Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Woman in the Window is A.J. Finn's first novel. This psychological thriller is well written and will keep you on the edge of your seat to the end. A.J. Finn's writing is intelligent and well structured. If you read a lot of psychological thrillers, you might be able to guess some parts of the book, but the end will surprise you. In an interview, A.J. Finn mentioned that he suffered from depressions for 17 years as an adult. He said that he was able to incorporate some of feelings and frustrations he experienced in the main character. He also mentioned that he is a Film Noir passionate. The story is full of great movie classic references. Writing from experience is a way to keep the story close to reality. This is a pretty darn good first novel for A.J. Finn. I would not be surprised that this book will be a best seller in 2018. Looking forward to reading his second novel.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"The Keeper of Lost Things" is a beautiful and touching story about loss, love, broken hearts and second chances. Anthony lost the love of his life in a tragic accident. He also lost the only thing that reminded him of Therese. Anthony searched everywhere to locate the object, but never found it... but he found many objects on his journey and collected them. Eunice found a medallion on the best day of her life. She starts working at Bomber's publishing company and finds a best friend for life. Bomber has a secret and is faced with his parents' health quick failing. Laura married young and to the wrong man. After divorcing, she becomes Anthony's personal assistant and her life is totally changed. Laura is charged with reuniting the lost objects that Anthony collected over the years to their original owners. Therese, Anthony's dead fiancée, has another agenda and she will not Laura sleep until she helps her. And there is also Sunshine, a "dancing drom", who is more insightful than all of them and knows how to make a nice cup of tea. There is a lot of tea drinking in this book; don't say I did not warn you. This might intrigue you; it surely intrigued me. Fantastic book!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Would you believe I found a copy of this book at my local dollar store? I have been wanting to read this book for a long time and here it was... marked $1. I could not pass this bargain! There was a lot of buzz about this book when it came out and that can be good or bad. I kept away from reading the reviews so that I would read this book with an open mind. I am glad I did.

The Boston Girl is a wonderful book. I could not put it down. It is the story of Addie Baum, a young Jewish girl, growing up in Boston in the early 19 hundred. Contrary to the rest of her family, Addie was born in American and she has the desire to fulfill her life as much as she can. She has a difficult relationship with her mother and makes a few wrong decision when it comes to men, but besides that; she succeeds to live a life filled with awesome adventures, friends, and opportunities.

Anita Diamant is a fantastic author and her beautifully written stories are filled with family traditions and interested characters. She is not afraid to address the issues of the time such as women's right to vote, child labor and even the right for women to wear pants.

This is a must-read. If you have not done so yet, get yourself a copy and start reading. You might not find it at your local dollar store, but your favorite bookstore or public library surely has a copy waiting for you.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: Unraveling Oliver

Unraveling Oliver Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an advance copy of this book from Simon & Schuster via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Unraveling Oliver is the story of a man found guilty of beating his wife into a coma. Oliver's childhood was made difficult due to his father's rejection and trying to fit in a world where he has no roots. As a young adult, he travels to France to work on a vineyard where he befriends the owner's son and his grandfather. For once he feels part of a family, but disaster strikes and he loses both in a horrible incident. He returns to Ireland broken. He eventually finds success by publishing children's books. This is when he meets Alice, an illustrator, who works with him on his books. They eventually marry, but it is not a good marriage. Oliver has many secrets, deep pains and a distorted sense of reality. When Alice confronts him with his deepest secrets; he is enraged and beats her relentlessly.

The book is written in the voices of many people who knew Oliver and Alice. Each chapter sheds light on what made Oliver who he is and why he attacked his wife. The plot is intelligent and well structured. The characters are unique and each brings value to the book. The story builds from one chapter to the other and the conclusion is well delivered. Great book!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Review: I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

I Can't Make This Up: Life LessonsI Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wanted my first book this year to bring a smile on my face. I can't make this up by Kevin Hart did exactly that. We listened to the audio version on our way to visit my parents who live 9 hours away. The audiobook is read by Kevin Hart himself which made it more interesting and funnier. The book is about his life story and how he got to where he is today. His story is real and interesting. Warning: if you are listening to the book, you might want to do it without children around as the language is quite colorful. I recommend it, it is pretty good.

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