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June 7, 2016 No Comments

“Truthfully, I don’t think murder is
necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference
does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God
intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.”


I
downloaded this book because it was set in Boston and we were heading on
holiday there, but I am so glad that I found it.


The
story starts with a man and woman, Ted and Lily, having a drink in an airport
lounge in London. Ted has just found out his wife, Miranda, is having an affair
with the man Ted has employed to build his beach house. By the end of the (boozy)
plane ride back to Boston, Ted has had the seed of murdering his wife planted
in his head by Lily. And it’s an idea he can’t get rid of!


So
Ted calls up Lily and they hatch a plan. But because this is a book, and it can’t
be that simple, it gets pretty complicated. Miranda has a plan of her own, the
police get a bit too involved and well, Lily has had a bit more of a past than
she is letting on about. Basically killers become victims…victims become
killers!
The
novel switches between characters POV’s through the chapters and we see their
past too which is really effective as when you feel you’re missing some details
from one story, they’re revealed in the next.
Definitely worth
a download if you like suspense filled novels with lots of twists and turns.
Read this!



“I’ve been following her for the past few
days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don’t know the
colour of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”


Another holiday read I’ve not
got round to writing about (Jet lag leave you with a LOT of time for reading)
When Mia Dennett doesn’t turn
up for work at the school she teaches at, her family, her Dad, James, a powerful
Judge, and her meek mum, Eve, start looking into her disappearance.


On
the night she disappeared Mia had gone to meet her boyfriend, who cancelled at
the last minute, and had drunkenly ended up going home with a man she meets in
the bar, Colin. Unfortunately she gets far more than just a one-night stand as
Colin had been paid to abduct her and deliver her to a notorious criminal, who
had planned to hold her for ransom. However, Colin decides to not go through
with the original plan and he takes Mia to a woodland cabin where the two of
them hide from the men who had paid Colin to abduct Mia. Whilst at home her parents,
and the detective assigned to their case, Gabe, try to figure out what has
happened to Mia.


Again, this is a
book that shifts not only between the perspectives of characters in the book, but
also between the present day and the events that lead up to Mia going missing. And
there are a lot of twists and turns in the book that leave you wondering what
is going on. Just a heads up, I didn’t see the ending coming at all!  It’s definitely worth a read if you like this
kind of book!
“In
nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn color your hair, watch a third of
a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can back scones or get a tooth filled
by a dentist; you can fold for family of five… In nineteen minutes, you can
stop the world, or you can just jump off it.


In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.”
So, I’ve not read a
Jodi Picult book before, and I thought they were girly trashy books so reading
this I was surprised that it wasn’t. Especially as the cover is a bit pastel-ly
too!


The
story follows a group of teenagers trying to come to terms with a shooting massacre
in their school, by one of their fellow classmates. Ten students are killed and
another nine are injured.


The
book switches between the story of Josie Cormier, who was found after the
shooting in a pool of blood and Peter, the killer, the one who did the
shooting.


From
Josie’s point of view, she was found in pool of blood in the gym, with no
memory of what happened, but knows that some of the blood she was found in was
that of her boyfriend, Matt. She witnessed the killings, but she can’t remember
what happened and her mother Lacy is trying to reconnect with her teenaged daughter
and help her remember what went on in the gym.


On
the other side we see the story from the side of Peter and his family. We see
the destruction that was caused by his actions and what has lead him to the
point of turning a gun on his classmates.


Given
I thought that it was going to be a romancey, girlie novel, (based soley on the
cover and chosen as a break from the suspense novel I seem to be reading) I was
pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be another mystery sort of book.

“And
then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid,
not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both.
Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.”

I read this as I’d missed the month that we read
it in book club and the general consensus was that I should read it.  


I don’t think I am giving anything away to say that
this book is about zombies. But we’re not talking zombies in the Walking Dead
sense, these zombies are a little bit different. And the book is a little bit
different in how it portrays the zombies. Here we get the story from the perspective
of a zombie child – a caring, intelligent zombie child, Melanie.  


As the book unfolds we learn Melanie is in a
facility, a school almost, with other zombie children who are there, learning
and being studied, in the hope that the scientists studying them can find a
cure for the disease. And as the most intelligent of these kids, Melanie is not
only the prize possession for the staff in the lab, but she has a special place
in the heart of her teacher, Miss Justineau, too.  


As the story unfolds it becomes less about the fact
there are zombies, and more about
what
it means to be human, or alive. And the fact that being human might not
automatically make you better than a zombie.


It’s
described as a thriller, but I am so glad that this book was far more than a
thriller. It was sweet and thoughtful and interesting and there was some suspense,
but it was more about human emotion than action. I loved it. 



What have you been reading lately? Anything I should add to my must read list? 

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