Book Review: The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is my last great book of 2015, and boy did it knock my socks off! It’s got everything I love: flawed, fascinating characters, complex parent/child relationships, class conflict, great writing. This is a story of an upper middle class couple who decide to […]

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Crime Fiction Book Review: After We Fall

After We Fall by Emma Kavanagh My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was flawed yet strangely compelling. I feel that the debut author had an ambitious idea but didn’t quite possess the technical skill to pull it off. The story is told from four points of view (always tricky): a stewardess who survives […]

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Book Review: FLORENCE GORDON

Florence Gordon by Brian Morton My rating: 5 of 5 stars FLORENCE GORDON is about a smart, cantankerous, plainspoken old feminist, exactly the kind of old lady I aspire to be (some might say I’ve already achieved my goal). She’s honest to the point of tactlessness and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. As the book opens, […]

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Crime Fiction Netflix Review: The Fall

I usually only post crime fiction book reviews, but I was so impressed by the Netflix series, THE FALL, that I wanted to talk about it with anyone else who’s watched. The series stars Gillian Anderson, of X-Files fame, as Stella Gibbons, a British police chief called in to help the Belfast police with a […]

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Review: THE GUILTY ONE

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne My rating: 5 of 5 stars All summer, I’ve been longing for a book that would draw me in completely and make me ignore my responsibilities to keep reading. Finally, I found it in THE GUILTY ONE. Let’s get one thing straight: this is not a mystery/thriller even though […]

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Enter to Win an Amazon Gift Card

Hello, readers! I hope you’re spending these summer days reading by the pool, on the beach, or out on your back porch. To thank you for all your support and give you a chance to feed your book addiction, I’m holding a give-away of one $10 Amazon giftcard. To be entered in the drawing, all […]

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Book Review: After the Storm

After the Storm by Linda Castillo My rating: 3 of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book. Many mystery fans whose opinions I respect love Linda Castillo, and I had never read her work. After reading a glowing review of After the Storm, I decided to take the plunge. The novel starts with […]

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Book Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins My rating: 2 of 5 stars Stupid women making bad choices with abusive men. That’s my one sentence synopsis for this book. Yet again, a mystery is compared to GONE GIRL because it has a hard-to-like protagonist. What everyone who makes that comparison seems to miss is […]

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What’s in a name?

Imagine if you gave birth to a beautiful baby, perfect in every way. You nurtured her and watched her grow and she became more precious to you with every passing day. You gave this beautiful baby a beautiful name: Cassandra. Then one day your baby went off to school and the teacher told you she […]

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