Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.
I have listened to 3 Peter clines books and his characters are so well developed I get really into them. I’ve been avoiding the ex heroes books bc I’m just not a super hero fan- I can’t believe so many people are into these marvel and x men type movies as adults! But his writing is so good I may have to give that one a chance anyway
"I very much need to be dead." These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for - but took his own life. In the void that remains stands his widow, Jane, surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered...unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demand: find the truth, no matter what. There is no one else to speak for Jane's husband - or the others who have followed him into death at their own hands.
The story itself was OK--- nothing to write home about but not terrible. It was some use of language that really kind of got on my nerves..... a mother who constantly referred to her son as "this boy" for dramatic effect rather than calling him her son. And there was a lot of unnecessary description of irrelevant details. Someone told me that Dean Koontz was to the West Coast what Stephen King is to the North East---- I have to say if this book is any indication the two don't belong in the same category at all--- it was rather disappointing in my opinion.
Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.
I love Scott brick the narrator- which is why I picked the book- but it almost ruined him for me- maybe this just isn’t my genre but the noir parts as they describe them in the interviews afterward where the author described the city by smugly going into the theoretical details of the lives of the LA citizens—brutal! The plot overall was Ok- but most of the characters were overly stereotypical and just not really believable in my opinion. -I’d skip it but if you like verbose crime fiction- it might be your thing
Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.
Like the author used the word reconnoiter repeatedly- it wasn't hard to figure out what it meant because I've heard the term reconnaissance mission plenty of times- but never reconnoiter and she used that word literally EVERY time they went to gather information- it came across as very pretentious to me. But all in all the plot was good and the main characters were likeable.
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.
I really liked this book- and it was about time - the last couple I read didn't grab me. My only complaint about this one is their frequent reference to one character's "extra half a stone" and calling her "fat" being American I didn't know what a "stone" was in weight terms so I looked it up- half a stone equals 7 lbs!!!!!!! Seriously 7 pounds makes a person fat in their view- come on! But the plot and character development were fantastic so I can ignore this one annoying detail.
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.
This book was ok- but. The characters were a bit annoying- there were all these "I want to say...but I did not " moments where I kept thinking- say it already! It wasn't a bad book- but not really
my cup of tea.
A year after her husband Zach's death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place. As she makes her way along the road, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changed since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again. At last she reaches the spot. And there, tied to a tree, is a bunch of lilies. The flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been there before her.
It wasn't bad- I just never connected with any of the characters- the woman was too ridiculous and a bit standoffish so I never grew to care what happened to her- the only thing I cared about was the dog
The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.
I chose this book because Scott Brick is my favorite narrator. He narrated a few of my absolute favorite books and I searched for books he narrated. I don't know that I would have found or chosen this book otherwise, because the description didn't necessisarily pull me in- and it was shorter than I usually like---- I usually don't pick a book under 10 hours because it's over too fast. But I'm so glad I bought it. The story was excellent and the characters well developed and interesting. An excellent book!
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.
Would you try another book from Paula Hawkins and/or the narrators?
Yes, I'd read another book by this author because I did like The Girl on the Train, but this book was a disappointment.
Would you recommend Into the Water to your friends? Why or why not?
No. I would not recommend this book. In the end I did come to care what happened, but it took a LONG time till I did. I think there were too many narrarators/character perspectives in this book. It kept switching perspectives and time periods, so you didn't have time to get invested in what was going on with any one character and although I wouldn't say it was hard to follow because of this, I do think it made it harder to "care" about the plot. Also there was a bit too much melodrama for me and historical ref.
Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
There were several different characters so that each character was basically done be a different person.
Do you think Into the Water needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No- the story was resolved.
Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in, but he wants in on it - the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set - one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of a gorgeous socialite named Rain.
It wasn't really Believable in my opinion. I liked two of her other books burying water and chasing river but in this one the characters were not as real and their motivations a bit hard to buy. The erotic scenes seemed a bit forced and over the top in this one as well.