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review 2017-06-29 14:32
Woman in Cabin 10
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware,Imogen Church

 

 

Maybe I've read too many books like this one.  Maybe I'm cranky because I stayed up way too late last night finishing this book (I started it too early to "count" for my library's summer-reading program, and didn't finish it soon enough to get started on another book for my summer reading when it officially began on 6/24!).  Keep in mind that this book did propel me forward to wanting to know what happened.  Also ** = "Fair" for me.

 

Laura "Lo" Blacklock, a British travel journalist, goes through a traumatic event when a burglar breaks into her apartment, steals her purse, and traps her in her own bedroom by disabling the doorknob (after slamming the door into her face).  Despite the trauma, which seems to have left her with PTSD, she accepts a plum assignment on a luxury cruise ship, the Aurora Borealis, which will take its press-junket passengers on a Norwegian cruise.  During her first evening, she knocks on the door of Cabin 10, and the young woman inside gives her a mascara, refusing Lo's offer to return it.  Later that night, Lo hears a suspicious splash from the veranda of that cabin and, running out to her own, notices a smear of blood on that neighboring veranda.  She immediately concludes that the young woman she interacted with has been murdered.  

 

The ship's head of security tells her that Cabin 10 is unoccupied, and sure enough, he is able to show her that it is quite empty and clean.  Although he takes her through the motions of speaking with various staff members to try to identify the young woman, he clearly doubts her credibility.  After all, she suffered a trauma in her own apartment, is on anti-anxiety meds, and admittedly consumed alcohol on the night in question.  When the security officer is clearly done with her, Lo pursues her own investigation, enlisting an ex-boyfriend who is on the cruise, Ben Howard, as well as the ship's owner, Lord Richard Bullmer.

 

So, I won't give away anything about the way the mystery unfolds.  Of course, there are elements of "things are not as they seem."  It felt as though it took a long, long time to get to the unraveling.  The day after the incident felt at least four days long.  Once the unraveling occurred, there was another stall-out for a while.  And I guess I would call the resolution semi-satisfying.  And exhausting.  But this is definitely a YMMV type of situation, and if you haven't read too many of these thrillers where a woman disappears, you might enjoy this more than I did.

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review 2016-09-08 17:26
A novel for women that men *NEED* to read
The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel - Elizabeth J. Church
New review live now! THE ATOMIC WEIGHT OF LOVE This is my 4-star warble of pleasure to Author Elizabeth J. Church and Algonquin Books! Bravo to both for finally-at-last blowing the horrible taste of "The Awakening" from my mental palate. It's a beautiful novel written for women, but men need to read it. SERIOUSLY. An excellent take-down of unquestioned male privilege.
 
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review 2016-07-01 01:58
Choices
The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel - Elizabeth J. Church

This well-crafted debut novel by Church centers around Meridian, a woman ahead of her time in her scholarly ambitions but trapped in her time by societal expectations. She falls in love with a professor several years her senior who is recruited to work at Los Alamos. Theirs is a marriage of minds more than hearts which down the road leads to estrangement.

 

Meridian gives up her graduate studies in ornithology to be with him at Los Alamos, a decision that weighs her down throughout the novel. Despite her choice to support her husband's career at the cost of her own, Meridian finds ways to keep her intellectual curiosity engaged with her notebooks of observations on crow behavior, and her emotional life alive with a good friend or two along the way and a surprising relationship with a hippy geologist she encounters in the desert.

 

The novel describes a woman and the era in which she lived. It made me glad that I was born a generation later and was given more choices. But no matter the time and place in which you live, life will present you with some hard choices that determine your path forward. You might as well make peace with that.

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review 2016-05-08 00:14
The Atomic Weight of Love
The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel - Elizabeth J. Church

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church is the story of a marriage and a coming of age book about a young woman. I am torn about this book. Parts of it I find moving and absorbing, and I find myself cheering for the main character. Unfortunately, other parts of the book descend in cliched stereotypes (think stereotyped hippies), and I find myself cringing. As an end result, my overall reaction ends up somewhere in the middle.

 

Read my complete review at Memories From Books - The Atomic Weight of Love

 

Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through NetGalley

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/05/the-atomic-weight-of-love.html
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