Fiction · Julia P · Suspense

Siracusa | by Delia Ephron

Siracusa

Siracusa by Delia Ephron
(Blue Rider Press, 2016, 304 pages)

First of all, yes, Delia Ephron is Nora Ephron’s sister. Secondly, this book sells itself as something of a mystery and while it is, in a sense, I was a bit disappointed because I feel like it gave away most of the mystery pretty early on. Told from the perspective of four different people (the partners in two sets of couples) we see the story unfold through four lenses that are biased in their own unique ways. It’s clear that not all the relationships survive but we don’t fully understand why until the end…

For more context, here is the Goodreads summary:

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities, past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.

3/5 stars

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Fiction · Romance · Stephanie T · Suspense

Conspiracy | by De’nesha Diamond

Conspiracy

Conspiracy by De’nesha Diamond
(Dafina Books, 2016, 320 pages)

This story is full of twists and turns. You start out thinking it is about sex trafficking and then follow the life of the girl, a victim whose boyfriend is selling drugs. When the drugs turn up missing, murder and mayhem lead to the chase to uncover the twisted conspiracy to hide the development of a human military weapon.

4/5 stars

Fiction · Suspense · Theresa F · Thriller

Pretty Girls | by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
(William Morrow, 2015, 416 pages)

Karin Slaughter has a two popular series (Will Trent and Grant County) but this is one of her stand-alone novels.  If you enjoy thrillers, it really delivered with lots of suspense and a great plot.  My only criticism was the ending, it felt like it was tacked on and tied up a little too easily.

“More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.”
– Amazon.com

Fiction · In the Library · Mystery · Stephanie T · Suspense

Cross My Heart | by James Patterson

Cross My Heart by James Patterson
(Little, Brown and Company, 2013, 419 pages)

Detective Alex Cross loves solving crimes, but he loves his family too. His children, wife, and Nana Mama are his pride and joy. He would do anything to protect them from danger. While Cross is hot on the trail of multiple crimes, he is unaware that someone is after him. The assailant is busy plotting to abduct his family members one by one as he works to commit the perfect crime. Patterson paints vivid images of the family that has been uprooted due to renovations on the family house. Cross receives images on his cell phone depicting gruesome murders of his family members, which causes him to lose control. However, things are not as they appear and the story ends with the reader dangling to find out what has really happened to the Cross family.