Photographer Scott accompanies his wife, Elise, to the Hamptons to be with her father, Victor, who only has a few months to live. While Elise spends her time at the hospital, Scott becomes intrigued with the house next door to Victor's. It's winter and Scott doesn't really have a lot to do during the day. Soon, Scott is breaking into the house and trying to piece together a story about the owner's lives. Elise becomes involved, too, and their lives will never be the same again... Give to people who enjoy Gone Girl , The Silent Wife, and Peter Swanson.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
A job as the cook at a home for people with dementia is exactly what Eve Bennett needs to keep her daughter in her current school and to help her finances. Soon, Eve becomes involved in the residents' lives, especially Anna, who is only 38 and has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Eve sees how Anna is emotionally attached to the only other person her age in the facility, Luke. Eve, though, doesn't agree with the decision to keep Luke and Anna apart because she can see how much they mean to each other. Eve also has to cope with her own life changes, such as being newly single and the disapproval of many in the town for her husband's illegal financial activities. The Things We Keep was enjoyable, but is lacking the depth of character offered by similar authors, like Jo-Ann Mapson, Lisa Genova, and Elin Hilderbrand.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The books I enjoyed most last year include two first novels and a couple of mysteries.
In alphabetical order by author:
The Crossing by Michael Connelly
Even after twenty novels featuring Harry Bosch, I still get excited when a new one comes out. He is one author that continues to produce great reads year after year.
The Precipice by Paul Doiron
I know I should probably include new authors on my list of favorites, but this is Doiron's third appearance on my yearly list. Yes, the mystery series is that good.
Golden State by Stephanie Kegan
Kegan's take on the question of "What would you do if you found out your brother was the Unabomber?" was a compelling story of family relationships.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
A first novel with wonderful descriptions of food, quirky characters, and a memorable story.
In this short story collection, Ellis delves into the lives of many different women with a dark, satiric air. My favorite two stories are "The Wainscoting War" where two women duel by e-mail about how to decorate the common area outside their apartments, and "The Fitter" where the main character waxes ecstatic about her husband's talents finding the perfect bra fit for his clients. Before I started reading the collection, I had high expectations because I had read Ellis' novel Eating the Cheshire Cat that she wrote many years ago and because this book was named a LibraryReads pick. However, I found most of the other stories in this small volume to be repetitive and slight.