Whatcha reading?

Whatcha reading?

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Beach House: James Patterson and Peter De Jonge

When Jack's brother gets mysteriously murdered at a wealthy family's summer party, the entire town becomes tight lipped. The police claim it was a suicide and when Jack starts investigating himself he ends up getting threatened and loses his job. Once the case goes to court it is dismissed as a suicide and Jack ends up finding evidence and uncovering his brother's secret life. His brother was a gigolo for the rich and had started as early as 14- 15 years old. Jack found photos of it and kidnapped all the players. With the help of his grandfather and some friends he holds a fake court live on TV and exposes everyone including who got AIDS from the boss of the Ring. The players end up in jail after the live court is over.

The Kitchen God's Wife: Amy Tan

Wow, this was an amazing book. I really respect the author for putting herself in the light of how her mother sees her and not that she is always right- it speaks volumes of her as a person. The story was both heartbreaking and hard to set down. Amy talks about visiting her mother after a family member's funeral and how her mother's friend told her mother she would tell Amy the truth about their secrects if she didn't. The "story" within the story starts in China in the 1920's where the mom, weiwei, remembers her mother suddenly leaving. She is sent to live with her father's brother, where she is not loved, but not treated unkindly. She has an arranged marriage and a husband who treats her poorly. The Novel continues with Weiwei's story and occasionally picks up characters that Amy knows in her life in California and the connectedness of the people in her life all comes together. This was beautifully crafted .

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Reliable Wife: Robert Goolrick

I picked up this book because I liked the cover, and then luckily really enjoyed the book. An older lonely man, Mr. Truitt, posts an ad looking for a "reliable wife" a woman, Catherine, answers it and sends another woman's picture, which he doesn't find out until he sends for her by train. The story is told by alternating voices with each chapter and as the story progresses we learn there is more to each character's motive than they tell us. Towards the end of the book, after the two get married and Truitt sends Catherine to find his long lost son. We find out Catherine and the son is actually lovers who had answered the ad to murder Truitt and take his fortune. However after Catherine finds her sister, who is near death, she realizes she doesn't have to care for everyone else anymore and she can allow herself some happiness. She falls in love with Truitt and stops poisoning him. The lover/son comes back home and dies after Catherine nurses Truitt back to health and there is finally a glimmer of a happy ending.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: James D. Hornfischer

My husband suggested I read this book because he had read it and it became his favorite book instantly. It was a very well documented book and told the story of the battle of Leyte Gulf in a way that you didn't want to put the book down, but at the same time you couldn't believe the men couldn't catch a break. After the Ships were destroyed the men fought to find ways to get out of the ships with lifeboats that had been shot to pieces, they then wearily swam away from the ship with various injuries from severe burns to missing limbs to keep from getting sucked under when the ships went down, they were then stranded in the ocean for 2+ days while the Japanese floated by and sharks attacked and men suffered from delirium and sunburns/poisoning. This novel really gave one respect for what the service men and women do for our freedom.