Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Archetype by M.D. Waters

    This book is Sci Fi? Thriller? Love story? Or, maybe, all of these. It IS a no put down book.

    Emma gradually becomes aware, only to find she has no memory. She is in a hospital and the doctors tell her she has been in an accident. She has dreams, but they have nothing to do with her apparent life or the husband who protects her and will do anything for her. She finds herself returning that love, even as the voice in her head, and the dreams, become more insistent that there are things she does not know.

    The world seems to be short on females, but the details are hard to come by. No one wants to tell her anything about her past or answer her questions. Emma instinctively holds back the information from her dreams as she attempts to unravel the mystery of why she has no memory and what really happened to her.

    This world of the future has teleportation, computer screens that are the walls of rooms, terrorists, and secrets Emma must find the answers to so she will know who she really is and who she truly loves.

    I thought I had it figured out. I was wrong.

    First book of a two volume series. Yep. It left me hanging at the end. Cant wait to read book two, 'Prototype'!

Missing you by Harlan Coben

    Kat Donovan is a NYPD Detective. It's a family deal. Her father was a cop too. Feeling lonely and maybe just a little desperate, Kat signs on to a dating website. What she finds is a picture of the man who broke her heart 18 years before and then disappeared. Surprised that she still has feelings for Jeff, Kat responds to the ad. But the answers don't make sense to her and she becomes suspicious.

    What Kat begins to unravel, with the help of a missing woman's computer geek son, is frightening. People are murdered and dark secrets from the long ago begin to surface as her investigation deepens. She must find Jeff and get answers before more innocent victims die, no matter what she must face in the present or from the past.

    I enjoyed this book because Kat was not a perfect heroine. I liked her misguided tenacity, faults and blind spots. They made her real. I figured out most of the plot but there was enough that took me by surprise to make it tense and keep me reading intently until the end.

    A great read, as always, from Coben.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Book Of You by Claire Kendall

     The description of The Book Of You says this: "His name is Rafe, and he is everywhere Clarissa turns. At the university where she works. Her favorite sewing shop. The train station. Outside her apartment. His messages choke her voice mail; his gifts litter her mailbox. Since that one regrettable night, his obsession with her has grown, becoming more terrifying with each passing day. And as Rafe has made clear, he will never let her go." This book was recommended to me because I enjoyed "Before I go to Sleep" by  S. J. Watson. I loved that book and with the description above, paid full price for the kindle version. I am not sorry. 

     The reader sits through Clarissa's six weeks of jury duty, which she believes will help her have less contact with her obsessed University co-worker, Rafe. Here she sees herself in the rape victim being brutally cross examined and begins recording the evidence she believes she will need to convict Rafe as a stalker and, perhaps, serial killer. This notebook of information becomes the core of The Book of You.

     Outside the courtroom, gifts arrive at her apartment, as well as pictures from that one night she hardly remembers, spent with Rafe. But she fears she will not be believed. She continues to record in The Book of You as her terror, and ours, escalates. 

     Impossible to say more without ruining the suspense. 

     Loved this book.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

     When you pick up an Alice Hoffman book you always find things you never thought of finding. You are gifted with people, places, prose and thoughts that linger long after the book is finished and back on your book shelves.

     This is the story of Coralie Sardie and Eddie Cohen, living in early 20th century New York City. Coralie, who's father owns the Coney Island attraction called 'The Museum of Extraordinary Things' where human oddities, as well as natures wonders, are put on display. These oddities include Coralie, displayed in a tank as a mermaid. Eddie is the son of a Russian Jewish emigrant, who turns his back on his father and his religion to become a street informer and then the apprentice of a photographer.

     The lives of these two people gradually merge under the skillful hand of Hoffman as they learn to love life and each other - an unlikely pair. Along the way we meet the Butterfly girl, the Wolfman, thugs, heirs and heiresses. We also find Eddie photographing the horrible Triangle Shirt Factory fire and meet those touched by the tragedy. And most importantly Maureen, whose strength saves Coralie.

     I highly recommend this book, if for no other reason than a reminder of how our lives, and people, are not always what they seem.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Blue Damask by Annmarie Banks

     WWI has ended. Elsa Schluss, who served at the front as a trained nurse, is working on her desertation. She intends to get her Phd in psychology and is employed under a noted Austrian Psychologist. Elsa reluctantly agrees to treat a traumatized war veteran as they travel toward Damascus where he is to perform one last service for his country. She plans to use him as a case study. This patient turns out to be the son of an English Lord, whose real father is an Arab Chieftain.  The government needs Lord Sonnenby - Henry - to influence his desert family, guaranteeing British oil interest in the area.

     This one week case study for her dissertation and treatment of Henry turns into attempted murder on the Orient Express. The entire trip becomes deadly and Elsa, Henry and assorted diplomatic men and displaced characters fight to stay alive and make sense of a world populated by persons who all seem to have ulterior motives and something to hide.

     Annmarie Banks succeeded in creating characters that I became truly fond of, afraid of or hated. Strong emotions. She also made me laugh out loud and sit on the edge of my seat as I shared, what turned out to be, a great adventure through the Arabian desert with a beautiful, smart, strong Elsa Schluss.

     I had so much fun reading this book. Escapism at its best!

     And I think I am a little in love with Henry . . .