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review 2019-04-22 19:26
Turning Secrets - Brenda Chapman

Favourite thing # 9: when you’re wrapped up in a book you can’t put down but you’re afraid to read the next page. Love that. And it pretty much sums up how I spent the last quarter of the latest instalment in the Stonechild & Rouleau series.

 

It all begins with the death of Nadia Armstrong. When her body is found at a construction site, it appears to be suicide. But Kala Stonechild from the KIngston PD has one of those niggly feelings she’s learned to trust. She & colleague Paul Gundersund begin to dig into the young woman’s life, unaware they’re lifting the lid off a huge can of worms *.

 

( * my apologies to worms everywhere….you’re lovely little things compared to some of the bottom feeders in this story)

 

It seems Nadia had a few secrets. And she’s not alone. Kala’s niece Dawn has struck up a relationship with Fisher, her long absent father.  She knows how her aunt feels about the ex-con so she keeps it to herself, unaware that Fisher has secrets too.

 

But the gold medal for keeping shtum has to go to Vanessa, one of Dawn’s school mates. Her private life is truly the stuff of nightmares & unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time before Dawn will be dragged into the whole mess.

 

Add in some internal strife at the police station & you’ve got a great, twisty read full of intrigue & suspense. Faithful fans in particular are in for a few surprises as there are some shifts in relationships among the returning cast. These characters have been so well developed over the course of the series that they’ve become “real” people. So it was no surprise I still cheered on my favourites while booing those I’ve come to loathe (side-eyes Fiona). But I was caught off guard by events surrounding 2 of the regular characters. Seems I may have to rethink one & say good-bye to another.

 

Some crimes have motives as old as time & shine a light on societal views & biases. Others are more topical, fueled by current issues surrounding social media. It can be a wonderful tool but sadly it can also be used to manipulate the vulnerable & one of the story lines feels all too real.

 

The author does a great job of keeping all the plot lines moving which results in a pacy read that holds your attention. Along the way there are some sly red herrings in the form of suitably creepy candidates for ”bad guy”. By the end, it’s clear there are some changes in store for Jacques, Kala & their colleagues down at that station. Can’t wait for book #7.

 

 

                

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text 2019-01-13 10:41
Bout of Books Cycle 24 Daily Progress Report
Cheer Up Love: Adventures in depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
The Turning of Anne Merrick - Christine Blevins
Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake & Fire - Malcolm E. Barker

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Read: Nothing yet.

Currently Reading: Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression With the Crab of Hate by Susan Calman

Challenge: 1) in six words: tea drinking, rain bringer, library lover (via Twitter); 2) IG photo of the book I'm currently reading

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Read: Nothing yet.

Currently Reading: I read to the 75% mark in Cheer Up, Love

Challenge: 1) Dinner Party 2) no IG photo today.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Read: Still nothing.

Currently Reading: Cheer Up, Love. Didn't read much of this because I had book reviews to write.

Challenge: Nothing.

 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Read: Nada.

Currently Reading: Cheer Up, Love. Very little read. More book reviews written.

Challenge: Nothing.

 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Read: Cheer Up, Love was completed right before we left for the lock-in.

Currently Reading: Nada.

Challenge: 1)IG photo of favorite cover color.

 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Read: Nothing.

Currently Reading: Started The Glass Universe....and feeling meh about it so far. Started The Turning of Anne Merrick, which moved quicker than TGU.

Challenge: Nothing.

 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Read: Nothing.

Currently Reading: Continuing with Saturday reads, plus started Three Fearful Days.

Challenge: Nothing.

 

Wrap Up

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Thoughts

 

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text 2019-01-01 15:28
January 2019 TBR
Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake & Fire - Malcolm E. Barker
The Turning of Anne Merrick - Christine Blevins
Cheer Up Love: Adventures in depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic - Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
North to You - Tif Marcelo
Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner
Ellis Island - Kate Kerrigan
A Dance with Danger (Rebels and Lovers) - Jeannie Lin
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert
The Last of the President's Men - Bob Woodward

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Happy 2019!

 

From my physical non-fiction shelf - Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire by Malcolm E. Barker

 

From my physical fiction shelf - The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins. 

 

From my Winter COYER/BoB cycle 24 reading list - Cheer Up, Love by Susan Calman; Mary & Lou and Ted & Rhoda by Jennifer Armstrong; North to You by Tif Marcelo; Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner; Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan.

 

From 24 Festive Task game: A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin, my pick for first book of 2019.

 

From my Science reading list - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.

 

From my Nixon reading list - The Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward.

 

 

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review 2018-11-29 05:15
Turning Secrets
Turning Secrets - Brenda Chapman

The subject matter surrounding the case in Turning Secrets is not only disturbing, it's also current in today's world of high crime rates and drug abuse. It's a scary thing to think about the number of young girls that are preyed upon by older, unscrupulous men. That said, I felt like so much more could've been done with this story. There are quite a lot of characters to keep up with, and with so many POV changes throughout the book, I had a hard time getting to know any of the characters enough to really become invested in them. This is my first experience with this series, so I'm going to assume that a lot of character building was done in earlier books and base my rating on the mystery in this one. While it moved a bit slower than I care for, it did hold my interest enough to keep me reading. I wanted to know what happened to Nadia, and I wanted to see how things turned out for Vanessa and for Dawn. The biggest downfall for me was the amount of what felt like filler before getting back to the meat of the story. This one is certainly more procedural than action, which doesn't really pick up until close to the end of the book. That's not a problem for me except that I would've liked a little more on the procedure. I'm sure those who are invested in this series and know the characters will get more out of this one than I did as parts of it did feel like an ongoing story. However, it is what it is, and this is just my 2 cents worth. The story on its own is still worth the read, but I would recommend checking out the earlier books first. All in all, Turning Secrets is a decent crime drama with a thought-provoking case.

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