Robin’s July Book Reviews

IMG_4474The Hornet’s Nest by Patricia Cornwell. Cornell is a friend’s favorite author, so I borrowed a slew of paperbacks. The first one was engaging, but this one….nope. I stopped reading after page 101. There are too many good books out there to spend time reading prescribed genre, which is how I felt about this book. Quite honestly, I could barely recall what the book was about for this review. A female cop, a newspaper reporter and a serial killer. Enough said. Stars: 0

The Witness by Sandra Brown. Another genre, but this one is well done. Quite the thriller and breath holder with twists and turns and characters that you love to hate. Kendall Deaton and her baby are in a car accident, but you know right away there is more to their story than just hanging out in the hospital with the driver of the car…who may or may not be her husband. Stars: 3.0

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This is a LONG book, 720 pages of tense, heartbreaking emotional, excellent writing. Just by nature of the length I struggled a bit towards the end, but the story of four friends who met in college, the secrets they hold, the love they have for each other, the challenges in their lives, well…needless to say it is a very good, very complicate story. I really liked it. Stars: 4.5

Crown of Dust by Mary Volmer. I met Mary at a writers workshop and she was gracious enough to swap books. I love doing this! Feels so old school. Locals will like this story as it takes place in our neck of the woods – Gold Country. Life was different for women in California and Volmer’s story tells the intimate stories of several women as they deal with life as a pioneer. Rate: 4.0

Of Love and Shadows by Isabelle Allende. I thought I had read all of her books, but my mother passed this one along and it doesn’t seem familiar. Allende is so good at teaching the reader about the politics, life and trials of different times and different countries. A bit mystery, a bit love story, I enjoyed this book. Irene is a magazine reporter and Francisco is the photographer. They discover terrible crimes and have to risk doing the right thing in a Latin American country under a military dictatorship. Rate: 3.5

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