Book Review: Abandon by Blake Crouch

Abandon - Blake Crouch

Abandon was Criminally Good Book Club’s December pick; my only read by Crouch prior to this was Dark Matter, which I loved, so I was excited to read another of his books.

Book Description:

On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold-mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins—and not a single bone was ever found.

One hundred sixteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them to the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened. Recently, a similar party had also attempted to explore the town and was never heard from again. Now the area is believed to be haunted. This crew is about to discover, twenty miles from civilization with a blizzard bearing down, that they are not alone, and the past is very much alive. Continue reading “Book Review: Abandon by Blake Crouch”

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Book Review: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

The Life We Bury

This month’s theme for The Book Bum Club is ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ – pick any book set in a cold, winter, or Christmas setting! Based mainly on the cover, The Life We Bury was the book I chose to read. Renee @ It’s Book Talk said to clear my schedule because this is a one-sitting read; Eva @ Novel Deelights said this was a good one – and I can happily report, they were both correct, 5 stars of correctness!

Book Description:

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.

Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout? Continue reading “Book Review: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens”

Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (December 2017)

Looking Ahead Banner

Before we get to today’s post, I just want to let you all know about my Twitter hiatus – I’m currently in “Twitter Jail.” Basically, Twitter thinks my account is a spam account due to the number of posts I’ve shared featuring links, so to combat this problem – I won’t be sharing any posts to Twitter for a while, until my account is back to normal.

Now that all my reviews for books read in November have been published, I’m linking up with Tina @ Reading Between the Pages to Look Ahead at the books I hope to read in December. This is a new monthly meme showcasing your monthly TBR and if you head over to Tina’s blog, you can submit your blog post link and see what others are reading and discover new blogs/books.

Already Read…

Reviews for The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst, The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor and Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan will be up on the blog this week.

Currently Reading…

Continue reading “Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (December 2017)”

November 2017: #WrapUp

Tomorrow marks the start of the festive period so I’ll be putting up my Christmas tree and stocking up on Ferraro Rochers – but before I get all festive, let’s officially wrap up November by taking a look at all my bookish activity. A very mixed reading month, this month, some books I absolutely loved and some just weren’t to my liking – I guess you can’t love ’em all! I read a total of 16 books this month.

The Books:

The standout five star reads of the month were:

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Book Review: The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr

The Sinner - Petra Hammesfahr

The Sinner is November’s Criminally Good Book Club pick – with all the hype surrounding the TV series, I was so excited to read this one!

Book Description:

Cora Bender killed a man on a sunny summer afternoon by the lake and in full view of her family and friends.

But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body?

For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and started his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unravelling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into a woman’s private hell.

Hailed as Germany’s Patricia Highsmith for her bittersweet thrillers where the innocence of childhood collides with horrors enacted by adults, Petra Hammesfahr has written a dark, spellbinding novel which stayed at the top of the nation’s bestseller list for fifteen months. Continue reading “Book Review: The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr”