Tuesday, April 05, 2011

what I’ve read :: March 2011

** Rebecca had a great idea of having a "What I've Read" linky party! So, if you're interested, blog about what you've read & enter your blog post into the linky at the bottom. Think of all the book ideas you can get! **

March was a really slow reading month for me. Somehow I only managed to read two books. Sad.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Synopsis from Shelfari: On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor. The truth doesn’t always set you free. Still Missing is that rare debut find—a shocking, visceral, brutal, and beautifully crafted novel.

I really enjoyed this book. The way the author told the story through Casey’s therapy sessions was clever & interesting. At each session you could tell she was healing to some degree. I don’t know how to say one thing I felt about the book without giving something away. Basically at the end I kind of felt there were two different stories & one I wish there was more background to. This is definitely a book I would recommend. still life

Still Life by Joy Fielding

Synopsis from Shelfari: New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding delivers a riveting tale of suspense about a young woman caught in a nightmare somewhere between life and death. Beautiful, happily married, and the owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn't be more content with her life, until a car slams into her at almost fifty miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body and plunging her into a coma. Lying in her hospital bed, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything. She quickly discovers that her friends aren't necessarily the people she thought them to be -- and that her accident might not have been an accident at all. As she struggles to break free from her living death, she begins to wonder if what lies ahead could be even worse. "It is Fielding's ability to get under the skin of her characters -- and her readers -- that has made her such a dependably bestselling author," says the Calgary Herald . Smart, suspenseful, and overwhelmingly addictive, Still Life is a novel her fans won't soon forget.

This turned out to be a really good book. I was a bit unsure at first, but it really drew me in. The concept of being able to hear everything around you, but not see or communicate is kind of terrifying. Especially if you realize those close to you aren’t necessarily who you think they are. By the end of the book I was definitely on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen. Another one I’d recommend.

How funny is it that the two books I managed to read in March both had the word “still” in the title. Weird. Well, here’s hoping April is a better month for reading. Maybe it’s time to switch to a different genre for awhile. I’ve been reading these dark, crime books for a few months. Something “fluffy” might be on the horizon.

What did you read in March?

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1 comment:

Laura @ I'm Booking It said...

I'm not familiar with either of those books! Good luck with your April reading, and thanks for inviting me to join in the fun.

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