Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review - The Secret Keeper

The Secret KeeperThe Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wonderful story with huge secrets taking center stage.

Set in England and traveling from present day back to World War II,  we are involved in solving the mysteries of the lives of Dorothy and her family of five children.

Full of great characterizations and intricate plotting, we experience what effect our actions and choices can have on ourselves and those we love.

With some surprising ending bits, the book gives a rather satisfying conclusion to a very intriguing story.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Two Book Reviews

Life After DeathLife After Death by Damien Echols

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Convicted unjustly of the murder of three young Boy Scouts and kept in prison for 18 years, this story is mesmerizing. This book does not give details of the crime or the trial, but deals with what has happened since.

Although not in agreement with many of the beliefs that Mr. Echols holds, I was very interested to read his book as I have believed in his innocence for many years. He and the other two of the "West Memphis Three" were, in my opinion, railroaded and convicted with no actual evidence.

Mr. Echols does employ a good use of the language and writes especially about his very sad and troubled childhood with great skill.

Although he and his other two friends were released on an Alford plea, it remains a hope that some day they will capture the true killer and be totally declared innocent.

The Cases of Susan DareThe Cases of Susan Dare by Mignon G. Eberhart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First time reading this mystery author from Nebraska.

This group of short stories all feature Susan Dare, a mystery writer. As she is also adept at solving crimes, she is called in to investigate, usually undercover. The stories are rather simple, but well crafted and enjoyable.

Think I will try one more of her regular length mysteries.

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