An engrossing book about family secrets and relationships. A young mother drowns beneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake. The shifting narration takes some getting used to, but as the mystery of her death unfolds you'll find you can't put the book down. Well worth the effort it takes to read.
The Eight is a fairy tale, romance, historical fiction and suspense story all rolled up into one novel. It's a little over the top and a little long at 500+ pages. However, it is a fast, entertaining read. And it helps, if you know anything at all about playing chess!
An extremely well written character study of two American academics in London whose paths cross as each finds love and passion. Virginia Miner, a 50ish unmarried tenured professor, is an Anglophile on leave to reearch a book. Fred Turner, a teacher at the same university, is recently separated, flat broke and miserable in this city where rain never seems to end. The book starts slowly, but is a terrific read.
This book grabs you right at the beginning with lots of action and a compelling story. However, it becomes redundant and predictable about three quarters of the way through. Fortunately, it's a very fast read so the last quarter of the book isn't too big a disappointment.
Hosseini tells an emotionaly haunting story of parents and children, servant and master and the meaning of friendship and love against the devastingly cruel backdrop of the turmoil that is Afghanistan. Well worth the read.
I was very disappointed in this book. There was too much foreshadowing and too much "brand name" dropping. I pretty much figured out the killer mid-way through the book. I'd say it was an uninspired elementary effort.