Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review: The Queen: A Life in Brief



Author: Robert Lacey
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages: 176
Released: 2012
Rating: 4/5



Synopsis:

Robert Lacey provides readers with a brief history of Elizabeth II who is currently celebrating her jubilee year. Lacey portrays a young girl who was destine to reap the benefits of royalty, but never be crowned Queen. She was the equivalent of Princess Beatrice today. After her Uncle abdicated the crown when his marriage wasn’t approved, her father was next in line, Elizabeth; his oldest became heir to the throne. Elizabeth’s parents had very different parenting styles; her father was stricter while her mother was more laid back. Her mother warned her husband that he could be strict, but never jeopardize the relationship he has with his children. There needs to be a silver lining that would not cause their children to push away. Elizabeth was secretly engaged to Prince Philip, and had to wait for her father’s approval to announce their news. Her father approved of Philip, but he wasn’t ready to give his daughter away. Lacey briefly describes her children, including their marriages and divorces. Charles married Diana but he was always in love with Camilla. His mother forced him to make a choice, he never tried to hide his love of Camilla. In the wake of Diana’s death, Elizabeth’s main concern was her grandsons. She wanted to shield them, and take them away from the media attention. This ultimately caused Elizabeth to be scrutinized by the media who thought she should have remain in Buckingham for the people, and Charles should have taken care of his sons on his own. Lacey provides a brief but detailed summary of her life thus far.

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Elizabeth II. I hadn’t read much about her previously, and wanted to read more about her life and family. I learned a lot of things I hadn’t known and I would really like to read a more in-depth account of her life. I would love to learn more about her involvement during the Second World War, as well as the separation from her parents. England was under attack, and her parents had to keep their children safe. Charles and Diana has a tumultuous relationship, and it seems like Elizabeth tended to side with Diana. I would really like to know more about their family dynamics. Lacey provides readers with a brief history, but it is enough to spark an interest in her life and cause readers to seek out further information. I recommend this one to anyone who would like to know a little more about the person we call Queen Elizabeth II.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Sisterhood Everlasting



Publisher: Random House
Pages: 368
Released: 2011
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5



Synopsis:

Readers were first introduced to Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget as teenagers in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Their mother’s met in a prenatal exercise class, and they’ve been inseparable since they were born. They are “the Septembers,” all born within two weeks of each other. One summer they seemed to be going their different ways, and a pair of pants, a set of guidelines and letters back and forth, kept them together. Ten years later, they’re friendships are not as strong as they once were but Tibby has a plan. Carmen, Bridget and Lena each receive a letter which included a plane ticket. If you fell in love with these girls in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, you will want to follow up with them ten years later.



Review:

I loved Sisterhood Everlasting and I highly recommend it! I’m a fan of both the books and the movies, which is not something you will hear me say very often. When I was offered this book for review, I couldn’t pass it up. I will warn you, this book will break your heart but the overall story will leave you satisfied.

I found it very interesting to see how the girl’s lives have progressed and carried them in different directions; their personalities stayed intact which really cemented the characters for me. Ten years later, and in many ways they are still the same girls we met as teenagers. Life has gotten in the way and they‘re on very different paths, yearning to be as close as they once were, but each is afraid to make the first step. If your friends haven’t made the effort, why should you? Tibby makes the first step; unfortunately a tragedy occurs that really test the girl’s strength.

Tibby is living in Australia with Brian, she has many secrets that will be revealed during the course of the novel. When Lena, Carmen and Bridget receive a plan ticket for Greece, they are ecstatic to have a reunion. Carmen is a famous actress, engaged to a man her friends are not very friendly with. Bridget and Eric are continually moving, Bridget unable to commit to any location, still the free-hearted girl she once was. Lena is a university art teacher, dating a man, she never intends to marry- secretly, her heart still flutters when Kostos is mentioned.

I really feel like these girls grew up along side of me, and I really appreciated this book. I thought it proved that life is not always fair, the best of intentions don’t always work out perfectly, and friendships can be hard to maintain. As young adults, starting your careers and choosing your life path can pull you away from your friends however, some friendships deserve the extra effort. If you’ve read the previous books, you really should pick this one up as well.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Hi Everyone!
I really hope you are having a great long weekend! We had a long weekend last week, and I took 1 extra day off. It was great! I'm expecting work to be very quiet tommorow, most of my accounts are US companies and I'm looking forward to catching up on some work. I had a good reading week, so I will have some reviews to post! Thank you for being so patient with me.



Here is what I got this week for review:





The Queen's Vow by Isabella of Castile

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (2 copies, 2 different covers)



I also did a little ebook shopping...

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (ebook sale)

The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood

The Gods of Gothan by Lyndsay Faye

The Jeeves Collection by P G Wodehouse

The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Kobo and Kobo Vox


This is not a rant, I'm just commenting on my experiences with Kobo. Kobo is a Canadian company, located in Toronto and for this reason, I was really drawn to the market. Unfortunately, I feel like they need to improve on many things that are lacking. I've voiced my opinions on twitter, but I've been reluctant to post about them because I really do want them to get better.


I've been purchasing books from Kobo for about a year, and at Christmas I was given a Pink Kobo Vox. While reading on the Vox is enjoyable, it can be slugglish at times. It has even been sluggish when turning pages. This normally happens when I've been reading for many hours. As far as the apps go, I know it is primarily a reader, but it would be nice to compete with the other "reader tablets" on the markets in regards to Apps. Kobo has Getjar, and I hardly ever look to use it. It has ads and pops up in a browser, it doesn't feel at all like an app store. I tend to go to Goodereader for tips and app downloads. I really wanted to have the Kindle app, unfortunately The Kindle app is VERY slow, and tends to crash the Vox. Netflix lags, and even browsing on the internet can lag and have poor performance. The touch keyboard is not very reponsive and often leaves me very frusterated and going to get my Ipad. I don't even like to buy books from the Vox due to the keyboard.

I've also come across other issues with my Kobo Vox. The first one I received was brand new in the box, sealed and when I turned it on, I noticed it had someone else's credentials saved in the system. I've been following Kobo, and I've seen other uses tweet about this same issue. This was very surprising and shocking to me.

I've noticed many, many formatting issues with the books I've downloaded, which i've mentioned before. Yesterday, I opened An Unexpected Guest by Anne Korkeakivi which I had bought and downloaded a few months ago, and when I flipped the page, I noticed something very strange...it wasn't the actual book I bought!



Strange isn't it? I turned a few more pages, and I could tell the first chapter wasn't An Unexpected Guest, I even compared it to a sample chapter, just to be sure. I've opened a ticket, so let's see what they do...

Here are some formatting issues I've found: Here Also, My cover stated it was an advanced copy/ uncorrected proof, and nothing came of that...

Overall, I don't feel like Kobo feels like the Vox is a priority. The Ipad app's are updated constantly, where the Kobo Vox app doesn't have the same features which seems odd to me. I would think they would try to keep the apps similar. Most recently the Kobo Vox added "Recommendations" and let me tell you, most of the recommendations I own, brought from them, and the other books I've never heard of, and have zero interest in. This has gotten a little better, but still worthless to me.

Some of the other key issues I have with Kobo is:

-They have no cart on the website, if I buy 10 books, I have to do it seperately. This is very annoying, and I has been like this since I started purchasing books through Kobo.

- On my Vox many of the books I purchased, turn into previews which is really annoying! I'm reading a book, and all of a sudden it's a preview, which I will need to redownload and it looses where I am in the book. This happens multiple times for the same books.

- When I open tickets, they go to Tier 2 and I never hear from them again. They always give me steps to delete all my books and re-add them. I have 243 books in my Kobo Library, and this is a very long, tedious process that never solves anything.


If you're a Kobo user, how has your experience been?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Death Plays Poker by Robin Spano




Publisher: ECW Press
Pages: 422
Source: Author
Rating: 5/5



Synopsis:

Clare Vengel is back, and her second big assignment as an undercover cop has been given to her. The RCMP has pulled her in to help on a high-profile case; she has to portray a high-maintenance, trust-fund, poker-playing 23 year-old named Tiffany, someone completely opposite of herself. She’s been placed into a professional poker tournament and she must convince everyone in the tournament that she is one of them. One of her key obstacles is keeping herself in the tournament for as long as possible. Clare must figure out why fellow poker players are turning up dead. Someone is strangling world-class players in their hotel rooms, and has been dubbed the “poker-choker.” Clare loves her job and wants to remain an undercover cop, but it’s clear she needs to solve this case, and do it fast. Clare hates portraying Tiffany, but she’ll do anything to prove her superiors wrong. Her superiors are quick to threaten to pull her off the job at any given moment. If you doubt Clare, she will do everything, and anything to prove herself right.



Review:


Clare Vengel is the type of character that readers root for. She’s real, she’s flawed, and she’s a likable character. Her superiors have no confidence in her, they expect her to fail, and they never give credit where credit is due. She has to fight to gain their trust and maintain her position. She might be young and inexperienced but she is determined and has heart. As Clare immerses herself into the poker world, it’s hard to separate herself from what’s real and what’s not. Clare learns that she cannot trust anyone, and must keep in mind that she has hidden handlers around at all time, watching her every move.

Robin Spano has done it again! As with Dead Politician Society, Spano uses alternating chapter POV’s, and readers get to know many of the characters without being confused. Normally, I don’t like many characters being introduced, but Spano cleverly weaved each storyline into the plot. The chapters are short, and give the novel a fast-paced feel. The alternating POV’s give readers a glimpse into the minds of various characters while adding to the suspicion of the mystery. I was questioning each and every character, wondering who could be the “poker-choker.” Death Plays Poker is the second book in the series, but it could easily be a stand-alone novel. I highly recommend this one!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Hi!

I've been so busy and hardly home in the past two weeks. We're getting the new place ready and it has been exhausting. This long weekend has been filled with painting, painting, and more painting. I did manage to read two books this week, I look for a spare few minutes to read every chance I can get. Here's the Ebooks I purchased.







13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Life Lessons From My Grandmother by Adriana Trigiani

The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth




Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 544
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

Book 1: Divergent

Synopsis:

In Divergent Tris discovered that she was Divergent, meaning she has an aptitude for more than one faction. Each faction has like-minded citizens, and Tris breaks the mold. She was told to keep it a secret and choose a faction to blend within, she chose Dauntless, a faction that prides themselves on being courageous. When simulations take control of the citizens, Tris discovers that she has the ability to control herself while the simulation takes place around her. Insurgent picks up right after Divergent, Tris and a few others have survived a simulation and have escaped. A possible war looms between factions, and Dauntless has been split apart. The faction has inner turmoil, and Tris, Tobias (Four) and the remaining survivors must fight for what they believe. Tris survived the simulation but now she grapples with grief, and guilt. She has lost her parents, a best friend who she had to defend herself from and life as she knows it, has forever changed. Tris still has Four, but their relationship is currently rocky.



Review:

Insurgent was a great follow up from Divergent. Roth spared readers all of the history, and dived back into the storytelling. I had very little time to read which usually frustrates me, but I sought every opportunity to read Insurgent, and I was very happy to get through it. Tris is my favorite character, and her emotions are so strong and realistic. She is in complete turmoil, as she tries to figure out her new role during this upheaval. She’s lost her parents, and had to kill a best friend who was under a simulation and threatened her life. She has tremendous guilt, and readers see the impact of this on her. Her relationship with Four is shaky, and understandable. Their lives have been turned upside down, and both are defensive and frusterated. They are flawed and real. We see less of them as a couple, and more of them separately, coping with the situation. Roth did an amazing job portraying all of the characters.

This book certainly doesn’t suffer “middle-book” syndrome. It did take me a few chapters to get back into the story, because there is little to no background knowledge. Roth picks up the pace, and continues to build a strong, realistic dystopian society filled with many twists and turns. Divergent was great, and I think I enjoyed Insurgent even more. Roth’s character and world development has really impressed me. If you haven’t read Divergent, please pick it up! Honestly, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Hi Everyone!



Renovations have been going well, but I am so tired! I might actually get to read a bit tonight. This mailbox is all about the review copies I received in the past two weeks. No links again this week...I'm really trying to get in some reading time.



Happy Mother's Day!

Revived by Cat Patrick (I loved Forgotten!)

The Queen: A Life in Brief by Robert Lacey

Belles by Jen Calonita

Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad

Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock (I loved Promises to Keep!)

Home by Toni Morrison

Magnified World by Grace O'Connell



Thursday, May 10, 2012

I'm still around, just not reading as much...


I'm still here, but I've been reading less! I'm in the process of moving and renovations. We're hoping to be fully moved in by June... *fingers crossed* Also, my brother moved out of the province sooner than expected and my oldest nephew wanted to finish his grade here, so he's staying with us during the week. He's ten, and a great kid. We thought it was only fair he gets to stay here. He's very scared to start a new school. My youngest nephew is in Kindergarden, he's starting his new school next week. My parents live close by and together he'll be well taken care of. He's told everyone that we're spoiling him. I need a crash course in parenting a ten-year-old.

So, I've been very busy but still reading, just very slowly. Reviews will come when I'm ready for them. I just finished Insurgent, and I thought it was great! I'll post a review in the next few days.

Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy




Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Pages: 336
Released: 2011 (paperback)
Rating: 5/5



Synopsis:

An Atlas of Impossible Longing opens in 1907 when Amulyan moves his wife, two sons and daughter –in-law to Songarh from Calcutta. Amulya is proud of the large, beautiful home he has built for his family. Amulyan’s wife, Kananbala is furious that he has taken them away from their family. Their new home is large, and empty. The only home in the vicinity belongs to an English couple across the street. Kananbala becomes very homesick and lonely; gradually she begins to lose her sanity and becomes unpredictable. Kananbala begins to blurts out every negative thing that crosses her mind, Amulyan doesn’t know what to do with her, and he eventually resorts to having her locked in their bedroom to avoid embarrassment.



Review:

An Atlas of Impossible longing is difficult to give a synopsis since it spans three generations. The above synopsis leads up to the family’s downward spiral, and I believe the most pivotal part of the story. I’m drawn to books set in India, and this one lived up to my expectations. Readers will eagerly enjoy each and every character’s journey. Roy has an amazing ability to transport her readers to India, her descriptive language is vivid and comes alive. This is a novel about love and loss and what it takes to make a house a home.

The novel is divided into three sections; the first begins with Kananbala’s loneness and eventual imprisonment in her bedroom. Their oldest son is married, and youngest son soon marries. The second section begins with life after Amulyan’s death and the family struggle to remain together. The third section covers Bakul, the only grandchild and an orphan boy, Makunda that has been taken into the home. Their friendship is challenged once they grow older and their actions are questioned. Makunda eventually leaves the home and sets out to make a life for himself. Each section is intriguing, and emotionally engaging.

If you’re interested in India, and Indian culture this is a great read. The family dynamic is challenging and this family will pull at your heart strings. They don’t always make the best decisions, but they try to do what they think is best. Their struggles feel real and honest. I can’t wait to read her newest novel The Folded Earth.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mailbox Monday Ebook edition




Ebook specials!

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepard

Falling Together by Marisa spade Los Santos

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Lost and Found by Jacqueline Sheehan

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

The Free World by David Bezmozgis

The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

The Witch of Portobello by Paul Coelho

The Zahir by Paul Coelho




Happy reading!



Reading shouldn't end in the Classroom


I'm not a parent, but I do have nieces and nephews and I encourage them to read as much as possible. I firmly believe that kids who struggle with reading, struggle with school. Reading is essential and a core skill needed in classroom's and life.


“Just like hockey players lose some of their skills if they stay off their skates and off the ice for three months, children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development”



—Dr. Richard Allington


Scholastic has a summer challenge that encourages children to keep reading during the summer.

If you want to participate in challege, please check out the Scholastic website here.

From the Scholastic site:

Highlights


•Now in its sixth year, the Scholastic Summer Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they Read for the World Record, and the 20 schools with the most minutes logged will receive recognition in the 2013 Scholastic Book of World Records. In 2011, kids logged 64,213,141 minutes. You can learn about the Top 20 schools here.

•The Scholastic Summer Challenge has something for everyone!


Kids:

◦Log minutes and help set a new world record for summer reading

◦Check out how your school is competing with others in an interactive map

◦Participate in weekly challenges and earn digital rewards by spinning the virtual prize wheel

◦Enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes

◦List your favorite books and see celebrities who like the same books, and connect with readers like you through the You Are What You Read widget

Educators:

◦Track students' reading progress throughout the summer through our Teacher Dashboard which also allows for bulk registration for the entire class

◦Email or print a take-home letter to let parents know students are signed up for the Summer Challenge

◦Check the interactive map to see how many minutes other schools have read

◦Participate in two free webcasts

◦Download summer reading book lists

◦Use the Classroom Participation Guide to incorporate the Summer Challenge into lesson plans in various ways including tailored activity sheets

◦Enter sweepstakes and gain access to exclusive promotions at the Teacher Store Online

Parents:

◦Discover ways to use the Summer Challenge at home with the Family Participation Guide

◦Find expert tips to encourage your child to read more this summer

◦Download summer reading book lists

◦Print activity sheets, reading certificates, and more

◦Receive email alerts on your child’s weekly reading success

•As part of the Summer Challenge, Governors’ Spouses from across the nation are serving as “Reading Ambassadors” to help spread the important message about reading books over the summer. This is the fourth year the First Spouses are supporting this cause. For more on the Reading Ambassadors program, click here.

•For the third year in a row, WordGirl™ will serve as the national “Ambassador of Summer Reading.” WordGirl has adopted summer reading as her cause to encourage kids to continue reading over the summer, because reading helps children learn new words, and learning new words helps children become better readers. She will kick-off the 2012 Summer Challenge on May 1st with the WordGirl Definition Competition Webcast for classrooms. Registration and event details coming soon!







Friday, May 4, 2012

Giveaway: The Language of Flowers



The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Goodreads Description:

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.


The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

I can't wait to read this one! I'll be reviewing it soon.

Open to US and Canada

You do not have to be a blog follower.

Good Luck!

Giveaway will end May 18th

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Month in Review




April was a great reading month for me, and I really enjoyed the books I read. I've been taking a break from YA and I think I'm ready to jump back in and enjoy a few. I'm currently reading Insurgen by Veronica Roth. I was on a ebook ban for about an hour, and then I noticed Harper Collins is having a great ebook sale! I love ebook sales, because I don't feel bad about buying ebooks of books I already own. If I have the ebook, I can lend out my hard copy or pass it along. I hope everyone had a great April. I'm ready for the sun and skirts. It's still cold in Montreal, but I have hope that it will warm up soon.


These books kept me entertained in April


The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins (Reread) Movie Thoughts
An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy (review to come)

My Favorite of the month would have to be...



The Ruins of Us

It's so hard to choose a favorite, but Parssinen had the ability to make me like a character that I never would have thought possible.

My goal was to maintain my reading speed and read 80 books this year. I'm already on my 44th book! I know the next few weeks will be busy for me, so it might slow down but I'm very happy.


Happy reading!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock




Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 354
Released: 2011
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5



Synopsis:

Janis Anthony took her three children, and with the help of her father fled her abusive and alcoholic husband. Her father set her up in a small, modest home and hoped this would be a turning point for his daughter and grandchildren. When Janis sends her son out to get the morning paper, he tells his mother that someone is sitting on their balcony. Janis addresses the older woman and she discovers that she was the previous owner. Tilly’s son sold the home without her permission and placed her in a retirement home, now that she has recovered from hip surgery she has no intention of dying in an old folks home, and she fully intends to die in the home that she built with her late-husband. Tilly’s son eventually comes to bring her back to the home, but Tilly manages to keep escaping. When Janis realizes that she will need a sitter for the children while she is at work, she offers Tilly a place in their home. A spunky Tilly jumps at the chance to move back home, and take care of the two youngest girls.


Review:


Promises to Keep was nothing like I expected. Since the book was published by Bethany House I expected an inspirational, Christian fiction read but I found something completely different. While the subject matter is difficult, it’s not depressing. Tilly is a great character; she’s humorous and lightens the situation. She’s full of wisdom and not afraid to state her opinion. The story is a coming of age novel about Eleven-year-old Roz (Rosalind) Anthony. Her and Tilly form a strong relationship, and Roz is trying to decipher her feelings for her father. She understands why her mother had to make the choices she did, but despite knowing her father’s faults-she still misses him and loves him. It hurts her to hear the negative stories about her father, and see her mother flinch when someone mentions his name. Roz struggles with remembering the good times, and blocking the bad memories. When her best friend spills a secret about her real parents, the girls make a pact to help each other get their daddies back.

I really enjoyed this novel, and the ending was nothing like I expected, especially from Bethany House. I’m sorry that I put off reading this book for so long. I was thoroughly captivated from the opening lines. Ann Tatlock blew me away, and wrote a story that evoked many different emotions in me. Promises to Keep is a memorable and spellbinding read that I highly recommend.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Review: Bloodman by Robert Pobi



Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 384
Released: 2012
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5



Synopsis:

FBI agent Jake Cole has returned home to care for his ailing father who suffers from dementia and severe burns from a mysterious fire. His widowed father was once a brilliant, famous painter but it seems that he may have set himself ablaze. Twenty-eight years ago, Jake walked away from his abusive and alcoholic father, never planning to return. Over the years his anger has dissipated, and Jake now feels that it's his duty to care for his father who has no one else. Unfortunately for Jake his father isn't the only thing he has to worry about. A storm is brewing, threatening the Eastern Seaboard and Jake has been called in to assist the local police in a gruesome, double murder of a mother and child. As Jake begins to piece together the clues, the killer becomes bolder. It soon appears like a serial killer is on the loose and the department is counting on Jake since this is the most gruesome, high profile case they've ever encountered. Jake begins to brief the department on how to proceed with the media while worrying about his wife and son who have recently arrived in town.



Review:

Robert Pobi's debut thriller is a fantastic read that will leave readers stunned, and shaking their heads in disbelief. From the opening pages, readers will be hooked and taken on a roller coaster ride of unbelievable twists and turns. Pobi proves to be a talented writer who knows exactly what to give his readers.

Jake Cole is a mysterious character, he's battled many demons, and overcome years of substance abuse. While he may be an FBI agent, who has viewed some of the most ghastly, despicable murder scenes, he's also a dedicated family man. Jake's mother was also a victim of murder, and his newest case has too many similarities for him to ignore. He begins to wonder if the killer has been waiting for him, and might be taunting him. His trip back home to care for his father is nothing like he was expecting.

I'm not a huge thriller fan, but I couldn't put this one down. In fact, I may need to revisit and explore the genre a little more. This book unfolded like a well-written, well-crafted movie and I couldn't put any of the pieces together. I was completely blindsided and taken for a ride. I thought the plot was cleverly weaved together and left me hanging on to every word. If you're not a thriller fan, you might want to try this one anyway.