I was disappointed with this entry in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series. The investigation was too bogged down, and the police procedural elements were so thorough or in such long chapters as compared to the brisk short chapters in the rest of the book that the book didn’t flow for me. No Echo deals with the… Continue reading No Echo by Anne Holt
I’m writing this post in list-form because I want to get into the habit of blogging again after letting it slide for quite awhile. I’ve been a bit unenthusiastic about what I’ve been reading lately, and, in fact, the last week I’ve been more hooked by the show Friday Night Lights than what I’m reading,… Continue reading What I Read Over the Summer
A new-to-me author’s take on domestic suspense which ultimately didn’t take off for me. I tried this book because I’m willing to try new authors and curious about what kind of domestic suspense is being published now. Ultimately, this book didn’t take off for me because it felt like too many twists and too many… Continue reading The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
I’ve hit a reading patch where either I read slowly or instead read the first half of a book quickly and then get distracted by something new so I never finish the first book. But nevertheless, I have been reading some good stuff I want to mention. Heat by Bill Buford is part a story… Continue reading Hello again!
My experience of reading Wilde Lake was a mixed one. I adored the first hundred pages, and I even went to so far to tell people to read it on the basis of the beginning alone. It’s so specific about growing up in a planned suburb in the 1970s that I was fascinated. Now that… Continue reading Not What I Expected: Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
I’ve been reading a lot of non-crime novels lately, and I’ve tried an awful lot of books that I like to call dramedy– the novelistic equivalent of tv shows I gravitate to like Parenthood. My favorite dramedy of the batch I’ve read this summer is In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch. It’s a book about… Continue reading I’m Back to Reading Dramedy
I grew up with Dear Abby, and that started my love of advice columns. While I don’t read advice columns every day in the newspaper anymore, I’m partial to Ask Polly. It’s a sort of existential advice column, not quite as sweet as Dear Sugar, but it’s intensely empathetic. Covering such topics as friends, romantic relationships,… Continue reading How to Be a Person in the World by Heather Havrilesky