Home

In Home, two men with incredible wealth behind them are able to break into an underground sex business with a lot of death and explosions and leave completely unharmed. Harlan Coben’s characters are over the top masculine, with sensitive spots for the women they love.

Home was a quick, fun read where Myron Bolitar and his friend Win are able to rescue a boy kidnapped 10 years earlier and solve the mystery of what happened to his friend. They are able to do things outside the law without any repercussions and set things right according to what they deem is right. All the time, traveling on private jets and cars, they are whisked around the world to find out what happened to Win’s nephew and friend 10 years ago.

The whole story is so unbelievable, but an enjoyable read, even with the ridiculous masculinity oozing from the Batman-like characters.

Read April 2017

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A Twist of the Knife

In Becky Masterman’s A Twist of the Knife, Brigid Quinn returns to southern Florida to visit her ailing father and her caretaker mother. While there, Quinn reunites with Laura Coleman, a former colleague working to free a man from death row for a possible wrong conviction.

There’s so much to like in this novel. Brigid Quinn is a carefully written character with flaws and depth to her. She unpacks her childhood baggage while dealing with her family and explores her own trauma while dealing with Laura who almost lost her life a year ago. All this while investigating an old crime for a man on death row whom she cannot determine if he’s sincere or just really charming.

And Florida itself plays a part. The weather, the heat, the stickiness of life in southern Florida invades Quinn’s life just as much as the people.

And randomly, I feel like this is the first novel in awhile that I’ve read that doesn’t jump from time period to time period, or character to character. The simplicity of the storytelling was soothing after reading books where every chapter is a different voice or purpose. It really allowed for detailed characterization that gets lost when there’s too many character’s perspectives to relate to. It was refreshing to have such a straight forward read.

Great read. Recommended.

Read April 2017

False Tongues

While False Tongues is listed as a “Callie Anson” mystery, Callie isn’t embroiled in a mystery. While she’s away dealing with her school friends, including her ex-boyfriend who dumped her and immediately married another woman, a young boy is murdered. The mystery of his death never touches Callie, but her new boyfriend deals with his family as his role in the police.

Callie and her dealings with her ex, aren’t very exciting or noteworthy, other than she is now officially over him. While back at school, her Principal, Margaret Phillips also must deal with her past before moving on. While thematically similar to each other, neither story comes close to the story about the murder.

I don’t know if its just my preference of storyline, but the whole Callie Anson part of this mystery wasn’t interesting and took away from the storyline of the murder and uncovering the secrets teenagers have. If Callie had been at home, and had dealt with the family or police officers in the murder investigation, then maybe this would be a more interesting book. As is, I didn’t like the parallel unrelated stories.

Read April 2017