The Lying Game by Ruth Ware ~ Fiction Book Review

The Lying Game: A Novel by [Ware, Ruth]I’ve been a big fan of Ruth Ware since her debut book, In a Dark, Dark Wood found it’s way into my hand. Her next book was a bit of a departure from the first, good, but a little far fetched and missing the dynamic of friendship and secrets she handled so well in the first. I was happy to discover in this book a return to her ‘roots’.

This mystery kept me guessing, not just who did it, but what did they do? What actually happened? Maybe the truth wasn’t a complete surprise (as shocking as it was), but it was impossible to know for sure, and that, my reading friends, always makes me smile. I’m anxiously awaiting Ware’s next book. 5 stars!

 

Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Reader Meme of the Week:

(Okay, so technically only one of these was a book, but Joss Whedon (Buffy creator) is a master writer, and I’m a huge fan, so I’m posting it!)

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The Book Case by Nelson DeMille – Short Fiction Review

The Book Case (Kindle Single) by [DeMille, Nelson]It was the title of this short story that caught my attention. I recognized the (best selling) author’s name, it was free for Amazon Prime members on Kindle, and then I read the synopsis – not only is this a case about a book, someone is actually killed by a book case. How could I resist? I couldn’t!

This story is fun! A little cutesy (how could it not be with the double entendre), but with sharp wit, biting humor, and a nice little mystery to solve. It was a quick read that left me smiling. What more can you ask for? 4.5 stars!

Double Cross by Jeffery Deaver ~ Short Fiction Review

Double Cross (Kindle Single) by [Deaver, Jeffery]I saw this offered free on Kindle and thought to myself, “Hmm. The author who wrote The Bone Collector. The Lincoln Rhyme series. This can’t be bad.”

I feel like I stand corrected.

Maybe that’s too harsh. Or maybe not. The bottom line is I didn’t like it. I felt that the style was poor. I get the whole ‘writing in the voice of the character’ thing, but in this instance, in my opinion, it fell flat. The plot left me gasping for air – not because it was so suspenseful, but because it was stale. And the ending???? I thought that they made it clear that the ploy used in this ending was against the law in creative writing 101.

Short stories are hard. I get it. But reading them shouldn’t be. I was really disappointed by this one. At least it was free. 3 stars.

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen ~ Fiction Book Review

The Things We Wish Were True by [Whalen, Marybeth Mayhew]Here’s another book that I got for free on my Kindle that turned out to be a score. It was a nice change of pace from my normal reads. No great mystery, no harrowing suspense, just a story about people – a story that I found very enjoyable.

While it could be considered a coming of age story, it would cover a coming of any age – not just the normal prepubescent range. The characters cover several different generations, the timeframe covers a summer, and the story covers a broad range of emotions to make you laugh and cry.

This book felt like a breath of fresh air amid the sea of doom and gloom I’m usually reading through. 4.5 stars!