Week 34 – 2017

Hello, All! Today is a lovely rainy day here in Boston. I hope wherever you are it is nicer. The good thing about the rain is that it is an excuse to stay inside and read. I have also been tasked with finally watching Jaws because it is now on Netflix. That doesn’t honestly sound that appealing, but I promised a friend that I would watch it. But maybe not this weekend. We’ll see. Week 33 covers August 21 – 27. This should further help to improve my NetGalley percentage. Hopefully. As always, I love to hear from you. Feedback of any sort is encouraged.

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. This is Evelyn Talbot #1. I had read a prequel to this series previously and I thought it was quite good. This falls into that weird genre called Romantic Suspense. Basically it’s a thriller with romance. Evelyn was tortured and left for dead by her boyfriend as a teenager and grew up to be a criminal psychiatrist. She studies serial killers. And the prison she has established for that purpose is in a remote part of Alaska. I bet you can’t see anything going wrong there. There is a lot going on in this book. Her friends are turning up dead, the local cop would like to be romantically involved, one of her coworkers is out to discredit her, there is shady stuff going down at the prison, one of the inmates escapes, and there’s lots of snow. Do you think that’s enough? I bet I missed some things. I’m giving it 4 stars.

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This one is really good. It isn’t creepy exactly, but it’s pretty twisty. Emma and Cass disappear and 3 years later, only Cass reappears. Cass tells the story of how they were taken away and kept isolated on an island with no contact other than a couple and their errand runner. How did Cass get away? Will Emma be there when they finally find the island? The FBI is on a search for the island, the couple, the boatman and Emma and Emma’s daughter. Will they find any of them? Is any of it real? Perhaps Cass is crazy like her mother suggests. I really liked this because I didn’t have it all figured out until the end. I definitely recommend it. I’m giving it 5 stars. 

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. I originally read this as a young teen. I think I know now where my fascination with pirates began. Bored with London society, Dona takes her children and flees to the manor house in the country. There are many oddities apparent when they arrive. Where are all the servants? Who has been sleeping in her bed? Where does the servant go in the middle of the night? Then she stumbles upon a pirate ship in the creek on the property and makes the acquaintance of the pirate captain. Adventure ensues. I may have enjoyed this more as an adult. I’m glad I decided to reread it. I rarely reread anything these days. I’m giving it 4 stars.

The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by Emily Colin – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This was quite an interesting story and I liked it a lot. Isabel’s mother has been missing for six year and then the day after she tells her boyfriend Max that she is pregnant, he disappears as well. Eight years later, on an archaeological dig in Barbados, Isabel receives a call from Max and then starts having dreams about him and then she finds her mother’s necklace in the dig. But how could her mother have been in Barbados and especially in the 1800s. When she returns to South Carolina, her daughter also starts having strange dreams of her father. This is just the opening. I don’t want to give away spoilers. The story is compelling and the historical detail was very interesting. I found it compelling. If you can get your mind around the time travel aspect, or if that appeals to you anyway, I definitely recommend this book. I’m giving it 4 stars.

And that’s it for Week 34. It just occurred to me that this is Week 35 and I am finally caught up. Woot, Woot! I’m pretty pumped. Let me know what you think. I need to get back to reading or I’m only going to have 3 for the next post.

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