Friday, June 15, 2012

Book Review x 2

Since I've been too busy to blog the past few weeks, I have two books to tell you about today.

1. Between, Georgia

I've passed this book up a few times, but when I saw it at a garage sale, I figured I should probably read it, and I'm glad I did.
Here's the description from the back:

Nonny Frett knows the meaning of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy." She's got two men: her husband, who's easing out the back door; and her best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in the front yard. And she has two famililes: one who stole her and raised her right... and one who lost her and won't forget they've been done wrong. In the middle of a feud that's igniting a stash of highly flammable secrets, Nonny must now make some hard choices about who she wants to be-and which way is truly home.

I really enjoyed this book... I don't know what else to say about it to explain WHY I liked it. I just did. It had an unusual plot, not something you read about in every other "chick lit" book. The only thing that I struggled with was figuring out what place in time we were working with. I mean, somethings that were said made it seem like this was happening a long time ago, and then other things brought me back to the reality that it was more modern than that. Maybe it just has to do with the setting... a little town in Georgia that might be behind the times. But I don't know. 

Overall, I really liked the book and would give it probably 4 out of 5 stars.

2. Breaking Silence

I got this book on a whim at Costco while i was spending my mom's money.
Here's the synopsis:

The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident: methane-gas asphyxiation caused by a poorly ventilated cesspit. But in the course of a routine autopsy, the coroner discovers evidence of foul play. Who would want to make orphans of the Slabaugh children? And is this murder somehow related to a recent string of shocking hate crimes against the Amish?
Kate is determined to bring the killer to justice. The state sends in agent John Tomasetti, with whom Kate has a long and complex relationship, and together they search for the link between the crimes -  and uncover a dark secret at work beneath the placid surface of this idyllic Amish community.

This book gave a new twist to your common crime novel. The only thing I wish I had known before was that this is the 3rd book in a series. So now I have to go back and read the first 2. Hate it when that happens...

So, both these books were good. Definitely worth the read.


Victoria said...

both of these sound good! i hate when i read books out of order too :)

happy friday!

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

Love how you stumbled across these books :)