Monday, July 1, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



 
It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.
My comments are not meant to be recaps of the story lines as I include a link to Goodreads for their synopsis of the book. I am merely stating how I felt about the book without giving any spoilers.
My 2013 reading list can be found here.

I am being sporadic in my postings as I am in my reading as well. I am keeping track of my reading however.

FINISHED this period:
The Sound of Broken Glass (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #15)











Synopsis here.

A good read. I enjoy the characters in this continuing series. This one takes place around the Crystal Palace in London and I particularly enjoyed the history of the palace.



Cover of Snow

Jenny Milchman’s Cover of Snow is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard. 
Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide.

The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them.

Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for an explanation—but finds a bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown . . . and its darkest secrets hidden.


This was one of those books that you keep reading only because you want to know the final ending, but  scan a lot of the middle. To compare her to Gillian Flynn is wrong. Her characters were one dimensional and cardboard like. The plot just rambles along going nowhere.

STARTED THIS PERIOD:

Homesick

This heart-warming, charming and clever first novel dips into the lives of each of the inhabitants of a village in Israel.

It is 1995 and Noa and Amir, a student couple, have decided to move in together. Noa is studying photography in Jerusalem and Amir is a psychology student in Tel Aviv. They choose a small apartment in a village in the hills, midway between the two cities. 

Originally called El-Kastel, the village was emptied of its Arab inhabitants in 1948 and is now the home of Jewish immigrants from Kurdistan. Not far from the apartment lives a family grieving for their eldest son who was killed in Lebanon. The younger brother left behind, Yotam, forgotten by his parents, turns to Amir for support. 
Further down the street, Saddiq watches the house while he works at a building site. He knows that this house is the one from which his family was driven by the Jews when he was a boy, and to which his mother still has a rusty key. Despite friendships that develop and lives that become entwined, tensions among this melting pot of characters seem to be rising to the surface.

This enchanting and irresistible novel offers us windows into the characters’ lives. Each comes from somewhere different but we gradually see that there’s much about them that’s the same. Homesick is a beautiful and moving story about history, love, family and the true meaning of home.

6 comments:

  1. I read and enjoyed Cover of Snow. The other books are new to me. Enjoy the week of reading!

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  2. I recently finished my second Gillian Flynn; methinks I will avoid Cover of Snow. Hope your next book is a good one.
    Happy Canada Day!

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  3. I have Cover of Snow on my Wishlist but I am seeing mixed reviews.

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  4. I'm reading Sidney Poitier's new novel, Montaro Caine. It's a little bit thriller, a little bit Science Fiction. I'm enjoying it.

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  5. Homesick looks good.

    ENJOY your week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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  6. I am reading "Bones Are Forever" by Kathy Reichs. I have an annual summer date with' Tempe Brennan and Detective Ryan - I leave each years latest novel by Reichs for the summer to read.

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