This week I’ve been making a dent in my TBR stack, with a few books I’ve heard great things about. The good news is, they did not disappoint!
Graham used to be married to Elspeth, but that was before Audra came along. Now Graham and Audra have been married for twelve years, and have a ten year old son with Asperger’s. When they run into Elspeth and her new boyfriend, Audra decides that the four of them should all be friends. Hilarity ensues.
This is the perfect beach read. It was so funny that I literally laughed out loud, not once, but multiple times (my family was giving me weird looks). There’s enough of a plot to keep you interested, but not enough to make you think too hard. There was even an “I really didn’t see that one coming” moment halfway through the book. The characters are fun, quirky, and sometimes just plain weird, the way your friends in real life actually are. If you’re looking for a fun book you can read in a day, this is it.
Reasons I loved this book:
1. It’s set in Australia (In my mind, I read everything in an Australian accent!)
2. There are two mysteries in here, not just one.
3. Really great characters, and since this is titled “Aaron Falk #1”, I’m looking forward to seeing at least one of them in her next book.
4. Very satisfying ending, with believable conclusions to both mysteries.
5. The above mentioned conclusions were not given away too early (I hate when I can guess the ending in the first few chapters!)
I have been told that I HAD to read this, and I’m glad I gave it a try. It’s the story of a wacky woman, Bernadette, who used to be a famous architect. After a project disaster many years ago however, Bernadette hasn’t created anything, and instead hides away in her enormous house with her husband and teenage daughter. While planning a trip to celebrate her daughter’s good grades, Bernadette goes missing.
The structure of this book threw me for a loop at first, but once I got used to it, I enjoyed it. The book is made up of emails, letters, articles, and some narration by Bernadette’s daughter, Bee. The story takes place after Bernadette has disappeared, and all of these documents are Bee’s way of trying to piece together what has happened to her mother.
It took me a while to figure out what was happening in the book, as far as where in the storyline I was. I think the details in the beginning were drawn out much more than the ones at the end; it seemed a quick ending. Overall, however, it was an interesting, fun read, and I will definitely be checking out Semple’s latest book, Today will be Different.
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
This is the PERFECT summer reading book! It’s an easy read, set in Florida, there’s family drama and the choice between rekindling an old flame or starting a new romance.
The main character, Maeve, was bitten by a shark when she was twelve. Now thirty years old, she is a marine biologist who studies sharks. Home for the summer between research projects, she runs into her ex-fiance and sparks fly. But Maeve is also interested in one of her co-workers, who will be joining her on her next research trip, to Africa. Add in a grandmother who owns a reading themed hotel (I loved this part!) and twin brother who is starting off his writing career with a novel about Maeve’s love life. It’s a complicated summer.
Nate just got out jail after five years for armed robbery. The day before his release, the leader of a gang put out the order to kill Nate, his ex-wife, and their daughter, eleven year old Polly. Nate finds Polly and the two of them set out first to hide from their pursuers, and then to attack them.
This is a fast paced thriller; I read it in one sitting. (Dinner was a little late that night!) The narrative is told mainly by Polly and Nate, with some chapters featuring the thoughts of other minor characters. Nate goes from not knowing his daughter at all, and feeling just a general sense of obligation towards her, to loving her and being willing to put his life on the line to save hers. Although this is a plot driven book, I thought the characters were well developed and likable. The ending, which could have gone many different ways, was completely satisfying to me.
It’s been a great reading week! What have you been reading lately?