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Anna 02-23-2017 06:12 PM

Anna Is Reading...
Safe With Me by K.L. Slater

This is an excellent thriller that will draw you in and keep you captivated till the end. It's a psychological thriller, dark and will keep you involved.

Anna is a solitary person. She has had a hard life. She is damaged but has built a new life on her own terms, one she can cope with.

As long as nothing goes wrong.

But when she witnesses a traffic accident, all her hard work comes unravelled. She tells herself she is coping, but is she?

Anna 02-23-2017 06:36 PM

"What She Knew" by Gilly MacMillan
Every parent's worst nightmare. A missing child. On a Sunday outing to a park in the woods, eight year old Ben asks to run ahead to the playground. That's all it took. When Rachel, Ben's mother finally gets to the clearing of the playground, he's gone.

I think this book's strength lies in exploring whether our ideas about who we are matches up with reality. This mother is not perfect. She has to face the devastation of having her child abducted, as well as finding a new reality and perspective on herself, friends, family and the world - kind of like recovery. :)

Soberwolf 02-24-2017 01:22 AM

Will let Mrs sw know about the new books thank you Anna

AlfAngskvist 02-27-2017 08:58 AM

Will try to read this :)

Anna 03-05-2017 01:31 PM

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
The Breakdown is BA Paris' second book after the amazing Behind Closed Doors which I personally loved and therefore, was concerned that her next book had a lot to live up to.

The Breakdown is quite brilliant. This is a psychological suspense story and dark enough to suit me well. There is guilt and more than a hint of paranoia, as well as delving into early onset dementia. This story kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and I finished it in one day.

Anna 03-07-2017 12:14 PM

Blink by K. L. Slater

This is the second book I read by this author and I really liked this book. The author has great character development.

Toni is a single mom whose husband was killed in Afghanistan and she is struggling. She is struggling so much with grief and responsibility that she begins to take her husband’s prescription for pain pills that he had just before he died. She continues to get his refills. She uses some and hides some in her home as a security blanket, as something that she can depend on when she can’t cope with the day. We watch her try for a move and fresh start, including a new job. But, she passes a tipping point with the pills and we see her life become unmanageable in a slow, agonizing spiral. What would happen if a predator also saw her descent and vulnerability, and abducted her child? How would she cope with the tragedy and the accompanying guilt that she had no choice but to live with?

Anna 03-15-2017 04:56 PM

Witness by Caroline Mitchell

This is my first book by this author and it will sure not be my last. This was a book I could not put down until I finished it. This is a dark, wicked and deliciously evil book.

The premise of this book is intriguing and frightening. Unknown to her, Rebecca was chosen as prey by a manipulative, sociopathic man. He made his move on her at a time in her life when she was very lonely and vulnerable. He quickly and slickly eases into her life and makes himself indispensable. He becomes controlling and abusive and she risks it all to get away from him. But, after ten years, a text arrives on her phone and her life is turned upside down. He is back.

Anna 03-19-2017 04:47 PM

The Broken Ones by Sarah Denzil

This was a very good book. The character development was well done. And, it was interesting watching the main character unravel as the plot continued. Sophie is a self-described doormat and feels helpless to stop her life from closing in on her as she takes care of her mother who has dementia. Is stress affecting Sophie or is she slowly losing her mind?

Anna 03-22-2017 02:05 PM

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

I loved this book a lot. The main character, Hannah, is intriguing and captivating. She is a senior Manager for a large firm of accountants is having a really good day and was actually singing to herself as she walked up the path to her house. She had just returned from a training course and it looked like she was on track for a promotion to director. She couldn't wait to share her wonderful news with Matt her boyfriend of four years but when she enters her home she discovers that Matt and all his belongings are gone. It's as if he has erased all evidence that he ever existed. After Hannah begins a frantic and obsessive search to find Matt strange things start happening and she begins to get the unsettling feeling that she is being watched.

The story is intriguing and rather dark. Hannah is somewhat likeable, then not, then somewhat likeable again. I thought this was Mary Torjussens first book but apparently she has two others both of which I will definitely be getting hold of and I look forward to reading more books written by her in the future

Anna 03-22-2017 04:33 PM

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

I am a self-confessed Biography junkie and I love to get inside someone's head. As soon as I saw this book, I knew it would likely be interesting. What I didn't expect is that it would fascinate me and Marcus Luttrell would stay with me.

A team of four Navy SEALs, including Marcus were to gather information about Ahmad Shah. Within hours, the four men were ambushed. Three of the four SEALs were killed. A helicopter sent in for their aid was shot down, killing all eight Navy SEALs and all eight U.S. Army Special Operations aviators on board.

Luttrell was alone on the side of a massive Afghan mountain and he was badly injured. Luttrell spends some time expressing how 'dark' dark was. He explains that it was nothing he had experienced in the western world. There was no ambient light. He could see no more than a foot in front of himself and the sense of aloneness pervades the story. As he tries to make a plan, he expresses the quiet on the mountain in such a way that I felt shivers.

Paralyzed from the waist down and with no source of water, Luttrell unbelievably travels seven miles. Finally he is rescued by a local Pashtun, Gulab, who makes a decision to hide Luttrell from the Taliban. In doing so, the villager and his family was threatened by the Taliban, but he hid Luttrell for four days until the Americans rescued him. What unfolds is a rather strange bond between Luttrell and Gulab and they are currently working on obtaining asylum in the U.S. for Gulab and his family.

Anna 03-22-2017 04:34 PM

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

Another memoir - I just finished this book and I was captivated from the start. Ms. Deraniyagala is in Sri Lanka in 2004. She describes seeing the wild waves approach the hotel where she was staying with her husband, two young children and her parents. She and her family raced out of the hotel into a jeep hoping to outrun the waves, but failing. She describes being carried inland with the wave and then pulled back out, almost to the ocean, as the wave receded. She loses her entire family in a few seconds

I was surprised to see the honesty that Ms. Deraniyagala used to describe her feelings right after the tsunami. She was full of anger and rage, at anyone and everyone who had survived. She was furious. Later, we see her try to accept that she did not stop to warn her parents as she raced from the hotel. And, we see her wrestle with the intense pain she felt for not helping her children as they were dying.

Sonali Deraniyagala shut down completely after the crisis and, then became actively suicidal. We walk with her as she slowly begins to heal. She says. “My process has been to gradually open up the wounds, because you can’t feel the love without feeli

Anna 03-22-2017 04:35 PM

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Catherine had been traumatized and was living with an overwhelming obsessive-compulsive disorder. Ms. Haynes put us squarely in Catherine's shoes and we feel the fear, and the time-consuming constraint of Catherine's OCD issues. We witness how it takes over her llife.

Into the darkest corner expresses how Catherine felt - trapped, with nowhere to go and no one to help. Elizabeth Haynes shows us that domestic abuse is not a clear-cut, no-brainer situation. You don't simply leave. Lee, the abuser, was a master manipulator and had gradually turned all of Catherine's friends to his side. Catherine was alone and cornered.

I loved getting inside Catherine's head as she struggled with OCD and the fact that she was being stalked. She is unsure of herself and yet she finds the strength to get away from Lee, or so she believes.


Kris47 03-23-2017 04:48 PM

Thanks for the Headsup, Anna. :)

Soberwolf 04-01-2017 01:17 AM

Thank you Anna for all the help you have given me with books I really appreciate it :hug:

Kris47 04-01-2017 04:19 AM

Just finished the woman in Cabin 10.

I'm looking for some light reading again after all the suspense novels.

Anna 04-01-2017 08:31 AM

Kris, let me know what you come up with. I am looking for something different to throw into the mix, too.

Kris47 04-01-2017 11:56 AM

Will do, Anna. :)

Right now I just started Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott. My friend passed it on to me.

Midwest1981 04-01-2017 03:25 PM

Kris- I am reading the woman in cabin 10 right now and I bought three new books today....

A man called ove, beneath a scarlet sky, and a piece of the world.

A piece of the world is by the same author who wrote orphan train. Christina Baker Cline

Kris47 04-01-2017 03:32 PM

Hi Midwest. :)

I read Ove and so did hubby. We both loved the book.

Some reading for thought...........................

Anna 04-03-2017 10:30 AM

I have Ove on order. I've heard so many good things about it. :)

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