Never Tell

In Never Tell, Alafair Burke tells the tale of Julia Whitmore’s death and how Detective Ellie Hatcher went against all of her instincts to investigate what looked like a clear cut suicide. Ellie is brought into the wealthy NYC world where kids attend exclusive prep schools that protect their name over their students, take drugs to help study harder, and where parents spend the week at the Hamptons while their 16 year old daughter has her own apartment suite in their house.

Det. Hatcher fights all her gut feelings to investigate this non-crime. She dives into the world of homeless kids living in a shelter and who’re paid to participate in drug trials. There are so many swirling worlds coming together, but its the ones that go back the furthest that seem to matter the most.

This was a suspenseful, exciting read. The first I’ve read by Alifair Burke and not my last.

Read July 2016.

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The Ramblers

Aidan Donnelly Rowley’s story focused on a pair of New York couples, all successful and wealthy, either independently or their family. The Ramblers is a great name for this novel, since the couples seem to be rambling about their life trying to figure out what they should do, also for the spot in Central Park where Clio March leads her bird walk.

Clio, was born poor, but after her Yale education, she’s been living a much better life, mooching off her college roommate in her apartment off Central Park and enjoying a successful career at working with birds. However, Clio hasn’t come to terms with her bipolar mother, or her father who spent her life trying to hold her mom together, without any energy left for her and its impacting her relationship. Smith Anderson, the said roommate, was born into a very wealthy family, but her generosity is all her own. She’s still reeling after her fiancé suddenly cut off their engagement months ago and now her younger sister is getting married. She meets an old Yale classmate, Tate Pennington, who seems to revive her spirit.

Both Clio and Smith are at the point in their lives where decisions need to be made, or nothing will ever change. Will Clio be able to trust anyone enough to open up about her past, and will Smith be able to succeed without all her paternal support.

Starting this novel, I thought it would be a more serious read. It wasn’t, but it was a fun look at upperclass Manhattanites and an enjoyable story about 2 women working through their issues and consciously deciding where they want their lives to lead.

Read June 2016.

The Killing Forest

Sara Blaedel’s The Killing Forest is just as dark and thrilling as her other novels. Louise Rick and Camilla Lind usually work from different sides; police vs. journalist, but in this case of a missing boy from Hvalsoe, Camilla ends up finding him deep in the woods and trying to save him.

The truth behind the boys disappearance has ties to Louise’s former boyfriend’s suicide years earlier. Louise encounters the same level of secrecy surrounding what happened the weekend her boyfriend killed him as the boy whose currently missing. Many of same friends/acquaintances seem to be hiding information and theres a dark religion that many follow that encourages their secrecy.

A great mystery! Read June 2016