Friday, December 16, 2011

Book Club

My two (rather dark,thriller type) reads this week:

Lisa Miscione's Twice

Lisa Miscione's first two mysteries featuring Lydia Strong, Angel Fire and The Darkness Gathers, received praise for their lyrical prose and achingly suspenseful plotting. Now Miscione delivers her best novel to date: Lydia and her partner, P.I. Jeff Mark, must confront not only a brutal murderer but the demons from their own past.
Julian Ross, a brilliant and acclaimed New York City artist, has been charged with brutally killing her second husband. She was found at the scene, hysterical, over his bloody, lifeless corpse. She maintains her innocence, but the cops are having trouble believing her: Ten years ago Julian was indicted and acquitted of murdering her first husband in exactly the same way.
Julian's mother, Eleanor, is convinced of her daughter's innocence and hires Lydia and Jeff to clear her name. A cold woman, Eleanor nonetheless seems dedicated to her family, even looking after Julian's five-year-old twins. But Lydia and Jeff, who are still dealing with the aftermath of a confrontation with Lydia's mother's murderer, dive into the case only to discover that little about the family is what it seems to be.
In a gripping, tense and surprising thriller, once again the talented Lisa Miscione delivers a complicated novel about the nature of evil, and the redemption of survival.


I love the character of Lydia because she is flawed and intense yet she tries to improve herself and change for love.  I am just so glad this whole creepy-serial murder-Jedd-storyline is over. Another great mystery thrilled that had me on the edge of my seat and made me want to scream at numerous moments throughout the story. I love Lisa's writing and her incredibly (sometimes horrifying) stories. A bit graphic at times but not too much gore. I give this novel a solid A.

Diane Chamberlain's Breaking the Silence

Laura Brandon’s promise to her dying father was simple: to visit an elderly woman she’d never heard him speak of before. A woman who remembers nothing–except the distant past. Visiting Sarah Tolley seemed a small enough sacrifice to make.
But Laura’s promise results in another death–her husband’s. And after their five-year-old daughter, Emma, witnesses her father’s suicide, Emma refuses to talk about it … or to talk at all. Frantic and guilt-ridden, Laura contacts the only person who may be able to help, a man she’s met only once before–a man who doesn’t know he’s Emma’s real father. Together–guided only by a child’s silence and an old woman’s fading memories–the two unravel a tale of love and despair, bravery and unspeakable evil. A tale that unbelievably links them all. A tale shrouded in silence….
(from her website)

Just like the majority of her work I really liked this book. A fast read because I couldn't put it down and the characters seem so real. Another different sort of story/plot and you even are given a "glimpse" into the psych ward world which was pretty scary. I was shocked with two of the secrets that came out and then my heart melted towards the ending. I give this an A.

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Happy Friday & Happy Reading!

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