Friday, March 6, 2015

Book of the Week - Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos

Melanie Denison has spent most of her life, the last fifteen years, living in a small single wide with her aunt and uncle. Home schooled until twelfth grade and not allowed to go much of anywhere or do much of anything, she has obeyed because the family is in hiding. She knows that when she was two and a half, her father murdered her mother and disappeared which is why the Denison family disappeared into the Witness Protection Program with the toddler formerly named Meg Miller. If her father finds her all will be lost. After graduating from high school she begins to steal a few hours here and there from her schedule at a nearby junior college and her job to go off on her own which is how, at age 17, she finds she is pregnant. An epiphany in math class about fractals makes her decided she is not going to let her baby grow up in hiding, sending her on a quest to find her father before he finds her. Along the way we meet a dying journalist for whom the case has been his white whale and go back into the lives of her parents and those who knew them.

What I really liked about this twisty tale of suspense was that it kept surprising me. Just when I knew I had it figured out something else would divert my suspicions.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February Reads

February was the worst reading month I ever had in my reading life. I had two cataract surgeries and one of them left me unable to see much out of my right eye. Fortunately, even though I read so few books this month, three of them were outstanding. Of course, all the books posted are ones that I enjoyed enough to finish and can recommend them. I do not finish reading books that I can't recommend and I only keep track of the books I finish.

Edge of Dreams won't be out until April and at that time I will post it as a book of the week. I found Moonlight Water by Meredith and Win Blevins, a delightful experience. It features a great depiction of the high desert West, characters who become real, and just the right touch of whimsey and mythic reality with an appearance by Edward Abbey. Jo Walton's The Just City is utopian science fiction combined with classical mythology, time travel, and philosophy. Another stunner from the highly acclaimed Walton.