Genre: Mystery

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This books gets an awful lot of hype.  I’ve had it on hold for the audiobook at the library for almost a year, so I think it’s fair to say that a lot of people are still reading it.  I was excited when this finally became available because I was dying to see what all the hype was about. I gotta be honest, I didn’t love it? There were moments that is was alright.  I actually didn’t mind Bernadette as a character, and I thought some of her correspondences were interesting.  I particularly liked the email from Bernadette to her old […]

Posted November 29, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Retired detective Bill Hodges is wasting away in front of his television.  That is, he’s wasting away until a letter makes its way to him, bearing the signature of a killer he wasn’t able to catch.  Suddenly Hodges has something to pry him out of his Laz-E Boy and back on the streets, where he does a little investigating outside the law… to bring the City Center Killer – aka Mr. Mercedes – to justice. Mr. Mercedes is told mainly from two perspectives – Bill Hodges and Brady Hartsfield.  The hero and the villain.  There is never any question of […]

Posted September 20, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree is a story of two girls separated by time, their relationships, and the search that holds them together across centuries.  It’s a romance, it’s a time travel story, and it’s historical fiction.  I was not quite what I expected. I went into The Phantom Tree expecting something more akin to Philippa Gregory’s writing – a court of Tudor intrigue, incredible characters and a respectable amount of villainy.  While there is nothing particularly wrong with The Phantom Tree, it is first and foremost a romance. As far as romances go, it was interesting enough.  Predictable, of course.  We have Alison’s love […]

Posted August 15, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Heyyy, d’y’all remember The Dresden Files? It was this short running series on Syfy back in 2007.  Basically, you’ve got your Gandalf-style old-school wizard in the modern era, only his name is Harry Dresden and he doesn’t have the big beard.  He does have a staff.  In the case of the TV show, it was a hockey stick. You know, The Dresden Files.  Like Legend of the Seeker and other “look, we’ll try to give you some fantasy, but honestly, it isn’t selling right now” TV shows of 10 years ago that you may have seen while flipping through the channels.  Maybe you […]

Posted July 29, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film is like the marriage between an Alfred Hitchcock film and the perfect film noir.  It’s difficult to read the story and not imagine Humphrey Bogart acting as the determined Scott McGrath.  It’s good, it’s really good.  It’s also very slow paced, a bit boring at times, and the minor characters easily outshine the protagonist. But the villain?  The villain is sheer brilliance. This was a book I wanted to devour.  The twisted, dark journeys Marisha Pessl takes the reader on as you trail Scott in his investigation have the annoying feeling of only scratching the surface of an even darker, […]

Posted July 26, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Everything that happened to TifAni is terrible.  Really horrifyingly terrible.  There are all sorts of trigger warnings for this book – rape, youth violence, eating disorders, homophobia, severe bullying at the least.  The background story is disgusting and heartbreaking. But – and this is going to sound terrible – it’s really difficult to feel the full effect of the story when the main character is so unlikable.  Her personality doesn’t make any of the things that happened to TifAni any less horrible, but in choosing to make this character so shallow and judgmental and unrelatable, it deadens the blow. The first […]

Posted July 18, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //