More reviews from Summer Reading Program enrollees:
BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
S. J. Watson
An exciting novel about memory. To say too much would give away something of the books greatest strength; i.e. what the reader is discovering along with our amnesiac narrator. This discover is done in the long middle section of the book in the form of journals.
This is a first novel, and many of the characters are drawn in sketches because of the narrator’s condition. The setting is often a bit flat as well. The novel may have gone a bit long…. More over, the amnesiac narrator shows up in an article (http://suite101.com/article/6-most-cliched-or-overused-mystery-or-suspense-plot-ideas-a282308) called the “6 most cliched or overused mystery or suspense plots.” Yet, with all of that I gave the book four stars.
Drawbacks and limitations are real, but this is a thrilling ride. The twists and turns of the narrator as she discovers and rediscovers herself are like a rollercoaster – the train that doesn’t take you anywhere but’s fun to ride.
Fans of mystery/thrillers will probably enjoy. Check this out!
TURN OF MIND
In La Plante’s debut novel, Jennifer, a retired surgeon suffering from Alzheimer’s, is a suspect in the murder and mutilation of her next door neighbor and best friend, Amanda. Did she or didnt she? – Jennifer is not entirely sure.
Find out how this devilish murder mystery works out!
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I love this Women’s Murder Club series for the strength of the women. But the silent character is the San Francisco scenery – I enjoy visualizing the routes traveled across the city. Check this out!
THE GLASS RAINBOW
James Lee Burke
Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell are back! This thriller/mystery hooks you in and doesn’t offer complete resolution until the final pages. A nail-biter, and probably not recommended for those with a heart condition. Burke captures the beauty of the Gulf Coast, its lively traditions, and its disturbing underbelly like no one else! Check this out!