Monday, March 28, 2011

Blindsighted (Karin Slaughter)

This is the first read by this author. Awesome suspense, though the violence is a bit brutal. And I'm not sure how the rest of this series will play, but I liked the discussion of women as victims and how that might impact their interpersonal relationships.

As a heads up: If you intend to read this series start with this book. I inadvertently picked up the fourth book - for whatever reason I had it down as the first book and in the first chapter it discussed a TON of plotlines in this book. So read them in order.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Holly's Inbox (Holly Denham)

V. funny, very quick, a modern novel of letters. I enjoyed the humor and I also liked the ending. Holly and her friends are vibrant characters and I found it oddly compelling. Good chick lit!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The First Wife (Diana Diamond)

I have no idea how this made it on to my TBR list but it's terrible. I think this is one of the worst books I've ever read. The writing is stilted, the voices are robotic and the female lead is literally one of the dumbest characters I've ever read. Would not recommend.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Easy Prey (John Sandford)

So the first Lucas Davenport book I've read in a while. I think I am over being too immersed in them but I found the predictability of this one a little too much - not in that I had any idea who DID do it at the end, but just that I knew that all the people that Lucas thought might do it differently didn't because, well, that's just how the books work. That said, Weather was back (briefly) and the end of the book hints that she might be back more so I will definitely be picking up the next one.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

House Rules (Jodi Piccoult)

I feel like I say this every time I read a Piccoult book : I think I'm kind of disillusioned by her. Yet, I keep coming back.


This book was particularly promising. As per usual she chose a contemporary topic (autism) and tossed it into a legal setting. The characters while familiar (a distressed family) were unique enough that I was excited to be reading it. Additionally, I honestly had never thought about the difficulties that autistic children (or adults) might face in a legal setting. The many accommodations that allow them to survive in other environments would be largely absent.

And yet? There were so many moments that felt too contrived to be real - the convenient history of violence displayed by Jacob, despite the repeated assurances throughout the book that autistic people in general are not violent. This was especially troubling because the attempted assault on a classmate (which seemed pretty violent, honestly) was not reconciled with the remainder of what Jacob's family and attorney thought of him. And as per usual, too many wild consequences to be believable.

I also really did not understand the role of the father here. The scene where we determine that he has autistic traits and the hint that it could be genetic was fine. But I really did not understand his presence at the end of the book at all. I also thought the ending was rushed, even more so than usual.

In the end the discussions of autism were interesting, and as per usual, I enjoyed the shifting perspectives. I also enjoyed the courtroom drama and as usual, I was strangely sucked in and read the book very quickly. Or as Jacob might say, "She had me at hello."


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Heartbreak Hotel (Anne Rivers Siddons)

These is something reassuring about these novels, despite my lack of ability to feel nostalgia for the timeperiod, I almost do. I love the portraits she paints of whites trying to come to terms with the Civil Rights movement.

I had not previously read this novel, so I enjoyed it even more than the others that I have been rereading.