This is the page where we can talk about our love of books. My favorite genre is mystery/thriller, but I read a good bit of nonfiction as well. Occasionally, I’ll mix in some women’s fiction or chick-lit, but I don’t read romance, sci-fi or fantasy. Only my latest reads will be posted on this page. You can connect with me on Goodreads to see a longer list of books I’ve read and recommend.
The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen
I discovered author Jussi Adler-Olsen and his Department Q series last year, and love these books. I love the author’s writing style and the main characters — Carl, Assad and Rose. Other titles in this series I’ve read are The Absent One and The Keeper of Lost Causes. Here’s the synopsis for The Hanging Girl, from Amazon:
In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later, he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant Rose more furious than usual. Carl has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious seventeen-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree. The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a strange sun worshipping cult, where Carl, Assad, Rose, and newcomer Gordon attempt to stop a string of new murders and a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything—or anyone—get in the way.
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
I first learned of Brene Brown in 2011 when The Gifts of Imperfection was coming out and I’ve been a huge fan of hers since that time. I’ve read — and loved — all her books, and this latest one is no exception. Yes, Brene, I aspire to be a badass. The synopsis from Amazon:
Living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall. It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.
Moving Day: A Thriller by Jonathan Stone
I enjoyed this book. I found the premise to be very creative, and the book was well-written and engaging. This was the first book I’ve read by Jonathan Stone, but I’ll definitely read more of his. If you like thrillers and want something new, I recommend checking this out. Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:
Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke—they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps and dodging Nazi soldiers. Now, the seventy-two-year-old Peke—who survived, came to America, and succeeded—must summon his original grit and determination to track down the thieves, retrieve his things, and restore the life he made for himself.
The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
I picked this up on Net Galley before it was released after seeing it promoted through various channels (Net Galley mailing list, Author Marketing Club, Goodreads), and hyped as comparable to Gone Girl. I did enjoy it — it was a good story and well-written. I’m not convinced it lived up to all the hype, though. I consider it a good book, but not the best thing I’ve read all year. The synopsis from Amazon:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
F Train and Fanatics (Brooklyn Crimes Series) by Richard Hilary Weber
I picked up F Train on Net Galley and loved it, so I was quick to pick up Fanatics when it appeared. The Brooklyn Crime Series features NYPD detective Flo Ott, a character I liked right away. These are well-written thrillers with the type of plots and characters I always enjoy. The Fanatics synopsis from Amazon:
NYPD detective Flo Ott has rotten luck. First she’s put on bodyguard duty for U.S. Senator-elect Cecil King after a ultra-right-wing terror cell announces plans to assassinate him. Then she’s saddled with investigating the homicide of a hip-hop mogul. Ballz Busta was fatally rapped on his head outside his mistress’s Park Slope condo. The two jobs couldn’t be more different. Finding Busta’s killer takes Flo into the outrageous livin’ large margins of the Brooklyn music scene. Keeping Senator-elect King alive requires constant vigilance as well-trained assassins could strike anytime, anywhere. It’s only when these cases explosively collide that Flo realizes she’s finally caught a break.