Month: February 2013

My Thoughts on Pitch Green by The Brothers Washburn

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Pitch GreenTrona is a small, little town in the middle of the California desert. Not much happens in this little town, but something is happening to it. Every few years a small child will disappear, without a trace. A few years ago it was Cal’s little brother. Now another little boy has disappeared from his backyard, the only evidence left behind is green slime found on a toy he was playing with when his mother stepped back inside for a few minutes.

The FBI finally arrives in Trona to discover what is happening and Camm, Cal’s oldest and best friend, wants the FBI to begin their search in one location: an immense mansion that was closed and locked up decades ago. The night Cal’s brother died, they last saw him in fron of the mansion. Now, with the FBI in tow, they get an opportunity to finally look inside.

Written for the Young Adult market, this book terrified this Adult enough that I could only read a chapter at a time. In the daylight. Securely in my own tightly locked house.

Cal and Camm finally receive a few of the answers they are looking for, but once the federal government arrives on the scene, the story continues on.Their anxiety for true resolution is only matched by my desire to read the next installment.

My Thoughts on Wife 22 by Gideon

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What do you do when you reach your tipping year? Alice’s mother died when she was 44, and now Alice is 44. It’s her tipping year — the year when she moves past her mother. And it is a time to go a wee bit crazy.

Who can blame her? Alice faces her husbad losing his job after throwing an embarrassing fit in the office, a daughter that might have an eating disroder and a son who is gay but just does not know it. Everything is tumbling apart.

So when Alice receives a survey via email, she decides to respond to it. She enters into the survey and into a dialogue with Researcher 101 and feels validated and heard. And she falls in love.

About halfway through the book, the reader starts wondering, “Is it possible that. . .” just to find out in the last few pages that not only is it possible, it is the big “twist”. The twist you see coming 200 pages early. Ugh.

I did not love this book, but it had some excellent moments in it. The discourse on a Facebook life were very interesting and almost made the entire book worth reading. . .if only I had not seen the surprise ending coming even before the surprise was set up. Yawn.

What I’m Reading Now: Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

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Maybe it was those extra five pounds I’d gained. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because after almost twenty years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other.

But when the anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn’t long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22) and a caseworker (Researcher 101).

And, just like that, I found myself answering questions.

7. Sometimes I tell him he’s snoring when he’s not snoring so he’ll sleep in the guest room and I can have the bed all to myself.
61. Chet Baker on the tape player. He was cutting peppers for the salad. I looked at those hands and thought, I am going to have this man’s children.
67. To not want what you don’t have. What you can’t have. What you shouldn’t have.
32. That if we weren’t careful, it was possible to forget one another.

Before the study, my life was an endless blur of school lunches and doctor’s appointments, family dinners, budgets, and trying to discern the fastest-moving line at the grocery store. I was Alice Buckle: spouse of William and mother to Zoe and Peter, drama teacher and Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions.

But these days, I’m also Wife 22. And somehow, my anonymous correspondence with Researcher 101 has taken an unexpectedly personal turn. Soon, I’ll have to make a decision—one that will affect my family, my marriage, my whole life. But at the moment, I’m too busy answering questions.

As it turns out, confession can be a very powerful aphrodisiac.

My Thoughts on Hitchers by Will McIntosh

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I am not a big reader of paranormal stories, but this one was interesting. Two years before a huge anthrax attack, Finn loses his wife and his grandfather on the same day. His tragedy intensifies when he loses his two best friends in the anthrax attacks and almost loses his own life when his truck crashes into the water and he is clinically dead for ten minutes.

After the attacks, Atlanta is in shock again as the survivors are overcome with voices. Many people start having involuntary voices and statements come out of their own mouths. And Finn recognizes his. It’s his grandfather. And he is convinced that if his grandfather is back, his wife might be, too. . . But he must have to do something shocking to find her. But while he is seeking her, he needs to find a way to convince his grandfather to let go.

This book grabs ahold of you and does not let go for a couple hundred of pages. I do not seek out paranormal stories, but I am glad that I found this one.