Sunday, October 1, 2017

September Book Review

I finally added a Books tab up there under my blog name.  On that page, you'll find links to my book reviews and recommendations.  This was on my to-do list for a long time and when someone commented the other day asking for a tab, I decided to just get it done.

First up this month is a book everyone is reading or has on their list to read.

All the Missing Girls is the story of two woman who go missing a decade apart.  Nic returns to her hometown, which she fled 10 years earlier after the sudden disappearance of her friend, to assist with selling her ailing father's home.  While home, another young woman goes missing and the past with all its secrets is brought to the present.  The majority of the book is told backwards over a two week period after Nic returns home.

So while I really enjoyed reading this, I felt some confusion in the progression of relationships between some of the characters.  Maybe if I had read the book over a handful of sittings instead of over a week, it would have had a better flow.  Regardless, this is still a good read, especially if you're looking for suspense.  It has a bit more depth than other page turners. (4/5 stars)

This book is well written with good character development but I mainly liked it because it's a little different than most of the popular books out there right now.  Samuel is a criminal who carries scars from the past.  The story flips back and forth between the present time as Samuel raises his daughter and his criminal past.  The reader learns in detail how he was shot twelve different times.  This is also the story of a father/daughter relationship and a girl discovering the past of her mother and father. (4.25/5 stars)

I believe this is the first book I've read by Alice McDermott.  This is the story of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve the Irish-American community in Brooklyn.  The story takes place during the early part of the twentieth century so there's a bit of historical fiction going on.  I really didn't get into the book until I was about 10% of the way through it.  There's a lot of detail, which I like, but you have to appreciate that.  If you're looking for a page turner, full of suspense, this probably isn't for you.  But it's a really good book.  (4/5 stars)

If you're a fan of Stephen King and you haven't yet read this book, add it to your list.  It's an older book (released in 2009) that I missed reading because I had three toddlers and was barely sleeping.  I think Stephen King is amazing at developing characters for the reader and his writing flows so well.

A small town in Maine is sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field.  The book follows the search for the cause of the force field and how the people in this town react to their new situation. There are those trying to restore order and one man obsessed with control no matter what the cost.
While I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, I did have some issues with the whole force field thing.  I just couldn't imagine it happening.  Otherwise, this would have been a 5/5 for me.  Take note that it's very long (over 1,000 pages) and there are some gruesome descriptions.  (4.25/5 stars)

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Bianca said...

Thanks for this. I pop into your blog every now and then, and this has come at the right time, as I find myself in a bit of a rut!

Completely random but I was thinking of you the other day (in a completely non stalkerish way - I promise!) I "retired" a job in corporate insurance to stay home with the kids and am, well, bored. I don't miss the crazy long hours and the ridiculous commute and office etiquette, but some days I kindof do. Was wondering how you were holding up.

Sarah said...

Hi Bianca - I know what you mean. I don't feel bored because I always seem to have a huge to-do list. Maybe if I get the house completely cleaned and organized that would go away. I feel like I get enough adult interaction but it is very different.