Thursday, April 25, 2019

Thursday Thoughts: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent PatientThe Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alicia Berenson is confined to a psychiatric hospital after brutally murdering her husband Gabriel. She has been silent and withdrawn since the horrific incident, despite therapeutic intervention. What happened leading up to the murder--as well as Alicia's motive--remains a mystery.

When psychotherapist Theo Faber takes over her case, he is determined to break Alicia's silence and make progress in her condition. But deep, destructive secrets lie buried below the surface, and exposing them will bring the dangerous truth to light.

This dark and twisty psychological thriller is a pulse-racing page turner guaranteed to send a chill up the spine. Alex Michaelides's debut novel is an impressive addition to the genre.


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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 


Today I'm featuring my current read, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. The excerpts shared are from an eBook version I borrowed from the library.  


The Silent Patient 

PROLOGUE
Alicia Berenson's Diary 
 
July 14
I don't know why I'm writing this.
 
That's not true.  Maybe I do know and just don't want to admit it to myself. 
 
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PART ONE
CHAPTER ONE
 
Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband.
 
 
 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
Both the prologue and opening line of the first chapter hooked me.  I'm half-way through this debut novel and am racing through the pages to find out why Alicia killed her husband and what her ultimate fate will be.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, April 19, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring a recent blog tour read, A Dream of Death by Connie Berry.  It's the first book in the new Kate Hamilton Series. The excerpts shared are from the eBook I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



 A Dream of Death (Kate Hamilton Mysteries #1)
Beginning: Friday, October 28
I never wanted to return to Glenroth.  

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56% of eBook (approximately):  I ran for the door at the end of the hall, finding it firmly locked.  I peered outside.  No dark figure booking it toward the woods.
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My thoughts:  A Dream of Death, with its cast of eccentric islanders and remote atmospheric setting, is a captivating story infused with Scottish lore, a budding romance, and the elements of a classic British mystery novel.

You can read my review here and enter a giveaway.

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From Goodreads: On a remote Scottish island, American antique dealer Kate Hamilton sleuths a killing that eerily replicates a murder still unsolved after 200 years.

Autumn has come and gone on Scotland's Isle of Rothsay, and the locals gather for the Tartan Ball, the annual end-of-tourist-season gala. Among the invited guests is American antique dealer Kate Hamilton. Returning to the island where her husband died is brutal, but Kate is determined to repair her relationship with her sister-in-law, Elenor Spurgeon, the proprietor of Rothsay's deluxe country house hotel.

Kate has hardly unpacked when a body turns up, murdered in an eerie recreation of an infamous unsolved murder two hundred years before. And the only clue to the killer's identity lies in a curiously embellished antique casket. When Bo Duff, the gentle handyman who had tried to save Kate’s husband's life, is taken into custody, she teams up with vacationing Detective Inspector Tom Mallory to clear Bo’s name. To accomplish that, they’ll have to unmask a killer who seems bizarrely fixated on the past…because two hundred years is an awfully long time to hold a grudge in
A Dream of Death, the tantalizing series debut by Connie Berry.   



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Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: A Dream of Death by Connie Berry

 


Today I'm participating in the A Dream of Death Blog Tour.  In this post you will find book and author information along with my review.  And don't forget to enter the giveaway.


About the book . . .
   
 


A Dream of Death (A Kate Hamilton Mystery)
Traditional Mystery
1st in Series
Crooked Lane Books (April 9, 2019)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1683319877
ISBN-13: 978-1683319870
Digital ASIN: B07H7P2KTS

Synopsis . . . 
On a remote Scottish island, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton wrestles with her own past while sleuthing a brutal killing, staged to recreate a two-hundred-year-old unsolved murder.

Autumn has come and gone on Scotland’s Isle of Glenroth, and the islanders gather for the Tartan Ball, the annual end-of-tourist-season gala. Spirits are high. A recently published novel about island history has brought hordes of tourists to the small Hebridean resort community. On the guest list is American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton. Kate returns reluctantly to the island where her husband died, determined to repair her relationship with his sister, proprietor of the island’s luxe country house hotel, famous for its connection with Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Kate has hardly unpacked when the next morning a body is found, murdered in a reenactment of an infamous unsolved murder described in the novel—and the only clue to the killer’s identity lies in a curiously embellished antique casket. The Scottish police discount the historical connection, but when a much-loved local handyman is arrested, Kate teams up with a vacationing detective inspector from Suffolk, England, to unmask a killer determined to rewrite island history—and Kate’s future.

My review . . .Widow Kate Hamilton, an antique shop owner from Ohio, has spent the past three years picking up the pieces of her life following the unexpected death of her husband Bill. When she receives a frantic call for help from her frightened, estranged sister-in-law Elenor Spurgeon, proprietor of the Glenroth House Hotel, Kate returns to the Isle of Glenroth with a heavy heart and much trepidation. It was on this small Hebridean Island that her beloved Bill was both born and died. The isle is also a popular tourist destination, having gained notoriety for its connection to Bonnie Prince Charlie as well as the centuries-old unsolved murders of two young women.  

Kate arrives on the eve of the annual Tartan Ball, amid a flurry of activity and impending major announcements that will affect the future of the community. In the wee hours of the morning following the ball, the body of an islander is discovered in the snow.  Curiously, the murder scene is a recreation of the first long-ago death.  When a second victim turns up a few days later in a restaging of the second long-ago killing, Kate can’t help but wonder if there is a connection between the murders despite them having been committed two centuries apart.


As the police investigate the current crimes, Kate explores clues that might tie the present to the past. In collaboration with hotel guest Tom Mallory, a vacationing detective inspector with Great Britain’s Suffolk Constabulary, Kate unravels the complex history between the islanders and uncovers long-held grievances. What she discovers puts her own safety in jeopardy.  Will the killer be caught before Kate becomes the next victim?  And can the island's residents finally put the past to rest?

A Dream of Death, with its cast of eccentric islanders and remote atmospheric setting, is a captivating story infused with Scottish lore, a budding romance, and the elements of a classic British mystery novel.  Its resilient heroine Kate Hamilton is a woman who has adjusted to great changes in her life.  Will her life change yet again having met Tom Mallory?  There is definitely chemistry between them.  It remains to be seen where their relationship is heading and whether these two souls will find a way to bridge the vast physical distance between the American Midwest and the British Midlands.  For this reason I’m already eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.  


Giveaway . . .  Enter the A Dream of Death giveaway contest to win a signed copy of the book by clicking on this link.



About the author . . .  Like her main character, Connie Berry was raised by charmingly eccentric antique collectors who opened a shop, not because they wanted to sell antiques but because they needed a plausible excuse to keep buying them.

  
Connie adores history, off-season foreign travel, cute animals, and all things British. She lives in Ohio with her husband and adorable Shih Tzu, Millie.


Author links . . . 
Website:  www.connieberry.com
Facebook Author@Facebook.com
Twitter: @conniecberry
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18733373.Connie_Berry



Purchase links . . . Amazon    Barnes & Noble   Indiebound 


 Blog Tours 


Tour participants . . .
April 15 – The Editing Pen – GUEST POST
April 15 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
April 16 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 16 – I’m All About Books – GUEST POST
April 17 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT*
April 17 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW
April 18 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
April 18 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
April 19 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
April 19 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
April 20 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 20 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
April 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
April 22 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
April 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
April 23 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
April 23 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 24 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 24 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
April 25 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 26 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
April 26 – My Devotional Thoughts – SPOTLIGHT



Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Murder Between the Pages from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



 
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 


Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The excerpts shared are from the hardcover edition I purchased.  


Where the Crawdads Sing 

Part 1
The Marsh
Prologue

1969
Marsh is not swamp.  Marsh is a space of light, where grass grows in water, and water flows into the sky.  Slow-moving creeks wander, carrying the orb of the sun with them to the sea, and long-legged birds lift with unexpected grace--as though not built to fly--against the roar of a thousand snow geese.


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1.
Ma


1952 
The morning burned so August-hot, the marsh's moist breath hung the oaks and pines with fog.  The palmetto patches stood unusually quiet except for the low, slow flap of the heron's wings lifting from the lagoon.  And then, Kya, only six at the time, heard the screen door slap.  Standing on the stool, she stopped scrubbing grits from the pot and lowered it into the basin of worn-out suds.  No sounds now but her own breathing.  Who had left the shack?  Not Ma.  She never let the door slam. 






What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I've heard all the buzz, I've seen the 60 Minutes interview of the author, and now that one of my book clubs has selected this novel for its next discussion, I'll have the chance to personally find out what all the hype is about.






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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring a book I just finished reading, Run Away by Harlan Coben.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

 Run Away 


Beginning:  Chapter One
Simon sat on a bench in Central Park--in Strawberry Fields, to be more precise--and felt his heart shatter.  No one could tell, of course, at least not at first, ot until the punches started flying and two tourists from Finland of all places started screaming while nine other park visitors from a wide variety of countries caught the whole horrible incident on smart-phone video.
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Page 56:  "Stop."  She held up her palm.  "You're embarrassing yourself.  We all know how my client knows Aaron Corval.  Let's pretend you've already lulled Mr. Greene and myself into a state of relaxation with your insightful albeit obvious interrogation techniques.  We are putty in your hand, Detective, so let's cut to it, okay?"
 
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My thoughts:  When their drug-addicted daughter Paige goes missing, the Greenes will stop at nothing to find her.  But their search will uncover deep secrets and desperate actions that, when revealed, will either bring the family closer together or tear them apart.

This latest stand-alone from Harlan Coben is gritty and fast-paced.

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From Goodreads:  A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.

You've lost your daughter.

She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found.

Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.

You don't stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.

She runs.

And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.




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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 


Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Ladies Who Punch.  The excerpts shared are from the hardcover edition I borrowed from the library.  


Ladies Who Punch

Prologue
Out, Damned Cohost!

Barbara Walters was creating a scene.  Not that she minded it.  As the most powerful woman in the news business, her mere presence at Spago in Beverly Hills infused the room with an aura of royalty.  The chef came over to welcome her.  Other patrons leaned over their plates to get a better look.  Any meal with Barbara was always an intimidating exercise, which started with her dropping the names of some people she'd recently run into: Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Jennifer Lopez, and more.  On this evening in the winter of 2007, her dining companion--Brian Frons, the president of ABC Daytime--tried his best to keep up.

 
Chapter 1
 Everybody's a Critic

For a long time, nobody had any clue why Barbara Walters--who symbolized the gold standard of the TV news business--would dip her feet in the murky waters of daytime.  This was the genre that gave rise to paternity tests, plastic surgery, and "too fat to wear."  In 1983, a serious broadcaster named Sally Jessy Raphael started a talk show with the goal of tackling lofty societal issues.  But a few years in, she caved and went the tabloid route.  All her competitors were doing the same.  Geraldo Rivera staged so many fights he ended up with a broken nose during an episode called "Teen Hatemongers."  Maury Povich made a cottage industry out of unfaithful boyfriends.  Jenny Jones was on a constant search for guests who didn't know their real daddies.  Jerry Springer presided over a circus of angry misfits who threw chairs and fists.  The nuclear arms race for smut TV was the complete opposite of Barbara's brand, as an erudite ambassador of world news--with access to everybody from Barbra Streisand to Mu'ammar Gaddafi.
 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The revolving cast of high profile cohosts on The View ranks right up there with the types of "hot topics" discussed on the show itself.  I'm planning to read this book for sheer entertainment value.



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