September 24, 2016

The Ferryman Institute

The Ferryman Institute
by Colin Gigl
publisher The Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
to be published September 27, 2016
source NetGalley

reflections:   (a) Do you remember the mythological ferryman Charon when you read myths in high school?  He ferried the dead across the River Styx.   (b) Have you ever been burned out in a job?

Charlie is a top ferryman,  handsome,  sarcastic, and mentally burned out.   He has worked for 25 decades at The Ferryman Institute leading the souls of the dead to the afterlife.  He has written 6049 requests to be transferred out of the Institute.  Each request has been denied, because his services are too valuable.  

One day, Charlie makes a mistake.  

my perspective:  Loved loved loved this book.  Witty, sarcastic humor. 

a 17th century painting of Charon

September 23, 2016

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door
by Shari Lapena
publisher:  Penguin Viking, Pamela Dorman
published: August 2016
source:  borrowed from my daughter

reflections:   Secrets.  Everybody has secrets.  Would your secrets make someone's jaw drop open?

My jaw dropped open a few times while reading The Couple Next Door.   Doing that to me makes for a great book!   Good development of characters,  and exploration of their anxieties and guilt feelings.  

However, by the time I reached the ending and anti-climax, I was ready to be done with the book.

September 4, 2016

Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone
by Christa Allan
publisher Waterfall Press
to be published October 11, 2016
source  NetGalley  

reflections:   Have you ever discovered a gift not meant for you?   Is there a member of your immediate family whom you don't get along with?

publisher's description:  Olivia is preparing to walk down the aisle and embrace her own happily ever after. The next moment, she learns that her fiancĂ©, Wyatt, has been in a fatal car accident. Then comes a startling discovery: Wyatt’s car wasn’t heading toward the church. He was fifty miles away…with a baby gift in the backseat.  

my perspective:  Five stars because the book kept my interest.  I wanted to know the whys and wherefores of the gifts.  There were events I did not expect.    Soon after Wyatt's death, Olivia discovers she is pregnant.    Her ultra-religious mother disapproves.   Olivia and her mother battle throughout the next several months.   Fortunately, the other characters are not as despicable as her mother.   Olivia's best friend tells it like it is.  Her dad is a go-between her and her mother.  Her grandmother is more of a contemporary than a grandmother.  

That baby gift in the backseat of Wyatt's car?  I kept wanting to scream at Olivia "go ahead and open it,  see what's inside."    The author kept us in suspense throughout most of the book.