Martina Boone / April 29, 2017

  Compulsion (2008), a murder mystery in the Psychologist Alex Delaware and Los Angeles Police Department Detective Milo Sturgis series, makes you think twice about trusting that person offering you help. A badly inebriated young girl disappearing along the side of the road after her car breaks down, an older woman stabbed to death at her front door, two women sliced and diced in a beauty salon in a very small desert town many years ago, a couple that mysteriously disappears in New York a while back, and a young teen who disappeared 16 years ago – what do they all have in common? Possibly the same murderer? Possibly different murderers? With his insightful, sharp, snappy writing, with no excess words, Kellerman gives us another great book of suspense. You always enjoy the unusual friendship between Delaware and Sturgis. This book takes you into different worlds — the world of the rich, the difficult life of the transgender sector, the politics of the police department, the life of the normal people, and the antics of a spoiled dog. It gives you the satisfaction you expect from a Kellerman book:  just lots and lots of good plotting and detail, which gives…

The Stolen Child by Brian McGilloway
Brian McGilloway / April 17, 2017

  “An abstract short story that leaves the reader hanging.” This was a good solid read of a poignant issue, with an excellent twist on where I thought the story was going. At times however, it felt like I was reading a set of unconnected extracts. There wasn’t enough background on the couple’s loss, which would have made me sympathize more with their situation. As it was, the story seemed to be just a sketch of a couple whose lives had been touched by tragedy, who eventually find a way to resolve it. A better connection of the plot between the scene breaks would have made this a really good tale.   Misty BaileyHey there, my name is Misty and I’m a book blogger 17 years old. While you may be thinking that most teens would spend most of their time blogging on their day and their life and blah blah blah. Well, I actually want to be some sort of journalist when I get that far and I’d say I’m doing pretty well. I love all things technology, whether it be computers or televisions or whatever.More Posts

The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh / April 17, 2017

  The Language of Flowers (2011), a debut novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, is a book full of joy, laughter, sadness and growing. Just think about being tossed out of the system when you are 18 with nowhere to go. What will happen to you? Some of the brightest make it from sheer guts and determination, and that’s what Victoria Jones does; and Diffenbaugh tells us a great tale of the trip that Victoria Jones takes to get where she might belong.   Sleeping in a San Francisco park, Victoria has little to help her, guide her, and relies on one lovely memory during her life in the foster care system in a home where flowers were spoken of with reverence and in the language of flowers. Each flower has a special meaning. The young Victoria remembers those flowers, their connections, and soon grows her own flower garden in the park. Noticed by a local florist, Victoria soon uses her knowledge of flowers to create beautiful flower arrangements, arrangements that have meaning.   We all have choices to make in life. We hope we make the right choice at that given time. Victoria is faced with such a choice as she…

The Beginner’s Goodbye
Anne Tyler / April 15, 2017

The Beginner’s Goodbye (2012), the 19th novel by our wonderful Anne Tyler, a writer who has given us fabulous books for years and years. In her newest book, Tyler introduces us to Aaron Woolcott and his lack of coping, or near-coping, with the death of Dorothy, his wife. A tree falls on their house, a TV slams on top of her, and she is dead. Aaron is alone. Or, Aaron feels alone until Dorothy begins visiting him from the grave. Aaron was physically handicapped when he was young, but still very capable of going about his daily business, although his sister thought he couldn’t do without her motherly care and advice. Sort of a stifling sister. But he eventually meets Dorothy, and his life begins. And then that life with Dorothy is suddenly over. Tyler takes us down the road of grief. A look back on a life when a death occurs gives a glow and a shine to what we believe are the big things, might highlight some of the most insignificant things, and might even give us an unclear picture of exactly what that life was truly like. Which of those things are true and which are imagination…