Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sharing Some Book Thoughts, Before a Break

I've decided to take a short break from blogging (the writing posts part--I will probably be kicking around the blogosphere leaving comments here and there). It won't be a long one, but I need to refocus... a bit.

My psyche took a double hit yesterday-- learning of more extreme violence in the world, this time in New Zealand of all places :(  So much hate in the world, so much division. Can our younger generation turn this around?

Also yesterday we took our oldest cat to the vet to discuss why he wouldn't eat for three days. The doctor found more reasons than I could handle: large mass in the intestines, very high blood pressure, heart murmur, and kidney failure. We chose to let him go after being told that nothing could be done for him to improve and the vet was sure he was already in pain. He was 17-- our most senior cat since losing another one last year, along with one of our dogs. We human family members are aging, but our furry kids are aging at a much faster rate, so hard to deal with.

Casey, another angel in heaven, RIP 2002- 2019
So I drowned my sorrows in homemade fudge brownies with some Irish Breakfast tea, and ordered several brand-new kindle ebooks. Not a wise choice (!), since I also received more of my Robyn Carr books in the mail (I'm collecting them all for this year's project: Angel's Peak & Temptation Ridge in the mail now) and I received a handful of books from NetGalley this week. Hubby is giving me a long, questioning look: why do I need so many books when I have so many waiting to be started? I love to read on my Paperwhite for the ease that comes with adjusting the page lighting and font size, but to hold a beloved print book... is a wonderful thing. (He doesn't read books anymore, so he won't get it). But that extra bit of money that came in after filing our taxes burned a hole in my pocket, so I turned to book-buying.

Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea (from publisher)
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Kensington 
his other titles: Summit Lake, The Girl Who Was Taken, Don't Believe It
my opinion, as always, is strictly my own and not influenced by others 

I've read every one of this author's titles (above) within the past year or so from the publisher, and I do enjoy his writing and creative plots. This book is darker than what I've been reading in the past few months, but I recommend it to suspense thriller readers. Two women are tied together by circumstance and family, forty years apart. A serial killer is on the loose in 1979. In two different decades, two different women-- both living with OCD & other emotional issues-- try to piece together the clues to his identity. Murder and mayhem pursue.

I skimmed through the method of murder paragraphs (I'm a wimp) and thoroughly enjoyed the rest. Mr. Donlea is one to watch, in the similar vein of Harlan Coben, Tami Hoag, Linwood Barclay, and Kevin O'Brien. I will keep looking for his books in the coming years. This has the feeling of perhaps a series starting? Please do, Charlie Donlea! Recommended, all of his books.

In the mail, the comfort reads-

Robyn Carr used paperbacks from Better World Books:
Virgin River
Shelter Mountain
Whispering Rock
A Virgin River Christmas
Second Chance Pass.
Two more due later this week; I took advantage of a sale, 10% off 2 books.

from NetGalley, all suspense, thrillers, & psychological suspense-

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine
Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt
The Night Before by Wendy Walker
Lying Next to Me by Gregg Olsen
We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman
Your Life is Mine by Nathan Ripley
The Starter Wife by Nina Laurin
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Downloaded from Kindle, eclectic assortment to carry me through to Spring:
Wild Country by Anne Bishop
House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler
All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding
Me For You by Lolly Winston

Hope to chat with you soon! Read on and enjoy...