Excerpt from Damaged

Excerpt from Damaged

I am reading Lisa Scottoline's Damaged. This one will have you fighting beside lawyer Mary DiNunzio all the way as she investigates a special education/abuse case. I have just started with this one, but can see a number of ways the plot might develop. Things are not always as they seem! ...
Excerpt from Force of Nature

Excerpt from Force of Nature

I have just finished reading Force of Nature by Jane Harper. A great thriller about five women who go into the Australian bush and the four who come out. Of course, none of the four knows what happened to Alice. As the story unfolds day by day, we hear each of the women's stories and try to unravel the threads of truth. Well done, keeps you guessing until the end. ...
Excerpt from The Perfect Mother

Excerpt from The Perfect Mother

I am reading The Perfect Mother by Aimee Malloy, a domestic thriller about a kidnapped baby. While the May Mommy group seems on the surface like a very supportive group of friends, there are a lot of secrets and undercurrents, resulting in some interesting twists and turns in the plot. I am interested in seeing how it will all turn out. ...
Excerpt 2 from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Excerpt 2 from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

I don't usually post from the same book two weeks in a row, but this past week has been crazy and I haven't had much time for reading, so I am bringing you a second teaser from Elizabeth Smart's My Story. ...
Excerpt from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Excerpt from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

I am just starting to read My Story, by Elizabeth Smart, and am quite looking forward to it. I have been amazed at what Elizabeth went through and what she has been able to do with her life. What a strong, faith-filled woman, and what an amazing family who never gave up on her either. I really appreciate and admire the insight and education that Elizabeth Smart and others like her bring to us. ...
Excerpt from What if?

Excerpt from What if?

After much consideration, I have decided to go with What if? I don't do a lot of non-fiction teasers here, but I love xkcd, and after the first few entries in What if? I can say that his humor and brilliance flow through in these Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions ...
Excerpt from I Let You Go

Excerpt from I Let You Go

I am re-reading I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh this week. I had to check to see if I had done an excerpt on it here before, but it doesn't look like I have. This is a domestic thriller/police procedural mashup about the hit-and-run killing of a five-year-old boy. Despite the fact that I figured out most of the twists ahead of time, it was still an enjoyable read. It is well-written and intriguing, even if you know the plot ahead of time. ...
Excerpt from Two Kinds of Truth

Excerpt from Two Kinds of Truth

I have just finished reading Michael Connelly's Two Kinds of Truth, a Harry Bosch novel. Maybe some of you are watching Bosch on Amazon. According to Wikipedia, the 2019 season was based on Two Kinds of Truth. Don't worry, I'm not going to spoil it for you (assuming the tv series follows the novel.) ...
Excerpt from The Stranger in the Woods

Excerpt from The Stranger in the Woods

I have just started reading The Stranger in the Woods, by Michael Finkel, an account of a hermit who lived in the woods of Maine for almost three decades, surviving off of bold thefts from the camp and homes just a few minutes from his tent without discovery. It's interesting to hear Finkel's firsthand account of his interviews with Christopher Knight and the investigation into how he survived without any contact with humanity. ...
Excerpt from I've Got my Eyes on You

Excerpt from I’ve Got my Eyes on You

I just finished reading I've Got my Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark. The Queen of Suspense is always good for for an interesting murder mystery, and does not disappoint with this police procedural. There are plenty of suspects in this book, and while I guessed the perp early on, I still enjoyed the telling of the story ...
Excerpt from Dangerous Minds

Excerpt from Dangerous Minds

Right now, I am reading Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich. It is the second book in the Knight and Moon series, and I have actually read the first one as well. I love the characters in this book. Evanovich writes lots of fun, quirky characters, and does not disappoint in this series. We've got an eccentric billionaire and the practical woman who tires without success to keep him stable and down to earth. There is a monk who has lost his island, and the billionaire's cousin, a hanger-on who is eccentric in his own rite. Put it together with an international threat, a secret society, and of course the missing (stolen) island, and you've got an Evanovich classic ...
Excerpt from The Camel Club

Excerpt from The Camel Club

I have just started reading The Camel Club by David Baldacci. I have read one or two other books in the Camel Club series. There are some good characters; I am particularly enjoying the OCD member of the club, Milton Farb. But I am partial to characters with neurodiversities. Baldacci is always good for suspense and well-structured plots and clues. Lots of action and thrills. ...
Excerpt from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

Excerpt from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

I am currently reading The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. This is not like most of the other books that I have read. The book that I have read that it is most similar to is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Or maybe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy set in WWII Europe. It is the ridiculous adventure of an audacious Swede who runs into trouble and makes new friends at every turn. Both jinxed and charmed, you never know what's going to happen to Allan Karlsson next. ...
Excerpt from A Study in Scarlet Women

Excerpt from A Study in Scarlet Women

I hope you had a good Father's Day and picked up a book or two from my Father's Day post. Be sure to check back here this weekend for the new release of Vegan Baked Alaska. I am reading Sherry Thomas's A Study in Scarlet Women, which is a retelling/twist ...
Excerpt from Golden Prey

Excerpt from Golden Prey

This week I am just finishing up Golden Prey, by John Sandford. This is an engaging thriller with more twists and turns than a bag of Twizzlers. The criminals are smart, and so are the federal marshal and agents on their tails. It is a great game of cat and mouse, and while the feds are bound to win in the end, I'm not quite sure how ...
Excerpt from Beautiful Boy

Excerpt from Beautiful Boy

Last week I read Beautiful Boy by David Sheff. This is a tough book, a memoire of his son's addiction too meth. If you have a family member with an addiction, you'll find a friend in Sheff. He puts it all out there, the guilt, the worry and anxiety, imagining what might have happened to him every time he disappeared. He goes through the stages of not knowing, telling himself it wasn't so bad, and then Nic's rapid downward spiral and cycles of recovery and relapse. ...
Excerpt from A Stranger in the House

Excerpt from A Stranger in the House

I am just finishing up with A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena. It's a psychological thriller with three "unreliable" main characters. You know that someone is lying (or everyone is lying) but figuring out what has actually happened is the trick. There are a lot of twists and turns. I'm right at the ending, and I'm not surprised, but it wasn't what I expected! ...
Excerpt from The Fallen

Excerpt from The Fallen

I am reading one of David Baldacci's Amos Decker Series. I've posted about this series before, I think this is the third of them that I have read (though obviously, I am not reading them in order, since this is book #4 in the series.) ...
Excerpt from The President is Missing

Excerpt from The President is Missing

I have put EDS, book #2 of Medical Kidnap Files on sale for $0.99 for Ehlers Danlos Awareness month. If you didn't get a copy or see my article about EDS, have a look. I was surprised to find The President is Missing on my virtual library shelf and ...
Excerpt from The Underground Railroad

Excerpt from The Underground Railroad

I recently started reading Altered Carbon after hearing it recommended a couple of places, but I set it aside today. Not going to finish that one. So instead, the book I read before that: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This Pulitzer Prize Winner is pretty raw, so be sure you're prepared before you start. Also be advised that it is fiction and some of the flights of fancy may take you off guard in a book that pretends realism. ...
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