Foe by Iain Reid

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“There’s no warning, no explanation. I can’t hear the car from here. I just open my eyes and see the green lights. It’s like they appeared out of nowhere, shaking me from my daze. They are brighter than most headlights, glaring from between the two dead trees at the end of the lane. I don’t know the precise time, but it’s dark. It’s late. Too late for a visitor. Not that we get many of them.”

Junior and Hen are a married couple that live a quiet and solitary life on an isolated farm. One evening, that solitude is disrupted by a visit from a stranger who brings with him some unexpected and odd news: Junior has been randomly selected to participate in a project that will have him travel somewhere very far away. Odder still is that arrangements have been made for the duration of his absence so that Hen will not be left alone but in familiar company.  Continue reading “Foe by Iain Reid”

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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“A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away.”

Many mystery novels are compared to the works of Agatha Christie, but most don’t even come close. It seems like the go-to way of marketing mysteries these days, and while I don’t tend to buy into the hype, sometimes my interest is piqued. This was the case with An Unwanted Guest, which drew me in from the description alone. It is a cold, winter weekend in the Catskills, and Mitchell’s Inn is the perfect getaway for those looking for a few cozy days, unplugged from technology. The weekend starts off well enough, for most of the guests, however when a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all contact with the outside world, the guests have to make the best of it. That is until one of them is found dead. And then another. Panic sets in, but with no way to leave and no way to alert authorities, all they can do is wait for help and attempt to survive. Continue reading “An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena”

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

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“Life up here may be simple but it’s not easy, and it’s not for everyone. Water runs out; pipes freeze; engines won’t start; it’s dark for eighteen, nineteen hours a day, for months. Even longer in the far north. Up here it’s about having enough food to eat, and enough heat to stay alive through the winter. It’s about survival, and enjoying the company of the people that surround us. It’s not about whose house is the biggest, or who has the nicest clothes, or the most money. We support each other because we’re all in this together.”

Calla Fletcher left the Alaskan wild at only two years old when her mother took her to Toronto, leaving behind Calla’s father and a place she could never come to call home. Twenty-four years later all Calla knows is a busy, city life, when she learns of her estranged father’s diagnosis. Soon after, she finds herself back in the small Alaskan town where she was born and braving the unfamiliar terrain in an effort to finally get to know her father. While life in Alaska is a tough adjustment for her, it is the perfect fit for Jonah – the pilot who helps run her father’s plane company – who is convinced that the city girl is not cut out for the rural life. What begins as animosity eventually turns into friendship and possibly more. But going down that road may mean repeating her parents’ mistakes. Continue reading “The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker”

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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“This crusade to fix herself was ending right now. She wasn’t broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her. She could change her actions, change her words, change her appearance, but she couldn’t change the root of herself.”

Wow. This book. I ended up picking up The Kiss Quotient over the weekend on a whim, and ended up with a book that I absolutely loved. We are introduced to Stella, a thirty-year-old econometrician, who works with data all day, and usually everyday because it’s something she loves and finds a great amount of comfort in. She is incredibly successful in her career but not so much in the dating department. A big factor in her struggle with intimacy and relationships is that she has autism, which impacts those interactions. Convinced that she needs lessons on how to be good at sex and relationships, she hires Michael, a male escort. The interesting proposal is something Michael can’t afford to turn down, and the two find themselves in a practice relationship. But something that starts out as a fantasy starts to feel all too real. Continue reading “The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang”

Cormoran Strike Mystery Series Review

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I finally decided to read the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, also known as J. K. Rowling. As a fan of mystery novels and a fan of J. K. Rowling, you would think that I would have grabbed these books the second they were released, but somehow they never really piqued my interest that much. Recently though, while searching for some page-turning mysteries, I decided to finally give them a read. I ended up reading them all back to back within one week, so it’s fair to say that I’m completely hooked.

The series centres around Cormoran Strike, an Afghan war veteran struggling to get by as a private investigator. His girlfriend has left him and he is down to one client when a mistake by a temp agency sends him an assistant. Robin has recently moved to London and this temp assignment is not something she expected, but it is certainly interesting. From here we dive into the cases investigated by Strike and Robin, while getting to know the two characters and see the development of their partnership. Continue reading “Cormoran Strike Mystery Series Review”