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review 2013-10-27 06:53
Still Missing
Still Missing - Chevy Stevens


 This was a difficult book for me to read. It is about abuse and captivity and being victimized. It drew me in and compelled to finish it but I don't know if I gained anything from the time I spent reading it.


I don't think it's really fair to rate it down because of the horrific content but I can't help it. It might read like a four star book but it's only getting three from me.

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review 2013-08-29 03:56
If You Were Here
If You Were Here - Alafair Burke

I had never read a book by Alafair Burke before but this one sounded intriguing and I needed a book to listen to while I walked. Good idea Valz.


The premise is: a writer for a city magazine (once a DA who was forced by extenuating circumstances to retire) observes a phone video of a woman saving a young man from the tracks of a subway train. The unusual thing is the savior looks exactly like Susan, a woman that McKenna Jordan (aka the protagonist), was best friends and roommates with until her disappearance ten years earlier.  If this rescuer had not acted like she did the man would have died. McKenna is impelled to find out all she can. 


This is really an excellent book in the genre. The story takes you on a journey involving many and never disappointing. The plot is intelligently worked out. 


Highly recommended.



Alafair Burke is the daughter of James Lee Burke. I have not read his books but I will read all of Alafair's.

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review 2009-02-23 00:00
The Book of Lost Things: A Novel
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly

The thing about this book is that I cannot decide if I like it or not. Right now I think I dislike it. I was compelled to read it but I was also disturbed and depressed by it.


Too soon after the death of his beloved mother to a painful and lingering disease, David is horrified when his father begins a relationship with a woman, Rose. David begins to have spells in which he blacks out. When his father remarries and Rose has a baby, the situation is only made worse. David's jealously and hatred of Rose and his new brother push him into a world where books talk to him and he descends into madness. His journey is both horror fairy tale and thrilling adventure.


This book is not for the squeamish. It is filled with disturbing images and violence. It is set at the beginning of World War II and is both an allegory of what living through the atrocities of that war must have been like and for the passage into adulthood from childhood. I believe it takes place entirely in David's mind during one of his spells and I enjoyed the way reality peeked in every now and then.


I loved the creativity and imagination that made up the story and would have given it 5 stars if it hadn't been so grotesque. This is definitely NOT for children. After writing this, I read many other reviews and it seems that in some editions of this book there is a section in the back written by Connolly about this book. I am glad that this was not in the book I read as I think it would have lessened the experience for me.

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