Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

I am so over kidnap-and-torture-women books. Seriously. Why can’t anyone ever kidnap a guy and lock him in the basement or a barn or [insert scary isolated place here].Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Actually, it doesn’t bring anything to the table other than gory descriptions of captive women being abused and humiliated, all the while being recorded for a snuff tape site. Continue reading “Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter”

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Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain novels are my guilty pleasure. There. I’ve said it. I discovered her about two years ago with Necessary Lies and I have been shamelessly devouring her books ever since. It’s chick-lit, it’s reasonably sappy, and it’s nothing I would ever picture myself enjoying. But, for some reason, I do. Pretending to Dance is Chamberlain’s latest effort, and while it’s not my favorite, it doesn’t disappoint. Continue reading “Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain”

The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne b M.L. Longworth

Embarrassing confession time: the title of this book, The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne, led me to the assumption that this would be a story about a missing lady named Cézanne. Yes, I took Art History in college. Yes, I am reasonably educated. Alas, it took me about 30 pages to get beyond my mild confusion and realize that the title refers to the French artist, Paul Cézanne. One of his paintings is “lost.” Whoops. Continue reading “The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne b M.L. Longworth”

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=dantra0c-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0399174001&asins=0399174001&linkId=IX5RQUGVVYEP4QDA&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=trueCharlotte Cates, trendily known as “Charlie,” has endured the death of her child, and since that time has also experienced bizarre dreams about children in trouble. One of these dreams prompts her to accept a job researching a Louisiana family in order to write a book about the mystery that has plagued them for the past thirty years. This is interesting, because it feels like it takes at least another thirty years to make it through Hester Young’s snorefest here. Continue reading “The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young”

If You Could See What I See by Cathy Lamb

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=dantra0c-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0758259409&asins=0758259409&linkId=7WQZZBX52PH2JQR5&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=trueIf You Could See What I See is one of the better books that I have found through good old Kindle Unlimited, but really, that only means that it isn’t downright unreadable. The story was solid, the characters were interesting. But, at the end of the day, it’s still only meh. Continue reading “If You Could See What I See by Cathy Lamb”

What Might Have Been by Matt Dunn

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=dantra0c-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=1477825029&asins=1477825029&linkId=OFTPZENAZVDNXASA&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=trueKindle Unlimited strikes again. Sometimes, I like to read a cute little romantic comedy. I know, I know. It embarrasses me, too. But, they are usually not terrible, move quickly, and give me something to listen to as I Audible my way around the house. I just wanted something pleasant that I didn’t have to think about, but no. I had to go and stumble across the most hideously boring piece of pulp since Pride and Prejudice. I am aware that lots of people like Jane Austen, but let’s be serious – nothing happens in any of her books. The characters talk and gossip in a house and drink tea, the end. This is similarly true of What Might Have Been, which is composed almost exclusively of conversations regarding one topic. Continue reading “What Might Have Been by Matt Dunn”

Faking It by Elisa Lorello

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=dantra0c-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0547744978&asins=0547744978&linkId=TGRL4EHANEKHKWHH&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true50 Shades of Grey launched a deluge of copycat trilogies, because if this world needs one more thing, it’s more poorly-written erotic fiction. I really didn’t think that any other author could compare to EL James, but by the grace of Kindle Unlimited, I came across Faking It. This novel took my breath away for all the wrong reasons. The plot, the characters, the writing, everything about it screamed 50 Shades wannabe. Well congrats, Ms. Lorello, your book continues the strange chain of emulation started by James. We all know that 50 Shades of Grey started out as fan fiction for Twilight, and Faking It does have that same sort of feel, only towards the works (I use that term loosely) of James. So I guess Devin is, in a way, Edward Cullen. Great. Continue reading “Faking It by Elisa Lorello”