Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Even by Andrew Grant

Walking to his New York City hotel late one night, Navy intelligence operative David Trevellyan notices a huddled shape in the entrance of an alley. A homeless man has been murdered. As he steps forward, a cop car arrives, and Trevellyan suddenly realizes he's been set up.

With no idea who's a friend and who's a foe, he struggles to redeem himself and find closure for the dead man. The motivation will be his cherished, life-long belief: You don't get mad, you get even.

This is book one of the Trevellyan thrillers by Andrew Grant and if this interests you head to your local branch and ask for a copy of this audio book playaway!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

The Nest is the term the four Plumb siblings call the joint trust fund which their late Father set up so that each of them would receive a modest midlife supplement. The investment did much better than anyone would have predicted and now Leo, Jack, Beatrice and Melody are the dysfunctional adult children that are trying to beat each other to the prize.

This remarkable cast of characters brings to life what money does to relationships and the ties we share as a family. This is a debut novel for Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and the reviewer plans on keeping their eyes open for more of her writing.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

This book humanizes someone that most of us saw as a monster. Klebold painfully writes openly about her son Dylan and his involvement in the Columbine shooting.

A family that offered love and support to their son becomes part of one of the biggest tragedies in history. Sue expresses the emotional turmoil from the moment she received the frantic call from her husband to come home from work on that horrific day, and documents the difficult task of trying to unravel the mystery of a son they loved and thought they knew so well.

Klebold has devoted her life to helping in the advance of mental awareness and intervention, donating all proceeds from this book to organizations that focus on mental health issues.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

With Malice by Eileen Cook

Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital bed, with no memory of what happened in the last six weeks. She is told that she was in a serious car accident while on an educational trip in Italy. Jill’s best friend passed away in the accident and Jill is accused of murdering her. Jill’s father flies her back to America for quality care; however this care also includes lawyers, media attention, and the Italian Police. Maybe it is possible this accident wasn’t really an accident.

This book is very well written, and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. There are pages in the book that are excerpts from the police reports and interviews. This gives the reader an idea of how the authorities are trying to piece together what happened, since Jill can’t remember. The reader is tied between believing that Jill is innocent or agreeing with the media that she is a crazy person, who went on a suicide mission to kill herself and her best friend in a jealous rage.