Three years ago sisters Emma and Cass disappeared from their home. Now, Cass has returned insisting that Emma must be found. FBI investigator Dr. Abby Winter and Leo Strauss were on the case when the girls originally disappeared and have been called back to lead the search for Emma. Cass has a wild story about the girls being taken in by an older couple and kept on an island. Her mother thinks she has lost her mind, Dr. Winter thinks her story is true but only to a point, Agent Strauss is keeping an open mind and considering all sides.
This is a fascinating twister of a story which relies heavily on the psychology of the people involved to unravel the truth. I immediately liked Cass but as the story moves forward I found her to be a very complicated character. The story line alternates between what’s happening today in terms of the search for Emma, and Cass’s remembering what has happened in the past. The whole story comes out in bits and pieces which kept me reading because I really wanted to know what had actually happened. The ending was a surprise. I found the story to be well written and worth the time. I recommend this one if you like mysteries and psychological twisters.
Well, as you can see in the image I have achieved the coveted 80% badge on NetGalley. Now, let’s see how long I can keep it!
I am now only 2 weeks away from going back to work. I hope I can keep the momentum going here on the blog but I have a feeling some things are going to slip. I got a little behind on my narration schedule this week, partly because I had contractors in my house for 2 days, and partly because my dad bought me a new mic for my birthday and I’m waiting for it to arrive, hopefully tomorrow.
Now on to the good stuff…
TBR – this week I acquired 3 books: 2 ebooks and an audiobook. I finished 2 books, leaving me with a TBR of 276.
Goodreads – this challenge is really a challenge this year. Midweek, I was actually caught up and on track, but by Saturday I was 1 book behind again.
Coming up – Tomorrow you will get my review of “Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker. I’m listening to “The Muse” by Jessie Burton. Hopefully on Friday, you’ll get my review of “The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz. I will try to get a couple more narrations up also depending on what day my new mic arrives.
Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall after fighting in the war in America. He finds his father dying and the house in disrepair. Jud and Prudie, the caretakers, have apparently spent more time drinking than maintaining. Ross also learns that Elizabeth, the young lady he was in love with and hoping to marry on his return, has become engaged to his childhood friend Francis. He retreats into his grief and focuses on restoring his home to a livable condition. His cousin Verity visits him on a regular basis during the first few months and is the only bright light in his life during the time. While at the fair one day he rescues a young girl from a mob of boys and upon finding out the dire circumstances of her life, takes her home to work for him as a kitchen maid. Demelza manages to charm her way into the good graces of Jud and Prudie and becomes invaluable to the household. Meanwhile, Ross is raising capital so that he can reopen one of the mines on his property and dealing with events that affect the safety of his tenants and the well-being of his extended family.
I found this book to be a glorious family saga. This one is first in a series and definitely starts it off well. I found Ross to be a bit on the dark side and the beginning and it took me a little time to really start to like him but as the story unfolds his true character begins to shine. Jud and Prudie are great as the supporting cast. They are the kind of characters that frustrate Ross frequently but for whom he has a great fondness because of their loyalty. Demelza is like a little firecracker in the family when she appears. She’s so full of life and everything is a new discovery to her once she moves into the Poldark house. This story is rich in characters and environment as well. It has the sense of being a real depiction of what life was like in Cornwall in the late 1700’s. This first book spans about 4 years in the life of Ross Poldark and I’m very excited to see what will come in book 2. I highly recommend this for lovers of good stories.
“Hillbilly Elegy” is the story of J.D. Vance’s life growing up in Ohio and Kentucky. His family originates from the Appalachians and still carry their Hillbilly character. In the process of telling his personal story, the author exposes the reader to the intricacies of the Hillbilly culture. The author discusses how various public policies have affected this working class population, the effects of drug addiction on the families and children in particular, and how the economics of the region have impacted their lives. The story is tragic and hopeful at the same time, and brings awareness to a portion of the population that is largely ignored or forgotten.
I was drawn to this book because I have always had a curiosity about the Appalachian culture. The story is well written and flows in a natural way. The author did a great job of narrating the story and I found the narration to be consistent and well produced. There are some great characters in the author’s family and the story kept me fully engaged throughout. This is a great biography and would also be interesting to readers who want to learn more about the culture.
Gambrelli is a Detective Inspector for the French police. He’s happily married and his children are grown. He’s a little bit irascible during an investigation but he tries to fair and thorough. When he receives a call informing him that he has been summoned to the Island of Q to investigate a murder, he wonders why since the island is not in his jurisdiction. Then he finds out that Prosecutor Bertrand has been arrested for the crime and he only trusts Gambrelli to investigate. Now the Prosecutor and Gambrelli have been at odds several times in the past so this could present some challenges. Nevertheless, the case is intriguing and Gambrelli approaches it with his usual eye to detail. Along the way he must deal with mistresses, a jealous sister, thugs and a smuggler, but Gambrelli always gets his man, or woman.
This is a fun story in the cozy mystery category. The action begins on the Island of Q and continues in Paris. Gambrelli is a wonderful character, very well developed and very likable. There is also a really nice supporting cast of junior detectives, difficult superiors, his endlessly patient wife and of course, the really bad villains. The story has some very interesting twists and will keep you guessing as to who the actual murderer is until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it.
Welcome friends to another peek into the inner workings at Alinefromabook.
TBR – The week started at 274 and is now at 274. I added 2 books this week and finished 2 books, so no change.
NetGalley score – this number jumped from 76% to 78% – so close to the coveted 80%!
Goodreads challenge – I am now just 1 book behind schedule. Slowly getting caught up.
3 weeks till I go back to work. It’s been pretty quiet here at my place this past week. But I have a birthday coming this week so that might stir up a little excitement. Here’s what’s coming on the blog:
Marriage can be a lot of things, but none are the kind of thrill ride that Alice and Jake find themselves on when they join the Pact just after the honeymoon. Alice’s client, Finnegan, recommends them for membership in this organization whose mission is to improve marriages. What The Pact is not so up front about is the “the manual” has to be followed strictly and punishment for a violation may be swift and severe. When Jake and Alice start meeting other members they begin to have second thoughts about joining the group. But very soon, they discover that getting out is not an option…
This story had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I loved Jake and Alice right away, both as individuals and as a couple. As they get deeper involved in The Pact their resiliency and love for each other just keeps growing. The Pact tries to control every aspect of the members’ marriages but Alice and Jake are not OK with that and will not allow their brutal system of punishment to break them. I found this story so creative and engaging that I read it in record time. One note of caution: there are a couple of brutally violent scenes in this story that some readers may not be comfortable with. Overall, I loved this story for its great characters and creative story line.