This is, hands down, one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's a complex layering of mysteries (one a murder spree) and secrets that slowly is revealed to the reader. Highly recommended; subject matter may be difficult for some (about child abuse).
A very different read -- written through letters spanning several decades from very different people -- the 1920s explorer, the 1920s fiancee back in the States, the overbearing future US 1920s father-in-law, the 1950s Australian private eye...Dry humor and very interesting characters. Really don't know how it all fits in together until the end. Recommended!
A fascinating glimpse into the lives of young children whose parents live according to their own rules, often without regard for the children's welfare. Yet, somehow, this book is realistic without being depressing.
Pulitzer Prize winner for 2004, this book is a rich portrayal of slavery and free blacks during the mid-1800s in the US. No Civil War militaria, this book is a profound and deep look of the lives of slaves and their masters--some of whom are black. Left me thinking of the characters long after finishing the book.
I literally couldn't put this book down; I read it straight through (til about 3AM!). A fascinating look at how three quite different women marry the same man, a man in the end the reader knows very little about. I would highly recommend it.
As the author says, this is a fictionalized account of a much-disputed event in the 800s, definitely the Dark Ages. Joan's life was hard, as was that of most women's. The things we take for granted now were beyond a dream for most women (and men) in those days.
I thought the author wrote well, and I had a hard time putting it down. This is apparently the author's only fiction book, which is too bad; I would gladly read another of hers.
Having read all of the Scarpetta novels, I found this one took a bit of time to get into. The first 100 or so pages are unconnected to each other, but after that, the plot takes off and the threads are connected. Not as much of a thriller as previous books.
A fascinating look into the politics of the Middle East's religious beliefs and oil wealth. An honest look at what has motivated the US and other countries, which is to say not always a flattering look, from insider Richard A. Clarke, who has worked in intelligence and counterterrorism for several US administrations. This is a fiction book, but one gets the sense that it is just barely fiction. Very timely.
"An entrancing, many-layered tale painted with the delicacy of a Chinese landscape....In evoking the life of eighth-century China, its poetry and legends, its resonance and richness, Silk Road is a complete joy to read." --New York Newsday