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“Holiday Creeps”

I checked in at the Musing Mondays blog, which is the host for a weekly book meme or blogging prompt. Here is this week’s prompt:

Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

1turow

Presumed Innocent and Innocent by Scott Turow. The former is Turow’s first novel, first published in 1987. The novel is known for its inventive plot twists. The novel begins with the discovery of Carolyn Polhemus dead in her apartment, the victim of what appears to be a sexual bondage encounter gone wrong, killed outright by a fatal blow to the skull with an unknown object. Rusty Sabich is a prosecutor and co-worker of Carolyn and is assigned her case by the district attorney. Innocent is the sequel released in 2010. That both of these books are clever, chilling and wildly unpredictable makes them perfect reads for long-haul flight to Asia, which I’ll undertake in January. In the past I have brought readings that belong to a variety of genres but have found my interest stalled after one good read. I like how these books are both crime thrillers penned by the same author. The consistency in style and plot twists would be very desirable for reading on the go.

Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

1haynes

Two days before I returned from Kauai I began Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours. While it kept me reading, the story unfolds in a sluggish pace and the plot runs very thick, involving three spinster sisters in a castle. I never finished it on the 5-hour flight but planned to continue. By fluke I picked up Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes and could not put it down. It’s a harrowing story about a woman who is haunted by a devastating relationship with a jealous, violent ex-boyfriend. Cathy’s relationship with Lee seems good to begin with, but as his true self starts to emerge, the more she is pushed into the darkest corner. This is a story of a very abusive relationship and the chilling effects it has on Catherine.

2 Responses

  1. I’m going to check out the Elizabeth Haynes book, books about abusive relationships always get to me — when well written and it sounds like this one is.

    Did you love Kauai? It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. Hope you had a great time!

    • Now that I have finished Into the Darkest Corner, I have to take a deep breath. It’s twisty, creepy, intriguing, and riveting. It got all the elements that make a book great. It’s no literary fiction but the story is well-plotted. I’m looking for her other books—Dark Tide, and Human Remains.

      Kauai is beautiful as usual, although the first day was stormy. We landed in heavy rain and drove through squall to the resort. I was actually worried that the entire duration of the trip would be rainy. But after the after day and half, it was beautiful.

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