This fabulous debut novel, People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper unfolds in alternating time periods, but kicks off with our main character – Emily – escaping New York one week after September 11 2001.
I was having a conversation with another book blogger about a novel on the weekend and mentioned I’d guessed the plot twist – and the whodunnit – as a result. She hadn’t she said and I pondered on this a little.
I’d like to think I have some kind of superpower or the criminal profiling genius that FBI behavioural specialists would envy, but sadly I think it comes down to the fact… I read (and watch) a lot of crime fiction and television.
I loved the premise of this book: a threatening figure appearing in one’s bedroom and leaving instructions to read a sealed letter in front of family and friends.
The agony of wondering what it might say and turmoil as you ponder what secrets might be revealed. I mean… what’s not to like?!
And though I kept turning the pages, I have to admit the plot fell down in a number of places for me.
I was fortunate to start this series at the beginning and until I checked Goodreads I assumed The Hanging Club was the second in the series by Tony Parsons. And was about to tell you it should be pretty easy to catch up if you need to.
I was surprised therefore to discover this is actually number three and I ‘somehow’ missed number two last year. So obviously it doesn’t matter if you’re playing catch-up because Parsons does a good job of succinctly sharing any necessary backstory.
I was at an informal body corporate meeting for my apartment complex yesterday afternoon and we were discussing a report we’re planning to have done to forecast major expenditure over the next 10-15 years.
And yes, that sentence bored me to death as well. What surprised me however, was the reaction of a few people around the table.
Jenn J McLeod’s 2015 book, Season of Shadow and Light, was the first I’d read by the popular Aussie author. It started a little slowly for me but picked up its pace and I very much enjoyed the novel – ostensibly a romance I guess – with some family drama thrown in.
Her latest release, The Other Side of the Season is similarly themed, though perhaps weighs more heavily on the family saga than the romance this time around.
I’ve spent much of the week suffering from a 21st century ailment known as BEA16-envy. Kinda like life envy but with less angst-reducing drugs required.
Yes, it’s true – while many of my favourite book bloggers in the US (and Europe) strutted their stuff around ‘BookExpo America’ the rest of us suffered in silence. (Okay, well there may have been a petulant comment on a FB update or two!)