Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerrtisen

Following a painful divorce, Julia Hamill takes a chance buying an old dilapidated historic home in a small town outside of Boston. While digging in the garden, Julia finds an old skeleton buried in the yard. She feels compelled to discover who lies in this unmarked grave and together with a relative of the previous owner, digs into family treasures that bring them on a journey back to Boston in the 1830's and tells the story of a city divided by class lines and the fear invoked by a Jack the Ripper style serial killer.

I really enjoyed this one. I was glued to the book from beginning to the end. It wasn't as suspenseful as it could have been, but I was really drawn in by the characters and the developing story being unfolded as Julia and Henry read all of those old letters.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark

Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark

Assistant Prosecutor, Emily Wallace, has landed the trial that will either make or break her career. When famous Broadway star, Natalie Raines, is found murdered, her estranged husband, Gregg Aldrich, becomes the prime suspect but there is not enough evidence to go to trial. Two years later career criminal Jimmy Easton, arrested for burglary, pleads a deal claiming to have information connecting Gregg to Natalie's murder.

Emily, having recently lost her husband to a roadside bomb in Iraq and then recovering from a heart transplant surgery, needs this trial to go her way. Will the jury believe Jimmy Easton's testimony? Is he telling the truth?

I have been a long-time fan of Mary Higgins Clark. In fact I began reading her books when I was in the sixth grade. In the past few years her books just have not been as good as they once were. While I liked this book well enough in the end, I didn't find it all that suspenseful and it was pretty predictable. It felt like there were all of these random things going on (the heart transplant story line, the serial killer next door, the trial, etc) and then it all just came to a quick end in the matter of ten pages. I will continue to be a loyal reader of hers, more out of habit than anything else, but this wasn't one of my favorites.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rules of Prey and Wintergirls

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lia's best friend Cassie is found dead in a motel room. Dead and alone. She called Lia 33 times that night, but Lia never answered. Lia keeps this secret while fighting her own demons in her "matchstick body" while her busy and successful parents live their own lives oblivious to what is really going on. Lia's goals are simple: stay in control, eat as little as possible, and get to her goal weight: 0.

I love every single one of Laurie Halse Andersons books. They are so powerful. This one will take your breath away.

Rules of Prey by John Sandford

Lieut. Lucas Davenport is a tough, brilliant, and unstoppable detective with an itchy trigger finger. Davenport is asked to step in and help stop a serial killer preying on dark haired women. But has Davenport met his match with this "maddog" killer who seems to stay one step ahead?

This is the first in the Prey series. I have been meaning to read this series for a while now and am glad I finally got started. Will definitely read through the entire series.