Black Cat Book Review
Today instead of doing a review I am going tell you
just a little about some books I have recently read.
The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell
A bitter woman, estranged from her son, tells a story about a tragic fire to her grandson. I liked this book, although, I did find it hard to get into. Once on my way I became interested in the characters and was quite surprised by the ending.
Testimony by Anita Shreve
A sad story all around. There is an incident at a boarding school involving 3 boys and a girl. Because it was recorded and put on the internet it becomes a major crisis in many lives; the 4 students, their parents, the Head Master, friends, and community. Each chapter is a testimony of the people involved and at times seems a bit simplistic but it does add to the character study of each person.
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
A story about marriage and family and the secrets in them. Anna, a successful outsider artist, has left her husband of twenty-seven years and is getting ready to marry her lover, a woman. The turmoil this causes in the lives of her ex-husband and grown children is understandable and Shreve deftly tells each side of the story. I came to like everyone in the family and wanted all to be happy. There is a ghost in the story, part of a story within the story. Not spooky or eerie it makes the book richer.
Never Go Back by Lee Child
This is a Jack Reacher story. Child has written tales of Reacher for years but this is the first I have read. I like Reacher even though he is a bigger than life kind of tough guy and I usually prefer underdogs and normal folks. There is lots of action and intrigue and some humor. I will say that after reading this and getting to know Jack Reacher I cannot image why Tom Cruise was ever cast to play him in a movie. I am glad I read a Jack Reacher novel and now have no plans to see the movie.
So there you have it…books I liked and recommend to fellow readers.