Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: In This Moment

I'm still on blogger hiatus while I move, but I'm posting reviews for my NetGalley books that release during the summer. I'm not responding to comments, but feel free to leave your opinion if you want, and myself and others will read it. 

In This Moment by Karma Brown
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Park Row Books 
received from the publisher through NetGalley for a fair and honest review 

excerpt from book blurb:
"Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she's able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes.

After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street…just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him...."
After reading just this part of the blurb on Goodreads I knew I wanted to read this book. You see, I've imagined this happening and got a chill down my back. I've been guilty of waving a car at the edge of a parking lot to go ahead of me into busy traffic, only to have them try to change into the left lane at the same time and almost get rear-ended by a fast moving car. With the sound of screeching tires, I've thought "what if?" This story goes there... and more.

Meg is leading the average American "normal" life: a complacent teen, a house in the burbs, a beloved career, a doctor husband who loves her, satisfying friendships and plenty of opportunities for "girls' night out"... until the day she makes just one error in judgement, and almost contributes to the death of her daughter's boyfriend's twin brother. She was not the only one involved; the other driver who hit him was texting on her phone, so she is most at fault, but Meg and her daughter's remorse allow them to start making a series of bad mistakes that domino into a major fall-out.

I've read the other two Karma Brown books and have to say I enjoyed this one the most. Ms. Brown usually deals with some kind of grief process in her plots: mourning the loss of a child, a former love, a career, a spouse, a friend.... but she makes her stories flow smoothly. In this book I could relate more to the family/friends/community dynamics. There was only one part which made me uncomfortable, with a character I didn't enjoy, but I'm sure that the reader was meant to be shaking their head and saying, "don't do it!" 

I recommend this title to all "women's fiction" lovers, and those who just enjoy good contemporary fiction dealing with family dynamics. A very timely-- and unfortunately possible-- tale of blame, grief, remorse and moving on.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: UNSUB

{While I'm away from formal blogging during my move this summer, I'll still be honoring my NetGalley requests by putting up reviews here as needed. Some have already been pre-scheduled}.
UNSUB (UNSUB #1) by Meg Gardiner
received from the publisher through NetGalley for a fair and honest review

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Dutton

4.5/5 rating
This is quite an intense, edge-of-your-seat read from an enjoyable author who keeps delivering winners year after year (I've read half a dozen books by this author & loved them all-- Phantom Instinct is one of my favorite suspense novels, ever). The story obviously pays tribute to the mind-breaking work done by detectives of various agencies during the Zodiac Killer spree, but puts its own original twist on it.

Caitlin grew up in the shadow of The Prophet's murder spree when she was just a child and her father was a dedicated detective obsessed with solving the crime. After his partner is murdered by The Prophet, he is institutionalized for a breakdown and can no longer perform at his job. Caitlin picks up the reins of the long dormant case when the disturbed killer returns after many years of silence and gathers her up into his twisted schemes.

Ms. Gardiner is a master of the dark suspense thriller, and she pulls no punches here! My only reason for marking this down to 4.5/5 is based solely on my personal enjoyment, and I found the storyline just a tad too sadistic for my taste. It's dark and gritty, and full of twists and turns, but wow--- what a ride!