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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Most people know that I'm a big crime nut. I love trying to solve a case before the television or fictional detective puts the pieces together. Don't You Cry is the latest from Mary Kubica, and it's a goodie!

After a one-night stand, Quinn Collins is awoken unpleasantly by her roomate's alarm. She stumbles into her roommate's Chicago bedroom to find the window open and no sign of Esther Vaughan. Quinn's determined to find Esther, but the more she discovers, the more baffled she becomes.

Miles away in a small Michigan community, a young woman starts frequenting a cafe where Alex Gallo works. He's 18 and finds the woman he dubs "Pearl" to be an enigma, an attractive one at that. There are things Alex will find out that will forever change him.

As the story progresses, there are a lot of twists. I had part of it figured out, but still there was little hope for me beating the characters to the truth. I always love being surprised.

I've become very fond of books along the lines of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and such. One thing I've come to find is that when I'm in the mood for that kind of dark, suspenseful mystery, Mary Kubica will always deliver.

Look for Don't You Cry on May 17, 2016. It's a MIRA release.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Claire Mackintosh's I Let You Go

You're playing with your child on the way home, racing him to be exact. In that one minute you let go of his hand, he darts into the road and is hit by a car. The driver of that car takes off. You hear the whispers blaming you for letting go of the child's hand and that no good mother would have let go of their child's hand. That's part of the premise in Claire Mackintosh's I Let You Go.

I Let You Go is a debut, based very loosely on a case the author had while working for the police. The story is really told from multiple viewpoints, but the two key players are Jenna Gray, a woman who left her life behind to try to forget the accident, and the lead detective who is trying to solve a case with few witnesses and little evidence.

The twists in this book hit me and I admit left me feeling a little shaken. There are things I did not see coming. In fact, it's those twists that will make this a book I doubt I'll be able to forget it months, even years, from now. This entire story grabbed me and held my attention until the final word. It's just that good, if not a little sad at times and definitely worthy of book group discussions.

Look for I Let You Go on May 3rd. It's a Berkley release and a book that I highly recommend for the characters, setting, and gripping storyline.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Agnes Martin-Lugand Delivers an Emotional Story With More to Come

Translated from the self-published release Les Gens Heureux Lisent et Boivent du Cafe, Happy People Read and Drink Coffee is a charming story with an even better setting. I'm eager to see more from Agnes Martin-Lugand.

It's been a year since Diane's husband and daughter were killed, and in that year, she's found it difficult to function. When pressure from her best friend becomes too much to bear, Diane opts to get away.

Her husband always wanted to go to Ireland, and Diane was never agreeable to anything short of the thoughts of sun and sand. She packs up and heads to small town in Ireland where she plans to continue grieving her losses. She never expects to find this coastal town to be the thing that prompts her to start healing. She's soon making friends and finding herself attracted to one very moody photographer. When it's time to return to Paris, will her new romance withstand the separation? Will she even want to return home?

One sitting. That's all it took. I was hooked in Diane's life from the first page and couldn't stop. The setting was memorable and made me want to go. I wanted to be part of this charming coastal town, even if it was rainy and dreary. I wanted to go to the pub and have a pint with them. I wanted to walk down the beach and feel the sand between my toes while getting drenched, only to then return and curl up by a fire. The atmosphere drew me in.