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text 2017-12-18 02:44
Reading progress update: I've read 254 out of 384 pages.
Ragdoll: A Novel - Daniel H Cole

what a loonytunes read! but I love it. hope the ending doesn't suck...tomorrow.

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review 2017-12-18 00:14
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen
Well, I feel like the blurb totally called it. 
"When you read this book, you will make many assumptions."
I had a lot of assumptions at the beginning of this book, and only one thing turned out to be true. Which I kinda can't tell you, because it would spoil all the fun. I even heeded the warning like blurb. I went into this one totally suspicious of EVERYONE. In the end I think that actually made this whole story even more fun. I was juggling at least 4 different theories on what was ACTUALLY happening, and none of those was what it ended up being. This was one hell of a plot twist and I imagine it is going to knock a lot of socks off! It surely got me! 
Part one was a little slower going, but still interesting getting a thorough examination of the characters and a glimpse at their relationships. It painted a really full foundation in your mind that is inevitably rocked down to its core in part two. I feel like the full picture at the end of the book was much more comprehensive because of it. The last half of the book is unputdownable. Once everything starts to shift it is nearly impossible to put down until the very end. And the authors have more than one surprise up their sleeves in this tale, so this is the book that just keeps on giving. 
I really enjoyed The Wife Between Us, I hear it will be coming to the big screen too and I am looking forward to watching that when it comes out. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more from these authors. 
Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book! 
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review 2017-12-17 23:06
Venetian Blood
Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City - Christine Evelyn Volker

Anna decides to take a trip to Venice and visit her friend Margo in order to get her mind off of her impending divorce back in the states. Instead, Anna finds herself in a romantic entanglement with serious complications; furthermore, she is the prime suspect in a murder when the man she slept with is found murdered. Anna's job at the US Treasury is put in danger when she begins to look into the life of Count Sergio Corrin, Anna finds a sordid past entangled with many other Venetians who just may want to kill the man. While Anna desperately searches to uncover any information to clear her name, she reveals some other secrets of the closely-knit Venetian people. Meanwhile, the person who murdered Sergio is still on the loose and is attempting to throw Anna off the trail. 

An exciting and suspenseful murder mystery set in the sensuous and mysterious island of Venice. Immediately, I was pulled in by the murder scene, a gruesome murder committed by someone who appears to be female. Then, I was connected to Anna's character. Anna is intelligent and resourceful but has been handed a difficult lot in life, her parents died when she was younger, she has had a miscarriage and her marriage has fallen apart. Venice was made into a sumptuous setting, I could easily image the aging but descendant buildings, the murky canals and small passageways. The suspense grew for me as Anna started digging up the past. Most interestingly, I began to question Anna's reliability as a narrator even as she began to uncover other's motives. Overall, a uniquely woven murder mystery with intricate twists and turns.

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text 2017-12-17 17:24
Reading progress update: I've read 218 out of 384 pages.
Ragdoll: A Novel - Daniel H Cole

if you were living in a city, and all of a sudden there were news reports suggesting that a body had been found, and that the body was actually the stitched-together parts of six bodies, and the body had been theatrically set up in a window across from the high-rise abode of a maverick detective who had taken the law into his own hands over a serial-killer case from years ago...would it all not seem a bit over the top?--unreal? hard to believe? and if more news started coming out, that whoever killed those people and stitched parts of them together had also given the police a list of five future victims to be killed on certain days no matter what precautions were taken, and then reports started hitting the news that the intended targets were being knocked off even despite the advanced warning...would it even feel like you were in the reality we know anymore? top it off with the last intended victim on the target-list being the maverick cop I mentioned, and everyone dying, or being marked for death, being slowly linked to something extreme from the past, and basically, if that was the news for weeks, it would feel like living through The Dark Knight, or Angels & Demons, or at the very least, a Jack the Ripper, or Zodiac Killer case, but with the added detail that the cops were being warned on what days certain specific people were going to be successfully killed. 


what I'm trying to say is: I love this type of Extreme, Suspenseful Fiction, but it's amazing how you can buy into this stuff, and love it, but if you really sat back and thought about it, there's a level of absurdity to such a collection of dramatic details, that it's clear why the term "suspension of disbelief" got created. it also makes clear to me why people like me get sucked into this kind of nutbar plotting as a form of escapism, and for others who sample it, the result might be a blog entry starting with "I got about 50 pages in...and then I threw this rubbish against the wall...".


anyway, that's just me trying to figure out why I love stories that are really...outside the bounds of what normally happens in the world of cops and killers--even though the world lately seems to be crossing the line into this territory. the last thing I would say is that I have a wild theory, to apply to the puzzle in this wild book--ie. who is doing all the killing and what assumption is a dangerous assumption--and I will of course eventually learn if I'm right.

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review 2017-12-17 09:39
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens (A Sunset Cove Novel) - Colleen Coble

This is the third book in the Sunset Cove series and it is my least favorite by far.  


Kate is the main focus of this book and she is somehow both bold and brave and completely stupid at the same time.  The author is making her out to be this brazen woman who speaks her mind but then she is doing some pretty dumb things.  There have been reports of a peeping tom in the area where she lives and then a woman is found murdered but Kate can´t sleep so she decides to go sit outside on the porch at night and sip a cup of tea.  I was really annoyed by several instances in the book when she realizes someone has been in her house or she hears a noise in my basement but she doesn´t want to tell anyone or report it to the police because they will think she is overreacting.  I also knew who the murderer/rapist/peeping tom was well in advance and was hoping I was wrong but no.....  There was other stuff going on too that I didn´t see coming so that was good.  Instead of a strong character, Kate comes off as weak and whiny.  


Kate meets Drake when he comes to Maine to investigate the deaths of his brother and sister-in-law. The police believe it was a murder/suicide but Drake is sure his brother would never kill his wife.  He rents a cottage from Kate and hires her to be a nanny to his two nieces who are now in his care.  Of course he is perfect in every way and falls in love with Kate while they work to unravel the details of what happened.  


This is my book for Square 14.

Book themes for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Celebrate the sun and read a book that has a beach or seaside setting. –OR– a book set during summertime. –OR– set in the Southern Hemisphere.

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