David Baldacci Great for Summer reading

David Baldacci is my go to guy when I want a good read.  I pretty much like all his books but his thrillers are the best. Memory Man is no exception so if you are flying somewhere and need a good book or if you are going to the beach than tuck this book into your carry on or download it to your eReader. I am not going on vacation until September so I just read the book in the evenings.  I find reading before I go to sleep helps me unwind even if the book is a fast paced thriller.

After sustaining a brain injury when he was tackled on the football field, Amos Decker is a changed man.  He died twice in route to the hospital.   When he woke up he was not the same. It seems his brain has  been re-wired so that he can remember everything. This is both a gift and hindrance.  As a Detective on the Burlington Police Department he is able to remember minute details that often lead to solving the case but when his wife and daughter are brutally murdered the images of their bodies play over and over.

From that moment he has nothing to live for. He loses his job and becomes homeless. Things change when a man walks into his old precinct and confesses to the crime.  At the same time the man walks into the station, there is a mass shooting at Mansfield High School, Decker’s Alma Matte.  He gets pulled into the case.  There Baldacci guides the reader through this maze of facts until the killer’s identity is revealed.

This is the first in the Amos Decker series.  He certainly left the door open for a second, third or any number of books with Decker as the protagonist.

Really great book! Read it.

 

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Heading for Obsolescence, The Postcard

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Remember as a kid when you went to a new place you would buy a postcard to send to someone.  It usually had a tourist spot that you had just visited. I know I always sent one to someone and kept a copy for my collection.  Somewhere on the postcard sent to a friend or family member were the words “Wish You Were Here”.

In my office at work we have a cork board that is a collection of postcards brought in by prior occupants of the office and now us, the current 5. Everyone enjoys putting a new card up.  But I am sad to say that Postcards are becoming obsolete. (Click on the word postcard for an article I found.)

Fewer people are writing any handwritten correspondence.  Do you remember the last time you received a postcard or a letter handwritten by someone for entertainment purposes.  Nope neither can I.  Read the article.

Country Heaven

I am a sucker for a good romance novel and considering that there was no cost to down load Country Heaven on my kindle I thought why not.  I finished it in a couple of hours and it was just what I needed.  Rye (who names their son Rye) is a famous country singer with a killer body and a bevy of women following him around.  He loves playing the field and commitment is something he wants nothing to do with.

Next to women he loves to eat and when he is on tour he has his own cook.  That is where Tory comes in.  Once he meets her his life is never the same.  He doesn’t know which he likes more her lemon meringue pie or her both be so delicious.

The book is fun, has a decent story and you just can’t help falling in love with Rye.  The book also has some good recipes. And did I mention it’s a great beach read.

Amazon’s Black Friday In July. One Day, July 15th

Amazon is having what they are calling the equivalent of Black Friday and I know I am going to check it out.  What fun to do a little Christmas shopping in July.

The catch, you need to be an Amazon Prime member.  No problem for me. So maybe you want a book or maybe you want something else Check out Amazon on July 15th and see if you can check off some people on your holiday list.  Just remember where you put the gifts you buy in July so that you can find them in December.

Go Set a Watchman. Can’t Wait

The much anticipated novel  Go Set a Watchman written by Harper Lee is set to be released on July 14th .  That is only days away. To refresh your memory, Ms Harper is the brilliant author of To Kill a Mockingbird.  I don’t know about the other forty nine states in the US but in New York this was on the required reading list in schools and I am so glad it was or else I might have missed it. I was one of those geeky readers who loved books written by Hemingway and Fitzgerald etc.  In lower grades I whizzed through Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt about the Civil War, while others moaned and groaned about it.

Anyway I read To Kill a Mockingbird in either middle school or high school can’t remember which, then reread it after high school and then read it when my daughter was reading it as part of her required reading.

This book published  in the early 1960’s was written about a very controversial topic. The story was told through the eyes of a motherless little white girl from a small town in Alabama who worshiped her country lawyer father. The timing of the novel 1930’s. Her father takes on the case of a black man who is falsely accused of rape. Having a white man take the case of a black man at that time was earth shattering and caused a major uproar in that small southern town .  Lee did an amazing job capturing the mood and cadence of the trial.  I almost felt like I was in the court room.

When this book was published, no one had heard about Harper Lee and many thought she was a he since she dropped her first name Nelle and Harper could be considered gender neutral. The book certainly held its own considering she was a first time novelist who was “competing” with authors such as James Michener, Leon Uris and Irving Stone just to name a few.  And by the way if you haven’t read these authors may I suggest you try one of their novels.

So after 55 years we will have the opportunity to read Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee’s second novel to be published.  I can’t wait.  The Wall Street Journal has published the first chapter.  Here is the Link.  I know I will be reading this book!!

 

 

The Liar

I use to enjoy Nora Roberts books a lot more than I do now.  Her books have become very formula driven and sometimes the story line is too thin to cover this up.  But I found the book The Liar to be an ok summer read.  I mean it had an ok story and an ok romance and I am a sucker for a good romance novel.

Shelby is a young girl from Tennessee who gets swept off her feet by a handsome, rich man or so she thought.  When he drowns in a boating accident her whole world falls apart.  At twenty four she is left with a young child, a mountain of debt and the knowledge that the man she thought was her husband was a fraud and a liar.

She goes back home to be with the ones she loves and make a home for her and her child but trouble follows and that is all I am going to say.