Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book Review Thursday - 5/17

OH the nights this week are just flying by since I have been working on the flower beds. I think that I am finished, but I have plants left over so I am not sure what I am going to do with them. I have been so busy with the planting that I almost forgot about book reviews.

In Love You More by Lisa Gardner, Boston Detective D.D. Warren is back in action with her ex-lover and Boston State Trooper Bobby Dodge. Dodge brought Warren in on a case involving another state trooper whose husband has been shot with her service weapon. Brian Darby was shot in the chest and Tessa Leoni is covered in bruises. But the bigger question is, where is Tessa's daughter?

Leoni learned early in life that no one can be trusted. Once her daughter goes missing, she doesn't even trust the police with the truth and sets out to find her daughter and make those responsible pay.

This book was action packed with twists and turns all over the place. Just when you think that you know what is going to happen next, Gardner surprises you with going in a different direction. There are some gory parts, but that didn't bother me at all. I really enjoyed this book!

Since I enjoyed the Gardner book so much, I decided to read another book by another new favorite author and I chose I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman. Eliza Benedict is happy being a stay at home mom of 2 kids. Her family recently moved back to the US after living in England for several years for her husband's career and they are settling back into life in the US. Then, Eliza gets a letter from the man who kidnapped her and held her for 6 weeks when she was 15 years old and she is forced to remember the ordeal.

Walter is on death row for murdering and raping 2 girls 20 years ago. His last chance to have his sentence commuted lies with Elizabeth Lerner and he has finally found her.

And so begins the journey to closure for the man and his victim.

The novel jumps from present day with Eliza struggling to keep the ordeal she lived through a secret from everyone except those closest to her including her children to the time she was held captive for 6 weeks by Walter. The writing is definitely closer to the Tess Monaghan novels and I was pleased with that. I did find myself waiting for someone else to be kidnapped or someone to wind up killed in the present day, but I have to say that the ending was satisfying and the book was a great read!

And with these 2 reviews, I am down to only 1 more review on finished books! I have 3 or 4 real books out form the library, a ton and a half on the Kindle and quite a few waiting to listen to. This week, I started a new series and I am really enjoying it so far. Of course, that could have something to do with the narrator - Barbara Rosenblatt... Love her!!!


vtquilter said...

Extra plants - hanging baskets or a planter to put on the back patio? Glad you got the gardens all set. How about a picture?

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

I listened to Love You More and I liked it. I thought the ending plot/reveal was a TAD lame but overall the book kept me glued to my car. I've since listened to a few more of Lisa's books. I'm working through the D.D Warren series.

thea said...

Based on your reviews, I checked out some books by Laura Lippman. I read What the Dead Know and really enjoyed it. Thanks!!