2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 3 books toward her goal of 245 books.

Book Review: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

I wasn’t familiar with Laura Dave before this book. It’s a good thing, because most of what she has previously written wouldn’t be books I’d normally pick up (tending toward romance and what is often referred to as “chick lit” – which is a term I hate) and then I might have missed this one… Continue reading Book Review: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Book Review: In Her Tracks by Robert Dugoni

This is such an absolutely incredible series! I’m a longtime fan of Robert Dugoni, but somehow had never gotten around to the Tracy Crosswhite books. Once I became aware of them, the problem was that there were so many – and starting a new series by an author I love with numerous books meant I was going to be tied up reading all of those books until they were finished… And because of other review commitments, that was a tough commitment to make. Continue reading Book Review: In Her Tracks by Robert Dugoni

Book Review: Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz by Gail Crowther

This was a fascinating book for me. I really enjoyed the combination of biography and historical exegesis of being a woman writer in the 1950s/60s that Crowther presented. Her writing style is incredibly easy to fall into – and whether she was describing the women’s life stories or the historical times and politics of the world they were writing in, I found the sections equally compelling and equally engaging.

Everything about this one was a win for me. I was less familiar with Anne Sexton then I was with Sylvia Plath going in, and the book really sparked my interest in the former and reinvigorated it regarding the latter.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.


Book Review: The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward (Audio book)

Wow. Just – wow. This was SUCH an intense, atmospheric, creepy story!! I honestly don’t want to say much beyond that, as far as the actual story, because it would be too easy to give something away and this is DEFINITELY a story best read blind, so you can take everything in as it is delivered to you. Continue reading Book Review: The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward (Audio book)

Book Review: The Necklace by Matt Witten

Oh. My. Goodness! I was immediately pulled into the story by the excellent writing – which is crisp and No Holds Barred. When I realized the age and circumstances of the death of the child in the story, frankly I almost put the book down. I have a seven-year-old daughter, and there were times when reading this book was incredibly difficult. But I am so glad I persevered…

Witten has done a phenomenal job with this novel. He raises issues of guilt and innocence and trust and loss in a way that is thought-provoking and bald-faced without ever feeling voyeuristic or antagonistic. I found the story arc to be well-paced and plotted and his characters to be fully human – for good and for ill.

Despite the horrific nature of the crime underlying the story, I found this to be a thoroughly engaging novel that I simply couldn’t put down – I read it in a day!

Thanks to NetGalley for my obligation-free review copy.