75 book challenge 2011

Next of Kin by David Hosp.

Steve bought this book for me…

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When Boston attorney Scott Finn agrees to defend the son of notorious mobster Eamonn McDougal, he knows he’s putting his reputation on the line. But he also knows he can use him as bait to reel in the prize catch. In a city where mob crime once ruled, a core of corruption, greed, lies and deceit still lingers. And it seems there are those in power who will stop at nothing to achieve what they want. Finn, who grew up an orphan on the meanest streets in the city, is determined to solve the murder of the mother he never knew. In his search for the truth he uncovers a sinister trail of murder, betrayal and revenge borne by someone who could neither forgive nor forget. But who can be trusted, and who can be believed?

I don’t read a lot of crime fiction so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. The characters are well drawn and the pace is fast which keeps you turning the pages.

However, I figured out the ‘twist’ about a third of the way through which was quite annoying.

3/5

VJ x

Book 73 of 75.

I Am Number Four Pittacus Lore.

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John Smith is not your average teenager. He regularly moves from small town to small town. He changes his name and identity. He does not put down roots. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is. If he stops moving those who hunt him will find and kill him. But you can’t run forever. So when he stops in Paradise, Ohio, John decides to try and settle down. To fit in. And for the first time he makes some real friends. People he cares about - and who care about him. Never in John’s short life has there been space for friendship, or even love. But it’s just a matter of time before John’s secret is revealed. He was once one of nine. Three of them have been killed. John is Number Four. He knows that he is next …

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting a lot from this novel and so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was gripped by it from the start. Lore manages to combine science fiction with real emotion and suspense and I found it hard to put it down.

I will definatly be on the look out for the sequel, The Power Of Six.

4/5

VJ x

Book 75 of 75.

The Well of Loneliness by Radcliffe Hall.

Ginny recommended this and she generally knows what she’s talking about when it comes to books so I thought I’d give it a try…

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A powerful novel of love between women, THE WELL OF LONELINESS brought about the most famous legal trial for obscenity in the history of British law. Banned on publication in 1928, it then went on to become a classic bestseller. Stephen Gordon (named by a father desperate for a son) is not like other girls: she hunts, she fences, she reads books, wears trousers and longs to cut her hair. As she grows up amidst the stifling grandeur of Morton Hall, the locals begin to draw away from her, aware of some indefinable thing that sets her apart. And when Stephen Gordon reaches maturity, she falls passionately in love - with another woman.

Although I found this novel to be quite hard going and over written in places, I enjoyed it because it’s the kind of book that leaves you with a different perspective on life.

Hall’s characters are finely drawn and we are on Stephen’s side from the start. I liked how she wove other characters perspectives into the narrative whilst still maintaining Stephen’s voice.

I don’t want to write too much because I think it’s a novel that should be experienced individually without influence or interference from others but I will say this:

Just read it.

5/5

VJ x

Book 74 of 75.