July 16, 2016

Dark Matter

Dark Matter
author Blake Crouch
publisher Crown Publishing
to be published July 26, 2016
source:  NetGalley and publisher

reflections:  All of us wonder "What If?"   Some of us wonder,  "wouldn't my life be better if I had ......"

Dark Matter -- whoa!  Oh.My.Word.  Jason is a physics professor with a lovely wife Daniela and a 15-year-old son.   One night while they are fixing dinner,   Jason goes out for a brief time,  promising to bring home ice cream. 

 "I don't look back.  
I don't say goodbye.   
And this moment slips past unnoticed.    
The end of everything I know, everything I love."

That's all I'm going to say.    Hint:  I learned a new word multiverse.  There are  some scientific terms in the middle of the book that went over my head, but remember our main character teaches physics.   
This was a quick mind-blowing read.  I woke up in the middle of the night to  read more and more.  A major movie studio should option Dark Matter.

July 10, 2016

Baby Doll

Baby Doll
by Hollie Overton
publisher Redhook Books
publishing date July 12, 2016
source NetGalley

reflections:  Most of us have read Room or seen the movie based on it.  We've heard about the true life Castro case in Ohio where women were held captive for years.   How do the women and their family members react once they are free?

Baby Doll opens with Lily realizing the locked door is no longer locked.   She grabs her daughter and escapes.   While she's running outside, she recognizes landmarks and realizes she's close to home.

After she's reunited with her family,  Lily leads the police to her captor.   His identity is a shock to everyone in town.  "No way!! It can't be!!"

The author did good characterizations of Lily, her twin Abby, their mother Eve and the captor.    Most of the book is family drama, adding on the high school sweetheart and the sheriff.   Meh.   Very little was said about the six-year-old who seemed to be an afterthought during all the drama.

Emotions of the characters run up and down.   At points, the book and characters didn't seem true to me.  However, I enjoyed racing to find out what happens between Lily, Abby and the captor.

June 23, 2016

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors
author  B. A. Paris
publisher  St. Martin's Press
to be published August 9, 2016
source  NetGalley

reflections:   Doesn't every family have secrets behind their closed doors?   What secrets would be the most horrifying?

I was glued to Behind Closed Doors from the very beginning.    I knew from reading on-line that Jack is a successful attorney for domestic violence victims.  Jack and Grace host a dinner party;  the reader goes through several disturbing foreboding moments.   There's a new guest in the house who asks several questions.    After the guests leave, we finally find out what actually goes on Behind Closed Doors.   

Best read so far in 2016,  thanks to NetGalley.