The second in a series featuring Rusty Diamond, former street magician turned Las Vegas headliner, who got into a sticky situation and retired to the Eastern Seaboard.
The novel opens with Diamond flying to New Orleans, hoping to make amends with Prosper Lavalle, his former mentor, and Prosper's daughter.
On arrival, he discovers that Marceline has been missing for a week. Diamond is determined to find her.
It was OK, just not exactly my kind of book.
Mystery/Noir. Oct. 20, 2015. Print version: 266 pages.
The Prettiest One
Hot topic for novels lately: women with amnesia. Caitlin finds herself covered in blood and no memory of the past 7 months. The first couple of pages had me interested, but as the novel developed, I found myself less and less able to suspend disbelief. While I kept reading to discover which of the two men Caitlin would choose, I didn't find it all that easy to identify with any of the characters.
Reviews of this one appear to be at the extremes, great or awful.
NetGalley/Thomas & Mercer
Mystery/Crime. Oct. 1, 2015. Print version: 402 pages
Little Girl Gone (Remember Mia)
Poor choice of title as it only aids the comparisons to Gone Girl. (Oh, they have changed the title! It is still Little Girl Gone on Goodreads, but Amazon has Remember Mia, a better choice.
Brief synopsis: When Estelle’s baby daughter is taken from her cot, she doesn’t report her missing. Days later, Estelle is found in a wrecked car, with a wound to her head and no memory.
Estelle knows she holds the key to what happened that night – but what she doesn’t know is whether she was responsible…Another woman with amnesia!
The good: The book gives an interesting account of postpartum psychosis and the importance of early parental attachment.
The bad: Way too much time on Estelle's postpartum difficulties, and the book is quite long. It is difficult to read the details, and I had to put the book down several times. Cutting some of this section would have given plenty of information about Estelle's mental state and moved the novel along at a better pace.
Also problematic, deciphering what is spoken aloud and what is being thought; sometimes this is clarified by italics, but not always. Since Estelle is so confused and has no memory of certain events, knowing the difference between what is thought and what is said becomes even more important.
And it is only around half-way through the book that you get an idea about what really happened, even if there are some clues--so you have to suffer the anxiety of reading Estelle's psychosis for way too long before even getting to the meat of the story. Serious editing would have condensed the length, avoided reader burn-out, and resulted in a better paced story.
Mystery/Thriller. Sept. 24, 2015. Print version: 400 pages
(Just checked and this was published in July and is being republished in Sept. with fewer pages--343 as opposed to 400. It may make a big difference in the quality of the novel! New cover as well.)