This is Historical Fiction novel that reads as more of a mystery than history. It is by Beatriz Williams, and apparently she has written previous novels about some of the characters in this story. I have not read any of them which could be why I am confused by the epilogue. It was recommended that I read A Certain Age by her before this one….well…I did not do that.
I will tell you that I did enjoy this book…the beginning was a bit slow, but it eventually picked up and I read the last 200 pages in one afternoon. It is about a strong woman named Virginia who is an ambulance driver in WWI in France, and it is there that she meets mysterious and handsome Captain Simon Fitzwilliams. The two fall in love and have a passionate affair. Yet they both have secrets from their past….some serious secrets that create tragedy to their eventual marriage and birth of their daughter.
Five years later, and they are living in America. Virginia and her daughter are in NYC while Simon is in Florida running several businesses. The pair become estranged for 3 years when Simon is suddenly killed in a fire. Virginia travel south to deal with the details of the death and the businesses she will inherit. Enter Samuel and Clara Fitzwilliams…Simon’s siblings. They welcome her with open arms, and yet Virginia senses something is off….something is not quite right. The more she questions, the more dangerous her situation becomes.
Hallie Ephron writes stories that command your attention until the end. I picked this up and read until I had to put it down…I had to find out what happened to Janey. Lis was a 7 year-old little girl when she was playing in the yard with her 4 year-old sister, Janey. Lis sees a little dog and chases it into the woods, and her sister is left alone and ultimately disappears. Lis is now in her 40s with her own daughter, and she has been living with her mother for quite a while. Janey’s disappearances has effected them for decades.
Here is the creepy part, Miss Sorrel, Lis and Janey’s mother, is a doll maker. She makes porcelain dolls in the likeness of a child who keeps the daughter….made with that child’s hair. One day, a woman appears to Miss Sorrel with an old doll that looks just like Janey…..could this has been the doll that Janey had when she disappeared? If it is the doll, where is Janey and what happened to her?
The story unfolds quickly, and Miss Sorrel and Lis realize they are in danger as they get closer to discovering what has happened to Janey.
Quick, easy read. A few flaws with the characters, but nothing that gets in the way with the story. Well-worth the read!
The setting is Birchville, Alabama which is named after Leia’s great grandfather, and the town and her family is filled with secrets. Secrets which Leia is about to uncover as she finds herself back to help care for her aging grandmother along with Wattie, her grandmother’s life-long friend.
Leia has lead a lonely, yet successful life as a writer and graphic artist with her bestselling graphic novel V is Violence. Now Leia is back in her small hometown, and she is not only dealing with her 90-year-old grandma’s affairs, but she is also newly pregnant. The pregnancy is result of a night at a comic convention and some tequila and a man dressed as Batman. To add to the craziness, her seemingly perfect stepsister, Rachel, has kicked her seemingly perfect husband out of their house and sends her teenage daughter down to Leia while she sorts everything out.
Things get even crazier when Birchie (grandma) tries to take a trunk from the attic and load it into her car….she crashes the car and out comes a decomposed human skeleton that has been hidden in her attic for decades. The story goes for a wild ride of emotions, mystery, and secrets. This is one you do not want to miss! Well-written with excellent character development. The only negative is the book will not be released until July, so put it on your summer reading list now!
Karin Slaughter has crafted a mind-blowing novel of unspeakable violence and murder. The story spans decades and focuses on a family with three sisters: Julia, Lydia, and Claire. Julia goes missing when she is 19 years-old and has not been found. Her family is splintered. Her dad becomes obsessed with finding her and he begins to fall apart which leads to a break in his once picture perfect marriage, Lydia starts down a path of self-destructive while Claire is left behind to figure things out as a 13 year-old.
Forward 20 year, another 19 year-old girl has vanished, and the community is desperate for answers. Lydia and Claire have not spoken in these 20 years, and their father is dead and their mom is remarried. Claire is married to a millionaire architect, Paul Scott. While Lydia has cleaned herself up and owns her business. She has a 17 year-old daughter and is in a good relationship with a man named Rick. Lydia and Claire are “reunited” and begin to piece together the events of the past that tore their family apart years before. What they discover is horrifying and beyond their worst nightmares. They both find themselves in danger with no way of knowing who they can trust. Will they discover the truth and make things right? Are they able to repair the damage done to their family those 20 years ago and move on?
This book is full of action and suspense and really, really creepy and disturbing violence…truly unspeakable. If a scene became too much for me….I would skim through it and move on. This is reason #42 that I love books over watching movies….I can control the images in my head. I get to decide what I see and how much I see….though I do admit there are many times that my mind takes over and I see more than I thought and these images stay with me far longer than I had anticipated. Karin Slaughter knows how to weave a story of not only psychologically chilling scenes and emotions, but she knows how to target the worst and the best of human beings and put it down on paper.
Grace and Charlie have been friends since they were 9 years old. They are polar opposites and found comfort in their friendship. Both of these girls have experienced tragedy in their young lives and have felt abandoned by a parent….it explains their closeness.
Suddenly, at the age of 24, Charlie dies. Grace blames herself and cannot get over her death. Charlie’s last words to her were I did something terrible, Grace, I hope that you can forgive me. Grace is left wondering what Charlie did and why she died so suddenly…was it truly her fault?
Grace has been living with her high school boyfriend for a few years, and their relationship becomes quite unstable after Charlie’s death. Grace begins to hide-away from everyone and everything while Dan copes in other negative ways. Grace tries to make sense of everything and in the process befriends Anna. Immediately, the two begin a friendship….yet there is something odd about Anna…something dangerous. Can Grace put the pieces together of what has been happening in her small circle of friends before it is too late?
This is the debut novel of Louise Jensen, and it is definitely a page-turner. I read it in a few hours. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.
I have read several of Holly Brown’s books, and they have offered some fresh…something original. This is Not Over does not disappoint. It is the story about how the ever-present Internet can truly mess with our lives. The story goes between two women: Miranda, an older woman who is married to a doctor and has an estranged son who is a meth addict, and Dawn who is a 25 year-old newly married woman who has a troubled past. The two become involved through getaway.com….think airbnb.com. Miranda has a multimillion dollar home that she rents in Santa Monica, and Dawn and her husband rent it short-term. After they have rented it, Miranda emails and informs Dawn that she will only receive half of the deposit money because of damage to the rental. Dawn is shocked and confused…what damage? What follows is an angry review on getaway.com by Dawn followed by rebuttal after rebuttal. Soon Miranda fears for her life and her son’s life while Dawn’s marriage begins to crumble….all because of one bad review.
The story moves quickly and as it is unfolds, the reader begins to unravel the truth. Things aren’t always what they seem, and one never knows who to trust.
This is the second novel that I have read by Susan Crawford. It is called The Other Widow, and it is another fascinating story of love, murder, and betrayal. She writes about characters that are authentic . The characters that she creates could be our next-door, neighbors, our friends, or our co-workers. The choices they make lead to mistakes which is what we all do in real life. Especially, when it is driven by emotions.
Joe Lindsey is having an affair with his co-worker who is also married….Dorrie. It is during one of their trysts that Joe is killed. They are driving together during a snow storm when Joe loses control and crashes into a tree, but not before telling Dorrie that she is in danger. He is killed, and Dorrie escapes unharmed. She flees the accident in fear that her affair will be discovered.
However, when Maggie Brennan, ex-cop, begins to process the life insurance claim….it appears that this may not have been an accident. Dorrie is danger….who knew about Joe and Dorrie….and what are they after?
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