Excerpt from Unsolved

Excerpt from Unsolved

I am reading a new (to me) James Patterson, Unsolved. The great thing about James Patterson is there is always a new one out! Unsolved is the second in the Invisible series. Emmy Dockery is looking for a serial killer, but no one will even believe that the victims have been murdered. They think that she's gone off the rails. ...
Excerpt from After Anna

Excerpt from After Anna

I have just started After Anna by Lisa Scottoline. Scottoline writes some amazing plots. In this book, there are two point of views, Maggie's, which is running forward in time from when she meets Anna and Noah's, which is running backward in time from the point at which his verdict will be read. At some point they will intersect, and I will have the full story. Or almost. Maybe. Being able to tell two stories from two different viewpoints and reveal the plot points in just the right order is an amazing talent. ...
Excerpt from Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Excerpt from Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

I don't often say this, but I loved this book! I had scrolled past Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling more than once, but I'm glad I stopped and looked at it this time. This is a middle school/young adult novel about Aven, a girl born with no arms. Having moved to Arizona halfway through the school year, she has to make new friends. A big challenge after spending her whole life in Kansas, where she grew up with the same kids since kindergarten. ...
Excerpt from The Burning Maze

Excerpt from The Burning Maze

I am reading The Burning Maze, book #3 of the Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. It's been a few years since I read the Percy Jackson series with my son. I'm not sure which is the last book we read, but I am recognizing a number of the characters and incidents from the original series as I read this one. Rick Riordan is a great storyteller with lots of magic, excitement, and sympathetic characters. I always enjoy his books ...
Excerpt from An Anonymous Girl

Excerpt from An Anonymous Girl

The other book I am reading right now is Greer Hendricks's and Sarah Pekkanen's An Anonymous Girl. A psychological thriller, Jessica Ferris signs up to participate in a study on ethics and morality, which grows more and more involved and bizarre. Jess is encouraged to share all of her secrets, and she doesn't want to answer all of Dr. Shields' questions, but she needs the money for participating in the study. ...
Excerpt from Carve the Mark

Excerpt from Carve the Mark

It's been a long time since I read anything by Veronica Roth (author of the Divergent series). Carve the Mark is an engaging sci fi set in a galaxy with magical gifts, various kinds of planets, warring nations, and families fated to conflict with each other. Nice deep characterization, vibrant worlds, and plenty of conflict will keep you turning the pages. ...
Excerpt from Killing Floor

Excerpt from Killing Floor

Killing Floor is Lee Child's first Jack Reacher novel. I'm sure that I have read it before. A couple of points have "rung a bell," but otherwise it has been like reading it for the first time. ...
Excerpt from Good Omens

Excerpt from Good Omens

I am currently reading Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens. If you've read any Neil Gaiman, you probably know that it is going to be crazy, illogical, colourful, tongue-in-cheek and all rather brilliant. It looks like it was serialized last year on Amazon Prime, though I haven't seen it. I am enjoying it so far. If you like things like Douglass Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide) and Monty Python, you'll like Neil Gaiman ...
Excerpt from I'll Be Gone in the Dark

Excerpt from I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I am partway into a true crime book about the Golden State Killer, I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara. Despite the author's obsession with unmasking the Golden State Killer, all of the hours and years she put into it, she passed away before the book was completed and published. Her husband and editor (?) put it together and wrote what they could from her notes. Michelle McNamara did not live to see the Golden State Killer caught using DNA evidence. It looks like there is an afterword in the book to cover that. ...
Excerpt from The Flight Attendant

Excerpt from The Flight Attendant

Today I just started reading The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian. I'm not sure what I think of it so far, but it looks like it could be a good read. The protagonist is clearly broken and ha a lot of issues that don't make her too relatable, at least to start with. I imagine I'll get to empathize and relate with her more as I get deeper into the book. The premise has lots of potential ...
Excerpt from A Better Man

Excerpt from A Better Man

I just finished reading A Better Man, book #15 in Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. Inspector Gamache has been demoted back to head of homicide, which is really where he belongs. The murder of Vivienne Godin is a real brain-teaser. While I suspected the murderer ahead of time, I didn't have enough to quite be sure. Louise Penny is always a good read! ...
Excerpt from 30 Red Dresses

Excerpt from 30 Red Dresses

I just finished reading the short book 30 Red Dresses by Johan Twiss. This is a book that was featured in my post on books about human trafficking in January, and it caught my eye. If you've been reading my work for a while, especially my young adult fiction, you know that human trafficking, street kids, and abuse are topics close to my heart. ...
Excerpt from The Alice Network

Excerpt from The Alice Network

I am currently reading The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn. I don't read a lot of historical novels, but I am enjoying the twists and turns and the great historical and geographical details that are woven into the story. It is an engaging suspense book, and I am looking forward to finding out more about the espionage network and what has happened to Charlie's cousin. ...
Excerpt from Dark Sacred Night

Excerpt from Dark Sacred Night

I am currently reading Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly. It is officially part of the Renee Ballard series, but also features Harry Bosch as well. While there are a number of negative reviews on Amazon, I have enjoyed it so far. Michael Connelly is a master writer, he knows how to build characters the reader cares about and he knows his police procedure ...
Excerpt from Invisible Women

Excerpt from Invisible Women

I've just started reading Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Caroline Criado Perez. As you might guess by the title, this one is not a thriller! But I am finding it very interesting. Not as a "feminist" book, but as a book about data, the way the world has been engineered, how what data we gather affects the results, and how to become more aware of these built-in biases. It is a fascinating subject ...
Excerpt from Shadow Tyrants

Excerpt from Shadow Tyrants

I am currently reading Shadow Tyrants by Clive Cussler. In case you didn't hear, Clive Cussler, recently passed away, so when I saw the book on my list, it seemed like an appropriate choice. Shadow Tyrants is book 13 in the Oregon Files series. I have read two or three others in the series. Lots of fun tech, adventure, and intrigue. ...
Excerpt from The Reckoning

Excerpt from The Reckoning

I have been reading The Reckoning, by John Grisham. I generally like Grisham—at least his legal thrillers—but this one has some issues. The first part discusses the murder and outcome. The second part delves back into the past and spends half of the book detailing all of Pete Banning's experiences in the second world war, where he served in the Philippines. All of the relevant backstory was given in part one and the second part really doesn't contribute anything to the plot or the reader's understanding of the crime. ...
Excerpt from The Cuckoo's Calling

Excerpt from The Cuckoo’s Calling

I am just finishing up with The Cuckoo's Calling, first book in the Cormoran Strike series. I didn't realize until I just looked over the series page now that the author is Robert Galbraith—I recognized the name but didn't remember that's J.K. Rowling's pen name. I have also read book four in this series, but don't remember very much about it. ...
Excerpt from Kingdom of the Blind

Excerpt from Kingdom of the Blind

I am currently reading Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny, the new Chief Inspector Gamache book. The Gamache series is set in Quebec, Canada, and is a great mystery series with lots of description, ongoing relationships, and twists and turns as the mystery is developed. ...
Excerpt from The Family Upstairs

Excerpt from The Family Upstairs

This week I am reading The Family Upstairs, a domestic thriller by Lisa Jewell. There are plenty of twists and turns and misdirection. Several people return to the house they lived in as children, before their escape following the deaths of the adults in the home. All but one know what happened. One needs to find out ...