This week we have bloody shoes, a massacre, a train wreck, plagiarism, and a family saga.  I know.  We sound a tad dark this week.  But trust me there is some great stuff in here!

Let us begin!

Ann is letting her ears do the reading this week. “In the Woods by Tana French is a very interesting and compelling story of little girl who is found murdered in the woods where years before two children went missing and one child returned with no memory of what happened and with blood filled shoes.  The surviving child now a grown man is actually one of the detectives on the case.  There are many twists and turns and it is quite a compelling read.  The reader was excellent and as a plus for me had a lovely accent.”

Barbara M. is back!  And she reports that, “I’m reading The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. The author finally is writing about his heritage and “The Genocide You Know Almost Nothing About” – the Armenian genocide. The gruesomeness of the massacres are sometime difficult to read about but the story is captivating and the characters feel very real although Bohjalian says they weren’t entirely based on anyone’s experiences. I’m thoroughly enjoying this book!”

Pat S. reports that In Sadie Jones newest novel, The Uninvited Guests nothing is as it appears to be.
“Taking place in a twenty-four hour period, the story opens on the afternoon of a birthday dinner in an Edwardian country house. Yet the house is rundown, understaffed, and, we are soon to learn, about to be lost to creditors.   Against this rather dire premise, a train wreck occurs nearby and the house is the closest outpost for the survivors. As the evening progresses, guests arrive and it is the uninvited group, who begin to dismantle this house of cards one at a time.   The reader is treated rather like the characters because what begins as an Edwardian comedy of manners turns into something altogether more sinister. If you like sleight of hand, you'll enjoy this one.”

Pat T. says, “I have been a "slug" of a reader this past week since I am still reading (and enjoying) Temptation by Douglas Kennedy. Anyway, David Armitage was enjoying his success as a writer of a popular sitcom until a reporter accused him of plagiarism, not just once but three times! Within days his whole life has fallen apart-the network fired him, the girlfriend dumped him, his ex-wife refused to let him see his daughter and he is on the brink of bankruptcy. With the help of his agent and friend, Alison, he escapes to a hideaway to take stock of his situation. Can his career as a writer be salvaged?  I am rooting for him!”

I loved The Undertow by Jo Baker.  This is the story of the Hastings family begins in 1914 as William is spending his last night home before leaving to join the Royal Navy on a ship bound for Gallipoli.  We then in turn meet his son Billy who will ride a bike on Omaha Beach on a June day in 1944.   Billy’s son Will has to fight a handicap all his life and ends up as an Oxford professor in the 60’s, and his daughter Billie is trying to make her way as a modern day London artist.  Honestly?  The problem with this book is that I could get nothing else done this weekend.  It is one of those great reads that draws you in and won’t release you even after you close the book.  



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