Monday, January 12, 2015

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I liked this new book for several reasons......

I loved the setting. It is set in the fictitious town of Gill Creek in Door County.  I could almost imagine moving from Chicago to the ramshackle old Victorian house on the shores of Lake Michigan, as the main character, Maggie and her family, did.   It made me want to visit Door County again.

It is easy to relate to Maggie.  Maggie is uprooted from her Chicago apartment when her mom gets a new job in Gill Creek.  Money is tight and the family leaves the big city.  The next-door neighbor, beautiful, but friendly, Pauline, becomes a new friend, replacing those she left behind.

What I didn't like..........

A serial killer is at work in beautiful Door County.  No!  Teen-age girls are found dead, often floating in Lake Michigan.  At first suicide is suspected, but as the numbers increase murder is the only assumption.

The conflict ...........After Pauline's mother sends her away to safety, Maggie and Liam develop a sweet relationship.  Once the killer is caught Pauline returns home and steals Liam's affections.  A love triangle and a tragedy.  I didn't see the ending coming!

Monday, January 05, 2015

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

What happened to Cadence during her 15th summer?

If only she could remember....but the migraines and painkillers don't allow her to find her memories.

Cadence spends every summer on Beechwood Island, a private island that her grandfather owns.  She comes from a very wealthy family, as do the other "liars",  her cousins Mirran and Johnny....along with a friend named Gat.  Something happened that summer and now, one year later, Cadence's amnesia persists.

Whether you call it a mystery or suspense, I did not see the end coming.  John Green has described the book as "Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart.  We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable."  It is all that.