How did I miss that yesterday was Thursday? Oops!
I'm actually almost finished Tales of Ancient Egypt. And I've also begun reading The Knife of Never Letting Go. With any luck, I will finish the former this evening and be able to return it to the library tomorrow.
Next up, The Birdwatcher. Because you know that I'm a bird watcher, plus who can resist a murder mystery investigated by a policeman with murder in his background. I'm thinking this one will go quickly!
Then to Two Boys Kissing. It's for my February book club meeting, which I will be missing. I should feel bad, I guess, but I'll be bird watching in Taiwan, so not too bad.
Two non-fiction offerings as well, In the Land of Invented Languages (because I've always secretly wanted to speak Klingon) and Walls : resisting the Third Reich.
I must have these finished before January 28th, when I fly to Taipei. Fingers crossed!
Kristy Tucker is a single mum who works as a public information officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It is her job to act as a go between to the prisoners on death row and the interest of the local media and press. Her work is relentless and as a single parent to Ryan and a carer for her dad "Pops" she has little free time. When Ryan has difficulties at school he receives encouragement and support from Lance Dobson his martial arts instructor. When Kristy is introduced to Lance she begins to believe that this strong handsome man may indeed become a future partner and a much needed stabilizing influence to Ryan. The relationship with Lance soon develops into one of terror, abuse and violence as this supposedly charming individual tries to influence and control every facet of Kristy's life.
This is superbly written story that attempts to show the reader what daily life is like in an abusive relationship. To everyone, apart from Kristy, Lance Dobson is charming and graceful but only she knows the truth and the question is what if anything can she do? The prisoners and inmates feel trapped behind "The Walls" and soon Kristy will come to realize that she, by meeting Lance, has unexpectedly built her own walls from which there appears no escape. Hollie Overton presents difficult issues in a fast and flowing writing style making a very addictive read and one that I completed in two sittings. Highly Recommended.
Lucy Acosta loses a chef, the woman she thinks of as a mother and then her best friend and all seem to illicit the same emotional response. I've read a lot of books about repressed WASPs in fancy houses surrounded by elegant people who also have no emotions, but this book wins a prize for flat-lining. It's almost as if these characters not only don't have feelings, they also don't know how to pretend to have them.
The Women in the Walls hurtles into its territory too fast. There is no time at all to develop any feelings of suspense or cultivate an atmosphere. I couldn't do it.