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.
Daisies for Innocence by Bailey Cattrell
No Goodreads update yet.
I like the plot, though a bit simple, the small town setting, everyone knowing almost everyone and lovely nature that it makes me want to pack up everyone to live in a small town. If only I can smell the lovely smells in the story since like Ellie, I tend to be sensitive about smells too though I am mostly more sensitive about the not so pleasant ones.
Ritter…ah. Looking forward to reading more of Ritter.
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.
The Obsession (Nora Roberts) was more on romance than the suspense. I knew right away that it was ______ who was stalking her. It was because… Read the book if you want to know what happened. This for me, is almost like a feel-good book with a little dark side.
Although I found the plot likable, there were some things in it that made me question the time the story happened. It certainly felt like it did happen back in the 50’s.
Archie is like a geyser with so much energy and adventure-seeking spirit in him that is just waiting to come out. Lucy’s ability to reach out to others is in a way endearing. Or not,
Anyway, what I liked better was Lavinia and John’s story unfolding after 50 years. i teared up a bit when John’s letter was read:
“So I am left with nothing but to wish you happiness, my darling, to hope that any hurt I engendered healed quickly, that someone worthy of you won your heart and made you happy. If I were a better man I would hope that you forgot me. But I am not. I hope you remembered me, infrequently but kindly, because I know every day for the rest of my life I will have thought of you.”