Posts tagged ‘book review’
Just finished “No Way Back”, Andrew Gross’ new book. He manages to keep the excitement going throughout, as usual, while getting you personally invested in the characters, and I love how he manages to weave real-life events into his plots. Looking forward to the next one, Andrew!
Currently making my way through “The Laws of our Fathers” which is a very interesting book, but it is soooooo long: 817 pages. I’m almost halfway there, insomnia having kept me up until 2:30 this morning, reading.
I love Scott Turow’s writing; however, I think you need to be a serious reader to get through his collection of legal thrillers, as he describes everything in extreme detail which makes these long and fairly difficult to read. I had to read the first chaper of this one twice in order to understand what was going on, as it describes a gang shooting and is filled with street jargon that I had trouble understanding.
The reward comes in some of his courtroom scenes where every nuance of the players’ actions are conveyed, making you feel as if you are almost there in the courtroom too, experiencing the drama and emotions along with the characters when the defense attorney finally elicits the answer he is after from the witness. Very effective writing!
He also makes liberal use of flashbacks in order to get you well acquainted with his characters and to further draw you into the story.
I’ll let you know how this one turns out.
The unique thing about “Eyes Wide Open” (HarperCollins Publishers, 2011) is that it was inspired by a real life tragedy. In 2009, the author’s 25 year old nephew, Alex Gross, was found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay, having jumped or fallen to his death. Severely troubled, Alex had only days before been released from a hospital mental health ward in care of a small halfway facility from which he went for a walk, never to return. Was it suicide or something else?
Andrew has taken this real-life and very personal happening and crafted a book which begins wth a fictional character suffering the same fate as Alex, and then proceeds to unravel the mystery of his death. It is also a story of two brothers, one successful and one wayward, trying to bridge the gap between them, while each revelation from the past puts them in more danger.
Andrew has made this story exciting, thought-provoking, and also heart-wrenching, all the more so because of its link to real life, and it is well worth a read. An author who may never find the solution to his own real life mystery has perhaps achieved some sort of closure by inventing a fictionalized solution for his characters. Well done, Andrew.
To read about Alex and the circumstances of his tragic death go to www.alexwemissyou.com.
I just wanted to share with all the mystery lovers out there news of the recent release of the latest Bay Tanner mystery, “Jericho Cay“, by one of my favorite authors, Kathryn Wall. This is the 11th book in this series set in the Hilton Head, S.C. area.
Here is Kathy’s preview of the book:
“While restoring her Hilton Head home after a brush with a hurricane, Bay reluctantly accepts best-selling true crime writer Winston Wolfe
as a client. Arrogant and secretive, Wolfe is researching the
cold-case disappearance of reclusive millionaire Morgan Tyler Bell
from his secluded private island off the South Carolina coast. What
has Bay’s investigative antennae quivering is the apparent suicide of
Bell’s longtime housekeeper at the time he vanished. After viewing
the scene inside his fabulous abandoned mansion on Jericho Cay, Bay
isn’t so sure.
Her newest employee–her husband Red–is hot to pursue the inquiry.
But as Wolfe’s behavior becomes more and more bizarre, Bay is torn
between her desire to earn her hefty fee and her fear that something
much more sinister is going on just below the surface. Is Bell dead
or alive? And who is the elusive man in the red baseball cap who just
may hold the answers to all her questions?”
Looks like I’ll be adding this one to my summer reading list!
I chose this one because the title caught my eye (it happened to be around April 1st, of course) and this author’s series setting for the Death on Demand bookshop mysteries is the South Carolina LowCountry, which I love. And I do like a cozy once in a while. In fact, I am working on writing one myself someday. However, this book was way too cozy for me, if you get my drift.
The first chapter introduces a multitude of characters, all with their own story lines, so I was pretty much lost right there at the beginnning. But I made it through about 100 pages, even though nothing much had happened yet with any of these characters, so I put the book aside for a while. About a week later I picked it up again thinking, “There has to be some action coming at some point here,” and read about 60-some more pages. Still zero action and zero suspense that I could pick up on. The only mystery seemed to be who put out a bunch of bogus flyers, and I just couldn’t get interested in that.
Sure, eventually there was a murder, but nobody seemed particularly shocked or disturbed by it, and a few characters had somebody taking pot shots at them, but they didn’t seem very frightened at that either. I just couldn’t get emotionally nor intellectually involved, so I gave up.
Sorry, Ms. Hart, but no sale.
“Santa Fe Edge” is a typical Stuart Woods book – the plot moves along quickly via matter-of-fact prose and dialogue with sparse attention to scene description or character analysis. In other words, his books are usually a no-nonsense quick read, and this one is no exception.
A famous pro golfer is accused of his wife’s murder, and Santa Fe attorney Ed Eagle is defending him. Meanwhile, Ed’s ex-wife Barbara has escaped from a Mexican prison and is again out to kill him.
There is a tangential story line about the CIA looking for a man called Teddy Fay who I gathered was a dangerous former operative previously thought to be dead. I’m not sure why they were looking for him, but I assume that was explained in a previous book, as I also assume it will be carried forward into the next book, having not been satisfactorily resolved here.
I didn’t like “Santa Fe Edge” as much as I did some of Mr. Woods’ previous books, probably because I have not read the immediately preceding ones in the Ed Eagle series, so some of the background never became completely clear to me. But I’m sure his regular fans will enjoy it.