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Review Roundup: Since We Fell

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Since we Fell by Dennis Lehane

Rachel Childs is a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

The New York Times says:

Rachel works extremely well as the focus of the book. Lehane has always written wrenching female characters into his stories, and he has no trouble giving center stage to one.

Booklist says:

A lot of thrillers boast twisty plots, but Lehane plies his corkscrew on more than the story line. The mood and pace of the novel change directions, too, jumping from thoughtful character study to full-on suspense thriller, like a car careening down San Francisco’s Lombard Street, cautiously at one moment, hell-bent at another. But this narrative vehicle never veers out of control, and when Lehane hits the afterburners in the last 50 pages, he produces one of crime fiction’s most exciting and well-orchestrated finales—rife with dramatic tension and buttressed by rich psychological interplay between the characters.

The Boston Globe says:

Hollywood will love it — there is much to admire and filmmakers are not bound by the book when it comes to creating atmosphere. Some readers, however, especially fans, may feel different

So, what did you think? Is this book worth reading? Are you excited for the movie? Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

 

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Review Roundup – Knife Creek

Knife Creek by Paul Doiron

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When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with shooting invasive feral hogs that are tearing up the forest in his district, he makes a horrific discovery—a dead baby buried in a shallow grave. 

Even more disturbing: evidence suggests the infant was the child of a young woman who was presumed to have died four years earlier after she disappeared from a group rafting trip. 

As Bowditch assists the reopened investigation, he begins to suspect that some of his neighbors aren’t who they seem to be. When violence strikes close to home, he realizes that his unknown enemies will stop at nothing to keep their terrible secrets. 

Read the first chapter here.

therealbookspy writes:

After starting off with a bang when he first introduced readers to Mike Bowditch in 2010’s The Poacher’s Son, Doiron has consistently put out top-notch mystery novels, and Knife Creek is one of his strongest entries yet.

The Press Herald adds that:

“Knife Creek” is a gripping, well-plotted tale. His characters are vibrant and unforgettable, and the climatic scene is completely unexpected. Doiron has reached a new level in his craft, putting him, without a doubt, among the best crime writers working today.

While Criminal Element raves:

Doiron has an ability to draw you in to the story with an atmospheric prose and well-rounded characters who work well together. Retribution and justice is eventually served, and to more people than expect it. You won’t see the ending looming in this fine and well-balanced thriller.

Seems that the critics agree. As it is this book keeps flying in and out of the library.

What do you think? Did you enjoy this book? Feel free to discuss in the comments section below. 

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Review Round Up – Six of Crows

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Watch the book trailer here.

#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
New York Times Notable Book of 2015

Yeah, we’re a little late to the party on this one, but it’s in the library now, and one of our librarians will not stop pushing it everyone’s faces. Is it really as good as she claims, though?

NPR praises the skill with which Bardugo crafts her heist, expounding upon her cleverly handled characters and impressive world building, but comments that her characters seem a bit too mature for their 17 years, with one of them sounding more like a 50-year-old hardened criminal than a teenager.

Disability in Kidlit praises depictions of PTSD and physical disability in the book, while noting the lack of time spent with the queer characters and queer romances in comparison to their straight counterparts.

In her BookTube review, gingerreadslainey praises how well-rounded the book is, giving the character and world and plot equal weight and development, and drawing on real world research extensively to craft a world so real that it made her want to jump in and join it.

Entertainment Weekly generally enjoyed the page-turning qualities of the story, but struggled to get through the first chapter of exposition and into the story itself.

What do you think? Ready to grab our copy of this book (and its sequel) and give it a go? Think it sounds too low-brow for you? Tell us in the comments below.

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Review Roundup – The Bear and the Nightingale

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

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First in an upcoming historical fantasy trilogy, and by a local author to boot, you’ve probably seen this book all over local bookstores. But how good is this book, really?

NPR reviews it fairly well, complimenting the poetic pose and skillfully interwoven historical details and associated folklore, but reports disappointment with the cliched later half of the story.

Booktuber Peace&Cookies〉(^_^)〈 thought the book beautiful and whimsical, and praised the unique setting, citing the book as highly enjoyable, but also commented on the unfortunately stereotypical protagonist and sometimes confusing Russian terminology.

SF Bluestocking praises the originality of the period Russian themes, lack of forced romantic subplot, and even seems to enjoy the ambiguous ending of the story. However, the reviewer also laments how this potentially feminist tale is undercut by its abysmal treatment of female characters and misogynistic undertones.

What do you think? Did you enjoy this book? Feel free to discuss in the comments section below. 

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