Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. And, if none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That's Nora's special talent: prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.
The explanations given for each of the characters behavior can best be described as "psychobable" as it is so far off. Author needed to do some research. I need addition the books given to allegedly needy people sounded like the author's attempt to sound learned rather than logical. Just name dropping behavior. I find it hard to believe this ever got published.
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Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.
The narration was very good. I don't like books that don't follow chronology for no purpose. The presentation of the trial was backwards. I also.foundnthe heroine very self centered.
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.
I have worked with pedophiles and victims of domestic violence. Spoiler alert. I think the author went on line in order to make sure he didn't leave out any possible version of child sexual abuse. He had priests, kidnappers, truck drivers, therapits, foster families and ended with a man who locked the boy in a dark basement and keft him crippled. His self cutting was so severe that if he had real friends they would have had him committed long enough with professionals where he got real help, which exists.
Instead they were all enablers. Jude's taking the blame is common but treatable. Then the author adds on a horrible illness and amputations. I use a Bluetooth so left the book on while I was working on a long mindless project. When it ended I felt like one of those sick people who rush to a fire or accident to enjoy watching others suffer. Thel writing was ok. The narration was good. The purpose, accuracy, educational or entertainment value of this book got lost somewhere. Can only close by saying thank heavens I do not have friends like Jude's.
In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather - a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric - from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Andoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family - something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close.
It was. well written, but what was the purpose? So unnecessarily morbid and the psych issues possible but exaggerated.
When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen... But that woman's husband died last week. And Jean doesn't have to be her anymore. There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.
Jumps back and over 4 years and this cofuses the reader unnecessarily. Also author confused over codependent, abusive, pedophile, narcissism ---a psychological stew.
In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.
I lived in Nepal in 1963 when American made the first successful climb up Everest's west ridge. I knew Willie Unsoeld and a few Sherpas. There's so much excitement and effort just telling the real story without adding feats not possible, and drawing out a never ending revenge plot. Way too long, but I did enjoy the memories of an earlier part of my life.
Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.
I picked this because it promised to have a solid scientific method to analyze clues. While there was a lot of scientific theories, which were insufficient for discovering all the victims, the lack of medical knowledge ruined it. No body could have sustained the number of serious injuries as the hero and bounced back often in a few hours.
What do you do when a killer targets the people you love most? How do you protect them when he knows their most secret fears and hidden desires? When he knows just when to strike? And, most of all, when he knows the same about you?
enjoyed the character development especially as this is a series. while I figured out the killer, I don't think most people will. even with that the details kept it interesting.
A serial killer watches and waits. Each time, he takes two victims, preparing the first's body with all the clues the police need to find the second, who is still alive. The clock ticks, and the second one can still be saved. But the police never make it in time. The second one dies. For years, the killer has plagued the city with the same pattern, but the police never pick up on it quickly enough.
This is Lisa Gardner at her best. Good plot,. likeable characters, and sex scenes put in where they fit and not too long and descriptive.
Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.
I didn't like the novel. Good idea, but characters didn't grab me. But the short novella that followed was really interesting. Have to Wade through first to understand the second. undecided if I would recommend it.