Theodore Boone: Theodore Boone By John Grisham Review!

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Theodore Boone: Theodore Boone (2010) by John Grisham is the first in a YA series of books which Grisham wrote.

The story follows the protagonist who the book is titled after Theodore Boone. Boone is a thirteen year old who longs to be a lawyer when he grows up and in this first outing we see him in pet court defending a school pal and the girl he likes Hallie as she tries to hold onto her pet dog Rocky who had escaped from their house. Outside of pet court Boone has another case to deal with although this one he must get the information to the Judge without being a lawyer in the case. A woman Myra Duffy has been murdered and her husband Pete Duffy is on trial for the murder. Boone learns some information from a classmate of his Julio whose cousin Bobby witnessed something which could prove that Pete did murder Myra. The information is vital as it looks like Pete will get away with murder. But Bobby is reluctant to give the information towards the case as he is illegally in the country.

An intriguing book with a lot of accessible information on the law. Theodore is a great main character too with such wonderful ambition for his life and there’s a great cast of characters in this book from Hallie to Julio, April who is another friend of Theodore’s whose parents are going through a divorce and Theodore’s mother, father and uncle. His mother and father were lawyers and his uncle used to be. I haven’t read any more of the Theodore Boone books as of yet but this is an interesting read and hopefully at some stage I’ll get the chance to read where Theodore’s journey takes him in the future. There is also a great Q & A with John Grisham at the back of this book.

A great read.

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The Weight of Silence By Heather Gudenkauf Review!

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

 

The Weight of Silence (2008) by Heather Gudenkauf is an amazing thriller.

 

This book was my introduction to this author’s work and boy, oh, boy, does she have talent!

This book follows the disappearance of two young seven-year-old girls Calli Clark and her best friend Petra Gregory. The girls are lost in the woods near their homes in Iowa. Calli has selective mutism after a dramatic experience in her earlier childhood and Petra who speaks becomes like her outer voice. The book is told from the perspective of many people including Calli, her mother Antonia and her brother Ben and Petra’s father Martin. It is soon thought that Calli’s alcoholic father who is also controlling and sneers Calli about her selective mutism is involved. He was the last person who is seen with her on their way over to Petra’s house near the beginning of the book. But is all as it seems?

It is a very interesting read which keeps you turning the pages. Throughout each chapter you gradually learn more about all these characters and all the possible moments of what has led up to this harrowing time. Most of the characters are nice but some are not so. My favourite character was Ben. I liked his spunk and how protective he was of his sister but there is a lot of great characters here. Martin was ok for a while but he tries to beat Ben up later in the novel. Sure, under the circumstances of course I get he was angry but Ben is a child and a grown-up going to beat him up and try to kill him almost was not a good look. There was also an investigator in this who drove me up the wall. He was doing his job but he seemed insensitive. And don’t get me started on Calli’s and Ben’s father – nightmare. I could kind of identify with Antonia. There was a certain amount of things about her which reminded me of myself.

In among the mystery, the author speaks about many important topics such as selective mutism, controlling behavior, alcoholism, bullying, prejudice and family.

It is a very layered book in many ways and has numerous twists and turns. Obviously it is a sad book with the subject matter of two young girls going missing as well. The author packs so much into this book and there is no loopholes. It fits together without any loopholes at the end.

In saying that, my mum and I differ on the ending and that caused many discussions in the aftermath of reading this book, hehe. I believe the killer/s is who was said to be the killer/s before the last section but my mum believes there was a twist in the final section. Who knows which of us is right but it’s a great read nonetheless.

 

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Cross Bones By Kathy Reichs Review!

Cross Bones: (Temperance Brennan 8) by [Kathy Reichs]

 

Cross Bones (2005) by Kathy Reichs is a very intriguing read.

 

This is book eight in the Temperance Brennan series. In this book, Temperance is investigating a skeleton found at an archaeological site. The discovery leads her onto a case where the theory is that the skeleton is Jesus. She goes to Israel to investigate with her love Andrew Ryan and soon discovers much more than she has bargained for.

 

I found this book very enthralling. I loved the way Reichs mixed religion into the story and created an extremely compelling plot. I did love her friend archeologist Jake Drum. I found him interesting, complex and straight-talking. He was my favourite character in the book. I think the book is very well-researched which is something Kathy Reichs is always excellent at.

The ending was a surprise but it was also a little bit of an anticlimax, only because there was so much drama and plot prior to it so that was a pity. But look, I’m not going to hold that against the book. It’s amazing. Page-turning. Probably my favourite book by Kathy Reichs alongside Bones Never Lie.

 

Excellent write.

 

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Crime Investigated: Jack The Ripper: Catch Me When You Can By Igloo Books Review

Jack the Ripper by Geoff Barker

 

Crime Investigated: Jack The Ripper: Catch Me When You Can (2014) by Igloo Books is a very interesting look at the Jack The Ripper case.

 

In this book, there is an overview of the times, Whitechapel where the murders took place and the role of women in society at the time as well as information about the five Ripper victims and other victims of violent deaths who were possible victims of the Ripper. The book also takes a look at the various suspects, the letters the Ripper sent or which were possible hoaxes. There is quite a few gruesome photos in this book that send a chill down your spine as well as many newspaper drawings about the case at the time.

 

I found the book very interesting as well as obviously sad. The overviews really helped show what it was like at the time the murders took place and the theories were well-researched. The author/s did repeat themself/themselves at times which is the only flaw I have with this book. I do like the way the chapters are organised. The structure is great and well thought out.

I like the way the book centres a lot on the victims as well as Jack The Ripper and gave them a human feel as opposed to a statistic.

A very interesting read.

 

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Cross Fire By James Patterson Review!

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Cross Fire (2010) by James Patterson is the 17th book in the Alex Cross series.

 

This book is a wonderful mystery and has much romance in it as well. As they are my two favourite genres this book was a glorious read. So on the romance side first Cross seems to have found the one in law enforcement agent Bree Stone (although after Christine I shall hold my breath) and the happy couple are planning their wedding. But of course in true Patterson style things are not about to run so smoothly for Cross and his soon-to-be bride. Interruptions to their plans come when Cross needs to investigate the murders of a corrupt congressman and a corrupt lobbyist. A theme is starting here and soon the secret killer is murdering corrupt politicians. Working alongside Cross in this latest Patterson thriller is FBI agent Max Siegel and we also have the return of one of Cross’ nemesis’ Kyle Craig and he is out to kill Cross and his family.

 

This book is so crisply written and has as always the Patterson trademark of fast-paced suspense all through it. It is a very cleverly written thriller and the suspense of Cross finding out that Craig is closer than he thinks is a really excellent idea. It really heightens the tension for the reader and keeps you turning the pages. What Patterson always does well and this book is no exception is that he writes the human side of his detectives so well as well as the professional which leaves the reader rooting for them. Many mystery writers forget that element of the story and it is very vital. Many people reading the books will not be involved in law or solving mysteries and they need to feel like the detective has that human side so they can identify with them and Cross is a very easy detective to relate to.

 

I also love the constant battle between Cross and Craig. They are both interestingly written characters, one in a good way and one in a bad way and their battles do be pretty epic which always helps a thriller along. Both of them are very well-rounded in their own ways and Patterson writes them both so complex and brilliantly. All the ingredients are in this book: a great plot, a great hero and a great villain. Patterson’s imagination is clearly flowing with ideas. No wonder he has written so many books! 🙂

 

A very enjoyable book as always.

 

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Everybody’s Business Is Nobody’s Business By Daniel Defoe Review!

Everybody's Business Is Nobody's Business

 

Everybody’s Business is Nobody’s Business (1725) by Daniel Defoe is short read.

This book is basically Defoe’s opinions on workers and his suggestions for what should be done about the things he perceived as problematic issues in this area. I could not stand this book. I spent half the book trying to find some kind of redeeming quality to it and couldn’t. The only thing I could find redeeming I suppose is that he can write well and it is put together in a writer way.

But as far as the content, it was terrible. He sounded like a bit of a dickhead to be honest who had prejudices against working-class people and women. Being someone who falls into both of those groups, he came across incredibly stuck up, ignorant and in his own world quite frankly. He didn’t seem to have any understanding of people outside of anyone who wasn’t like himself and it felt like a bad reflection of writers in a way which annoyed me as a writer because we certainly wouldn’t all share his prejudices. Sometimes as well as being a man and a richer person, it did feel like he thought he was above everyone because of his status as a writer and that certainly didn’t come over as cute at all.

It was my introduction to Defoe’s work but it doesn’t put me off reading his other work. I read work by authors who have questionable views a lot. I base it on the work, not the writer because I’m a writer myself and that’s the fairest thing to do but it didn’t paint a great image of the man behind the work for me. Look, it was his opinions. I’m glad he got the opportunity to express them but the views in my opinion were really disgusting and self-entitled.

 

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The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul, and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles By Donald H. Wolfe Review

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The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul, and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles (2005) by Donald H. Wolfe is a wonderfully written book about the very sad true case of a young woman called Elizabeth Short’s death.

 

There is clearly much extensive research involved in the putting together of this book. It looks at the murder of a 22-year-old woman Elizabeth Short who was murdered brutally in 1947. Her body was cut up after her death which suggested that someone with medical experience or knowledge was involved in her death. Elizabeth was pregnant when she died and the baby also did not live. This book gives us information on Elizabeth’s backstory and tells us about many people she knew around the time she died. We also get information on who was suspected at the time and after and the numerous theories which have been put forward since her horrifying murder which has never been solved.

This book shows how Elizabeth had her good and bad points and was like us all leaving the terrible thought that it could be anyone something like this could happen to. She had all these hopes and dreams and a real zest for life and all of that was took away from her.

A very harrowing read. Many of the photographs which accompany this book are also harrowing. A very interesting read but a very sad read.

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Honeymoon By James Patterson & Howard Roughan Review!

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Honeymoon (2001) by James Patterson & Howard Roughan is entralling and keeps you turning the page in anticipation of what is going to happen next.

 

This book is a slightly longer book than some of Patterson’s other books but it is well worth the time to invest in it. But warning, it can be hard to put down at each sitting. In this book we meet Black Widow Nora Sinclair who is an interior designer and who is a ruthless character who will strive to get what she wants at any cost even killing her husband Conner. FBI agent John O’Hara comes on the scene to investigate, under the guise of an insurance investigator, whether or not she killed one of her husbands Conner in her pursuit of the lavish lifestyle she craves so much. And he must aim to save the life of her other husband Jeffrey. But like Conner and Jeffrey he too falls under her spell but is it enough to cloud his professional judgment on the case.

It’s a wonderfully interesting book that keeps the reader on board as they try to think out all the possible endings to this book. Will she be caught? Will she get the life she always wanted by these horrific crimes? Will she and John ride off into the sunset? Or will justice be done? And through all this the book is riveting. The characters are also very well-written and we get a great insight into their backstories which really adds an authentic feel to the overall book. This book was selected as the 2005 International Thriller of the Year and I can understand why as it is quite addictive once you start reading it.

A wonderful and enjoyable read.

 

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The Diving Bell And The Butterfly By Jean-Dominique Bauby Review!

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (1997) by Jean-Dominique Bauby is a brilliant read.

 

This is a true story. It is editor-in-chief of Elle in France Jean-Dominique Bauby’s real life story of having locked-in syndrome. In 1995, he had a massive stroke and was paralysed and unable to talk. Using his left eyelid to spell out words and tell his story, he created this book with the help of a transcriber.

This is a stunning book. I planned to read a few pages of this book and ended up reading it all in one and a bit sittings. It is a truly remarkable accomplishment and shows how utterly dedicated he was to getting this book out there. The book talks about serious things and then the not so serious. It’s a group of anecdotes about living with locked-in syndrome and also a look at life in all it’s mundane ways. The love he has for his two children comes across so much. The way people were talking about him when he was ill is realistic and absolutely disgusting.

This book is so powerful and so emotive. The pages turn themselves. He has a way with words so it’s no surprise he was editor-in-chief of a magazine. So accessible and yet so poetic. This is so well-crafted. Heartbreaking but beautiful.

A wonderful part of his legacy to leave behind. A must-read.

 

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I Kissed Dating Goodbye By Joshua Harris Review!

I Kissed Dating Goodbye: A New Attitude Toward Relationships and Romance

 

I Kissed Dating Goodbye (1997, 2003) by Joshua Harris is a dating book about finding love through guidance from God.

 

I picked this book up in a charity shop because I liked the cover. Didn’t read what what it was about. Definitely never judge a book by it’s cover because this is a total mismatch for what I would believe and be interested in. Needless to say, very soon into the book I realized that. I still continued reading because I’m a curious person and it all sounded even from the opening pages so surreal and outdated that I wanted to get an idea for why someone could think the thoughts that were in this book. I guess that’s the writer in me.

It is a very uncomfortable read so if content in this book triggers you, do not go near it because it is loaded in that kind of content. Topics which are bashed, because that’s what it was, are women, gay men, cohabitation and sex outside marriage, any religion outside of Catholicism but especially Humanism/Atheism/Secular society in general and any kind of freedom to date however you feel is right for you.

The author wrote this book at 23 and I read the book not knowing anything else other than the book about the author. It was probably the best way to read it without anything to in any way cloud my review but I have read since that he has changed his mind on and apologized for the message of the book. Now whether that was about all the opinions or a certain amount of them, I’m not sure but I think it is important to put that into the review. The author, in hindsight, does not see this book as a success and I 100% agree with him on something at last.

I am saddened that this book had a huge negative affect on many peoples’ lives. I fear it may have made a lot of readers have negative attitudes toward other people who are not being hurtful to them. Because the message is reinforced and reinforced and it’s not a good message from a place of trying to help anyone. It is an ignorant message but I can imagine there is people, especially young people, God-fearing people, people who love God in an obsessive kind of way or people who have just got out of a bad break-up, who might be very susceptible and in a vulnerable position to this book through feeling guilty or feeling not worthy. That’s worrying if the message and the theme is close to a person’s heart. I mean it wouldn’t be to mine so I felt uncomfortable reading it but I could also laugh at how ridiculous it sounded. The letters and stories I read about in this book about and from people who were very into the message worried me a lot about both the people themselves and the people they could hurt by bringing this message out into the world.

I give kudos to the author for apologizing about this book and am glad to see that growth and that attempt to make things better in light of his reconsidered thinking about the book. But as a reviewer, a terrible book with a dangerous message.

 

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