October Book Reviews from Robin

IMG_0100The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I am sure I must have read this one, but it didn’t ring any bells. An excellent story teller, Eugenides does not disappoint in this novel of five sisters who escape a life of less-then-expectations. Each character comes alive and the underlying messages are abundant. Rate: 4.5

The Ruins of California by Martha Sherrill. When reading the title one thinks “ruins” as in ancient dwellings (well, at least I did) but the Ruins is really a family name. Inez, our narrator, stumbles through a complicated life with her eccentric family. Good character development, but I have to say not a story that stuck with me after I finished the book. Rate: 3.0

March by Geraldine Brooks. Brooks is one of my all time favorite authors, and this is the second time I read this book. Enjoyed it even more this time, because I am more aware of what it takes to write a novel. This is the story of Mr. March, father of the “little women” of Louisa May Alcott. The story of a man dealing with all the conflicting ethics and morals of the civil war. A man in love, in trouble and in confusion. Great story! Rate: 4.9

Bone Cold by Erica Spindler. Yep, a thrilling detective story. I love ‘em. And Spindler can zip them out, she has a ton. I like detective Quentin Malone and the complexities of the mystery. Not everything tied in a neat knot, but close to it. Rate: 3.5

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