Behold! The assortment of books I read in March and April:
Dark Side- Belinda Bauer: decent suspense novel that keeps you confused about whodunit throughout… until the cheater, cop out ending.
The Shut Eye- Belinda Bauer: last of this authors books (at least in my library), and better than the one I read previously. Tangled threads tie together a police inspector, bereaved mother, and two missing children. With a bit of psychic phenomena that flirts with the absurd but manages to stay on the right side of the line.
Stiletto- Daniel O’Malley: sequel to The Rook. If you even slightly enjoy absurdist humor or the idea of a supernatural secret government agency (think X-men meets British bureaucracy), this series is for you. Highly enjoyable and amusing.
The Edge Of Everything- Jeff Giles: supernatural YA, so of course it has the requisite star crossed love- thankfully in a way that didn’t make me have to roll my eyes constantly. Also, the title has zero to do with the book (I hate that), and it ends in a way that is going to make me impatient for the inevitable sequel. But I’ve definitely read worse books.
Burning Bright- Nicholas Petrie: second book in the Peter Ash series. A wandering vet finds himself defending the innocent against bad guys – very much in the same vein as Jack Reacher, but (dare I say) even better?
The Forgotten- David Baldacci: another Reacher wannabe, although this one is still enlisted in the Army. This booo was about 50% familiar to me- I’m still not sure if I’ve read it before or if it was just that predictable. Not terrible, but only worth a read if the previous book isn’t available.
The Escape- David Baldacci: sequel to The Forgotten, and a definite improvement. This book focused on our main character (John Puller) tracking down his brother, who escaped from prison. A little less type by numbers and more like actual writing- although the attempt at creating a romance between John and the main female character was forced and awkward.
No Man’s Land- David Baldacci: John Puller book #4. This one has some “science” that strains my suspension of disbelief limits for a series that is otherwise firmly rooted in a realistic universe. But otherwise enjoyable as your run of the mill adventure/thriller
Zero Day- David Baldacci: John Puller #1 (which took forever to come in at the library so I couldn’t read it first. Sad face). Another perfectly serviceable thriller- a little heavy on unnecessary descriptions (so I need to know EVERY SINGLE THING in an investigator’s kit?), but fun. Also bizarrely familiar in certain specific ways, and yet I didn’t remember most of it, so I’m not sure if I’ve read it before or if it’s reminiscent of some other book.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events (#5-13)- Lemony Snicket: I finished the series even though Jack abandoned me and I had to check them out from the library myself. Thankfully they got less repetitive after the 7th book, or it would have been a bit of a slog. Very enjoyable series, more so if you are in the appropriate age group but there was some amusing word play that only adults (or children with extensive vocabularys) could appreciate.
Right Behind You- Lisa Gardner: not as gut wrenching as her books can sometimes be. Fairly predictable, but a fun, fast read.
Apprentice In Death- J.D. Robb: book #43 (!) in a futuristic cop series by a popular romance author. I wouldn’t have chosen it if I knew about the futuristic and romance bits. I can’t believe someone who has written 200+ books can be this terrible at writing. Conversations between multiple characters but who is speaking is never noted. Third person point of view changes between characters in the middle of paragraphs. The bad guy is tracked and apprehended with nary a misstep or mistake. So awful. Hard pass on this one
Caraval- Stephanie Garber: YA novel about two sisters who run away to a magical… event? mystery game? and get caught up in various intrigue. Not terrible, but fairly simplistic. And the main character spends too much of the book being a martyr rather than a heroine.
Home- Harlan Coben: fast paced, above average mystery about two boys kidnapped at age 6, and then one who returns 10 years later. Far too many unnecessary allusions to previous books in the series (which I haven’t read), and ultimately the ending is predictable. But fun.
Carve The Mark- Veronica Roth: book 1 in a new YA sci-if series by the author of Divergent. Two teenagers from enemy cultures are forced together by circumstance, and (as you would expect) forge an indelible bond in the face of adversity. Not earth shattering, but better than average.
The Forgetting Time- Sharon Guskin: novel about a distraught mother dealing with a child that may or may not be remembering a past life, and a doctor who has made studying this phenomena his life’s work (and is suffering from degenerative aphasia for literally no reason as far as the plot goes). This book is neither moving, nor thought provoking, nor particularly interesting.
All Our Wrong Todays- Elan Mastai: irreverent sci-fi time travel novel featuring the son of a genius from a utopian 2016, who travels back to the pivotal moment in his world’s history, only to screw things up and end up in our significantly less perfect 2016. Has a similar wry tone to Ready Player One, and manages maintain enough believability to fully engross you in the story.
Kill Decision- Daniel Suarez: techno thriller about killer autonomous drones. Not nearly as engrossing as his earlier book Daemon.