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Thursday, January 11, 2018

I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke and City of Endless Night by Preston & Child

I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke  is a suspenseful and unusual amnesia mystery.   A woman disappears from London.  A woman turns up on a Greek island with no memory of who she is or how she got there.  Are they the same woman?  

Four friends on an annual writing retreat rescue a woman who washed ashore, but difficulties arise almost immediately.  Contact with anyone off island becomes difficult; the group is stranded with limited supplies.  

Meanwhile, back in London, Lochlan is frantic about his missing wife who left their toddler and infant daughter alone.

I Know My Name is not the stereotypical amnesia thriller, but is a clever psychological mystery with several unexpected twists.  Not what I anticipated when I began reading, but all the better for it.

Read in November; blog review scheduled for Jan.

NetGalley/Grand Central Publishing

Psychological Suspense.  Jan. 16, 2018.  Print length:  384 pages.



City of Endless Night by Preston & Child allows Detective D'Agosta to take the lead while Special Agent Aloyius Pendergast assumes a smaller role than normal.  Well, Aloyius does have a lot on his mind.

I've been reading these books for such a long time and realize how difficult it must be to keep coming up with fresh ideas for the series.
While I always enjoy revisiting the familiar characters, I haven't found the last few books as much fun as the earlier books.  This may just be because this is #17, and Relic (the first in the series) was published in 1995.  Pendergast has undergone some changes in this long series, but maybe I just love the supernatural and mysterious aspects of the earliest novels.

Not that I will ever refuse to see what is happening in Pendergast's life!

Read in November.

NetGalley/Grand Central Publishing

Mystery/Thriller.  Jan. 16, 2018.  Print length:  368 pages.  

9 comments:

  1. I Know My Name sounds good to me! I'll have to check that out. :)

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    1. I enjoyed I Know My Name all the more for the differences!

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  2. I agree with Melody - I KNOW MY NAMES goes on my list! I've not ever started the Preston and Child series, though I think I have RELIC on my Kindle.

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    1. A student recommended Relic to me years ago, and I enjoyed it. Weird and completely unrealistic, but fun. I've stayed with the novels ever since. :)

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  3. I Know My Name sounds great! There are so many of these stories with an amnesia angle that it's great to find one that offers something different! Looking forward to this one!

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  4. I know what you mean about the Preston & Child books; they haven't been as good recently, but I still have to read them. Every one. It's Pendergast after all. :)

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    1. :) Exactly. Pendergast is such a strange, enigmatic character! But the earlier books are the weirdest and most fun.

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  5. I am glad I Know My Name turned out to be so good. Books with common things certainly can become too predictable, but this one sounds like a winner. Wow! Seventeen books in the Preston & Child series! I have a lot of catching up to do.

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