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Since She Went Away

Since She Went Away by David Bell.

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: NAL (June 21, 2016)
ISBN-10: 045147421X

Three months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.
The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.
But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.

This is book number 7 for me, written by David Bell. My first was Cemetery Girl and from then on I’ve been a fan.

This book was no exception. I am not sure how to define his writing, but one always feels they are right there and part of the story … and that it’s real! 

Like other’s of his books it’s hard to set them down for very long.  It helps, tremendously, that he writes very short chapters, which always makes you read one or two more before setting the book down!  I don’t know if publishers like that or not but "I" sure do!

Chalk up another  good read from David Bell!

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I don’t always do a list of books I read for each month, but last month all the books were really good so here they are:

21.The Black Box…………………..Michael Connelly….(480 pgs)

22.Cracks in the Sidewalk…………..Bette L. Crosby…..(332 pgs)

23.A Memory of Violets……………..Hazel Gaynor……..(432 pgs)

24.The Midnight Rose……………….Lucinda Riley…….(496 pgs)

25.The Likeness……………………Tana French………(466 pgs)

I didn’t read when I was on my trip except for something on my tablet that I "thought" was a full length book but turned out to be only 48 pages. It was Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas DeQuincey.  Maybe I should count that as a book anyway lol…

Well, Happy Reading for you all for the month of July!!

Faithful Place

Faithful Place by Tana French.

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books;(June 28, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0143119494

 

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. French’s emotionally searing third novel of the Dublin murder squad (after The Likeness) shows the Irish author getting better with each book. In 1985, 19-yearold Frank Mackey and his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, made secret plans to elope to England and start a new life together far away from their families, particularly the hard-drinking Mackeys. But when Rosie doesn’t meet Frank the night they’re meant to leave and he finds a note, Frank assumes she’s left him behind. For 22 years, Frank, who becomes an undercover cop, stays away from Faithful Place, his childhood Dublin neighborhood. When his younger sister, Jackie, calls to tell him that someone found Rosie’s suitcase hidden in an abandoned house, Frank reluctantly returns. Now everything he thought he knew is turned upside down: did Rosie really leave that night, or did someone stop her before she could? French, who briefly introduced Mackey in The Likeness, is adept at seamlessly blending suspenseful whodunit elements with Frank’s familial demons.

Book number 4 that I’ve read by Tana French.  She really knows how to tell a story and keep you interested on reading to the very end.  This one is a 22 year old cold case. And I do get hooked on cold cases lol.

This one I wasn’t sure I would like.  On her other book she used the character of Frank Mackey and I can’t say he was a favorite lol.. so when this book was "about" Frank Mackey", I was leery.  But she turned him into someone of interest and made me read this book to the end also! 

Her books are quick reading and keep your interest.  I have one more in my tbr mile high pile which I will get to after one book that I waited for it to come and now I have to read that first! (That would be David Bell.  I have read every book he’s written! another one of those, have to read, authors).

The Likeness

The Likeness by Tana French.

Paperback: 466 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books;(May 26, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0143115626

Tana French astonished critics and readers alike with her mesmerizing debut novel, In the Woods. Now both French and Detective Cassie Maddox return to unravel a case even more sinister and enigmatic than the first. Six months after the events of In the Woods, an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? A disturbing tale of shifting identities,

Quite a long time ago I read Tana French’s first book "In the Woods" and remember enjoying it.  Not sure what took me so long to read another of her books, but I finally did and it was enjoyable too. 

It was different.

Undercover detective work generally means to pass yourself off as someone you are not.  In this case Cassie Maddox had to go among friends and pass herself off as a friend they thought was dead.  How does one convince 4 good friends that she’s their "not dead" friend?    I think she wrote the story quite well., and like I said.. it was different, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.   She had four different personalities to deal with and the detective that put her on the case once they realized she could be the dead girls twin sister. 

I have two more of her books sitting around here so, I may pick another up before I try another author.  Until next time………………………… enjoy whatever you are reading!

The Midnight Rose

The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley.

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (March 18, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1476703574

 

 

From Booklist

For Anahita Chavan, childhood in India under the British raj was simple and happy. But when she is asked to become the companion to the maharajah’s daughter, Princess Indira, Anni is suddenly exposed to a life of wealth and privilege. Then the two girls are sent to England to attend boarding school, a move that will change Anni’s life in ways she never dreamed of. Meanwhile, in present-day England, American actress Rebecca Bradley has snagged the first serious role of her career, playing a 1920s debutante living on a beautiful Dartmoor estate. As filming begins, the manor receives an unexpected visitor, Ari Malik, Anahita’s great-grandson, who is on a quest to learn about Anni’s past. Riley, the best-selling author of The Orchid House (2011), has once again written an extraordinary story, a complex, deeply engaging tale filled with fascinating characters whose slowly revealed secrets carry readers to the very end. Spanning four generations and moving from the great palaces of India to the stately country home of an English lord, this is a sweeping tale of love lost and found.

I think the reason I got this book is because I have read most of Lucinda Riley’s books and have always liked them.  Of course then there is the mention of Dartmoor..heh.  So , I had a good chance of enjoying the book.   Never gave a thought to learning about how India woman of high esteem had to live. (now I know what it was like back in the day).

It was a very good read.  Back and forth a few generations but never had trouble following it.  I gave a thought that the ending was rushed a bit ..strange to say that when the book was just shy of 500 pages! (a few more wouldn’t have hurt).

Anyone who has read any of  Lucinda Riley books and enjoyed them will certainly enjoy this one if they haven’t already read it.  I like her writing style.  Things flow so well that I went thru this book way faster than I ever thought I would!!

If you don’t try this book you might want to try one of her others.. they are all enjoyable! "The Orchard House", "The Girl on the Cliff" and "The Lavender Garden"…

A Memory of Violets

A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor.

 

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 3, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0062316893

A short but sweet book review………………..

Amazon:

In 1912, twenty-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London’s flower girls—orphaned and crippled children living on the grimy streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive.

Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie—a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florrie’s pain and all she endured in her brief life, Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie. But the search will not be easy. Full of twists and surprises, it leads the caring and determined young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart.

Yet another book that isn’t a crime book!..  but what a good book it was!

A lot of atmosphere.  A lot of sadness. And yet a lot of hope and happiness, all wrapped up in this one book.

The book contains 2 stories.  One of the two "flower girls" and the story of Tilly, a girl who doesn’t know her life was/is anything but what she thought was.

The book is very easy reading, very well written, and very descriptive.  It’s written keeping with the time period in which it takes place and makes you feel you are right there.

You might want to give this one a chance.

Cracks in the Sidewalk by Bette L. Crosby.

Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing (September 22, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0983887926

Amazon didn’t have a review by the book so I scanned the back of the book for the review..

OMG! I loved this book!

It was not a Victorian mystery, or any sort of murder mystery, and not a biography.. although it is said that it is "based on a true story".  Boy howdy!

It’s a touching book.  Parts are a sad book. Parts are a feel good book.  It’s nothing like anything I’ve read before.  It read so true that, easily I believe it was based on a true story.  It was so compelling I couldn’t put the book down for long.  I had to know what could possibly happen next?!

Not a lot I want to say about it because if you should read it you would have your own feelings about the people involved and the story behind it. 

It’s a good book .  ‘Nuff said.

The Black Box

The Black Box by Michael Connelly.

Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing(October 15, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0446556726

 

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.
Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

 

Seldom do I read a mystery that takes place in the USA.  Not because I have anything against it, I just find Victorian Mysteries from England more interesting.   And I also have never gotten into reading the authors that seem to put a book a year out.  Again, nothing against them, I just drift in a different direction I guess. 

However, this book takes place in Los Angeles CA .  And it’s by a prolific author.  That being said, I picked up this up because the story line on the back of the book read like something I would like.  I guess I liked it since I read it in 3 days!!

It’s a good detective story.  I liked that the murder took place 20 yrs ago and 20 yrs later the same detective (Harry Bosh) picks it up as a cold case and gets his chance to really work on it to see if he can find out who murdered the pretty reporter way back during the LA riots.

This is my first book I read since my trip.. and glad it was a good one. 

I did try to read a book while gone that was on my Tablet called : Confessions of an English Opium Eater (about Thomas De Quincey) I thought I had downloaded a "book" but it turned out only to be 48 pages long.. so I don’t count that as a book.

So.. onward to a new book……………..

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