Book Review: The Breakdown

Book Review: The BreakdownThe Breakdown
by B.A. Paris
Pages: 336
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Suspense/Thriller
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If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

My Takeaway  In the words of Bart Simpson – ¡¡Ay caramba!! The Breakdown did not disappoint. The book was engrossing, exciting, and eerily good. On a rainy, dark night, Cass decided to take a shortcut through the woods (against her husband’s wishes). After that night, her life is…

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Book Review: Radical Hope

Book Review: Radical HopeRadical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
by Carolina De Robertis, Junot Díaz, Faith Adiele, Parnaz Foroutan, Chip Livingston, Mohja Kahf, Achy Obejas, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Cherrie Moraga, Kate Schatz, Boris Fishman, Karen Joy Fowler, Elmaz Abinader, Aya de León, Jane Smiley, Luis Alberto Urrea, Mona Eltahawy, Jeff Chang, Claire Messud, Meredith Russo, Reyna Grande, Katie Kitamura, iO Tillett Wright, Francisco Goldman, Celeste Ng, Peter Orner, Cristina García, Aliciz Garza, Roxana Robinson, Lisa See, Jewelle Gomez, Hari Kunzru
Pages: 272
Published by Vintage
Genres: Non-Fiction, Short Stories
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Radical Hope is a collection of letters--to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged--written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists. Provocative and inspiring, Radical Hope offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage needed to navigate this time of upheaval, uncertainty, and fear, in view of the recent US presidential election.

My Takeaway  “But language is malleable, and it is not always on the side of truth. This is something every writer knows. Words make and unmake the world with terrifying rapidity, and they do so without moral distinction…There is a battle going on right now over the words we…

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Book Review: He Said/She Said

Book Review: He Said/She SaidHe Said/She Said
by Erin Kelly
Pages: 400
Published by Minotaur Books
Genres: Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
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In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim's life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear, and while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something, and someone, is always in the dark.

My Takeaway  “Waiting for something horrible to happen is almost more draining than it actually happening.” Erin Kelly, He Said/She Said I had high expectations for He Said/She Said, but I felt the pace was too slow (especially at the beginning). From the reviews I’ve read…

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Book Review: It’s Always the Husband

Book Review: It’s Always the HusbandIt's Always the Husband
by Michele Campbell
Pages: 320
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller
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Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge ... and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

My Takeaway I gobbled up this novel in one day! Although, the first half of the story moved a bit slow (hardly any suspense), the second half moved at an enjoyable, faster pace. From the beginning, it is obvious the Whipple Triplets (as they are known in college) have drastically…

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Book Review: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Book Review: The Twelve Lives of Samuel HawleyThe Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti
Pages: 480
Published by Dial Press
Genres: Literary Fiction
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After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife's hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother's mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past; a past that eventually spills over into his daughter's present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come. This father-daughter epic weaves back and forth through time and across America, from Alaska to the Adirondacks.

Both a coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley explores what it means to be a hero, and the cost we pay to protect the people we love most.

My Takeaway  “Everything breaks if you hit it hard enough.” Hannah Tinti, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is beautifully written, enjoyable and worthy of reading. It touches on a father and daughter’s fierce love, acceptance, sacrifice, and survival. Samuel Hawley is a…

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