Monday, May 7, 2018

Book Reviews

I may not have gotten as much done this winter as I would have liked, but I did read! And that makes me happy! So, there's that!!
Here are a couple of book reviews for you.


Both of these books came from my Kindle Book subscription from Amazon Prime. I get both the book and the audible so I can switch back and forth to the form which works for me.

When You Disappeared is about Catherine and Simon and their marriage. They have 4 children; one, Billy, died when he was but a baby. Catherine wakes up one morning and finds that her husband has gone for a run before he heads to work. Except he never comes back. Twenty-five years passes before she finds out what happened to him. The story is told from Catherine's view and from Simon's view. It flashes between present time and the past. The characters are pretty well developed. But none of them are very likable. Catherine is way too much of a victim, in my view. And Simon, well, he's just a giant piece of crap. The horror of the story is about Billy in my estimation. This book has it all: murder, drugs, , death of a child, lies, suspense. I enjoyed the story but if I had just listened, and not had the book, I think I would have been very confused. Sometimes when the story jumps back and forth it is hard to keep up. But I will give it a solid *** for the story.


The Last Thing She Ever Did takes place in Oregon along the banks of the Deschutes River. (Which I have to admit I had never heard of). The town has built up along the river with houses owned by people who have lived there for years and years. And then there are mansions built by the very wealthy who have come to make this town theirs. The main characters of this story are Liz and Owen, Carol and David and their young son Charlie. Charlie mysteriously disappears one morning when Carol has turned her back on him while he plays on the river banks. Liz knows what happened to him. In one horrible moment, while on her way to take the bar exam, Liz backs over Charlie with her car. It is an accident. But instead of calling the police, she covers it up. The only other person who knows what happened is her husband Owen. Owen is not a very nice person. His main concern in life is to get rich. And he doesn't want it known that his wife not only hit this child but covered it up. So he helps her hide the accident. However, someone else knows what happened! And Owen knows more than he lets Liz know. 

The characters are well developed, but much like the first book I reviewed, are not very likable. I think the only person in this book I remotely liked was the female detective. The story takes many twists and turns and the ending, although abrupt, was satisfying to me. Another solid ***!

Now I imagine my reading will slow down as the weather gets nicer. Anyway I hope to get out into the yard and do some work. Do you read more in the winter than in the summer??

22 comments:

  1. Those both seem pretty interesting books with their plots. I might have to check them out. I think I pretty much read the same summer and winter, try to read at least a book a week if possible. Always good to find a good book too to do so!

    betty

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    1. I just can't read that fast. Usually!

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  2. A giant piece of crap... Lol. Seems there are a lot of them in contemporary novels.

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  3. I can't believe I'm saying this, but #1 sounds like it might make a more satisfying movie. #2 utterly heartbreaking!

    After lots of promises and false starts, I think my 5-year estrangement from books is truly over. I just finished J.A. Jance's "Man Overboard" in a day and a half. Unfortunately, in these 5 years I think I may have outgrown Ms. Jance's style. So many books and now, so much time. YAY!

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    1. That is certainly a good problem to have, isn't it!

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  4. I read more during the summer when I can dedicate myself to it. Although, I'm keeping up a good pace this year. Just one clunker so far.

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    1. I can see where you would read more in the summer. What was the clunker?

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  5. Thanks for these, you write such good reviews. I mean such well thought out and well written ones, not all good, of course.

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  6. But summer's a great time for reading. My father's wife loves to go to the beach with a good book and just sit and read.

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    1. Now if only I could go to the beach!!

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  7. Both sound interesting. I listen more than I actually read - and I am pretty consistent throughout all the seasons.

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    1. I'm getting to where I listen more than read!

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  8. Characters are key for me, but Plot is key for my husband. We disagree on a lot of TV! I think I'll pass on both of these.

    I have fallen subject to games on my phone. I finally re-opened Goodreads, and set a modest goal of just 10 books this year. Then again, I started Atlas Shrugged in the year before we moved to China, so that is ongoing and may not be finished even this year!

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    1. I think I like plot more than characters. I'll have to ponder on that one!

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  9. I'd agree - I read more in the winter. So far this year I've read 42 books and am 16 ahead of my goal at this time. The two you've reviewed sound okay, but I must say I don't like to read about child victims. Even though my children are both young adults now, it hits too close...

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    1. I can understand that. But in this case the child was go okay. Spoiler alert!!

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  10. They both seem like they held a lot of potential!

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