Friday, November 7, 2014

book club

Diane Chamberlain's The Silent Sister

Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager.  Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary.  Lisa is alive.  Alive and living under a new identity.  But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?  As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.  Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality.
(thanks to her website)

This was a speedy read but I did see the big twist coming and after I was done reading I was just more sad for the whole family and main characters. I give this a C.

Grand Central Anthology by numerous authors
Grand Central cover
On any particular day, thousands upon thousands of people pass through New York City's Grand Central Terminal, through the whispering gallery, beneath the ceiling of stars, and past the information booth and its beckoning four-faced clock, to whatever destination is calling them. It is a place where people come to say hello and good-bye. And each person has a story to tell. 
Now, ten bestselling authors inspired by this iconic landmark have created their own stories, set on the same day, just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal... 

(from Kristina McMorris' website)

What can be better than five of my favorite authors writing WWII fiction?! Nothing! I loved this anthology and discovered new authors to read next. The only problem with short stories,I didn't want them to end so darn quickly! I also really loved how different characters popped up in the other stories and how there was never one repeat of the same situation/character type. What a unique collection that I thoroughly enjoyed being lost in.

David Baldacci's  The Forgotten 
The Forgotten
Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case—but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.A picture-perfect town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt’s death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller’s father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.
What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt’s death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.(thanks to his website)
Another DB work that kept me wanting to read more and more. What a strong male character and quirky mystery. I will have to go read more of his John Puller series.

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