In the woman in the window, A. J. Finn writes about a woman trapped in her own house. Anna Fox suffers from Agoraphobia and hasn’t left her house in 10 months. She drinks too much Merlot, watches too many Hitchcock movies, and spies on her neighbors. The only visitors she has are her psychologist, her PT, and her basement tenant who helps with things around the house.
That is all until the Russells move across the park. The mother rescues Anna from a panic attack when she attempted to leave the house. The two then have a Merlot-fueled fun evening together. And then Anna witnesses her murder through her window. The cops get involved and no one believes her with the multiple bottles of wine and the pills strewn all over the table. Even Anna has a hard time believing herself when the real Mrs. Russell shows up to confirm that she indeed was not murdered.
This novel has a very Hitchcock feel with the multiple twists and turns and an unreliable narrator.
Read October 2018
The Secret Place is a coming of age story at an Irish boarding school with all that teenage girls do: secrets, friends, enemies; and some that most don’t: murder, witchcraft. Tana French has a cold case Detective Moran finagled his was onto a murder investigation with a difficult to get along with Det. Conway. At St Kilda’s, one of 8 girls left a secretive note about the murder of Chris Harper, who was killed almost a year ago.
The novel seemed to drag on a bit into all the ins and outs of the different girl cliques at St Kilda’s, past my interest level. But the feeling of youth and how it felt so special to have close friendships and secrets was true in my life and it was good to see it.
Read September 2018.
Written by Nicci Gerard and Sean French, known as Nicci French, this Frieda Klein mystery has Frieda diving back into her old high school life. A school “friend” turns up and ask Frieda for her help with her angst-filled teen daughter. After meeting with her, the young girl commits suicide which Frieda cannot believe. She has to remember an old crime against her and try to solve crimes committed recently, all while dealing with her aging mother whom she’s not talked to in a long time.
Interesting read. I think its ok I didn’t start the series at the beginning, and may go back and read some of them too.
Read September 2018.
Pairing a Deception by Nadine Nettmann, offered a fun glimpse into the wine world of California tastings. Katie, who is studying for her Master Sommelier test, spends a fun weekend at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival with her police boyfriend. The untimely death of an attendant has her spending more time questioning motives than studying her notes and puts her life in danger.
A fun read filled with lots of wine trivia! Made me want to have a glass of wine in the sun while I read.
Read August 2018, documented late.
Jessica Fellowes uses the real life Mitford sisters in her The Mitford Murders, where Louisa Cannon escapes her terrible fate and becomes a servant at the Mitfords estate. She befriends the eldest daughter, Nancy, who is obsessed with a relative of Florence Nightingale’s murder.
I enjoyed the novel with the different classes on post-WWI British society.
Read August 2018, forgot to document.
Holy crap, this is a phenomenal memoir!! Educated tells how someone who wants and needs education gets it when almost everyone around them is against it. Tara Westover survived a childhood that left members with severe burns, major concussions, probable brain damage, and physical abuse scars.
Westover grew up in a Mormon family whose father valued preparing for the end of the world more than the safety of his family. She grew up as a wild child who believed everything her father said as true and eschewed education and “normalcy”. When she starts venturing into her town and seeing that there’s something else out there, her desire for an education increases. On her own, with no formal training, she is accepted into college. As her education increases she ends up alienating her family. By speaking the truth about their family’s past, her family doesn’t know how to accept her and she doesn’t know if she can pretend it never happened.
Very powerful memoir of the power of family and the power of education. Ultimately, Tara has to decide what truth she can live with and accept the consequences of that decision.
Read August 2018
Kate Ellis’s The Mermaid’s Scream tells the story of secrets, cover-ups, and murders that mimic a story from 100+ years ago. Archaeologists and historians help put the pieces together for an old crime and exonerate an ancestor of the new owner of a manor, as well help DI Wesley Peterson figure out the clues in a current murder investigation.
It was a little slow going at first, but eventually the twists were pretty interesting. It was a little neat how things matched up, but it was surprising.
Read August 2018