As an antithesis of the beauty of Alaskan terrain, this tale makes a good winter read with its descriptions of deep cold and a relentless dark in bold silence. It is a winter night that seems to have no end.
A young deaf girl and her mother travel through these elements in search of the girl’s father who must certainly be dead. Of course, things are not as they seem. A villain pursues them through an avalanche, storms, and icy river in much the same way that a monster plods behind a running heroine in an old movie.
One of the disappointments of the book is the constant switching of the point of view. More than one main character was given a turn to tell their piece of the action. The tale would have been more captivating if the child had told the entire story.
Another disappointment was the treatment of the subject of fracking. The dangers of fracking are real. All types of energy production has its dangers. A fictional tale of a stereotypical tyrant will not succeed in convincing a reader to reject fracking as a resource.
This novel is an enticing tale that never quite crosses the threshold of the believable.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.
The House of Soldiers by Andrew Garve was a pleasantly suspenseful tale set near Dublin, Ireland. James Maguire, an archaeologist, becomes entangled in a plot to overthrow the government. Although he can see the futility of the plot, he is unable to convince the rebel leader of the truth. Maguire’s family is held captive to ensure his cooperation. Maguire is torn by his patriotic duty to warn the authorities about the plan and his frenzy to ensure the safety of his children.
Maguire is not an ordinary book hero. He is a regular fellow (perhaps a book elf) who survives one terrifying summer. His quiet temperament allows the reader to slip into his cozy academic world. The frightening twists of this adventure feel realistic as this “regular Joe” fends his way through a maze of trouble.
One of my favorite details of this story was the explanation of Ogham, an ancient script of Ireland. It can be written vertically or horizontally. Examples of this language can be found on stone monuments throughout Ireland. Its simplicity should entice anyone to write a few secret messages.
The Accident by Chris Pavone was an exciting but predictable story. A revealing manuscript is in the possession of a literary agent who must stay one step ahead of killers who want to destroy the manuscript as well as anyone who has seen it. (Why not just make 100 copies of this thing and mail them?)There is plenty of action that sweeps the reader through a single day of heart thumping car chases and revealing secrets.This bookworm was drawn in to the tale to see who would survive. However, the “twist” presented in the climax was obvious throughout the story. It was a well written adventure that kept the reader’s attention and yet never swayed from the formula so common to bestsellers.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.