Title: Say Goodbye
Author: Lisa Gardner
Finished: July 31
Publish Year: 2008
There’s a terrifying serial killer out there and the only person who can bring him down is Kimberly Quincy, an FBI special agent, who takes a particular liking to the case when she is approached by a pregnant prostitute.
Quincy is 5 months pregnant and suddenly everything in her life is changing. Her husband wants her to be careful, cut back on work, or quit altogether. Even her superiors are worried about her health. When Delilah comes claiming that prostitutes are disappearing and no one seems to notice, Quincy starts uncovering clues while everyone wants her to leave the case alone.
Unfortunately, Kimberly Quincy can’t just turn the other way and watch a serial killer continue, especially after her own mother and sister were killed by one. All she needs to convince her boss that this case is worth pursuing are bodies or some hard evidence, which she has neither of. All she has is the word of Delilah who doesn’t seem to want to tell her anything, leading her on a wild chase through the spider’s web.
This was a very enjoyable book, kept me on my toes for most it, wondering what was the real story and what was a lie. Kimberly Quincy was a very likable character, one people can relate to, especially women who may be on that edge wondering if they should work or stay home with their baby. Characters were well developed and the story just like a spider’s web, weaving you one way, taking you back and forth until you aren’t sure where you started or where you’re going.
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Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Finished: July 28
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Publish Year: 2002
#820 on the 1,001 Books
Such a short story, I finished in within hours of starting today. It wasn’t at all what I expected as half the story is more of a narrative than action. It was an easy ride, would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t really know the story behind Jekyll and Hyde (I didn’t), aside from the fact one is evil and the other is good. Good creates evil. Evil takes over the world. That sort of thing.
Title: The Mysteries of Udolpho
Author: Ann Radcliffe
Finished: July 23, 2008
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publish Year: 2001
Not only is it on the 1,001 Books list but also referenced in The Jane Austen Book Club and I wanted to understand more fully what the references meant and how they applied.
Udolpho is this mysterious castle hidden away from the world and everyone is scared of it, including Emily, who is also intrigued by the nature of this forbidden place. At first I wasn’t sure if I would actually enjoy the story, not one for ghosts in castles, but the more I read the more I wondered what was going on and the stories, plus all the little hints to the past and Emily’s father. By the time the story ended I felt fulfilled by the revelations and not at all let down by the workings of Udolpho and other mysteries within the story.
Title: A Modest Proposal
Author: Jonathan Swift
Finished: July 9, 2008
Publisher: Jonathan Swift
Publish Year: 1729
Notes: one of 1,001 Books You Must Read