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Thoughts by Brenda:  Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark MatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read January 31 to February 02, 2017

I went into reading Dark Matter without knowing what the book was actually about, which is a bit unusual for me. I just went on the recommendation from my sister and all the red stars on Goodreads. I was completely in the dark from the first chapter. I found it to be an intense and intriguing story that caught my attention and curiosity right away. The twists and turns added some confusion for me and had me wondering what was going on. Crouch’s use of short sentences and paragraphs, created action and suspense allowing it to be a fast-paced read but still allowed me to pause and ponder what was going on.

I found the plot to be plausible enough with just the right amount of science to keep me interested. Not too much on the character development for me, which was okay because it was all about the action for me.

I found Dark Matter to be a fast-paced entertaining race to the finish with lots of action. Highly recommend for a fun, edge of your seat sci-fi thriller.

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Thoughts by Brenda: The Dry by Jane Harper

The DryThe Dry by Jane Harper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Listened January 22-27, 2017

I decided to maximize my reading time so while doing tasks and walking I decided to listen to The Dry by audio version.

The Dry is a clever, entertaining and engaging whodunit story that is perfectly paced with two mysteries to be solved. One in the past that links characters and events to the present. The story is a believable plot driven by secrets, lies and sins of the past.

The story is told by rejected, returning and now outsider Aaron Falk, who is at odds with the people of a small rural town, Kierwana, Australia. We experience the story mostly through his eyes and ears as the investigation and events start to unfold. The Townsfolk are hostile and hold a grudge towards Aaron believing their version of the past mystery. The story is skillfully told in tandem with the present and past revealing clues at the right time.

The investigation, the character’s descriptions and development with the vivid sense of place pulled me into the mysteries and kept me listening intensely right to the end. I even found myself wanting to get to my tasks so I could listen. I thought the story was truly enhanced by listening to the audio version. Highly recommend!

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Thoughts by Brenda: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read January 23 to 25, 2017

A Man called Ove is a charming and witty story of a grumpy old man with a hidden generous heart. Who has emotional pain and comes across as angry and difficult for no good reason. With the kindness from his neighbours they start to break through the walls he has put up around himself. We see his emotional history told through alternating chapters as we learn how he came by his grumpiness honestly. Ove is a difficult character we all can relate to and we can find people like that everywhere.

Ove had me laughing out loud right from the first chapter. He had me laughing at times and reaching for a tissue at other times. I love a book that has me feeling different emotions. I like how the relationship he had with his wife Sonja balanced Ove’s gloom and anger with brightness and encouragement and how Parvaneh forces her way into his life and forces him to connect with them.

The comment from Ove that made me laugh out loud the most was “How the heck are you suppose to have a reasonable conversation with someone who buys a BMW”. I drive a BMW and I also have driven a SAAB.

A Man called Ove is a feel good story of what it is like to be human. If you have this one on your shelf to read I recommend reading it soon.

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Right Behind You (Quincy & Rainie, #7)Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

From Goodreads:  Lisa Gardner’s next thriller following her runaway New York Times bestseller Find Her takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights.

Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

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Review by Norma: The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

The SleepwalkerThe Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  January 29 to February 1, 2017

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars
Well that was a mind-blowing and unsettling read that all came together in the end to make me think……huh, that was actually a really good book!

So not knowing exactly what parasomnia means or entails I looked it up and gathered this information from the web. What is parasomnia?

Par·a·som·ni·a
Definition:  A disorder characterized by abnormal or unusual behavior of the nervous system during sleep.

Parasomnias are a category of sleep disorders that involve abnormal movements, behaviors, emotions, perceptions, and dreams that occur while falling asleep, sleeping, between sleep stages, or during arousal from sleep. Most parasomnias are dissociated sleep states which are partial arousals during the transitions between wakefulness and NREM sleep, or wakefulness and REM sleep.

THE SLEEPWALKER by CHRIS BOHJALIAN was a well-written, fascinating, and suspenseful thriller about the disappearance of a woman with a parasomnia disorder that sleepwalks.

Reading this book via e-book THE COVER did not come into play for this novel although I do find the cover appealing and fitting.

THE SLEEPWALKER is a fitting TITLE for this mystery and is the main reason that I chose this novel to read as I was extremely intrigued with the premise of this story.  I’m fascinated by sleepwalking so the subject matter alone held my interest throughout this novel.

This novel was filled with likeable and plausible CHARACTERS and I enjoyed the relationship between Lianna and Paige as they were coping and learning about the disappearance of their mother.  The grief and emotions are very touching and made me want to know what happens to them and what ultimately happened to their mother.  I also really enjoyed Lianna and Gavin’s relationship throughout this story.

“I vowed to stop sleepwalking through grief.”

CHRIS BOHJALIAN delivers an impressive and suspenseful story here with a few good twists that had me questioning and guessing what actually happened and who was involved. I did find the beginning and the middle of the book slow-paced but the ending was definitely a page-turner that I couldn’t read fast enough!

What I particularly loved about this book was THE ENDING as it was one of those books that makes you realize that everything you just read now makes sense!  It might not be realistic but it was extremely satisfying!

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, enjoyable, suspenseful, slow-paced, quick and easy read with a very satisfying ending. Would recommend!!