Week 23 and 24 – 2017

I just finished a second book in a row that made me cry. That’s my intro today and I’m going with it. I love a book that sucks you in to a point where you are emotionally invested in the characters and what happens to them in the narrative. If you know what I mean by this, let me know what books affected you in this way. In the meantime, I’m going to get on with the Week 23 blog post, which covers June 5 – 11. And apparently I only finished 1 book that week, so we might as well do Week 24 as well, which covers June 12 – 18.

Week 23

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is a stand alone novel from the author of the Bones series. I thought it was really good. Actually. I sort of hope that she turns it into a new series because I really loved these characters. Sunday Night is former law enforcement how is contacted by an eccentric old woman to track down the people that killed her daughter and grandson and kill them, in addition to finding her granddaughter who has been missing since the tragedy. Sunnie is a kick ass female heroine and a bit of a smart ass. I loved it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes thriller / mystery novels and / or strong female leads. Again, I hope this ends up being just the first in a series. I’m giving it 4 stars.

Week 24

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. This was a book club book. I have no idea how we stumbled upon this one, but I am really glad that we did. This is basically the story of a woman who gives up everything to save her niece. That is an oversimplification, but you will get it when you read the book. It is funny and tragic and dark and all sorts of other good things that make it complex and entertaining. I’m giving it 5 stars.

The Kill by Émile Zola – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This is Les Rougon-Macquart #2. I haven’t read any of the others. I generally stay away from French books in translation, as I’d rather just read them in French, but it takes longer, and I can be quite lazy. Zola is the master of the story that haunts you long after you finish reading. The characters are terribly real and they tend to do awful things. I quite enjoyed this. I’m giving it 3 stars.

The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is Maggie Hope #7. I think this may be the best one yet. And that says a lot, because the entire series is pretty great. In this, Maggie Hope is in Paris to find a missing operative and to hopefully track down her half sister who went missing when they were attempting to extract her. Sarah and Hugh are also working on their own objectives. Plus there is a mole that they need to uncover. Coco Chanel also makes an appearance and that part is especially realistic. The author clearly did her research there. For anyone that is excited to read this when it comes out, let me just tell you that you will not be disappointed. Also, this ends on quite a cliff hanger, so I am looking forward to seeing how Maggie gets herself out of the next mess she has found herself in. I’m giving this 5 stars.

And that’s it for Weeks 23 and 24. As always, feedback is encouraged. I truly enjoy hearing from all of you, so please don’t be shy.

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