Welcome to this week’s Book Talk!
The books I read last week:
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman: I so wanted to love Ove, but I was just unable to muster up much more than a tepid 3 out of 5 stars rating. Curmudgeon I can deal with and grow to love. But Ove was sooo hard to like and ultimately, I found him to be a one dimensional chararacter for much of the story. I did enjoy the neighbors and I admire them for not giving up on Ove. Despite my lact of overall enthusiam for Ove, I shed a few tears at the novel’s conclusion. The book has excellent ratings so obviously others saw charm that I just couldn’t uncover.
Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica: Short chapters that alternate between points of view keep this domestic mystery moving at a fast pace. The characters are well-drawn and easy to relate to. I greatly enjoyed the fact that a husband is missing instead of the typical wife gone missing storyline. Just when readers think they know who did it and why, Mary Kubica throws in deliciously stunning plot-twists. And I particularly liked the epilogue!
The Marriage Act by John Marrs: In the not too distant future, Britain uses monetary and health care incentives to convince its citizens to marry their partners for the “greater good”. Written from different perspectives, the short chapters make it impossible to put down this well-plotted novel that offers a scary future with AI deciding couples’ fates. The characters are interesting and the storyline is exceptionally well developed and quite clever. John Marrs’ delivers another finely crafted technothriller that I stayed up way past my bedtime reading!
Now it’s your turn. What have you been reading lately? Join the discussion by commenting below!