I didn’t expect this book to blow my mind, so I had a good time reading it. It was pretty fucked up, in that what-the-hell-is-going-on sort of way. That made me read it super fast, and I was completely absorbed the whole time. But when the reveal finally happened, it just felt really clichéd the way it played out. This book is about Anna Fox, a former child psychologist, now agoraphobic shut-in, who hasn’t left her house in ten months (almost eleven), and who spends her time watching her neighbors and cataloguing their every move through her Nikon camera and […]
cbr10bingo… Dream Vacation Ok so this book falls into the “Dream Vacation” category for cbr10bingo for 2 reasons: Tokyo and Osaka: John moved to Osaka to get away from the people who might want to kill him, but he travels back to Tokyo for most of the book. I’ve never particularly wanted to go to Tokyo, but he makes it sound so interesting. He goes to the little places that aren’t touristy, are off the beaten path, and that have great food. The food he talks about in this book and the previous one make my mouth water as I’m […]
This is the end… cbr10bingo I used the first book in this series as my “and so it begins”, and now I’m using this third and final book as my “this is the end” for CBR10bingo! Of course I read this series in the wrong order (two, one, three), but that’s just the usual for me! So we get back to Joe Cantrell in this book, and he’s got another new job. He’s sheriff of a small town in Texas, and he’s got a new baby. Unfortunately his baby mama (Piper) has up and left with the baby. Joe’s a […]
Once again, my favorite podcast Literary Disco delivers with an outstanding book recommendation. I hadn’t heard of this book, but thankfully the wait for it was long at my local library. I say thankfully because I am glad that people are becoming familiar with this gruesome and awesome (in the awe-stricken sense of the word) true story that should mar our nations history, if the people of our nation knew anything about it. And if, um, it wasn’t already super thoroughly marred. The Osage Nation, forced to move from their original home to wherever the government told them to go, […]
This book was a fast read for me. I’m not saying that because I think it was good, it just kept the momentum going. I was just talking to my friend who I borrowed it from, and I said that the writing was a little simplistic. It seemed like the writing wasn’t pretty enough or something? Like: “Tom was upset. He got in his car and drove away.” I don’t know, it could’ve used a little more emotion maybe. “Tom angrily slammed his car door and sped away.” Whatever, my writing isn’t pretty either, but I don’t get paid for […]
So I really liked this book. I read a series either earlier this year or last year by Joe Hart, and it was very different from this book. I guess that series was still science fiction-y, like this one, but it still felt very different. We begin this book by meeting Gillian, as she’s basically getting into a car accident with her husband. We learn that he has this terrible brain disease called Losian’s, that’s similar to Alzheimer’s, but affects all ages. He’s starting to forget her, and he will eventually become irritable and violent. Right now though, he’s just […]
I’m writing these two reviews together, because I read the books so quickly and so close to one another! Book 6: So I got distracted by other books for a little while, but I’m back on the Joe Dillard kick! Like I’ve said before, I like the characters. I like his family, and I like the way he practices law. He tried to do the right thing for good people. In this book, he hires a new associate named Charlie. She’s had a rough past, and she wants to defend an older neighbor whose son is trying to get him […]
I honest to the heavens thought I’d reviewed this one. The short version is: True crime fans/Murderinos will probably enjoy this one. I’m not sure anyone else will; the subject matter is pretty grim and the person in question warped like HH Holmes. Lizzie Borden may have killed her father and stepmother with an axe, but Belle Gunness killed a hell of a lot more, including her own children.