Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Beret Osmundsen has gotten word that her younger sister has been killed in a brothel. Overcome with questions, Beret travels from her home in New York to Denver to get answers and help in the investigation. Beret is a gutsy woman, standing well on her own in a man's world. Sandra Dallas weaves a story which gets us hungering for the facts. For instance, "What caused the estrangement of the two sisters prior to the murder?" "How did sister Lilly end up in a brothel, an experienced prostitute?" and, "Who did kill Lilly?"
Fallen Women is an excellent read. I found it highly enjoyable and will read more of Sandra Dallas in the future!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if some sort of monumental disaster occurred on earth that destroyed all our economic and social systems? How would people behave? How would they survive? Would compassion or self-preservation rule? Writers have been posing these questions for years (think Lord of the Flies). There are many dystopian novels on the market right now, so evidently a lot of people are interested in thinking and reading about a post-apocalyptic life. The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller, is one of these "end-of-the-world" novels, but it is a standout, both in plot and character. As author Pam Houston so aptly puts it, "Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a post-apocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation." Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He is a pilot who takes up residence with his dog in an abandoned airplane hangar. He does have a neighbor, an odd character who is always angry and flashing his gun. Hig is lonely but not despairing. He retains an element of hope, and this is what makes the novel so appealing. The reader wants so badly for Hig to live well, not simply survive. In an effort to do this, Hig takes out a small plane and flies farther than he ever has before, past the point at which he won't have enough fuel to return, and hopes for the best. What he finds will both warm you and chill you. This will be the March selection for the Delphi Morning Book Club, so extra copies are available. If you'd like to join us for a rousing discussion, the book club will meet on Friday, March 28, at 9 am.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
First Love by James Patterson
Axi Moore is a "good girl" who comes from the small town of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Her world has been anything but normal. Her young sister, Corale Ann, dies from cancer, and Axi also was diagnosed with cancer. Unable to cope with the situation, her mother runs away and her father turns to alcohol. It's a family devastated by tragedy in every conceivable way.
While Axi is in the hospital she meets Oscar Robinson. She starts planning a cross country road trip and tells Robinson he will be going with her. It is the most beautiful, funny, painful and life changing experience and a dream come true for both Axi and Robinson. Making the most of the best and the least of the worst, taking their fragile life one day at a time. But their happiness is short lived as the carefree adventure soon spins out of control.
This is the first book of James Patterson I've ever read. I have to say it was a page turning adventure, I couldn't wait to read what was going to happen next.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
A teenage girl is found dead in car submerged in Bitter River outside a small West Virginia town. Quickly it becomes obvious that it was no accident.
Bell Elkins is prosecuting attorney for the county of which Aker's Gap is a part. As she works with the county sheriff, Nick Fogelsong, she discovers that Lucinda Trimble, a sixteen year old young woman with a very promising future, was also pregnant. Nick and Bell soon learn that in spite of her kooky hippie mother's objections, Lucinda had planned to marry her boyfriend and raise the child.
The boyfriend and his wealthy family come under scrutiny as do Lucinda's friends, her heartbroken mother, and other residents of Aker's Gap.
Keller writes Bell as more than just a prosecuting attorney searching for a killer. She is the mother of a daughter the same age as the murdered girl and friend to a man that Nick wants out of Acker's Gap. The two main characters and residents of the town must also deal with an apparent sniper shooting as well as an explosion in a local haunt.
The plot may seem familiar, but there are some interesting twists and turns and, most importantly, the characters are ones whose lives you'll become involved in and come to care about as they solve this whodunit.