WWW Wednesday – September 4, 2019

WWW

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?

9780778308720.indd

Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice–and killed him in cold blood.

Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends’ abductor force Rain to revisit memories she’s worked hard to leave behind. Is there a vigilante at work? Who is the next target? Why can’t Rain just let it go?

What are you currently reading?

The Turn of the key

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is. 

What do you think you’ll read next?

An Unwanted Gust

It’s winter in the Catskills and the weather outside is frightful. But Mitchell’s Inn is so delightful! The cozy lodge nestled deep in the woods is perfect for a relaxing–maybe even romantic–weekend away. The Inn boasts spacious old rooms with huge wood-burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a book and someone you love.

So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity–and all contact with the outside world–the guests settle in for the long haul. The power’s down but they’ve got candles, blankets, and wood–a genuine rustic experience! Soon, though, a body turns up–surely an accident. When a second body appears, they start to panic. Then they find a third body. Within the snowed-in paradise, something–or someone–is picking off the guests one by one. They can’t leave, and with no cell service, there’s no prospect of getting the police in until the weather loosens its icy grip.

The weekend getaway has turned deadly. For some couples, it’s their first time away. For others, it will be their last. And there’s nothing they can do about it but huddle down and hope they can survive the storm.

What are your WWW? Have you read any of my WWW?

Let’s be friends! Goodreads & Instagram

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 series I need to finish

T5T

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that Bionic Bookworm hosts.  Today’s topic is Top 5 series I need to finish.

 

  1. The Lucas Davenport series by John Sandford
  2. The Detective D.D. Warren series by Lisa Gardner
  3. The Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben
  4. The Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter
  5. The Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson

Let’s be friends! Goodreads & Instagram

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. 

When his master’s eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or “Titch,” is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. 

He initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, Titch abandons everything to save him. 

What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic, where Wash, left on his own, must invent another new life, one which will propel him further across the globe. 

π π π π

Washington Black came highly recommend and it was the Scotiabank Giller Prize winner in 2018. You think that this would be a home run pick for our book club. Sadly, the novel wasn’t too well received by our book club and we didn’t see the love.

I really enjoyed part one of the novel, where we are introduced to Wash and his life on a sugar plantation in Barbados. He is hand picked by his master’s brother to be his assistant on his science experiments. I found this to be very interested and it reminded me of some of my favourite novels (Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd).

As the novel went on, I found myself to be less and less interested in what was happening with Wash. I don’t see how it was possible for a black man in the 1830s to travel to Alaska, Canada, England and Morocco as easily as he did and without question. The novel seemed to fall very easily in place since Wash was able to find everyone that he was looking for, even when he was travelling across the globe.

And then there was the ending. At book club, we just felt stupid (maybe we are stupid?!) because none of us could figure out the meaning of the end of the novel. Also by that point, I just didn’t care any more. I had enough of the novel and just wanted to finish it.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. I’m torn on my rating since I can’t seem to answer the simple question of if I liked the novel. I’m leaning more towards no and that the novel was just ok. 

red_calculatorred_calculator

Let’s be friends! Goodreads & Instagram