Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

The Fall of Lisa Bellow
The Fall of Lisa Bellow
The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do—when a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way.

What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind.

After Lisa’s abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith’s mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not.

Like Everything I Never Told You and Room, The Fall of Lisa Bellow is edgy and original, a hair-raising exploration of the ripple effects of an unthinkable crime. It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming-of-age, and about forgiveness. It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing.

Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Simon & Schuster

My review:

The Fall of Lisa BellowThe Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was kindly sent to me from Simon & Schuster Canada for an honest review.
Although her name is in the title, this book isn't really about Lisa Bellow. Lisa is the most popular girl in the eighth grade and unfortunately for her she is at a local deli when a robbery occurs. Lisa ends up being taken by the robber when he leaves. Also at the deli is Meredith Oliver, who is not amongst the popular kids at school and is often bullied by Lisa Bellow. Meredith is left behind after the robbery and this is where the story really begins.
We follow the lives of Meredith and her family and the consequences that follow her escape from being kidnapped. The story is told in alternating chapters between Meredith and her Mother Claire.
Through Meredith we learn more about Lisa Bellow and her life. There are scenes where Meredith seems to be talking with Lisa after her kidnapping. Is this real or only in Meredith's imagination? You have to read the book to find out of course. No spoilers.
In Claire's chapters we learn more about the Oliver family, including past tragedies that have had a profound impact in their lives.
The author also focuses on the somewhat strained relationship between Meredith and Claire, that as the reader you're hoping will be resolved by the end.
I enjoyed the writing style. It definitely flows and keeps you turning the pages. Susan Perabo is very good at expressing emotions and getting it across on the page. The characters are amazingly written and you feel that you know them and care about the. Especially Meredith and Claire who we get to know the most.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys family dramas with a touch of suspense. This was my first Susan Perabo and I hope it won't be my last. She is a terrific writer. Highly recommended

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Cover and synopsis from goodreads.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Little Heaven

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review: Crossing The Horizon by Laurie Notaro

Crossing the Horizon: A Novel

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: Darktown by Thomas Mullen


Friday, September 9, 2016

Review: Insidious by Catherine Coulter

Insidious (FBI Thriller, #200)     

Monday, September 5, 2016

Review: A Fast and Brutal Wing by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson

It's been awhile since I've posted on here. I'm going to try and be more consistent. No promises though.

Here's a quick review of an older book I just finished.

A Fast and Brutal Wing

A Fast and Brutal Wing

She leapt, a perfect arc, lithe muscles propelling her through the air, leaving what was human behind, clothes fallen to the ground. She was cat, claws unsheathed, teeth bared. Loving the hunt, the chase, the pounce and the strike, her teeth sinking into flesh, blood spurting in her mouth.
Animal justice: ruthless and swift. And totally satisfying.

In their chaotic, human world, the one thing that held this brother and sister together was their shared private knowledge: their ability to change from human to animal, and back. Their ability to transform.  Or was that a lie to tear them apart?

My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the format in which it was written. I thought the writing was good, and the characters interesting and it kept my attention. It was also a very quick read. I have to say I'm very surprised at the low ratings for this book. To each his own I guess. 

Cover and synopsis from Goodreads. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Weekend Reads April 23 2016

These are the books I'm currently reading. 

Mannheim Rex

Mannheim Rex

From the internationally bestselling novelist Rob Pobi comes Mannheim Rex, an homage to the blockbuster Jaws and the classic American novel Moby Dick.

After the sudden death of his wife, famous horror writer Gavin Corlie retreats from New York City to a secluded house on Lake Caldasac. But his new life in the country is far from idyllic, and when a thirteen-year-old wheelchair-bound boy named Finn Horn nearly drowns in the lake, Gavin discovers a startling secret: people in this peaceful lakeside community keep vanishing. Is the corrupt, drug-fuelled town sheriff to blame? Or is Finn’s account of a lake-dwelling leviathan more than a near-death hallucination?

Racing against time and Mother Nature, Gavin and Finn embark on a quest to catch a nightmare beast. It’s survival of the fittest, and it isn’t long before the pair realizes that they might be out of their depth…and that the hunters may have become the hunted.

An homage to Peter Benchley’s Jaws and the classic Moby Dick,Mannheim Rex is an unsettling thriller that switches seamlessly between heartwarming friendship and heart-stopping action.

I have this one in a paperback ARC that was sent to me from Simon & Schuster Canada for an honest review. 

Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once

"#1 New York Times bestseller Harlan Coben delivers his next impossible-to-put-down thriller. In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben's page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself. Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya's husband, Joe--who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband--and herself"--

This one I'm reading as an ebook on overdrive. 

The Girl In The Ice (DCI Erika Foster #1)

The Girl In The Ice (DCI Erika Foster, #1)

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one. 

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. 

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. 

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? 

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika. 

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

This one I'm reading on my kindle. 

Liesl & Po

Liesl & Po

Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.

That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable

Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

This one I'm listening to as an audio book on overdrive. 

Images and synopsis taken from goodreads.