So I picked out this book because I’m extremely fond of a little movie called The Edge, which is a thriller-in-the-wilderness movie that seriously has a bear attack or something incredibly exciting every 8 minutes. It’s not a movie I rewatch and rewatch, but it sticks in my head as a very memorable ride, and… Continue reading The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
2016 is the year I became a reader who reads lots of books at the same time and tends to forget to post about them on the blog. This post is my attempt to check in a bit more frequently about what’s going on with my reading.
First, I finished Münster’s Case, also published as The Unlucky Lottery and Münster’s Fall, by Håkan Nesser, translated by Laurie Thompson. While I really, really liked the first three books in the series, this particular entry left me a little cold. It might be because I felt like I figured out the crime way ahead of the characters, but I think it was also because Münster wasn’t as compelling a lead character as Van Veeteren. VV spends the book working at an antiquarian bookshop while officially on leave from the police force, while he does consult with Münster for a bit.
Next, I read Masters of Sex by Thomas Maier, which is the basis for the Showtime series. I’ve only seen season 1, which focuses on the start of Masters and Johnson’s research, and that section of the book was the most vivid for me. The issue I had with the biography is that once Masters and Johnson become famous, their work and their relationship seem to fall apart, and ultimately Maier doesn’t have too many theories about why Masters in particular was such a difficult-to-know person. It’s hard to stay interested in a guy that enigmatic, I think.
Finally, I just started the 10th entry in Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, The Slippery Slope, both because I’ve been reading them with my oldest daughter for the last year and because the Netflix series dropped today. They are exciting read-alouds, and, as my daughter likes to tell me, they are chock full of conflict. I think we have similar reading tastes.
My favorite reads of 2016 are not all crime fiction. I got a little bored with some of my favorite crime authors so spent quite a bit of time reading widely, and I found some good stuff. Until They Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson was my favorite crime novel, by far. I like the… Continue reading My Favorite Reads of 2016
This Too Shall Pass is a slim novel about a forty-something woman going through grief after her mother’s death. I picked it out because I’m always looking for new-to-me translated authors, and it sounded a little like a Ferrante novel. Unfortunately this book suffers in comparison. The main character’s meltdown isn’t nearly as harrowing as… Continue reading This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets
I like to read series I’ve invested in from the start, and thankfully, this entry in the Hanne Willhelmsen series lives up to the ones I really liked in the series. It’s a story revolving around the murder of 3 members of a wealthy shipping family and a seemingly unconnected freelance writer, all around Christmas… Continue reading Beyond the Truth by Anne Holt
I was interested in this book because I spotted the word thriller in the jacket copy and I was familiar with the author’s journalism in all sorts of places. I was even more interested when I found out the story is about a young lawyer investigating her estranged husband’s death outside a new age retreat… Continue reading Soulmates by Jessica Grose
This book didn’t live up to my expectations. I expected the search for John Hughes to be more about Hughes than about the author. I thought it would be more reportage than a memoir, and a pretty harrowing memoir at that. And ultimately I felt disappointed from this turning into a book I wasn’t expecting,… Continue reading Searching for John Hughes by Jason Diamond