The Inspector and Silence

Several years ago I started writing down all the books I’d read so that I wouldn’t accidentally read a book more than once. About 2 1/2 years ago, I moved it to a blog to make it easier. This is my 147th post documented on this blog.

The entire time I was reading The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser, I felt like I knew the story. In fact, I checked this blog multiple times to see if I entered the name of the novel or author incorrectly. It was nowhere to be found, so I kept reading thinking that I’d read too many mysteries and they started blurring together.

This is a great novel about how cults can rule their followers, how great detectives have a hard time getting over their own prejudices, and how the murder of young children can devastate a community. And again, the whole time the novel felt familiar. I guessed the killer when I didn’t think there were any clues pointing in that direction. But I kept going because this writing style and social critique was such a joy to read.

I finally pulled out my handwritten book journal and surprise, surprise, I read this book back in September 2012, over 3 1/2 years and more than 150 books ago.

Still a great read and I really should trust my instinct more.

Read again April 2016.

Shopaholic and Baby

Shopaholic and Baby is another Shopaholic novel where I’m horrified by Becky’s purchases and her need to have absolutely everything for her soon-to-be baby. So much so that she buys 5 prams…short note, I really get a kick out of the British term pram. Its so quaint compared to our stroller or even carriage.

Of course, Becky is surrounded by her loving friends and family, but its her need for a celebrity level OBGYN, that brings Venetia Carter into her life. Or more importantly, her husband Luke’s life. The need to hide her extravagant purchases and Luke’s sudden secretiveness, fuel Becky’s paranoia about Venetia.

All of these problems could be solved by open communication, but of course thats not he world this novel’s set in. This is a cute novel with great friendships and an easy read.

Read March 2016

French Coast

French Coast is another Anita Hughes novel that I read during finals week. Very similar plot, except we now moved to France and there aren’t any princesses. Just Vogue writers, editors, models… At least in Hughes’s novels the women are also successful in their own right, but they come from money and privilege, and of course have such a hard time at the beginning. But being young, rich, beautiful, and talented, the problems never seem to become permanent.

Lake Como

Lake Como is an easy, simple read. It was exactly what I needed to read during finals week when I had an Anatomy test looming over my head. Its about rich people and their problems and how money seems to attack money, or something like that. There’s princesses and beautiful villas and of course a wonderful man for every woman.

The Water Knife

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi tells what happens in the southwestern USA when a long time drought hits. The Colorado River which supplies almost all of the water to the entire area doesn’t have as much water in it and the southwestern states have fallen apart trying to fight for their rights to whatever water remains. States have closed borders, lawyers fight over whose water rights are older, and water knives threaten and take back water by force.

In the midst of this chaos are beautiful a arcologies, developments that harness the power of biodiversity and recycling and create and clean their own water from their refuse. And outside these arcologies are civilizations at the brink of collapse. Wide spread fear and intimidation are how the other half lives, desperate for when their water is turned on or filtering their own pee when its not. The drought has brought dust storms reminiscent of the Great Dust Bowl.

Lucy, a journalist reporting on the end of Phoenix, and Angel, a Las Vegas water knife, come together to try to piece together their own puzzles which keep overlapping. Everyone has to make choices for their own survival and its hard to judge anyone since hope is not something available.

This was a great read!

Read March 2016