Monthly Archives: April 2014

Heartbreaking tale of family

two sisters  I am sure there is a point in everyone’s life where we all stop and think “my family sure is a bit dysfunctional.”  And on some level…all families are a little crazy, but I found myself thanking my parents for their unconditional love and support through my life after reading Two Sisters  by Mary Hogan.  Now I read this book fast…crazy fast.   It was written in a style that bounced from generation to generation within chapters, but it was written with such easy transition that I was not once left confused.

The story is about Muriel and her perfect older sister Pia.  Both are adults now, and have lived extremely different lives in large part to their mother’s influence. It has not been a secret that Lidia has also favored Pia who she calls perfection and resented Muriel.  The sisters are as opposite as can be.  Muriel lives alone, overweight, messy and a disappointment to her mother….just like her mother predicted.  Pia  has married well, has a huge mansion, a wonderful daughter, has not lost her timeless beauty….she is her mother’s pride and joy.

As the story unfolds, we are treated to the deep, dark secrets that started years ago when Lidia met Owen….and quickly married him and Pia followed soon after.   The sisters grew up in a volatile home and were never encouraged to be nice to each other…as result…they are not friends in adulthood.  Then, one Sunday morning, Pia shows up at Muriel’s crowded New York apartment and changes their lives forever.

 

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Inspector Banks, anyone?

photo (6)   Apparently, Inspector Banks has been around for many novels, and why I am just finding out about him…is a mystery to me (ha ha ha…. bad pun intended).    Peter Robinson is the bestselling author of almost 30 books with Detective Inspector Alan Banks…who knows where I have been?  Anyway, these books follow Alan Banks (detective inspector) in Northern England as he solves murder cases and all kinds of mysteries.  I love a good mysteries…as you should know.

I was lost for the first 30-some pages….I believe it was because I was new to the world of Banks and all the characters that go along with him.  I am not talking about anything complicated….I just didn’t have the background on some of the characters and their previous relationships.  I am happy to report that I am caught up and a fan of Inspector Banks and all the strong women characters who work in his department.  That was a plus…many of the other detectives were strong, smart women.  I like that.

This book entitled: Children of the Revolution takes place after the body of a wayward ex-professor’s body has been found…dead….on an abandoned railroad.  The man’s name is Gavin Miller, and he has spent the past four years in a reclusive-type state.  He was fired from his job after several female students accuse him of inappropriate actions.  However, we discover that there is more to Gavin’s story then a sad, lonely man who has fallen on bad times.  Inspector Banks has this keen insight and follows his intuition even when advised against it by his superiors.  We discovers along with Banks that Miller’s circle of “friends” extends much further than just the few drunks at the local pub and the case spans back to incidents that occurred 40 years prior that have come back to haunt this English town.

I enjoyed this mystery/detective story more than I thought I could when I first started it.  In fact, I kept putting the book down because I felt like I didn’t understand the characters and their motives….but once I started to jot down some things in my little note book….all made sense.  I am a list maker and a note jotter (is that such a thing?), and I find comfort not only when I read the written word, but also when I sit and write myself.  Most people will probably have no issue with the  beginning…I am a little obsessed with understanding the dynamics of the characters and it bothered me that there were 20-some novels that had vital information that I was not privy to.  I am glad to say that all is right as rain, and I will be back for more…..

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