Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category

Where Are You Now

By: Mary Higgins Clark

I remember when I was little and just starting to read chapter books, I loved to read mysteries (and of course horror stories by R.L. Stine, but that’s besides the point).  However, now that I have moved on from the chapter books, I haven’t come across many mystery novels that are actually very mysterious.  About halfway through the book, I tend to have a pretty good idea of who did it and how.  Mary Higgins Clark’s novel Where Are You Now was the exception.  I had never read one of her books before, but I was very pleased with her easy to read style and a story that kept pulling me in different direction on different leads.

The gist of the story is this: there is a young man who goes missing but calls home to tell his family that he is ok every year on Mother’s Day.  Then a woman gets abducted on her way home from a club late one night and these two crimes get confusedly intertwined, with multiple plausible suspects, the case is not solved until the last chapter.  At the risk of giving away too much, I will leave it at that.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially to the reader that is looking for a light, easy read that will keep you interested.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

special-topics-in-calamity-physics-by-marisha-pesslThere are a lot of things I enjoyed about “Special Topics in Calamity Physics.”  The title, the chapter titles were all literary works, the first hundred pages of the book, and the last two hundred.  Pages 100-300 were on the slow side but it picked up as most murder mysteries do.  If I’m being 100% honest with myself, I bought this just because of the title and the cover.  My judgement of the cover seemed to work itself out in the end.

Pessl tells the story of Blue Van Meer’s senior year of high school….She has moved countless times since her mother died and her father continually moved to teach at a new college nearly every semester.  During her senior year, she befriends the “bluebloods” and a teacher, Hannah Schneider (the victim) and the tale continues to grow taller throughout each page.  Sometimes unbelievable but almost always entertaining, following Blue through her discoveries was definitely worth the read in the end.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

With the intriguing title, (and I’ll admit I liked the cover, too.), “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”  hasn’t failed me.  This intertwined tale of a financial reporter and the murder of a young girl nearly forty years ago, immediately pulled me in and did not let me go until the end.

This is not an extraordinarily literary book however it is an entertaining story and something different from the things I have been reading lately.  It reminded me of The Da Vinci Code in a the way it was written but the story was nothing remotely similar.

One thing that will never fail to irritate me: figuring out the end before I get there.  It always ruins a fun surprise.  Despite that, I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it.