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Compulsive Reading

Need a book that you can’t put down? Here are three very different compulsive reads that are hot picks this summer.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Chelsea Cain is quoted on the back of this book suggesting that if you’re a realtor that you not read this book. I agree with her one hundred percent. You see, Annie Sullivan was having an open house when she was abducted and no one, besides her extremely disturbed abductor, knew where she was for over a year. She became the woman on the posters – Missing.

I really liked the way this tale was told. Each chapter is another session with Annie’s therapist and is a transcript of what she said during each session. Sometimes she talks only of the period of time while she was abducted, sometimes only of the present, sometimes a mix of many different periods of her life. However, it is never confusing. Throughout it all we get a clear picture of the workings of Annie’s damaged mind and how she is attempting to put herself back together and find herself again.

This is a great psychological thriller that keeps you guessing. It’s a dark and claustrophobic read, but if you can survive the details of the nightmare Annie lived through, you can see a woman begin to heal and puzzle out what happened to her (and could have happened to her) and most importantly – why…?

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

Need a beach read with a little substance to it? This is the story of four women who are in a state of crisis. Two just aren’t aware that they are in a state of crisis and two are EXTREMELY aware and running away from life. There are two sisters, and the two daughters of one of the sisters, all spending a month on an island to get away from it all. Of course this isolated beach house isn’t as isolated from life as they would like and the problems of their lives intrude on their peace and quiet.

This book screams summer. The scenery is all beach and beach towns. Boats, sand, sun – everything you want to read about while on vacation enjoying the scenery yourself!

This book was completely engrossing. I found myself reading into the wee hours of the morning needing to see what would happen next. Not something I expected from a story about four wealthy women living on a private island off Nantucket with no electricity. I was pleasantly surprised and hope you will be too.

61 Hours by Lee Child

Sub-zero temperatures never felt so good. In Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher thriller Reacher finds himself embroiled in the problems of a prison town in South Dakota during a blizzard. You feel deep down bone cold while reading this book. And considering the temperatures we’ve been having, I welcomed the feeling.

For those new to Jack Reacher, you’re in for a treat. This is a no-nonsense get-it-done sort of guy that rights wrongs wherever he finds them. I like to compare him to “The Man with No Name.” The author does a great job making this an atmospheric story with foreboding feel throughout. Every so often the countdown from 61 hours is told, and you don’t even know what the countdown is until you’re over halfway through the story! For those that have been following Reacher’s story for the past thirteen books (this is number fourteen) you’ll learn a bunch about Reacher’s past and fill in some of the blanks regarding his childhood and time with the Military Police.

As with all of the Jack Reacher books you are on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. It’s a great action-oriented breakneck ride. (I listened to it and found myself huddled by my CD player, shivering in my air conditioning, waiting for the next event!)

WARNING: This book ends with a whopper of a cliffhanger. The sequel Worth Dying For comes out on October 19th.

By |2017-05-08T20:10:34-05:00July 26th, 2010|SCLSNJ Recommended Reads|
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