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review 2017-04-26 22:52
Another great story by B.A.Paris!
The Breakdown - B. A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors,also by B.A.Paris was my favorite book in 2016 and I read 150 books. I love psychological thrillers and I seem to be reading a lot of them lately. The Breakdown is going to be right up there with my favorite books.

Cass is on her way home on a blustery, rainy night. Her husband has asked her to not take the shortcut that Cass likes to take, but she disregards his concerns, what could happen right, she will just take her time. It is raining hard and it becomes increasingly difficult to see where she is going, but she keeps going. Ahead she sees the taillights of a car ahead. Should she stop and see if there is anything she can do if the person needs help. She is apprehensive though, as you never know who is in the car, it could be very dangerous. She pulls in front of the car, hoping that maybe if the person needs help, he or she can toot the horn or flash their lights. That does not happen so after a period of time, Cass leaves and makes her way home.

The next morning Cass finds out that there was a woman murdered on the street she was on and it turns out it is a woman that she knows slightly. Now the guilt sets in and she keeps thinking that there could have been something that she could have done, or if she would have stopped the woman would be alive. She doesn't tell anyone, even her best friend or her hubby, or the police. There is a reward and a hotline for anyone with any information that anyone might have. Cass does call the hotline and tells what she knows but doesn't give her name.

Aside from her knowledge and guilt she feels about the woman that was murdered, she finds that she is starting to forget things and is worried that she has early onset dementia, like her mother had. This is disconcerting to Cass because at times she feels like she is going crazy. So with the insistence of her doctor and husband she starts taking medication that may help this affliction. The story gets going pretty fast from there and there are a lot of twists and turns until the last page.

Like I said earlier, I love the books by Ms.Paris. Well written, good character development. Some might say that is starts out a bit slow, but that is good for a psychological thriller, kind of sets up the suspense for the reader! This could very well be another favorite for the year for me!

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review 2017-04-26 01:02
Fun Read!
Mistletoe in July: A Sweet Romantic Come... Mistletoe in July: A Sweet Romantic Comedy - Alice B. Ryder

Mistletoe In July is my first book by Alice B. Ryder and I loved it.  Ms Ryder has delivered a well-written book and loaded it with phenomenal characters.  The humor is outstanding.  Sarah and Adam's story is a fast-paced romp with plenty of drama and spice.  This is a totally fun book.  I enjoyed Mistletoe In July from cover to cover and look forward to reading more from Alice B. Ryder in the future.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-04-25 20:06
The Janes
The Janes - B.M. Hardin

Title: The Janes
Author: B. M. Hardin
Publisher: B.M.H.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"The Janes" by B. M. Hardin

My Thoughts...

Now I will say this one is one of the most craziest, mystery, and suspenseful novel I have ever read...but it was GOOD! This author Ms. Hardin really knows how to keep ones attention and this one definitely did it for me. Wow, Jane, Jane, Jane...and that Blonde Jane... I think it was a total of 10 of them living on the same block! This story even though it was crazy was very captivating as I turned the pages looking to read more about Jane[s]. By the time I got to the end of 'The Janes'...more twisted Janes come out front and center that goes with that saying 'when something is too good to be true, more likely.. it is!' Will 'Blonde Jane' get hers?! What disappointed me more than anything about the read was the way the husband Brice treated his Jane...like she had no idea of what she was talking about but even more of a shocker was the best friend of Jane, Charity. Oh, well to truly understand it all you will have to pick up 'The Janes' to see how well they are presented to the reader. This is definitely one heck of a story I will not forget anytime soon. Thank you to the author for doing what you do so well and that is giving the reader a good read!

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review 2017-04-24 22:30
Ferragus - Honoré de Balzac,B. Besi Ellena

Auguste sorprende Clémence, di cui è segretamente innamorato, procedere a passi furtivi in direzione di rue Soly, la più stretta e meno praticabile di tutte le vie di Parigi”. Una donna ricca, bella e casta si reca, al calar del giorno, in una casa infamante? Sconvolto dalla scoperta, dopo averla spiata, inizia la sua opera per insinuare il tarlo del dubbio nel marito di Clémence, Jules.  C’è un uomo, un uomo certo di dubbia moralità. Il suo nome è Ferragus.

La tragedia incombe.

Il sospetto uccide. Ma l’amore ch’era esclusivo e puro rimane. Fino all’ultimo fiato. Fino a quando cala il silenzio in questa città, dove “... tutto fa spettacolo, anche il dolore più sentito. C’è gente che si mette alla finestra per vedere come piange un figlio seguendo il feretro della madre, come ce n’è di quella che si procura un posto comodo per vedere come cade una testa. Nessun popolo al mondo ha avuto occhi più voraci.

Fra la tragedia e le storie di varia umanità si schiude un inno d’amore per Parigi, il più delizioso dei mostri, dove le soffitte sono una “… sorta di testa piena di scienza e di genio; i primi piani, ventri felici; le botteghe, veri e propri piedi; […]. Tutte le porte sbadigliano, girano sui cardini, […]. Insensibilmente le articolazioni scricchiolano, il movimento si propaga, la via parla. A mezzogiorno, tutto è vivo, i camini fumano, il mostro mangia; poi ruggisce, poi le sue mille zampe si agitano.”

 

Honoré, non sarà il tuo capolavoro, ma di Parigi, regina delle città, gran cortigiana di cui si possono intendere testa, cuore e capricci odo ancora l’eco del suo respiro.

 

 

Ferragus, primo romanzo della trilogia “Storia dei tredici”, fu dedicato all’amico compositore Hector Berlioz. Ne suggerisco la lettura ascoltando la Sinfonia Fantastica (godetevi anche l’ascolto puro).

Ci sono molte belle interpretazioni di questa sinfonia. Ne ho scelte due: l’interessante esecuzione su strumenti d’epoca dell’Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique diretta da Gardiner,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3pA38q-hoY

 

e la versione diretta da George Pretre perché ne conservo un personale e indimenticabile ricordo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFT0Zp3U7Fw&t=10s

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review 2017-04-23 12:12
Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena by Linda S. Godfrey
Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena - Linda S. Godfrey

A rather boring collection of supposedly monster eye-witness accounts. There is limited analysis or hypotheses regarding the sightings.

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