On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this 20th installment of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, just as I’ve enjoyed the previous 19 books. They are consistently well written with just enough of a mystery to keep the reader guessing. I’m always sad to finish the books, knowing I must wait another year for the next one.
This book—and the previous books—proves that there can be excellent books without excessive profanity and with no sex scenes. Thank you to the Todds for this.
Finally, I’d like to express my appreciation for Simon Prebble and his always excellent narration. He’s a master.
Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.
I was unhappy with some of the language and sexual descriptions in the first portion of the book, nearly turning it back to Audible. I decided to give it a little more time. I am happy I did, because there was almost none of the offensive content following the initial barrage. As the plot unfolded, the book became—figuratively, since I was LISTTNING to it—a page turner
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.
Very captivating throughout. Very well written; very well narrated. So very sad that it was based on events that actually happened. I highly recommend this book.
Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of "defectives," to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.
Overall I enjoyed the book, although I felt the narrator did not convey the spirit of the book. Her interpretation made the characters seem more harsh and unsympathetic than the author intended, in my opinion.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.
Although this got off to a slow start for me, it gradually became an endearing and worthwhile read. Interspersed with gems of practical wisdom, it is, ultimately, a tale of perseverance, self-actualization and love. It entertains, it touches, and it satisfies. I highly recommend it. The reader is exceptionally good as well.
New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.
Although I found the early chapters a little tedious, once the stories became more closely intertwined, I could hardly stop listening. I have read many, many accounts, both true and fictional, concerning almost every aspect of World War ll, and I was a little reluctant to begin another; however, as the storylines developed, I realized that here was a fresh take on the oft-told and now familiar experiences of those affected directly by this war. It is well worth listening and definitely becomes engrossing. I would encourage anyone to listen, to be entertained, and to learn. And the readers are excellent!
At the conclusion, the author gives information about the book. We learn that it is largely based on real people and their experiences. If you read the book, do not skip this.
In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.
I express appreciation to the author for bringing this tragic event in a tragic war to my attention and, indeed, to the attention of all who read or listen to her excellent tale. I have read much about WWII, but never before had I heard of this evacuation. I love reading, and when I can be entertained and also gain knowledge of historical facts, the reading is doubly appreciated.
Each of the readers was excellent. I felt they portrayed the characters well and must have pleased the author.
When I have finished this review I plan to send a note of thanks to the friend who recommended this book to me. It has been very much worthwhile, and I would recommend the book to anyone who appreciates an entertaining, historically accurate novel.
Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.
Very interesting and informative, as well as gently suspenseful. Although I had to suspend belief in parts, the story and the plot twists kept me entertained. Definitely have a greater appreciation for elephants now.
Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.
This book has a unique format. It seemed a little confusing at the very first, but I ended up liking it. Very well written, with exceptional characterizations. It felt as though these were real people and that their problems were real and believable.
The book touches on many emotions, including laughter, satire, sadness, outrage, disappointment, relief, and affection. Hated to reach the end.
I've read several other Liane Moriarity books and have enjoyed each one, but this is my favorite.
Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.
This was my third Jojo Moyes book and my favorite so far. I was captivated by the characters and the story and had a difficult time turning it off when I had to take care of daily obligations. Hated to have it end. A most enjoyable listen, with really excellent readers.