2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.

Book Review: 18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb

Frances Glessner Lee is such a fascinating subject and a detailed biography is long overdue, so first and foremost thank you to Bruce Goldfarb for recognizing this and taking the time to craft such a detailed and homage-laden book. I first learned about Captain Lee in the book Savage Appetites – a very intriguing collection of brief biographies of four women “obsessed with” (the subtitle’s words, not mine) murder. It was a fantastic introduction to Lee and the Nutshells, and it set the hook for my interest in her life. When I saw Goldfarb’s biography on NetGalley I immediately requested it and upon approval I couldn’t wait to dig in… Continue reading Book Review: 18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb

Book Review: All of Us by A.F. Carter

I’m (darkly) fascinated by stories about the mind’s ability to protect itself by splintering the personality into pieces… The books are always horrific in their details – the abuse that renders this the best protective mechanism for survival is inevitably soul-crushing and devastating to read about – but the survival story is so moving and powerful and the logistics of how the person manages the personalities fascinates me. Continue reading Book Review: All of Us by A.F. Carter

Excerpt: No One Saw by Beverly Long

About the Book
Nobody saw a thing. Or so they say…

Baywood police department detective A.L. McKittridge is no stranger to tough cases, but when five-year-old Emma Whitman disappears from her day care, there isn’t a single shred of evidence to go on. Neither the grandmother who dropped her off, nor the teacher whose care she was supposed to be in, can account for the missing child. There are no witnesses. No trace of where she might have gone. There’s only one thing A.L. and his partner, Rena Morgan, are sure of—somebody is lying. Continue reading Excerpt: No One Saw by Beverly Long

Book Review Blurb: Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green

I almost walked away from this one several times, but in the end stuck with it because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews it had gotten. I’m so glad I did, as I really enjoyed the story once it really started rolling… The initial bits establishing the family dynamic were very interesting, as was the fire itself – but I lost the feel for the characters and story on its immediate aftermath. I found it again with the asylum and rebuilding angles and the mystery about the shooting though, and from there I was catapulted directly into the sisters’ world and stayed there until the very end. Despite that oddly uneven blip for me, I found this an engaging and interesting tale that covered several issues in American history that I wasn’t all that familiar with, and that also offered a solid mystery and family storyline that combined into a complex and richly descriptive tale that I quite enjoyed.

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

Book Review: The Wounded Ones by G.D. Penman


(Ok, there, I’ve gushed. Review done.)

That’s not it, of course – although it could be. You should definitely take my word for it: this sequel was every bit as enjoyable as the first in the series. Things pick up right where they left off (I reread The Year of the Knife to catch myself up and am glad I did), and never stop running from page one until the bitter end. Continue reading Book Review: The Wounded Ones by G.D. Penman




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