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Good Sunday morning! It’s a lovely spring day (my allergies can attest to that) in Massachusetts, and I hope this finds your day sunny as well.

This week’s read was Six Years, by Harlan Coben. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time, ever since I read my first Myron Bolitar mystery, and this book only added to my admiration for Coben. The main character in this story is Jake Fisher, a professor at a college campus in Massachusetts. Six years prior, Jake watched the love of his life–Natalie Avery–marry another man and has since tried to recover and get on with his life. But one day Jake sees Natalie’s husband’s obituary, and that gets him thinking about her anew. When he attends the funeral and spots the widow…it’s not Natalie. And when he starts to dig into her past, Natalie doesn’t exist, apparently never existed. After a few attempts on Jake’s life are made, he becomes certain that something is very wrong and becomes more determined than ever to find Natalie and get some answers.

This book was great because it had just a touch of romance–pining for a long-lost love–but it was also full of mystery and that touch of sarcastic humor that makes Coben so great. So whether you’re an Ebooker, a hard-cover person, or an Audible listener, get your hands on this one soon. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy Sunday! Today is my wedding anniversary, but I know that many of you will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo, so enjoy those margaritas (and be careful) wherever your festivites take you.

This week’s read was Triptych, by Karin Slaughter, an author I recently discovered while perusing the online auction for Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Research. (Which, by the way, is a great website! There are all kinds of goodies for you to bid on, with the proceeds going to a great cause. The auction ends May 31st, so check it out soon. https://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/)

I digress. I was very psyched to discover this author and her series, and I will be starting book 2 shortly. The premise in this mystery is that a fifteen-year-old boy, who’s become mixed up in drugs and alcohol, is accused and convicted of raping and murdering a school mate of his. The book bounces back and forth between that fifteen-year-old kid in 1985 and the thirty-five year old man who gets out of prison two decades later. The man is trying to get his pathetic life in order, by working at a car wash and living in a one-bedroom craphole, and he can barely make ends meet. While wondering each day how he’s going to have money to survive, he inordinately stumbles upon the fact that he has a good credit rating, a number of credit cards, and a house in Tennessee. (?) Which leads him to wonder–why would someone be pretending to be him, an ex con and a convicted murderer? And if they know so much about him, then do they know anything more about the murderous night in 1985? Because it’s a night he can’t remember at all…

A little word of caution–this book has a few crass parts. I didn’t think it was over-the-top, but I just want to prepare you for a few sections such as when the author describes the jailhouse “behavior and actions” towards a nubile fifteen-year-old boy or when she describes some parts of the female anatomy in other sections. The murder scenes…well, they’re murder scenes, so they aren’t flowery and sunshine. Just know that you’ll need some tough skin in a few chapters, but please don’t let that deter you from reading this. It’s really good, and the back-and-forth between the decades is a great way to show you how the key characters think and feel. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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