“Recent Reads” is where I round up 3 books I’ve read but don’t have a lot to say about. I seem to be doing this a lot this year!
Still Life, by Louise Penny
The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships.
Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines – a place so free from crime it doesn’t even have its own police force. But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets…
I really enjoyed this. I thought it was well written and excellently plotted with some interesting characters. I’ve definitely added it to series I want to continue. I gave it 4*. This came from my TBR mountain.
With Our Blessing, by Jo Spain
It’s true what they say . . . revenge is sweet.
A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother.
The body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter.
Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds is on the case. He’s convinced the murder is linked to historical events that took place in the notorious Magdalene Laundries. Reynolds and his team follow the trail to an isolated convent in the Irish countryside. But once inside, it becomes disturbingly clear that the killer is amongst them . . . and is determined to exact further vengeance for the sins of the past.
This was another brilliant book which I couldn’t put down. It’s a sign of a really good book when you’re still thinking about it several days after you finish it. The plot is heartbreaking, the characters seemed real, and I’ve already requested book 2 of the series from the library. Whilst I’ve read one of Jo Spain’s standalones, this was the first of her detective novels I’ve read. A full 5*. This was borrowed from the library.
Blackout, by Marc Elsberg
A terrifyingly plausible, million-copy selling debut about an international blackout perpetrated by a hacker attack.
One night, the lights go out across Europe. The electrical grids collapse on an epic scale and unleash a devastating chaos in the total blackout. And unbeknownst to the general population, nuclear reactors are starting to overheat…
When a former hacker and activist who knows a thing or two about infiltrating networks starts investigating the cause of this disaster, he soon becomes a prime suspect. As threats to the United States start to emerge, he goes on the run with a young American reporter based in Paris, racing desperately to turn the lights back on. Because if they stay off, tomorrow may be too late.
I thought this book started well, with a plausible plot. However, after a strong start, the story just dragged and became less and less believable. I didn’t really care for any of the characters either. This was also from my bookshelf, and I gave it 2*