January 18, 2018

Lit Tidbits - Fiction

Author: Kyra Davis
Published: October 2017
Rating: 🖤 🖤

Mystery writer and amateur sleuth, Sophie Katz, takes on a stalker case when her boyfriend Anatoly passes it up. Only a few chapters in and of course the stalker sets his eyes on Sophie herself. An adventure turns into an obsession. Le sigh. Why am I still reading this series? It is predictable as ever.

Author: James Patterson
Published: November 2017
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

An attack at the Thanksgiving Day Parade: is it a holiday terror or something personal? Detective Michael Bennett is on a manhunt to find out. I love these BOOKShots. They pack a powerful punch! 

Author: Gail Honeyman
Published: May 2017
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 

Eleanor Oliphant has a routine life: no social interactions, frozen pizza and vodka on weekends, and phone chats with Mummy. She is the definition of a quirky loner. But her habits change when she meets Raymond, IT guy at the office. It seems Eleanor is capable of finding friendship and love after all. This novel won so many awards but was just okay to me. Overrated.

Author: Lesley Nneka Arimah
Published: April 2017
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 

Named as one of the most anticipated books of 2017, this debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends and the places they call home. It started with a bang. I literally dropped my NOOK and shouted, "Nooooo!" I was chasing that reaction through the rest of the stories. Never quite got it again but was worth the ride.

Title: The People vs. Alex Cross (Alex Cross #25)
Author: James Patterson
Published: November 2017
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 

This time? Oh, THIS TIME? Alex Cross is the one on trial for murder. Branded as a trigger-happy cop with an authority complex, Alex Cross faces trial on the other side of the law. When his former partner, John Sampson, asks his help with an ongoing case, Alex risks what is left of his career. From the corners of the dark internet to the courtroom in media spotlight, this latest book in the Alex Cross series had me O_O until the very end.

Title: Dear Martin
Author: Nic Stone
Published: October 2017
Rating🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

Take a look at the cover. I wasn't sure if I could handle another book of this topic along with the nonsense in today's real world news. But Nic Stone did a wonderful job with bringing this story to pages. It is reminiscent of the "loud music" race relations case. Main character Justyce and his best friend, Manny, are riding in a car with the music turned way up. An off-duty cop riding beside them is furious. Shots are fired. And guess who is under attack in the media? Le sigh. In a letter written to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Justyce looks for justice and answers.

Author: Kim Holden
Published: May 2015
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 

Yes, it took me two and a half years to drum up the emotions necessary to get me through this follow-up novel. I am still...STILL...tore up about Bright Side. But this simple black cover kept haunting me whenever I opened my Kindle. Read me! So I did. Now my face is wet with tears. Grief is tough but worth it when the healing comes.

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