Genre: Mystery

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Story: Amy Elliot Dunne has disappeared.  Every shred of evidence points to her husband Nick.  The problem?  He didn’t do it.  Or did he? This book has two unreliable narrators leading you all over the place and I have so many feelings about this novel.  I feel like I’ve been pushed off a building, drawn and quartered, then run over by a steamroller for good measure.  Good God, y’all. The World: The difference between New York City and Missouri in this book is like the difference between happiness and fear.  Gillian Flynn uses the world to show the break in […]

Posted December 15, 2017 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade

The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade

Sorry guys, this is a DNF @ 10%. This wasn’t the book I was looking for. I’m going to be honest – I was hoping this book would have a lot more to do with the history and the archaeology aspects.  The beginning was promising.  By 10% into the book, which is where I quit it, it became excruciatingly clear this is a thriller. Rasputin was mentioned, and I paused, for a moment.  I thought perhaps, for a second, things were going to be interesting.  Unfortunately, this book appeals to a different audience.  I imagine it to be the sort […]

Posted November 6, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Trell by Dick Lehr

Trell by Dick Lehr

Romero Taylor is a wrongfully accused man. He knows this, his wife knows this, and his daughter Van Trell Taylor knows this.  Everyone knows this, but nobody is speaking up about it.  Why not?  Because the crime he is accused of is horrific:  a twelve-year-old girl was shot.  Furthermore, someone is keeping people quite. Van Trell is going to get down to the truth and get justice for her daddy. This book is trying to tell an important story, but it’s doing it wrong. This book is based on an actual case that author Dick Tell worked on when he was […]

Posted November 2, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Aza is almost definitely probably for sure going to die of C. diff. She doesn’t have it yet.  Or maybe she does.  She doesn’t think so.  But she could.  Probably.  Her mind is an ever-tightening spiral of reminders that her body isn’t her own but really she’s just an animated corpse and everything she does is actually at the whim of the millions of microorganisms that make up the physical being that is her.  Meanwhile, her best friend Daisy is in a new relationship and this guy she knew as a kid has recently lost his father.  And by lost – […]

Posted October 16, 2017 in Reviews // 8 Comments //
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

This book is an October tradition for me. I love book traditions.  As a kid, I knew the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, but I had never read the book until Audible gave it away to its subscribers in 2014.  It’s about a scrawny school teacher who falls in love with the wealthy Katrina Von Tassel and begin to woo her – even though she is already being courted by Brom, one of the rowdy boys of the town.    Fortunately for Brom, Crane is run out of town by the apparition of the Headless Horseman. Tom Mison’s […]

Posted October 15, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

A few years ago, I picked up Treasure Island and absolutely loved it.  I figured, hey!  Jekyll & Hyde is also a classic, and written by the same author, I’ll like this one too!  Unfortunately, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde just didn’t hit home for me.  Actually, I’m sort of preparing myself to be pummeled with tomatoes because out of all classics, this one seems to be the one most people like… eek!  Here goes…. Characters We spend the book trailing a man called “Utterson” who appears to be a prominent lawyer and in service to all the […]

Posted July 18, 2017 in Reviews // 1 Comment //