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review 2018-03-18 17:28
Review of Audio Book
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Gillian Flynn,Patton Oswalt

The term masterpiece is thrown around a bit too much when it comes to describing books, especially books that have been released in the past few years.  If it isn’t masterpiece, it’s groundbreaking.  The truth is that not many books live up to the hype and to describe them as masterpieces or groundbreaking weakens those adjectives.


                This book does live up to the hype.  It is truly a masterpiece, and even in its’ unfinished state rivals, if not bests, In Cold Blood. 


                I honesty don’t know why this book popped up on my radar.  I had never heard of the Golden State Killer (who started as a rapist).  It appeared on my tbr list around Christmas, and then when the positive reviews came in I used an Audible credit.  I hadn’t read McNamara’s blog, and I dimly remembered hearing about her death when it occurred (as well as the idiots who felt they had a right to tell a husband how long he had to stay a widower). 


                McNamara’s account of the killer’s crimes switches between her memoir and interest in crime.  Her writing has an incredible amount of life and pulse.   The sections detailing the crimes are chillingly told and read by Gabra Zackman.  Zackman’s voice shifts as she reads the memoir sections.         


                The investigation sections and chapters are well done, with that same wonderful writing tone.  McNamara not only discusses possibilities but also the development of science and DNA testing, things that allowed for break thorough. 


                Because she died before the book could be completed, there is, at times, a slightly uneven feel – this is particularly true towards the end of the book where a chapter is simply a transcribed audio.    It is too the credit of the editors who finished the book (McNamara’s researcher and a fellow reporter) that they keep themselves separated from the book.  They let McNamara speak for herself. 


                The book is also very touching, especially the afterward. 

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review 2018-03-07 03:12
The Unquiet Daughter - Danielle Flood

The Unquiet Daughter

Danielle Flood

Paperback, 388 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Piscataqua Press

ISBN: 1944393188 (ISBN13: 9781944393182)


I had read The Quiet American, a while a go, and was quite intrigued when I read the description of this book. The author did her homework/research for this memoir, so there were a lot of description of what was happening in Vietnam when her mom, father, and stepfather were living there. Having a not so wonderful childhood, and parents who either did not communicate well or outright lied to her, I could feel her struggle in trying to figure out who she was and where she belonged. The research Flood has done of her mother's background, as well as that of her biological and stepdad's, gave a lot of insight as to what was lost to her in her formative years. Many of us have a lot more from our parents as we grow up. I did enjoy reading this memoir. At times, I felt as if the author's need for positive attention from her mom and for a relationship with her biological dad came across as a childlike "I want, I want" flare up. I wasn't sure how much of that came from the upbringing she had.

***This copy was received from the Author through a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for a fair review***

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review 2018-03-03 20:52
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Helen Simonson

Paperback, Large Print, 585 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Large Print Press (first published 2010)
ISBN: 1594134448 (ISBN13: 9781594134449) 




  I was not sure I would like this one; but once I started following Major Pettigrew's character in the book and seeing the changes in him, I fell in love with the book. Did he actually change, or did he finally stand up for the lifestyle he believed in? There were several characters I liked, then others who I just wanted to punch...I liked how Simsonson wrote her characters so that there was a distinct emotion I felt as I read about them. Definitely a must read...
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review 2018-03-02 17:25
Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties - Camille Noe Pagán

I could definitely relate to this book. Married for so long and just as soon as the kids are about to move out, your "significant other for life" decides everything has been a waste. No growing old together, no until death do us part, and yes, lots of heartbreak.

Divorce can be really hard, especially after that many years, and I really sympathized with Maggie. However, I so admire her. Many women probably would have gone back to their ex with a weak spine and a severe case of loneliness. However, not Maggie. She took the bull by the horn and turned her life around.

Definitely a feel good book for the women who can totally relate to Maggie and the term "woman last seen in her thirties" because after that, all she became was wife and mother. The rest of her was lost taking care of her family.

An absolutely great book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Huge thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-02-27 19:40
The Woman in the Water
The Woman in the Water - Charles Finch

I read the first 3 books in the series before this one and this one is about the same. My average rating has been 3 stars. I had decided to quit the series after the Fleet Street Murders (#3) but felt drawn to read this one mainly because of the title and cover photo. The story just didn´t keep my attention and I found myself having to make myself go back to it like it was a homework assignment. There was no suspense until the very end. I do have to give it some credit though since I didn´t figure anything out early like with some other authors. The story itself isn´t bad but the writing rambles and loses my attention. 

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