… we draw people into our lives. It’s as though we broadcast our deepest needs, and certain people hear the signal somewhere in their own subconscious and heed the call. For better or worse, we attract our teachers, our allies, and sometimes even our nightmares. Some of us have louder signals.
Some of us have more sensitive receptors.
Such a good book!
There were some elements and mysteries that I was able to figure out right away
but there were others that just kept me guessing.
This novel follows the character Lana who has a secret.
There is a troubled, young boy.
There is murder and lies and a great story.
This novel follows the story of a mother and her son who leave their home to start again after the rest
of their family is murdered.
Elspeth and her son Caleb move into a new town to start their life again and when they arrive Elspeth’s past comes to light.
The truth behind her children and family.
The truth behind her own personal issues.
This novel has mystery and suspense.
It takes place during the 1890’s.
The first line of this book is “Elspeth Howell was a sinner”.
Elspeth is searching for redemption for her sins.
She going through life taking care of Caleb and basically waiting for karma to attack.
In this case, karma being God’s punishment.
This one took place in a museum. It surrounded Egyptian artifacts and returning characters.
This novel (like all the others) is basically a double mystery.
Both concern museum thefts, one in the 1970’s and one in present day.
Sweeney works with the police and returning character Detective Quinn to solve both mysteries.
I think this may have been the one I enjoyed the most. Well, I can’t choose between this one and the first one (O’ Artful Death).
I”ll give it a 4/5.
The mystery/story is good.
I love the main character even though she irritates me with her personal life choices.
I think it’s a good thing when you can get mad at a character.
I think it means that you’re enjoying the book and really getting into it.
Another book I’ve enjoyed lately.
(My 21st of the year).
I read Gudenkauf’s first novel a few years ago (The Weight of Silence) and enjoyed that one as well.
Her novels follow multiple characters who all have their own story.
In These Things Hidden Allison is the main character who at the beginning of the novel is just released from prison.
I won’t say why she was there because part of the novel is the revealing of this.
Other characters include her sister Brynn.
A mother of an adopted boy, Claire and
another young woman Charm.
Throughout the story you learn how the characters are connected and how their lives intertwine without
them knowing one another.
Some people might say this book is too sad or dark, but I guess that’s just what I like.
But I feel that the story shows how there can be good in the bad.
And how second chances are important.
I would rate this, along with her first novel, a 4.5/5.
Sticking with mystery novels-of course. This novel is about two different disappearances a generation apart. It takes place within a small town and everyone’s lives are intertwined. The chapters jump from character to character and that aspect really helped with keeping up the suspense and keeping me anxious to find out what happens/happened (the stories are a generation apart). It’s like reading two different mystery stories in one novel.
It was a fairly short book, only 302 pages.
The reviews compared McHugh to Gillian Flynn who wrote Gone Girl.
(Which I loved!)
I wouldn’t necessarily say that I enjoyed the author’s writing style but there was no struggle or
annoyance with it.
I gave it 4.5 stars.
And now I want to live near the Ozarks. I want to have a big farm and sit outside on the porch during thunderstorms.
I also want to watch Twister.
a man with clean nails hides his dirt on the inside