Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 books set in your own country

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that Bionic Bookworm hosts.  Today’s topic is Top 5 books set in your own country (Canada!).

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The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Surrogate

‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

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Super disappointed in The Surrogate. I wish that the story was a bit more realistic as opposed to adding a ton of twists in order to shock the reader. I found myself doing a ton of eye rolls because this would never happen in real life.

Kat, her husband, Nick, and her childhood best friend, Lisa, have a ton of secrets. They have secrets going back to their childhood that they have never revealed to each other. Once Lisa entered the picture again, Kat is transported back to high school, a place she never wants to revisit.

I hated Kat, Nick and Lisa. They were all super annoying who were just too wrapped up with themselves. I especially didn’t like Kat and Nick, it was hard to picture them being a married couple since they never talked to one another. They just lived their separate lives, hiding secrets, and expecting everything to be ok when they become parents. Because everything always work out that way…

And then there was the twists. Ok, I admit, that I didn’t see a lot of the twists coming. I thought the novel was going to go one way and it went in a completely different direction. I liked that and then boom, another twist and then another and I struggled to put it altogether because it just didn’t make sense.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. I still highly recommend The Sister by Jensen (which I loved!) , but sadly I’m finding her other novels not nearly as great.

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An Amercian Marriage

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. In this deft exploration of love, loyalty, race, justice, and both Black masculinity and Black womanhood in 21st century America, Jones achieves that most-elusive of all literary goals: the Great American Novel. 

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I flew through this novel, but trying to explain what happened in the novel, it just sounded odd. There’s a married couple and after a year of marriage, the husband is sentenced 12 years in jail. The wife then has to try to balance her life between living in the normal world and being a wife of a prisoner.

I think for me the biggest flaw was the characters. I didn’t like either Celestial or Roy and didn’t buy into their marriage. Throw in Celestial’s friend Andre (who was also an narrator) and there were 3 main characters that I questioned and didn’t agree with.

I think this would be a great novel for book clubs because there are so many different topics and debates that can happen. There were so many choices made at the beginning, middle and end of the novel, a lot that I didn’t agree with.

Also another negative for me was the lack of clarity. I’m a details person, so when something major happens in the novel, I want to know everything. I don’t like something being vague or the worst, being left to assume something. I want to know! I hate non-conclusions.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Despite my review rant, I did enjoy the novel. It was a quick read that had me wanting to flip pages. I just wish I got the emotional pull as much as other reviewers.

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Shadow Man (Smoky Barrett #1) by Cody McFadyen

Shadow Man

Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best–until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead–but her life was shattered forever. 

Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who’s lost everything, what is there left to lose? 

She’s about to find out.

In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like him–a new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers’ attempts to understand him. And he’s issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live.

The killer videotaped his latest crime–an act of horror that left a child motherless–then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever.

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Shadow Man is so, so twisted and certainly not for everyone. It’s dark, it’s creepy and I LOVED it!!

Smoky is such an interesting character. You feel for her right at the first page of the novel. She has just had everything taken from her and has to decide how to survive. Plus, you have this madman who is coming after her and going after those who remain in her life.

This is such a crazy ride. I wasn’t sure where the novel was going to go, but it didn’t disappoint. I was shocked by the ending and how everything wrapped up together.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. What an impressive debut novel! Now I need to check out the rest of the novels in the series!!

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WWW Wednesday – March 6, 2019

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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?

The Surrogate

‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’ 

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream. 

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets. 

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye. 

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

What are you currently reading?

where'd you go, bernadette

Bernadette Fox has vanished.

When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.

What do you think you’ll read next?

How to Walk Away

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment. 

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect. 

 

 

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

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