Forbidden Surrender by Carole Mortimer book review
There is less of the heartache, speculations and the drama if only people are more forthright with their feelings and situations. On the other hand, there are some things that are not and should not be readily shared to other people. Forbidden Surrender is just like that. Separated twins and agreements between the main characters as well as confused feelings are what kept the story interesting.
All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
All Dressed in White started with the time that the bride, the focal point of Under Suspicion topic, was preparing for her wedding.
I wasn’t able to guess the whodunit in this book unlike the previous book, I was looking at the person closest to doer of the crime. I also like the plot of the other book because this one was less exciting and more dramatic. The love of a mother to her child is something that will touch the readers of this book. The loss of a loved one without closure, without any known reasons is one that tends to break relationships and feel an emptiness that can not be filled unless questions have been given definite answers.
All in all, 3.5 stars.
The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
I may have read perhaps 90% of Mary Higgins Clark’s books starting with the first book, “Where Are the Children”. I have read some of her daughter’s books too along with a few they co-authored. This was a first time I have read her book with a different co-author, Alafair Burke. It feels odd to do so, just like it felt odd reading another author writing for Lawrence Sanders’ McNally series.
The Cinderella Murder, another whodunit from MHC is a good read. Set in California, far away from the East Coast where most of MHC’s plots were located, this book still delivers the punch one wouldn’t expect. As an avid fan of her work, I was able to guess right who the murderer was but there were two circumstances that I got wrong: about the necklace and about REACH. What’s it about? I recommend that you read the book.
I felt the authors should have given a bit more time about Susan while she was still alive for the readers to get more ideas on what she was before she was murdered. It would have provided more understanding on the reason why she was killed. Though the plot unfolded this in bits and pieces, it would have been wonderful to get to meet her.
Book is recommended to readers who like this genre.
There are books that you want to either rush reading to get to the end or not read at all because you are so upset with what is happening in the plot. This is one of those books.
I wanted to peek at the end to see how the story goes but I dared not. I also wanted to stop reading because it was affecting much that I think about it when I am doing something else. A well played plot, you have to be on your best analytical mind to be able to follow the past and present parts of the book because it was not written sequentially, which made reading it so much more interesting. How can one write a dark and intense plot with an easy flare? If there were big words used, I probably did not notice but the writing style was easy to read and follow yet the scenarios were too scary to imagine.
The relief (ok, this is clue enough) that I felt at the end of the book made me shed a few tears. It is that good.