Book Talk: What have you been reading lately?

Welcome to this week’s Book Talk!

Good Bad Girl by Alice Feeney: 4.5 stars. A brilliant mystery that is has plenty of twists and turns. The storyline is quite clever and the characters are wonderfully developed. An absolutely fantastic mystery!

Taken by Dinuka McKenzie: 4.5 stars. The second installment in the Detective Kate Miles series picks up several months after the events of book one. Kate is back at work following her maternity leave and chafing to get back in the field. Her first case is a kidnapping that has few leads. She has an idea who might have stolen the missing baby from her home but a lack of support in her theory leads to dicord. There is also lots of tension at home over her long hours and her husband’s concern for her safety. A newspaper article adds to her stress as she fears secrets from the past are on the verge of being revealed. A fast-paced and engaging mystery with colorful characters and a heartbreaking case to solve.

The Raging Storm by Ann Cleeves: 4.5 stars. I love the Two Rivers series so I’ve been eagerly awaiting this third installment. Matthew Venn and his team investigate a troubling murder in a village close to their own. The team are perplexed by the unusual circumstances of the victim’s death. Matthew is also a little concerned about his husband’s preoccupation with a problem he is wrestling with. Another murder and an unexpected disappearance leave the police scrambling to unmask the killer before it is too late. Another outstanding mystery that will delight fans on the the series.

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney: 4.5 stars. A claustrophobic mystery that takes places in an eerie, isolated setting. A married couple goes off for a weekend in the Scottish Highlands in an effort to save their marriage. Unsettling events keep them off guard as soon as they arrive. A series of letters written on their anniversary offer an intriguing peek into their marriage. This well-written domestic mystery comes a twist-filled conclusion.

The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer: 4.5 stars. A thought-provoking novel with complex characters. Sensitive subject matter is deftly handled. The plot is multi-facted and fast paced. The family dynamics are complicated due to dysfunctional childhoods. Unfolding in two timelines, the chapters are narrated by the key players. A heartrending novel that has plenty of unexpected twists.

A Fever in the Heartland by Timothy Egan: I’m still reading this jaw-dropping book about the history of the KKK in the US.

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