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text 2018-02-22 16:12
Tea's TBR Thursday - February 22, 2018
The Great Silence - Juliet Nicolson
Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality - Arnold Theodore Olson,David Boies
Dark in Death - J.D. Robb
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics - Kathryn J. Atwood

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

Books Read:

1. The Great Silence 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War by Juliet Nicolson (personal collection)

 

Books on hold at library: None

 

Books borrowed from library:

1. Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality by David Boies and Theodore B. Olson (20% read)

2. Dark in Death (...In Death #46) by J.D. Robb (27%)

 

Books borrowed from OverDrive:

1. Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood

 

 

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review 2018-02-03 20:06
Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2
Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2) - Chris Patchell,Monica Haynes

Vow of Silence takes place some five years after the events in Deadly Lies. Jill is doing well in her career and is settled down with her husband to be, Conner and her daughter, Lexi. While not exactly likable, Jill is certainly an intriguing character. She's smart, calculating, and has absolutely no compunction about doing whatever it takes to keep her past buried. She also manages to fit herself into any circle with seemingly little effort. Jill Shannon is the perfect example of what we see when a psychopath is finally caught by police and the friends and acquaintances had no idea. I was a bit baffled about the need for so much of the story being devoted to Conner's cartel case, but it does merge with the storyline. Once again, we have not so much a cliffhanger as an open ended conclusion, and I'll be interested to see where Jill's story goes from here. I'm also curious to see if she crosses paths with the determined David Shaw in the future. While this thriller isn't of the heart-racing variety, when you think about the characters and what happens, the idea that one person's machinations can have this kind of impact on so many is definitely chilling.

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review 2018-01-31 02:06
A strong thriller hampered by iffy narration.
Silence - Thomas Perry,Michael Kramer,Tantor Audio

Jack Till is a retired LAPD homicide detective turned P.I. Six years ago, he helped a woman named Wendy Harper vanish from the face of the Earth. She'd been horribly beaten and was afraid that next time she wouldn't survive, and neither would her loved ones. But now, for reasons unknown, someone has framed her former business partner/fiancé for her murder. It's clearly a trap set for her, but the only way to prove his innocence is to prove that she's still alive.

 

Even though Till knows the tricks he taught her to disappear, he doesn't know how she applied his lessons or where she might have gone. It takes some ingenuity, tenacity and luck, but he eventually does. It then takes a lot more of the same to get her back to LA to demonstrate that she habeas her own corpus.

 

Meanwhile, Paul and Sylvie Turner, ballroom dancing aficionados and professional killers, perpetrated the frame and are on Till's trail as he looks for Wendy (or whatever her name is now). They flirt, bicker and kill their way across California and beyond in their efforts kill Wendy.

 

The narration jumps between the perspectives of Till, Paul and Sylvie for most of the book -- with a little bit of Wendy's and, eventually, the man who hired the Turners. Perry makes some interesting choices about whose perspective we see some events through, giving us Till when you'd expect a Turner (and vice versa). Not only do we see the current action from their perspectives, we get a pretty detailed backstory for Till, the Turners and their boss -- interestingly, almost everything we learn about Wendy, we learn from her disclosures to TIll, so we only see her from his point of view.

 

I really got into the story, and found the Turners pretty interesting -- ditto for Till. The focus was on the Turners enough that if you told me that Perry'd written a sequel about them, I'd believe it (he did write one about Till). I never managed to get as invested in the backstory (or the current-story) about the man who hired the Turners. There's some good twists, some smart reveals, and just good action moments.

 

I found the dialogue stiff, awkward and occasionally painful -- the interior monologues of the various POV characters could also grate my nerves. I'm honestly not certain if that's Perry's issue or Kramer's. Thankfully, the story was strong enough that I could put up with the problems I had.

 

Kramer's got a huge list of credits, and is clearly beloved by many. But man . . . I found him tolerable at best, and frequently annoying. There's a lot of problems that I had with the book that I'm attributing to his narration -- I may be wrong about that, but I think if I'd been reading the book, I'd have overlooked and/or not had many of the problems that I did.

 

A strong story, with enough tense moments to satisfy any thriller reader, Silence is something to try, but probably only in text-form.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/01/30/silence-audiobook-by-thomas-perry-michael-kramer
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review 2018-01-27 05:15
Sound of Silence
Sound of Silence - Mia Kerick,Raine O'Tierney

Young adult, coming of age, romance, and a bit of mystery all rolled into a beautifully written story that is absolutely impossible to put down. I don't read a lot of young adult, but the premise for this one intrigued me and once I started reading, the story was so compelling that I couldn't stop. There are parts of this one that are quite heartbreaking and even infuriating as Renzy's story unfolds. Then we have Morning, who is dealing with her own trauma, and her brother, Seven, who hides his problems behind a fixer attitude. The story is not just a search for answers about Renzy's selective mutism. It's an intense and emotional tale of friendship, love, healing, a bit of justice, and finally, hope. This is my first read from these authors, but it certainly won't be my last. 

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url 2018-01-23 20:47
Books to Make You Healthier
Silence: In the Age of Noise - Erling Kagge,Becky L. Crook
My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown - Meera Lee Patel
Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done - Jon Acuff
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child - Daniel J. Siegel,Tina Payne Bryson

From publisher's newsletter.  More books at the link.

Source: www.penguinrandomhouse.com/new-year-new-you-2018
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