Month: August 2017

Standalone Sunday: The Last Victim

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Here is my selection for this week:

The Last Victim

Book Description:

Dear Mr. Manson…
It started with a college course assignment, then escalated into a dangerous obsession. Eighteen-year-old honor student Jason Moss wrote to men whose body counts had made criminal history: men named Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy.

Dear Mr. Dahmer…
Posing as their ideal victim, Jason seduced them with his words. One by one they wrote him back, showering him with their madness and violent fantasies. Then the game spun out of control. John Wayne Gacy revealed all to Jason — and invited his pen pal to visit him in prison…

Dear Mr. Gacy…
It was an offer Jason couldn’t turn down. Even if it made him…

The book that has riveted the attention of the national media, this may be the most revealing look at serial killers ever recorded and the most illuminating study of the dark places of the human mind ever attempted.

I read this memoir several times in college. This was when all I was reading was true-crime books; I could not get enough of them. And this one was fascinating though it is not for everyone as it is very graphic.  There is a movie called Dear Mr. Gacy that is based off this memoir.  Sadly, the author committed suicide in 2006.

First Line Friday #33

One of my friends first convinced me to watch True Blood and also read the Sookie Stackhouse series.  The first season of True Blood is the closest to the novels, after that they each go in their own direction.  The book series slowly declines, to me it felt like Charlaine Harris was stuck in a contract and had to get a set number of books written. I did not really enjoy the last couple of books, but I continued it to see how it would end.

I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….

If you are a fan then you are either ‘Team Bill’ or ‘Team Eric’. I am Team Eric! If you watched the show and/or read the books, whose ‘team’ are you on? For the tv show I am also ‘Team Alcide’!


The Disappearances

Author: Emily Bain Murphy
Published: July 4, 2017
400 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars

Description from Amazon:

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home—and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together—scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream—vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible—and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

Kim’s Review:

This book was really good! The only thing stopping me from giving 5 stars was that the beginning was a little slow. It did take me several chapters to get into the story, but once I did, I loved it! Sterling, CT sounds like such a cool, little New England town! Aila and Miles are a bit moody, but they did just lose their mother so it wasn’t too bad. And once the story became clearer, little elements started to fascinate me. If you’re an overly practical person, you might want to turn your practical thinking gears off, because not everything is going to make tons of sense. Shakespeare plays a huge role, so there’s also a lot of suspension of disbelief. The role of literature in this story is awesome! When you find out more about the curse and what caused it, you’ll delve into a mystery you didn’t even know existed! Add in a little teenage drama and angst, and you get The Disappearances. It was also nice to see that little Southern towns aren’t the only ones getting picked on for “closemindedness”, apparently Yankees suffer from it as well. Sorry, that’s my Southerner coming out! ?