Friday, January 13, 2012

Book Club

Hooray for Friday's Book Club!

This week, I read...

Lisa Miscione's (she is now Lisa Unger) Smoke
Smoke (Lydia Strong Mysteries)
Lydia Strong's old writing student, Lily, has been missing for weeks. Before her disappearance, Lily had left a strange phone message for Lydia, asking for her help. But until now, Lydia did not pay much attention to the message because Lily tended to call occasionally. But when she learns that Lily had been looking into her brother's suicide, Lydia becomes concerned. In this fourth of Lisa Miscione's intense and gripping thrillers, Lydia teams up with her husband, ex-FBI agent, p.i. Jeffrey Mark, to uncover the truth behind Lily's disappearance. (from

As I have said with all her other novels, and books with these characters, I really enjoyed this story and plot. The characters are fun and unique and the mystery is intense. Not as dark and grim as they have been which works better for me. This book had me guessing til the end, although I did feel confused and overwhelmed toward the end because it was a lot of detail and changing of minds regarding the solution to the mystery. I give it a B.

I also read Heather Gudenkauf's These things Hidden

Allison Glenn tried to hide what happened that night...and failed. The consequence? Five years in prison. Now she's free. But secrets have a way of keeping you caged...When Allison is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls' golden girl forever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child. Her former friends exult in her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, faces the whispered rumours every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high school. It's Brynn - shy, quiet Brynn - who carries the burden of what really happened that night. All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her. But then Allison is released, and is more determined than ever to speak with her sister. Now their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy. And if the truth is revealed, the consequences will be unimaginable for the adoptive mother who loves him, the girl who tried to protect him and the two sisters who hold the key to all that is hidden.
(from her website)

I was wrapped up in this novel right from the first sentence,so intense and fast-paced. I wasn't expecting the rather dark incident/murder though...and I was truly surprised by a few parts of the book. A sad yet deep and thought-provoking story. The characters seem so real and their lives are beautifully intertwined. I give is a B/A.

What is on your reading list?


  1. I'm really intruiged by the description of These Things Hidden!

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