Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty had Nine Perfect Strangers meet at Tranquillum House to change their life. They all aren’t strangers, one couple and a family of 3 are included in their quest for betterment. All are in a remote health spa for a 10 day cleanse which they willingly signed up for. Once there, it seems not many read the fine print about the requirements to participate; days of silence, mandatory mediations, dietary restrictions. And then the real work began.

This was a page turner from the begging. Moriarty tells the story from everyone’s perspective, including each’s opinion about each other. It starts off as a gossipy fun novel that takes a wicked turn.

Great read! Read in 2 days!

Read June 2019.

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Lethal White

Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)’s Lethal White is the forth of a series, but the first I’ve read. Coromoran Strike, a private detective, has an interesting visit from Billy, a man who seems to be having a psychotic break, who tells him of a child murder from his childhood. Strike’s intrigued but is detoured by a paid investigation into a blackmail attempt on a member of Parliament, who coincidentally grew up in the same area as Billy. Not being able to drop the investigation, Strike and his now partner Robin Ellacott, stake out and go undercover.

Strike must deal with his physical limitations and life choices that have left him alone in his upstairs apartment, while Robin must deal with her marriage that shouldn’t have happened.

Interesting read and shows behind the curtains of wealthier families in Britain. The things that get hidden away and the lies that get told, all in the belief that they are somehow superior to pretty much everyone.

Read June 2019

A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out

Sally Franson’s A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out was a fun read about a young professional making it in the publishing industry. She’s financially successful, doing well at work, but at what cost. Social media can be a blessing or a curse and can make or break people. This was an enjoyable, funny read, but I read it a month or so ago and can’t remember much about it, other than that.

Read May 2019

Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind has Gamache under investigation again for the ending of Glass Houses. There are still deadly drugs in Montreal, but its the potential of the new drug that has everyone worried.

Gamache, Myrna, and an unknown man become executors of a will for a woman they’re never met. The dead woman left a title, millions of dollars, and buildings in Austria to her children, even thought she was a poor cleaning woman who died without much to her name.

Lots of intrigue over 130 years of legal battling over an estate that may not exist, has Gamache perplexed over his own involvement in this case, all while the time is running out to stop a powerful drug from hitting the market.

I’m a little worried this might be the last Chief Inspector Gamache mystery that Louise Penny will write. It will be sad to see him go. I really enjoyed how she wrote Gamache and all who became a family to him.

Read April 2019

The Girl in the Woods

Patricia MacDonald’s The Girl in the Woods shows that no matter how far you travel from home, you can’t escape. Blair Butler’s childhood best friend was murdered when they were kids. On her sister’s deathbed, she reveals that the person convicted on the death could not have done it since she was with him. Due to their racist uncle, she never felt like she could tell the truth. Since the police won’t reopen a closed case based on hearsay information, Blair must find the truth herself.

Now, Blair must struggle with the death of her sister while caring for her young nephew and staying with her erratic, angry uncle. The story winds through Blair’s own trauma of her childhood and mixes with the truth of what happened 15 years ago.

Good read.

Read March 2019

The Darkest Hour

In The Darkest Hour, Anna Carlisle shows a different side to the opioid crisis. Gin Sullivan’s hometown has seen a spike in opioids and when her boyfriends estranged mother overdoses, she needs to find answers. The main suspect’s father is threatening the police for harassment, but his son admits to having found a dead body.

Gin continues to investigate while handling her relationship issues with her boyfriend. The ending was pretty good, but it felt like it took too long and somehow not long enough to get there.

Overall, this book wasn’t memorable.

Read March 2019.

Hippie Food – How Back-To-The-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat

I’ve been reading Jonathan Kauffman’s Hippie Food – How Back-To-The-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat for months now. Its interesting but just as longwinded as the title. So many hippie names and details of who started which co-op in which hippie part of town.

Its interesting, but too much. I’m not even sure what the point of the book was other than to get down to the minutiae of every health food trend. I’m thankful that the food trends have continued towards the healthier which makes it more available.

Read March 2019.