Monthly Archives: December 2014

Chilling Murder Case

dark rooms   This is the first novel from Lili Anolik, and it leaves quite the impression.  It is called DARK ROOMS and has a blurb on the cover that compares it to Twin Peaks.  I have never seen Twin Peaks; even though, it seems like something that I should have watched in my younger years, but for some unknown reason…I never did.  Perhaps it is on Netflix , and  I could investigate the appeal.   Anyway,  this story is chilling, a bit taboo and very dark.

Grace Baker’s younger 16-year old sister is found shot to death in the graveyard.  Her name was Nica, and she is quite the character.  Beautiful, sassy, wild and dangerous.  The murder is solved quickly, but Grace does not accept the confession from the supposed killer.  She begins to dig into the events and people surrounding Nica, and what she discovers is quite disturbing.

The characters in this novel are thrillingly creepy.  The most disturbing character (in my opinion) is Grace and Nica’s mother.  She is an a artist…a photographer….quite the eccentric.  Her favorite subject to photograph is her daughter Nica….in some of the most unusual and inappropriate situations.  And Nica is happy to allow her mother to take these photographs.  It is through these photographs that lead Grace on to the shocking truth about her life and the people in it.  Grace, herself, begins to spiral out=of-control.  She begins to take drugs and quits school.  She finds herself at wild parties that she would never have attended before….she begins to blackout.  Her life is altered.

I read this book quickly and I enjoyed it….this is not to say there are not a few loose ends and a few extra characters that could have been edited from the novel.   I was just not sure who was playing an important role in the novel and who was simpler filler.  Other than that….I would recommend this title to anyone who likes to read a twisted and bizarre story of murder, sex and deceit.

 

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Hollywood in the 1940’s

land of dreams  Ellie Hogan is 42 years-old (I can already relate), and she is the mother of two boys (more relating going on here).  She has lost two husbands to war, and now finds herself single and successful living on Fire Island, New York.  She is an Irish immigrant and has worked her all her life to support herself and now her two boys.  She has become a successful Irish artist in New York City.  It is in the city that she resides during the colder months.  However, it is in the summers, that she escapes to Fire Island with her younger son, Tom. to lead a simpler and more life.   She feels she has found a balance in her life…she is content.

Her older son, Leo, attends boarding school in New York City.  He is a dreamer and a romantic.  At 16 years-old, he believes he has discovered his life’s passion….acting.  He runs away to Hollywood to live with an “agent” and to start acting in motion pictures.  When Ellie discovers of Leo’s disappearance, she leaves for California immediately.  Once she finds Leo safe and happy….she does something most parents would question.  Instead of insisting that Leo return to boarding school with her, she sends for Tom and all of her belongings to be sent to them in California.   She has decided to support Leo in his decision.

The story that follows is one of love, war, disappointment and loss.  There are many colorful characters in this book, but none of them outshine Ellie…ultimately, this is her journey and she learns that life takes you on various paths throughout its course and sometimes it is best not to fight the path….but to journey on and let fate take over.

 

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