CLOSE TO THE BROKEN HEARTED by Michael Hiebert, (c) 2014. This is Sylvie’s story, and she grew up in Alabama where she lived through the tragic murder of her little brother as he sat on their father’s lap. Of course Sylvie is a screwed up mess after that but she keeps calling the local police over and over again insisting that someone is trespassing on her property and one time even comes into the house when she’s not home. This was a real good book, don’t pass it up. A little bit psychological thriller, a little bit mystery..
THE YEAR OF FOG by Michelle Richmond (c) 2007. Here is the story of a kidnapping of a 6 and 1/2 year old girl named Emma. She was being babysat by her father’s fiance Abby Mason. Abby and Emma were walking along the beach one foggy morning. Abby, a photographer stopped a moment to take photos of a dead baby seal pup, as Emma ran on ahead. As Abby looked up a moment later Emma had disappeared completely, that fast! Now the whole town is searching for the girl, and Any relationship she has with Emma’s father is slowly disintegrating. Abby is very hopeful that Emma will be found of course, she really does love the little girl. I’m enjoying the writing and hope you will too. As always I never tell the ending, although sometimes it’s easy to guess.
THE LAKE OF DREAMS by Kim Edwards, (c) 2011. This story starts out in Japan, where hydrologist Lucy Jarret finds herself unemployed. Later when she returns home to New York, she meets an old love who’s now a glass artist. 10 years earlier her father drowned in a boating accident while fishing but no one knows what really happened. Lucy wonders what would have happened if she had gone fishing with him when he asked her. Late one night as she walks in the family’s old lakeside house she finds some items locked away in an old window seat. The items will reveal old family secrets.. something about a young girl jumping out of a window while a comet passed by overhead. The items are linked to the suffragist movement and stained glass windows found in Lucy’s hometown and beyond. Well it sounds like a series of mysteries and I think I’m going to read this one.
WHILE ANGELS SLEEP by Judith Kelman(c) 1988. This old suspense novel was a nice change form my usual fare. It was almost like watching a TV suspense movie. A wife and mother of 3 is forced to settle her father’s estate – an artists colony called Thornwood in Massachusetts. Lots of weird goings on there along with an 11 year old daughter she adopted after marrying the girls father.
EVIDENCE OF LIFE by Barbara Taylor Sissel, (2013). I could not put this book down! I started it yesterday morninig and I’m nearly finished with it! It’s a good read!
Abby thinks she has a perfect marriage, a handsome husband and two children Jake who’s in college and Lindsey who’s a 16 year old in Sr. high school. But then her husband and daughter who were on their way to a camping site came up missing after a major Texas flood. Now they are presumed dead but Abby keeps finding out odd details of her husband’s life. Who stole her husband’s leather jacket after he came up missing? This book will not disappoint you, I have about 30 pages to read yet, and I’m not exercising like I should or doing my chores!, but I will have to finish the book later!
YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW by Lisa Jackson, (2012). This is a #1 New York Times best seller by the way. I’m not familiar with her work and hardly ever read mystery/suspense novels. This novel is about a woman named Ava who’s son Noah went missing under her watch. It happened two years earlier and it was assumed he drowned after falling off the dock at their Church Island home although his body was never found. (Is there a real Church Island? I have no idea). Meanwhile Ava has spent the last two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions since she’s understandably “shattered by her grief” as the inside book cover blurb states. Now Ava is back living at her Seattle, Washington childhood home, a mansion called Neptune’s Gate. Finally Ava is coming out of her mental agony and she has her suspicions about what happened to her son. She feels her family and doctors are not telling her everything about what happened, so she finds her way to a hypnotist to finally remember the truth about the day. Does this sound like a TV movie? It does to me.. The husband trying to make the wife sound crazy so he can take the hidden child from her.. Oh well, I’ll have to let you know what I think of the book.
NOTE: I really enjoyed this book, and I’ll read another of Lisa Jackson’s books in the future!