Monthly Archives: July 2008

Say Goodbye

Title: Say Goodbye
Author: Lisa Gardner
Finished: July 31
Pages: 368
Publisher: Bantam
Publish Year: 2008
ISBN: 0553804332

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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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Finished: July 28
Pages: 204
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Publish Year: 2002
ISBN: 0393974650

#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.

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Title: Eclipse
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Finished: July 25
Pages: 629
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publish Year: 2007
ISBN: 0316160202

I didn’t not find this one as intriguing as the first two, aside from about 100 pages near the end when you weren’t sure who was going to life and who would die. The end didn’t do much for me either. I was expecting a bigger cliff hanger to make me really want to pick up the next one when it is released. I still enjoyed it, but took me longer to get through than the previous two.

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The Mysteries of Udolpho

Title: The Mysteries of Udolpho
Author: Ann Radcliffe
Finished: July 23, 2008
Pages: 704
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publish Year: 2001
ISBN: 0140437592

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.

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New Moon

Title: New Moon
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Finished: July 19, 2008
Pages: 608
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publish Year: 2006
ISBN: 0316160199

I admit to being a little sucked into the series, mainly in toward the end of each book only because the action picks up and I’m anxious to know what happens. The second book was not as good as the first, and probably not as good as third, but it was still great, with one incredible stylistic choice near the beginning to show the passing of time. Stephanie Meyer is an amazing writer. I will, however, not be sad when I can move onto a different genre of novel.

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Title: Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Finished: July 13, 2008
Pages: 544
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publish Year: 2006

While it brought me back to highschool and was typically out of the genre I usually read, Twilight was not as bad as expected, especially due to the hype surrounding it. It took some time for me to get into the story knowing the secret behind it all, but as I read more I started to enjoy it more, especially the dramatics toward the end helped me keep reading without putting it down. And most likely, I will end up going to see the movie when it is released as well just to compare.

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A Modest Proposal

Title: A Modest Proposal
Author: Jonathan Swift
Finished: July 9, 2008
Pages: –
Publisher: Jonathan Swift
Publish Year: 1729

Notes: one of 1,001 Books You Must Read

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