Monday, March 17, 2014

The Innocent by Harlan Coben


Mar 17, 2014  

Read from March 08 to 17, 2014

You never meant to kill him….

One night, Matt Hunter innocently tried to break up a fight—and ended up a killer. Now, nine years later, he’s an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. His wife, Olivia, is pregnant, and the two of them are closing on their dream house. But all it will take is one shocking, inexplicable call from Olivia’s phone to shatter Matt’s life a second time….

My Review

Unlike some authors, Harlan Coben doesn't save up his twists for the end, he scatters them liberally throughout the book. Nearly every chapter ended with a surprise, keeping me waiting until he returns to it later. He uses this cliff-hanger approach which made me want to read on to see what would happen next. He still managed a big twist at the end which was definitely a surprise.
This book had so many characters and situations to keep straight that I find I should have been writing notes for myself which wouldn’t be the first time I had to do that. I felt like I was a detective trying to solve the crimes and twisted plot. This book is one of his stand alone novels and just as good as his Myron Bolitar series.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Meet Me in Venice by Elizabeth Adler


Mar 05, 2014  ·  

bookshelves: 2014-new-authors-for-me
Read from March 02 to 04, 2014

Living in Paris, American antiques dealer Precious Rafferty learns that a cousin in Shanghai she's never met, Lily Song, has a family heirloom necklace for sale on the black market. But, others looking to make a profit are out to steal it for themselves. The two decide to meet in Venice to figure out who they can trust.

This was the first book that I read by Elizabeth Adler and I really liked it. I found it to be a fast read that was intriguing, suspenseful and included deception, a mystery, and romance. The setting took place in Shanghai, Venice and Paris. I like how the mystery was solved in the end. Even though there was some sadness in the book, I was still happy with the ending.