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Blog Tour – Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)

Title: Maisie Dobbs

Author: Jacqueline Winspear

2003 – Fiction – Mystery/Historical Fiction

Rating: 4/5

Source: TLC Book Tours

The Story: Years after World War I, Maisie Dobbs opens her door to clients who need answers in their lives. Her first client is a husband afraid that his wife is having an affair. But what Maisie finds is much deeper – a young woman grieving the loss of her first love. A suspicious home for wounded veterans known simply as “The Retreat”. And always, the memories of war lurking in the background.

The Opening Line: Even if she hadn’t been the last person to walk through the turnstile at Warren Street tube station, Jack Barker would have noticed the tall, slender woman in the navy blue, thigh-length jacket with a matching pleated skirt short enough to reveal a well-turned ankle.

Review: Sadly, this is one of those books that I stumbled upon years ago, banished to my ever-growing, looming TBR (to-be-read) list, and pretty much forgot about. I’m happy to report that now my TBR list is one book shorter and that this truly worthy book no longer languishes unread.

I love mysteries, and the historical fiction genre is one that continues to grow on me. Turns out, the two pair quite well, especially in the hands of an author like Winspear, who deftly weaves a narrative that leaves no loose ends or plot holes to infuriate the reader. Every last nugget of information felt well-earned, and I came to care about Maisie on such a deep emotional level. With each new added bit to Maisie’s story, I felt my heart twist in sympathy or leap with joy.

With, what, something like 12 books (?) in the series now, I was prepared to read this novel and be done. I mean, 10+ books is a  big commitment. But after finishing Maisie Dobbs, I think I’ll keep reading, keep getting to know these characters and be a part of their lives. This book is a masterpiece, something to read and treasure and think about long after you’ve finished.

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Review – Gone Girl

Gone Girl

 Title: Gone Girl

 Author: Gillian Flynn

 2012 – Fiction – Psychological Thriller/Mystery

 Rating: 4.5/5

The Story: Nick and Amy seem to be the perfect couple. At least for a while. Then they both lose their jobs within a short time span, so they move from their New York City home to Nick’s childhood town in Missouri to take care of Nick’s ailing parents. One day, Amy disappears. And that’s all I’m going to say because MYSTERY.

The Opening Line: When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.

What I Loved: Okay, here’s the critical, structure type stuff you need to know that really made this book work. The story is told through a dual-narrative structure that switches between Nick’s perspective and entries from Amy’s diary. There is a slow build up of suspense and the pacing is perfect. Great. Now that that’s out of the way, here’s the emotional, this is how I felt sort of thing. OMG WTF just happened??? I thought I knew what was going on, then some stuff happened, then more stuff happened, then my mind was COMPLETELY BLOWN AND HOW DID I NOT SEE THAT COMING????? Days later, I’m still thinking about the ending.

What I Didn’t Love: I do have something specific here, but I can’t really talk about it because it would definitely detract from your reading experience. And I don’t wanna do that.

Final Thoughts: As always, I was a little slow to get on board for this insanely popular book. I mean, even my aunt read this one before me, and that almost never happens! But now that I’ve read it, I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner! Sooo good! I always forget how much I love mysteries and psychological thrillers until I read one, then I always want to read more immediately, but I don’t, so I forget again! Now my dilemma is that I want to see the movie, but neither of my roommates have read the book, and they’ll probably want to, so I have to wait until they aren’t around to see the movie, and I don’t know when that will be. Sigh.

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