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review 2017-04-19 19:57
How Will I Know You? by Jessica Treadway
How Will I Know You?: A Novel - Jessica Treadway

A page-turner about the murder of a teenage girl, from the author of Lacy Eye.

 

On a cold December day in northern upstate New York, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a pond. She had been presumed drowned, but an autopsy shows that she was, in fact, strangled. As the investigation unfolds, four characters tell the story from widely divergent perspectives: Susanne, Joy's mother and a professor at the local art college; Martin, a black graduate student suspected of the murder; Harper, Joy's best friend and a potential eyewitness; and Tom, a rescue diver and son-in-law of the town's police chief. As a web of small-town secrets comes to light, a dramatic conclusion reveals the truth about Joy's death.

 

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Confession time! I could not finish Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway. I read half the book, and I could not for the life of me enjoy the story. So, I was a bit worried about how this book would turn out. But, I was instantly drawn into this sad and tense story about a young girl that turns up murdered and the impact it has on the community, from her family to her friends not to mention the man accused of killing her.

 

What I really like about the story is that it moves between the time before and after the murder. Both storylines are intriguing as we get to follow the investigation of the murder at the same time we slowly get a picture of what is going on with and around Joy Enright before she is murdered. I came to like Joy, especially when I found out her big secret, why she was acting so different before she was killed. The book is well written and heartbreakingly sad.

 

I think this book's strength is that it keeps surprising the reader and that the characters are so well developed with flaws and all. Everything that happens has consequences and that is something that this story really show.

 

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

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review 2017-04-19 19:02
Loved it, But Still Had Problems With This One
Jessica Jones (2016-) #6 - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis

So in issue #6 we have Jessica Jones finally some would say turning against the mess that Carol Danvers has gotten her into. We do know that Jessica plans on exploring what she was told in the prior issue, which is that the super-heroes have purposely destroyed other realities in order to make sure the reality they all currently exist in stayed the main one.

 

We do have a swift end to some nonsense with someone who is out to get Carol and who never watched a movie before about what happens when the bad guy spills all of their plans.

 

There is some rhetoric thrown out about Carol helping Jessica with soothing Luke's anger at  her (seriously, does no one own a phone?) and then Jessica realizing that maybe she has given up way too much for such a little payoff (you think girl?).


The artwork and language made me smile since it made me think more of the Jessica Jones I saw on the Netflix show (that is a good thing). The first few issues felt off to me, and now I know why.

 

We get an appearance by Maria Hill and also seems to be in the dark about what Jessica has been up to and why and once again I just don't get the secrecy behind it.

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review 2017-04-19 18:57
Continuing Saga of the Mess of Jessica Jones's Life
Jessica Jones (2016-) #5 - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis

I honestly loved this and the next comic in the series. The colors in this one seem more vibrant, ie. I can see people's expressions. I know that the watercolor effect is kinda cool, but man oh man the first two issues I was squinting away.

 

In issue #5 we have Jessica being brought down to the jail to help out the police and talk to the husband of her former client. What the man starts to reveal to Jessica Jones about other realities and what exactly the Avengers and other so-called heroes have been up to will shock Jessica's world.


We also then having Luke Cage (still an ass) getting talked to like the child he is acting like from Ben Ulrich (see Daredevil). 

 

I still don't get why Carol Danvers had Jessica lie about what was going on to her husband (Luke Cage) and whys he felt the need to kidnap her daughter and hide her with her mother. Frankly it feels like things that romance novels would include that would tick all of us readers off. You would think that none of these people heard of having a freaking conversation before.


This one of course ends with Jessica about to make a deal with the devil.

 

I have to say though that one reason why I am starting to fall out of love with reading comics (Marvel) right now is that I don't want to have to read across different series to figure out what is going on. There are references to the Inhumans, another Civil War between the superheroes, etc. I already read Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) so I know enough ins and outs to figure out what people are talking about. But I really wish that most of these authors would consider these being standalones for us comic readers who don't want to dip in and out of a bunch of different series to follow one story-line. 

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review 2017-04-18 19:30
Enjoyable
Murder on Parade - Donald Bain,Jessica Fletcher

It is a very hot July in Maine and the town is getting ready for the 4th of July celebration, but there are many who are upset that the usual festivities are being taken over by the newest local businessman who is allowing his family and his staff to decide which band plays and what kind of fireworks they would have and then things start to go sideways, including Jessica's friend being stabbed during an attempted robbery and then another friend becoming very ill. 

 

Again this is just enjoyable for me as watching the old shows with my mother. 

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review 2017-04-17 17:53
Fun to Read
Panning For Murder - Jessica Fletcher,Donald Bain

My mother used to enjoy "Murder, She Wrote" tv series. I enjoy rewatching the series and thinking of what my mother enjoyed. We would watch these at night on a Sunday when it was first on. Now, I found the books and have been reading some here and there. 

 

Jessica has a book signing in Washington State before taking an Alaskan Cruise, but before she leaves her Maine hometown, a friend, Cathy, brings up the loss of her sister and how she would like for Jessica to help find her sister. Cathy ends up coming on the cruise with Jessica and they begin to trace Willie's last known places and find that she tells everyone she meets that she is going to find her aunt's inheritance for her and Cathy. 

 

There are other things happening and people are starting to die and be found dead. 

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