The dynamic between good-looking, smart, and dominant Eli and his less attractive and bullied sister Addie is cause for unease even during their childhood.
When Eli, at thirteen, is convicted of a terrible crime, Addie's life does not immediately improve. Years after the tragedy, however, Addie finally seems set for a better life. She's in a good relationship and has overcome many personal demons.
Then Eli turns up again, and Addie's world begins disintegrating. What does his sister know?
Read in May. Review scheduled for June 5.
NetGalley/Grand Central Publishing
Suspense. June 19, 2018. Print length: 384 pages.
The Ghost of Marlow House is a fun cozy paranormal mystery. Danielle inherits an old mansion that she hopes to turn into a B&B. But in addition to the house and furnishings, she quickly realizes that she has also inherited a ghost who doesn't realize he's dead.
Light and entertaining, The Ghost of Marlow House reminds me a bit of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Danielle needs the ghost to move on in order for her B&B plan to work. Eventually she manages to convince Walt Marlow that he is, indeed, dead. Walt, however, is not ready to leave his home and enter the afterlife and persuades Danielle to investigate his death.
This is the first in a long series and reads as such in several ways, but I found it an entertaining counterbalance to some of the darker mysteries I read.
Free on Kindle.
Paranormal Mystery. 2016. Print length: 256 pages.
True Fiction is another book that lands on the light side of the scale.
From the blurb: When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn't an accident.
Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn't imagine. Now one of those schemes has come true, and Ian is the only person alive who knows how it was done...and who is behind the plot. That makes him too dangerous to live.
Comical and yet...I've often wondered, as I'm sure some of you have, if some fictional scenarios have not actually been translated to real life. The idea that the CIA or terrorists have taken ideas from fiction doesn't sound that far-fetched to me. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
True Fiction offers adventure, suspense, and comedy as Ian Ludlow, nerdy author, must think like his fictional protagonist if he wants to survive.
Suspense/Humor. April 1, 2018. Print length: 248 pages.
JUST for Fun
We are all influenced by book covers, but take a look at some of the pulp covers of classic literature! (source: Literary Hub)