lives.

A very fun, witchy read! Should’ve read it around Halloween!

Read December 2017

Death on the Riviera

John Bude’s Death on the Riviera was definitely written in a different time. Where crime didn’t seem to hurt anyone who wasn’t already breaking the rules. Usually I like a quaint crime story from another era for its simplicity, but this one was a bit too much. CID Inspector Meredith and his sidekick travel to the south of France looking for a British counterfeiter selling his bills to unsuspecting British tourists looking to skirt the law. The crimes were convoluted but not in a good way. More in a ridiculous way.

Read December 2017

Ella Enchanted

As part of my son’s 3rd grade class, I’ll be reading some books with a small group for discussions. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, is a Cinderella-like story about a young girl who loses her mother, an absentee father, and a disagreeable step-mother and sisters. We learn that shortly after Ella’s birth a fairy gave her the gift of obedience. By the time she’s 5, her mother and kitchen servant realize that this wasn’t a gift but a curse.

Within the story, there’s lots of magical creatures: elves, ogres, fairies, all who have different abilities and languages. Ella must find a way to end her curse before her Step-family take everything from her.

Cute variation of the traditional Cinderella story, where Ella has more power and control over her life and doesn’t depend on magic or a man to save her. Still plenty of young romance too.

Perfect for a 3rd – 5th grader.

Read December 2017

IT

Holy crap this book was long. IT by Stephen King tells the story of 7 childhood friends, 6 of which reconnect 27 years later. A horrific string of murders happened in their childhood that they all barely remember, and they must come together again to end a new string of murders. Somehow in the intervening years, only one of them remembers what happened in Derry, Maine in 1958 and can see what is happening in 1984.

King is so incredibly detailed in this story, giving each character a unique voice, back story, current story, and action scenes. Its like the reader relives everything that the adults behind to remember with them, from each perspective. Derry has an evil presence that everyone in town seems to be subliminally aware but manages to ignore. This was a horror story to beat horror stories!

Excellent read! Might make me unable to finish my 1 book a week this year since it took so long to finish this, but worth it! I think I’m ready for some short, non-horrific novels after this one. Give myself a little break.

Read November 2017

You’ll Never Know, Dear

Hallie Ephron’s You’ll Never Know, Dear is a strange story about a family who’s daughter was kidnapped forty years ago with no trace. Janey was only four when she went missing along with her porcelain doll that was made to look like her by her mother. Her sister Lissie was only seven and her whole world changed after that. Her mother, whom everyone called Miss Sorrel, never gave up hope and kept the search alive for her beloved Janey.

Miss Sorrel was known for her dollmaking and fixing skills and ran a business out of her home. After offering a reward every year for 40 years, it seems like Janey’s doll made its way home. The police along with the family investigate to see if it truly is Janey’s doll and how it ended up with its current owner and whether is it related to the explosion and gas leak that injured Miss Sorrel and Lissie.

To find the truth, secrets from 40 years ago must come to light, along with current crimes and secrets.

Interesting read and a lot more information about doll making than I ever knew.

Read October 2017