Posts Tagged ‘death’


The Girl on the Train – “Contemporary Masterpiece”

August 31, 2015


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This piece is a contemporary classic. A thriller from three different perspectives (sometimes confusing to follow) that ultimately finds parallels and a theme (we want to accept lies that confirm our beliefs) that is there from the beginning – who doesn’t want to believe scenes we observe from  train windows are of people with better lives than ours – to the surprising ending of who kills the murderer.

I’m not one to follow dates on chapters and the narratives become complicated the more we see how these different women end up with lives parallel to each other. But this is profound, disturbing and something that you can’t put down untill the final page.

Oh yeah, there’s lust, love, marriage and divorce, too.

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The Purrfect Murder – “Cats-the Book”

August 29, 2015


The Purrfect Murder by Rita Mae Brown

There are too many characters (both human and animal). The author addresses this with a two-page glossary for each at the beginning of the book. I can’t tell you how many times I had to check these.

And I’m not sure the cats seem very real either. Their dialogue feels added though the animals do play a big part toward the end of the book. I like it that Rita Mae Brown takes on the issue of abortion, and in a very real way presents both sides. I also enjoyed the small town feel.

I looked forward to this, not only because we have 10 cats, but also a corgi and some other dogs. Oh well, Ill just have to write my own cat/dog mystery. Oh wait a minute, I have (they are on Amazon under “Jack Lehman.”)


Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things – “Popping Them”

April 29, 2015

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by Nancy Tesler

Stop! Did you ever analyze why you are sympathetic to a narrator, or not? Sherlock Holmes is a smug guy with answers he eventually reveals to us, but Dr. Watson is the narrator. And Carrie Carlin is just the opposite of Holmes.

A stress-coping counselor, her life and her marriage of eighteen years, is falling apart. Plus her husband’s girl friend is murdered. Carrie bumbles from one disappointment to the next and we are with her. Read the rest of this entry ?


If Jack Had – “A Killer”

April 27, 2015


by Steven Rappaport

This is not a book I would ordinarily pick up and read. It features a newspaper/magazine writer who is also a murder for a Russian mob.

But this novel proves thought-provoking. Patricia Highsmith-like, it backs readers into a corner. We learn about ourselves to get out. There is an aging hit man on his last job, The killer who just has to tell someone what he does—his best friend of twenty years. His feeling of loss at the fatal sickness of his lifelong Russian boss and coming to terms with ending his own live.

There are also presentations of the narrator’s father, his two mothers (one who never wanted a child), an infidelity on an air plane, New York (past and present), plus the painful legacy he confronts in his own son. Read the rest of this entry ?


Man in the Dark – “Putting the Metaphor before the Horse”

August 27, 2013

Paul_AusterMan in the Dark

by Paul Auster

Picador, 180 pages

$12.25 paperback

This is a book which I didn’t expect to like that moved me deeply. The description on the book cover seemed a bit to sci-fi, with parallel universes and mysterious assassinations. But…it is all the thoughts of a writer whose wife has died, whose daughter has gone through a painful divorce and whose granddaughter has experienced a tragic loss.

We live through his late-night fantasy and then discover the sources of his apprehension.

I have long been an on-and-off fan of Paul Auster. I am a writer and seventy-two (like his narrator). Read the rest of this entry ?


DO NOT GO QUIETLY ― “You are the one you’ve been waiting for.”

May 27, 2013

Do Not Go Quietly


by George & Sedena Cappannelli

Agape Media International

290 pages

I don’t know who I would recommend this book to. The message is profound, at least the first half. We are a youth-oriented culture in denial about death and old age. But what the authors suggest we do to get a grip on the inevitable seems like group exercises from the sixties that don’t balance off the consequences of our new awareness. What would? Read the rest of this entry ?