Sunday, September 29, 2013

How the Light Gets In

I have many favorite authors. (Yes, for the sake of fairness, they are ALL my favorites.) One of these is Louise Penny, and I was SO EXCITED to read her new book, How the Light Gets In. Set aside a day and start reading. Now.

Inspector Gamache is in a bad place. His team is being dismantled, his reputation is taking a beating, and except for his German Shepherd, Henri, he has very few colleagues that he knows are loyal to him. But this is not just a matter of personality conflicts and bureaucratic maneuverings in the Quebec Surete. Something truly rotten has infected this elite force. Gamache knows part of the story, but he will need all of his considerable wits about him to write the happy ending he and his fellow Canadians deserve. Meanwhile, the tiny village of Three Pines has another mystery to be solved, but in the end his dear friends come together for Gamache just when he needs it most.

Set in the cold and beautiful Canadian Christmas season, How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny is a gift to her readers.  It is also an edge-of-your-seat page turner.  Start turning those pages people!

Au revoir...TBC

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Secret Keeper

Kate Morton's latest, The Secret Keeper, is out in paperback. I bought it. I read it. It's awesome.

The time: summer 1961. The place: an idyllic farmhouse in the English countryside. The problem: sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses her mother kill a man, apparently in self-defense. But, Paul Harvey, what is the REST of the story? This is what Laurel attempts to discover 50 years later as her mother lays dying in a London hospital. What follows is a journey through the years and memories long buried, jumping effortlessly from pre-war England and Australia to the Blitz and present-day London.  Laurel has very few clues and little time until her mother's secrets are buried with her, but she is determined to solve the mystery before it's too late.

It's no secret that Kate Morton is a terrific writer, unless you have not read any of her books. Well, what are you waiting for? Get started!!  TBC

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I've just finished the most magical book. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman perfectly captures the essence of childhood, with all of its memories and imaginings, dreams and nightmares, wonders and frustrations. It is a story like none other, and I can't possibly review it properly without ruining it for you, so I'll just reveal the following:

*To attend a funeral, a grown man returns to the place of his childhood.

*While sitting by his neighbor's pond a door to long-forgotten childhood memories opens.

*What he remembers is unbelievable, at least to a grown man.

I finished this book in a couple of hours, so plan your escape into The Ocean at the End of the Lane carefully.  No interruptions should be tolerated.