Monthly Archives: April 2015

[Review]: Normal by Graeme Cameron

[Review]:  Normal by Graeme Cameron

I flipflopped on whether I wanted to read this book because while I enjoy thrillers and mysteries and a book about serial killers is my TOTAL crack laced catnip, I’ve also read enough of the genre (or subgenre, some might say) that I know what makes a good one, or one that’s going to keep my attention.

I know I need a story line that SCREAMS… it can’t lollygag along. I don’t have the patience and the suspense doesn’t hold up if the author meanders his/her way through the plot.

I know that I need a compelling main character who is decidedly not normal but SEEMS normal and that’s what’s so frightening.

I need that main character to have a clear reason for doing what he’s doing– no matter how twisted that reason might be, no matter how vehemently this character believes in it, it must be a clear impetus for his actions.

Lastly, I need the story to build to a crescendo and an almost impossible– yet plausible– ending.

[Review] Inside The O’Briens by Lisa Genova

[Review] Inside The O’Briens by Lisa Genova

I have read everything Ms. Genova has published and I continue to be both entertained and educated by her poignant, moving portrayals of people who could be you or me or my next door neighbor, going through a journey that some would describe as horrific. Genova has written about Alzheimer’s Disease, traumatic brain injuries and autism. Now she is back to bring us into the world of Huntington’s Disease by introducing us to the OBrien’s.
Joe is a Boston Cop, Blue to the core and proud of it. His son, JJ is a firefighter; son Patrick runs a bar, daughters Meghan and Katie are both artistic. He calls his wife Rosie his bride and he’s looking forward to retiring from the police force and enjoying life with her and his kids nearby. As in her previous books, small instances become frequent occurrences and incidental behaviors become noticeable, until Joe is being accused of abusing alcohol or taking drugs.

Muscle spasms, involuntary movement, mood swings, decreased motor function– Joe thinks it’s all because he’s getting older, and that one time he messed up his knee. A trip to the doctor begins an avalanche of specialist appointments and exams until the unexpected diagnosis is confirmed: Huntington’s Disease.

Prognosis: Fatal.

Also, hereditary. Joe has four children that he’d stand in front of a moving train to protect. Has he given them all a death sentence?

#FridayReads: A Sparrow in Terezin, Inside the O’Briens, The Midwife’s Revolt+ more!

#FridayReads: A Sparrow in Terezin, Inside the O’Briens, The Midwife’s Revolt+ more!

This post should really be called ‘what I am reading all week’… because three of these novels come out on Tuesday and I will be lucky to get ONE of them read and a coherent review out. I read pretty quickly but only if I am deeply immersed in what I am reading and, being honest, a couple of these trains have left the station. However, I will give it the old college try, as they say. On the menu this week: A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron (NetGalley) Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they’ll both have […]

[Deleted Scene] Brunch at Ruby’s: ‘Please Don’t Walk Away.’

[Deleted Scene] Brunch at Ruby’s: ‘Please Don’t Walk Away.’

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope all is as well in your worlds as it is in mine! Ruby’s has been out for one week and things are looking good… not STELLAR, but I sold more than one copy of the book, so I choose to be happy about that. I get a few sales a day right now (trickle trickle!) and I have decided to promo a few days a week so that I am not bombarding people with my book and I still get to talk about OTHER people’s books. And writing.