I found the story very slow-going – in fact, not a great deal was happening, except for talking things through. It was not an unpleasant read, but neither was it very interesting. I still think this book is a must for Trigani fans!
In the third installment of the Rules of Scoundrels series, MacLean once again creates compelling and complex characters and sets them on a path toward love and reconciliation that begins with seemingly impossible odds and ends with exquisite fulfillment. Beguiling and emotionally lush.
Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series.
Framed by short anecdotes relating to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone, Albom’s story unfolds in reportorial-style sketches, right up to a double-twist conclusion. A sentimental meditation on "[w]hat is false about hope?"
The biggest problem with Stella Bain is that once the mystery is solved, the novelist struggles to keep the narrative going.
It would be a treat to watch the evening news with Martin Cruz Smith’s fabulist’s eye and see current events colorized through Renko’s dramatic filter. In “Tatiana,” Smith continues the tradition he began at the end of the Brezhnev era with “Gorky Park,” using Russia as his game board to make geopolitical conspiracy, well . . . fun.
While much of this historical period has been examined in close detail, Goodwin provides a fuller picture of Taft’s career that was driven strongly by his ambitious wife and of the life and times of the “muckrakers,”
...the experience has been less enriching for readers looking to get an accurate view of the campaign. Instead, it’s an amalgamation of largely unverifiable gossip...
Though much of "Hatching Twitter" is hobbled by weak anecdotes and schlocky metaphors, the book is carried by Bilton's excruciating account of Dorsey's evolution.
Although the novel bogs down in the middle with disproportionate description of life as a courtesan, it mostly clips along as characters travel a collision course toward each other. The last third of the book is especially compelling as the point of view changes to Lulu and all that has happened in her life.
Readers looking for nuance will not find it here, but there are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades, making this the kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever.
this is a book that I really liked and am happy to give a recommendation to, particularly for readers of Nora’s who haven’t really liked her more recent releases. This feels like “old school” Nora Roberts to me, and I mean that in the very best possible way.
As compelling as a car wreck, it’s impossible to look away, even though the catalogue of misery sometimes threatens to overwhelm.
...reading "S." is fun, and the book feels alive in ways that a digital version would not. Which is more intriguing — an e-book or, as described in "Ship of Theseus," "a thick tome bound in brown leather that is cracked and covered with dark, oily stains"? Who wouldn't pick the thick tome?
Even if sharp-eyed readers already know how the book’s surprises may arise — has there ever been a long-lost relative who did not show up in a work of legal fiction? — they will still miss the final whammy that Mr. Grisham has in store.
In his singularly perceptive voice, Lamb immerses his characters and the novel’s readers in powerful moments of hope and redemption and shocking descriptions of violence and abuse.
This novel is a veritable journey for reader and protagonist alike, and one made more pleasurable by Tartt’s exquisite eye for the smallest detail.
A richly readable and authoritative addition to the literature of wine.
Characters who are pale, waxen, grievously wounded, bone thin, fogged by opium, or redolent of the sea in a rugged region plagued by shipwrecks, move through the book alongside the living. Dead or alive? That’s not a question on Ms. Catton’s astral plane. The question is whether it matters.
Even more than most "I knew a star" tell-alls, this purported biography tells us less about Carson than it does the author: Bushkin's 18-year stint as Carson's friend and attorney, and the effect Carson had on his life and career.