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review 2019-06-01 07:08
How It Happened by Michael Koryta
How It Happened - Michael Koryta

'When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.'

Sherlock Holmes may have been right.....but what if that which remained was still impossible.....and still the truth?

A confession that leads nowhere:
No bodies.
No evidence.
And a suspect above reproach.

A thought provoking thriller that will keep you guessing as an FBI agent risks his career and his life on the word of a notorious liar based solely on his instincts.

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review 2019-03-18 15:07
Too Many POVs that Added Nothing
What Happened to Us? - Faith Hogan

This looked interesting so I got it on my Kindle this past weekend. I think I may read more Faith Hogan in the future. She can definitely write and plot a story. I just think that adding two of the POVs did nothing for the book and actually caused it to drag. I started skipping over those POVs toward the end of the book since the POVs with Carrie and Kevin were more interesting to me. 


"What Happened to Us?" is about Carrie Nolan and her long term boyfriend Kevin Mulvey. They run a highly successful restaurant together and though the romance has cooled in their relationship, Carrie is happy with how things are for the most part. Then Kevin comes to her one day and tells her he has fallen in love with a waitress at their restaurant (Valentina). When Carrie realizes that her life is not going to be the same, she is determined to move on from Kevin. And Kevin slowly starts to realize that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

What can I say, I actually felt more for Kevin while reading this. Do not yell at me people! I felt sorry for him because he's a big fool. This character reminded me of the character in Sliding Doors who is torn between Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Heck, Kevin even has a best friend (Jim) who pretty much laughs at him for being such an idiot to give up Carrie for Valentina. Kevin slowly wakes up to what his relationship with Valentina was like and how similar his life is heading like his father. 

Carrie at least acknowledges the things that she did wrong while dating Kevin. They both let the romance die in their relationship and she always took care of everything. Her realizing that she could be stronger without him and determined to keep their little house was great.


I have to say though I don't know how realistic it was that Kevin and Carrie kept working together for as long as they do in this book. I would have probably set some stuff on fire.

The other characters in this book, Jane and Luke were pretty blah to me. 


As I already said, I liked the writing and the overall plot. The story just dragged every single time that Hogan moved away from Carrie and Kevin to Jane and Luke. No offense, but Jane and Luke added nothing to the book. We could have gotten Carrie's impressions of Luke and left it at that. Considering that Carried had family and friends surrounding her I was more interested in that then in how Luke felt about his father or Jane felt about being alone. The flow wasn't great anytime it shifted away from Carrie and Kevin either.  


The ending was nice and I did love we got to see resolutions for all of the plot points. 

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review 2018-07-16 02:17
What Happened at Midnight, Hardy Boys #10 by Franklin W. Dixon
What Happened at Midnight (Hardy Boys, #10) - Franklin W. Dixon,Walter S. Rogers

Bayport has entered the modern age: the automat has come to town! The boys are excited to have their good chum Chet Morton show them how to operate the automat, put a coin in the slot next to the desired food and presto you can open the cubbie and feast. The gang is having a great time and even start playing shovin' buddies, when Joe is pushed into a blonde man and jostles him. The man has an overblown reaction, but the boys don't think too much of it. Later, Joe is shoved into the same man, making him drop a package this time. The man, perhaps justifiably, is even more pissed off and thinks they're out to get him. Again, the situation is laughed off and the gang agrees to meet up later at Chet's for a party.

Then...at midnight...it happened.

'Midnight' has a dramatically different opening here then in the revised edition, which has the Hardy Boys breaking into a scientists house at the behest of their father to safeguard an invention. Were automats not cool anymore by the 1960s?

I'm given to understand the rest of the plot is similar with electronic gizmos replacing some of the loot being kicked around. I never read the revised edition of this, but the leisurely pace the narrative takes while Frank and Joe travel to New York City to follow a clue and then are forced to hitch-hike back home to Bayport over a couple days doesn't seem like something that would have been allowed.

I cannot stress enough how cool these early editions of the Hardy Boys are. Also, Aunt Gertrude was delightful in a crisis. Other than some basic safety concerns for two teens spending several nights out of doors and hitch-hiking, I didn't see any reason to butcher this work for 'modern' audiences. 1920s slang has more appeal to me than that of the 1950s.

Next: 'While the Clock Ticked'

Previous: 'The Great Airport Mystery'

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review 2018-06-28 18:45
What Happened That Night - Sandra Block

The thing about My Book Box, a subscription book service, is that whoever chooses books has a tendency to chose books I would bypass in a book store but actually love once I read them. It’s true that this has been more the rule for the non-fiction selections. The mystery selection is a bit more hit and miss. Not that the books are bad – they are more I could easily be just as happy as not reading them. But every so often the mystery book is something like Block’s work.

Honesty, this is something that if I saw in a bookstore, I might have picked it up, read the back, and walked off without it buying it. I would have written it off as a Lifetime movie, you know the one, where the woman discovers that her bestest girlfriend set her up to be raped. I hate Lifetime movies, so why would I want to read one?

But this book is not a Lifetime movie. To be fair, it does play with the idea of that trope, but it does something a bit different with it. 

Dahlia was gang raped during college, she dropped out and now works as a paralegal. She has cut herself off from many things. The really good part of this book, and what Block does extremely well, is show us how Dahlia realizes that she is not as cut off as she thinks she is, how she has friends that she didn’t quite realize she had. This book has more than one positive woman/woman friendship and that is absolutely wonderful.

The book is also told from the perspective of James, a co-worker and romantic interest for Dahlia. He has his own set of issues, and to be honest, one of his reveals isn’t quite as hidden as the questions at the end of the book imply. But it to is an important and timely reason.

The book is about rape as well as the toxic masculinity that in some situations drives it. Block also deals with the question of mental illness, in particular depression, and she does it extremely well. The mental changes that both James and Dahlia go thorough are powerful, and I cannot describe the pleasure in reading a book that doesn’t treat the idea of going to therapy as something to be ashamed of or to be laughed at. She also illustrates how the process of determining to go to therapy works for some people.

In dealing with rape, Block also confronts the reaction of those to rape in a public setting, in particular with the use of social media accounts. It actually is a real examination of a variety of things that occur because of toxic masculinity. It’s a really good book.

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review 2018-06-08 14:21
What Happened That Night - Sandra Block

Sandra Block wrote a book that grabbed me from the very first time I looked at the gorgeous cover and held me until I read the very last word.    When I first saw the book I knew that this was a story that I had to read.   I knew that the suspense would keep me on the edge of my seat, the characters would make me want to be part of their friend circle, and that there would be so many twists and turns that I wouldn’t know which way I should go next.    


The storyline was not an easy one to read.   There were subjects, especially the rapes, that had to be tough to write about but Sandra Block did an amazing job.   She gave enough detail for the reader to have no doubt what was happening but not too much.   I had no doubt how much pain and fear Dahlia felt while being raped and the intense feelings that she was trying to figure out how to deal with.   I love that Dahlia was strong enough to continue her life, she fought to find a way out of the black hole, and she found a way to move on.   I was concerned when Dahlia met James, was he leading her down the right path or would he hurt her more than she already was hurting.  By the end of the story, I enjoyed seeing the friendship grow and loved that Dahlia had someone she could trust.


The setup of the book with short chapters and multiple points of views had me flying through the story.  I was anxious and excited to get to the end to find out what happens.    The ending… oh, the ending… PERFECT.   I didn’t see it coming, I didn’t even dream it but it was amazing.

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