The Kind Worth Killing

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The Kind Worth KillingThe Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Peter Swanson has penned quite the psychological thriller. Ted is feeling a bit despondent since he recently found that his wife, Miranda, is cheating on him. A few to many drinks at the airport and Ted shares with Lily, supposedly a complete stranger, that he is contemplating killing his wife to avoid giving her a share of his fortune since she wasn’t considerate enough to ask him for a divorce as opposed to cheating on him. Lily sees nothing wrong with this and states that the world is simply a better place without some people in it and offers to help him plan to get rid of his wife. That fateful meeting sets in motion events none of the characters foresaw.

The plot flips back and forth between the present for all of the characters and Lily’s past. The flashbacks to Lily’s past gives us quite a bit of insight into her mind. While Lily doesn’t necessarily think differently than the average person, the difference is that she acts on those thoughts/impulses. The storyline moves along at a good pace and the characters are developed very well. There are quite a few twists and turns in the plot and the ending ties everything up nicely but Swanson throws one last curve ball at the end that leaves you wanting to book to continue for one more chapter.

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The Comfort of Lies

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The Comfort of LiesThe Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three women with three separate lives are connected by heartbreak and an innocent child.

Six years ago Tia had a yearlong affair with Juliette’s husband Nathan and got pregnant. On the same night that Tia tells Nathan about the baby, he confesses to Juliette about the affair, but not about the baby. Heartbroken by Nathan’s desertion, Tia decides to give the baby up for adoption. Peter and Caroline have the perfect child-free life, or so she thinks. Peter desperately wants to have a child but adoption is their only option. Tia decides to give her baby to Peter and Caroline in hopes that they will be able to give her a happy fulfilling life. On Savannah’s fifth birthday, Tia decides to send a copy of the pictures she received from Peter and Caroline along with a letter to Nathan. This one action changes everyone’s lives.

Juliette and Nathan’s marriage survived the affair. When knowledge of Savannah’s existence comes to light, it is the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Caroline is cracking under the pressure of motherhood. Tia’s life is spiraling out of control. Can five year old Savannah cause the destruction of three lives or will she make them all better people?

This story of infidelity, heartbreak, and sacrifice shows us how one version of the modern family came to be and the difficulties inherent in such an arrangement.

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(Not) A Review

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Since I probably won’t manage to finish the book…here’s a non-review of The Casual Vacancy by J.K .Rowling from another reader/blogger.

(Not) A Review.

A Discovery of Witches

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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Discovery of Witches is the first installment of the All Souls Trilogy. The story offers a little history, magic, romance, paranormal, and mystery; a wonderful combination of Harry Potter and Romeo and Juliet, with a drop of Black Dagger Brotherhood thrown in for the fun of it. The two main characters are star crossed lovers in that they share a forbidden love between them. Diana is a witch who has long denied her heritage and power. Matthew is a 1500 year old vampire and leader of a secret order that the world has forgotten about.

This book is drenched in science, history, and characters but that lends the characters a bit of depth and normalcy that makes them seem more real since they clearly have jobs, obligations, and overbearing families like the rest of us. The supporting cast of characters is extensive but they each play an important role in Diana and Matthew’s lives and subsequent journey. We follow Diana and Matthew on their journey to accept the feelings they have for each other and the trials and tribulations they face all supposedly because of a book that everyone wants but can’t get.

Be forewarned, this book does leave you hanging, BIG TIME. At the end of this book, the future is uncertain and you can only speculate as to what will happen next. It leaves you yearning to have the second book, Shadow of Night, handy so that you can jump right into it and continue the story.

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Return to Sender

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Return To SenderReturn To Sender by Fern Michaels
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Return to Sender to a novel about misunderstanding. Lin Townsend has a weeklong teenage love affair with the man of her dreams. Shortly after returning home, Lin finds herself pregnant and out on the street after her father finds out. She ties to contact Nick Pemberton, the baby’s father, the only way she knows how, by mail. All of her letters come back unopened and stamped return to sender.

Over the course of her son William’s life, Lin becomes successful and is able to provide a good home in spite of her meager beginnings. Lin runs into Nick Pemberton at a dinner she is attending with Will at NYU. After seeing how well to do Nick is Lin wants to make him feel some pain for ignoring her letters and not acknowledging his son. This chance meeting after 19 years lead to events that will shed light on why all of Lin’s letters came back unopened. What Lin doesn’t realize is that there is turmoil beneath the glossy surface of Nick’s life and finding out he has a son might be the best news of his life.

This novel teaches us that sometimes a coincidence is just that and not something sinister. Also, our pain can keep up from reading the fine print which leads us to jump to conclusions and increases our pain.

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Such A Pretty Face

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Such a Pretty FaceSuch a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such A Pretty Face is the story of Stevie Barrett, a woman trying to find her true self after a traumatizing childhood and enduring life-changing events as an adult. The story is told from Stevie’s point of view and it flips back and forth between the present and her childhood. Two years after having a heart attack at thirty-two, Stevie Barrett is trying to gain a new perspective on life now that she has lost over two hundred and fifty pounds. The problem is that her childhood has had a major impact on how she has lived her life up to this point. Her past follows her like a shadow because she has not found a way to cope with it due to life with her unstable family.

What’s most amazing about this book is the fact that almost all of the characters have a serious issue affecting them and those around them but the author portrayed this in such a way as to not overburden the reader. It is what you would expect to find behind the public persona of a family that has been dealt a major tragedy but has not been allowed to heal from it.

There are moments in this book that wrench your heart and others that make you laugh out loud. Cathy Lamb makes you feel for the characters and hope for the best for each of them. There is at least one character in this book that every reader can identify with. It makes you wonder what is beneath the surface of those around you who seem to have it all figured out.

There is not enough I can say about Such a Pretty Face to convey the depth of emotion it inspires. Read it…you will smile at the end.

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Northern Lights

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Northern LightsNorthern Lights by Nora Roberts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m going to open by saying it took me a long time to read this book. There was a good plot and a sweet subtle romance; the story just didn’t jump up off of the page at me.

Chief Ignatious (Nate) Burke’s story will break your heart and make you want him to have a happily ever after. His wife leaves him after telling him she was having an affair, he gets shot, his partner gets killed. It he had a dog it would have been run over by a truck. In the throes of depression, he decides to take a job at the end of the world in Lunacy, Alaska.

Meg Galloway is a bush pilot in Lunacy who catches Nate’s attention right from the start. She is about a prickly as a porcupine which actually appeals to Nate. Nate starts off his career with a few minor things like drunken disorderly, traffic violations, until a search and rescue for some teenage boys turns up a body that has been hidden in an ice cave on a mountain for sixteen years. Turns out the body belongs to Meg’s father. The appearance of this body rattles the town to its very core. The only sleepy Alaskan town is suddenly riddled with murder and mayhem.

The story moves at a very slow pace and contains a lot of extraneous subplot. On a positive note, you are not left with a lot of questions at the end of the story. Nora Roberts definitely appears to have done her homework on what enduring Alaska weather would be like for a newcomer. This book would appeal to someone who loves a book with a plethora of detail and multiple storylines to follow.

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