Taking a Break

 

 

I’m going to be taking a break for a couple of days starting later this morning and spend some quality time with my sister. We’re going on a gambling/shopping trip starting by heading to Winstar Casino today and heading to Norman tomorrow.

I lost my regular “road trip buddy” earlier this month very unexpectedly so this is sort of a tribute to her. When we went anywhere there HAD to be a casino nearby and lots of shopping sites available . It was not uncommon for her to stay up all night while I would go back to the room around 9pm or 10pm and the next day she’d be ready to brave all the malls and out shop me. I miss her horribly  but my sister is picking up the slack by becoming my new “road trip buddy”.

See you when I get back!

PS – Wish me luck!

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

Book Description:

Published: November 2, 2010

Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family’s past, one that will radically change her—and the future of her family—forever.

Review –

This was my second listening of this book and I liked it more this time around as is usually the case. 

The characters are well-defined and developed, locations are described vividly and the story is multi-faceted and wonderful.  If you or anyone you know is interested in genealogy or ancestry then this book is for you. Lucy discovers things about a relative that had been left out of the family history and she searches and locates all the information needed to properly do her justice. It’s a wonderful story of  travel, love, heart-break and the importance of family history.

 

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KoKo (The Blue Rose Trilogy #1) by Peter Straub

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Book Description

Publication Date: September 1988

Bestselling author Peter Straub’s Koko is a gripping psychological thriller in which horror and paranoia are indistinguishable from reality.Koko. Only four men knew what it meant. Now they must stop it. They were Vietnam vets-a doctor, a lawyer, a working stiff, and a writer. Very different from each other, they are nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret. Now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take from Washington, D.C., to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York, hunting someone from the past who has risen from the darkness to kill and kill and kill.
Bestselling author Peter Straub’s Koko is a gripping psychological thriller in which horror and paranoia are indistinguishable from reality.Koko. Only four men knew what it meant. Now they must stop it. They were Vietnam vets-a doctor, a lawyer, a working stiff, and a writer. Very different from each other, they are nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret. Now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take from Washington, D.C., to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York, hunting someone from the past who has risen from the darkness to kill and kill and kill.
Review –
I had never read anything by Peter Straub but this book was on sale and I couldn’t pass it up, especially since it was an audiobook with 19 CD’s.
It was slow for me at first but after a few CD’s it picked up speed and took off.
There is a lot of violence and gore but it’s a book where murder  by a psychopath and so you would expect it to be bloody.  This doesn’t bother me but it might be a bit much for some.
There are many twists and turns and a GIANT one near the end, which I loved.  I hate knowing the outcome by the middle of a book but you don’t have to worry about that here.
I enjoyed this book so much that now I’m listening to a collection of short stories by Peter Straub and I’ll let you know later what I though about them.
 

Sharks, Jellyfish and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin Mysteries) by Nancy Tesler

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Book Description

Release date: April 6, 1998     Series: Carrie Carlin Mysteries
She has a relationship on the rocks, a friend in big trouble, and one foot in  hot water .  .  .
Biofeedback specialist Carrie Carlin helps her patients get things under control.  It’s her own life that’s in chaos.  She’s feeling the pressure of an ex-husband who gives her heartburn–and a lover, homicide cop Ted Brodsky, who is giving her heartache.  Faced with fight or flight, Carrie answers a plea for help from her friend Meg and chooses flight–on a jet plane to Key West and a new sea of troubles.
A boat accident has left Meg’s husband, Kevin, missing and presumed dead.  But when his body never turns up, Carrie suspects something is terribly wrong.  Then Meg is attacked.  Suddenly Carrie needs more than deep-breathing exercises.  She needs to troll the Florida Keys for Kevin.  She needs Ted Brodsky’s help.  And, most of all, she needs to fish around for hard answers and chilling secrets .  .  .  before a killer lures her in with a deep, deadly surprise.
Review –
This books is a mixture of light mystery, travel adventure, believable characters,humor and a realistic plot.  I can tell that the Carrie Carlin Mystery Series is going to be one of my favorites.
I you like light reading that is fast paced this is the series for you.