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I have been a fan of Harlan Coben since I first read “Tell No One” in 2000. That book, by the way, is still my favorite. Perhaps because it was so deliciously shocking and suspenseful.
This book, Missing You, was good. But I did not devour it like I have traditionally devoured other Coben novels. In the last few years, Coben books are getting darker and darker. I really miss the days of Myron Bolitar and Coben’s great humor. This book got so dark that I had to put it down for awhile. A massive scheme that ends up with the death of over 30 people at a nearby farm? No thank you.
But, Coben did it again. I read the last three pages and thought “Did that just happen?” He’s still the master of the twist.
I am a sucker for all things Pride & Prejudice. I’ll look through nearly everything. Sometimes I find a keeper. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, was surprisingly good. A Darcy Christmas — not bad! Darcy & Elizabeth: Days & Nights at Pemberly. Um, no. There was another one I read in high school was Elizabeth could not get pregnant. Yeah, not my favorite.
This version was a little different. The author, Juliette Shapiro, tries to maintain the Austen voice. She does a good job of it. It’s consistent without being over the top.
It’s still not one of my favorites. The storyline was a little far-fetched (Lydia is alone, and pregnant, and guess who is expected to raise her baby). But it’s still lovely to check in on Fitzwilliam & Elizabeth from time to time.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
Check out my review on Deseret News:
In Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen captured hearts with the passion-filled romance of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Now, Mr. Darcy’s Decision finds the newlyweds in their tumultuous first year of married life at Pemberley, entrenched in the frivolous social pressures of their prying friends and family.
While the sharp-tongued duo of Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Caroline Bingley criticizes Elizabeth, the new Mrs. Darcy has a happier matter on her mind—the fact that she is carrying the next Darcy heir. But when the sudden and unexpected return of Elizabeth’s sister Lydia brings alarming reports of seduction and blackmail that threaten the newlyweds’ life together, Mr. Darcy is forced to make the most difficult decision of his lifetime.
Written in a style that stays true to the author’s sardonic wit, Mr. Darcy’s Decision paints a vivid portrait of Regency society—full of romance, tragedy, humor, and intrigue.
Sometimes I have the opportunity to review books that have not been released yet. I am then asked to provide my comments to the publisher. I learned early on that if I said something fabulous and a little out there, my comments would make the cover and the Amazon page as the “Editorial Reviewer”.
So it’s with that background that I say that I HATE IT when people say that a book “is the next. . .” I get why they do it. I’ve done it. But I think it’s a curse. I am sorry, The Maze Runner is not the “next” Hunger Games. It took me two years to get through this book.
I will say that I like this book for boys. They have so few intelligent options to choose from — I am glad this series is out. But I probably will not read The Scorch Trials, though I desperately want to know what happened to Teresa. I will go see the movie, though. This book belongs on the big screen. I cannot wait to see the maze or how they constructed The Grievers.
I started this trilogy a few years ago with my book club. Each book is a very fun read that can be enjoyed by adults and teens alike. I especially recommend this book to parents with teenage boys. It is so hard to find intelligent books for boys to read!
Trilogies seem to be the fashion of late, and I have been burned before. Divergent series — did not go anywhere near that final book when I heard what Roth had done. Matched series — alright, I admit, I was cheering for Xander, so I really did not like the final installment. Everneath? Ahem. Apparently I always choose the wrong hero to cheer on because I was a fan of Cole and the final installment left me sad. Okay, I admit it, borderline devastated. Hunger Games. Did anyone like the final installment? No? I’ll tell you why. Because Peeta is the soul of the Hunger Games, and without him, it all falls short. Take that, crazy Gale fans.
With such an experience, can you imagine my doubts going into The Shadow Throne? But I am happy to share that Nielsen does not disappoint. I had my concerns. I reached Page 71 and sent Nielsen a nasty note via Twitter. But she encouraged me to read on, and I am glad that I did. The book was engaging, entertaining and intelligent. Happy reading!