Paula Hawkins‘ follow up novel to The Girl on the Train, Into the Water, has a lot of the same mystery and terrible decisions. Its a good book on its own about a small town, Beckford, that’s seen more than their share of women dying in the river. We get some history of the town and different versions of why the women died: suicide, witch-hunting, murder. No one is a 100% reliable witness and too many characters keep secrets that its not clear who should be believed.
Some of the apologies feel forced in the novel and one of the main reasons for a young character’s suicide should be admonished much more than the story and it should never be an acceptable behavior for a adult.
But overall, it was captivating. The reoccurrence of water throughout the novel is cleansing and harsh all at the same time.
Read June 2018.
Red Ribbons describes a key piece of evidence the killer of young girls leaves behind after placing the dead with braided hair and red ribbons. Louise Phillips leads the reader on a chase with time getting shorter and shorter between possible victims. Kate Pearson, criminal psychologist, helps the police identify traits that might cause the killer to behave a certain way.
The psychological background intertwined with the killer’s own thoughts and actions makes this an exciting read!
Read June 2018
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, by Michelle McNamara tells the story of the Golden State Killer and his rampage across multiple areas of California. Originally listed as separate killers in different areas, DNA evidence began to link the crimes showing a spree that lasted from 1974 through 1986 when the crimes suddenly stopped. Michele McNamara traced his killings, rapes, and burglaries around the state and met with the police as well as amateur sleuths.
While McNamara died before finishing this book, her editors and collaborators helped finish her work. Unfortunately, she also died before DNA traced the crimes to Joseph James De’Angelo who was arrested in April 2018.
Fascinating and horrible read. The crimes committed scared entire regions of California and ruined many lives. Very well written, filled with facts and personal anecdotes to push the reader along.
Read June 2018