Short Reviews

Title: The Sugar House
Author: Laura Lippman
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

When a family friend asks Tess Monaghan to look into her brother’s death in prison, Tess can’t help but accept.  What Tess doesn’t realize, though, is that the case will take her into the difficult world of eating disorders and will involve her family in ways she could have never imagined.  Lippman’s fifth Tess Monaghan mystery is both engaging and completely gripping.  Tess has evolved into a mature woman and a capable PI, and she brings her considerable deduction skills to this case. The information about eating disorders is chilling and hauntingly realistic.  The involvement of Tess’s family makes her realize that the world doesn’t operate in the black and white she once thought it did, and forces her character to grow up quite a bit over the course of the book.  This may be the best installment in the series yet.

Title: The Map of Love
Author: Ahdaf Souief
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of5

In this family saga, Souief brings together two different generations.  The year is 1977, and Isabel Parkman discovers the journal of her great-grandmother, Anna Winterbourne.  Anna traveled to Egypt in the 1900s, and Isabel mirrors that journey in order to translate Anna’s documents.  Egypt was in a state of unrest during both of these time periods, and readers are treated to a portrait of life and politics during both these difficult times.  Souief’s beautiful writing is to be savored and read slowly, word by word.  Though there are too many unrealistic coincidences that hamper the plot, overall the book is worth reading for the depiction of Egypt during these two troubled periods.

Title: Running from the Devil
Author: Jamie Freveletti
Source: Publisher
Rating 3.5 out of 5

Emma Caldridge is a chemist for a cosmetics company on a plane to Bogota, Colombia when the plane she’s on is hijacked.  Jamie manages to escape her captors on the ground, convinced that her secret research is part of the reason the plane was taken.  She sets out into the jungle on her own, determined to rescue the hostages.  Emma Caldridge is a great, strong female lead for this novel, and it’s nice that she is just as capable as any male.  She isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and fight.  The action in this book is enjoyable, but a little overdone; I was more than ready for brains rather than brawn at times, and it didn’t always come.  Running from the Dark was an enjoyable book, but I was ready for it to be over when I turned the last pages.

Comments

  1. The Sugar House grabbed my attention. Will have to add this to my list.

    Happy Weekend, Swapna!

  2. The Sugar House grabbed my attention. Will have to add this to my list.

    Happy Weekend, Swapna!

  3. I have really enjoyed almost all of Lippman’s standalone reads, and have wanted to read the Tess books for a long time. It sounds like the series continues to go on strongly which is something that really excites me. Great mini-reviews today!

  4. I have really enjoyed almost all of Lippman’s standalone reads, and have wanted to read the Tess books for a long time. It sounds like the series continues to go on strongly which is something that really excites me. Great mini-reviews today!

  5. This one is new to me but I have liked her books. Thanks for the mini reviews.

  6. This one is new to me but I have liked her books. Thanks for the mini reviews.

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