Tag: mystery

The Sisters of Blue Mountain

Author: Karen Katchur
Published: April 4, 2017
321 pages in Hardback

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 5-16, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description from Amazon:

A sisters’ secret.
A mysterious phenomenon.
A murder that ties it all together.

An emotional, suspenseful novel about the bond between sisters and the secrets we hold to keep our family safe, The Sisters of Blue Mountain by Karen Katchur is a thrilling mystery that hurtles towards an unexpected ending that will leave readers speechless.

The small town of Mountain Springs, Pennsylvania thrives on the snow geese migration. Each year, the birds flock to the dam, and the tourists follow, filling up Linnet’s Bed and Breakfast.

But one morning Linnet wakes up to discover hundreds of dead geese by the B&B and her life is thrown into the media frenzy when her father—a former ornithology professor—is asked to study the case. As the tourists cancel their plans and Linnet’s father’s health grows increasingly worse, the last thing she expects is to see her estranged sister, Myna, on her doorstep.

Myna has never stayed in one place for long after running from Mountain Springs. Although she and Linnet were close growing up, a family secret broke their bond, and Myna’s return has brought back memories both sisters have tried to keep buried.

When a reporter arrives in town who may have a connection to the sisters’ past, Linnet and Myna are forced to confront the event that tore them apart. But when a young professor who was assisting their father on the case turns up dead—and their father becomes the primary suspect—Linnet and Myna realize that their secret won’t stay hidden for long…

Jessica’s Review:

The Sisters of Blue Mountain was the first book I have read from Karen Katchur.  It is a well done mystery that keeps you wondering  what’s going to happen  up to the end.  The whole time I wondered what happened to the geese and will the B&B be ok after this whole situation is over or will their guests never want to return?  You can see how the whole town changed due to the situation with the geese.  I felt for Linnet and her family as I became fully involved in her life and I connected with these characters.

There are multiple mysteries and those are what keep you going.  Katchur is a very good story teller.  You wonder what happened in the past to make these characters be estranged and then you find out!  The Sisters of Blue Mountain helps you to see how small our world really is by how connected we are all to each other.  Katchur makes you think about relationships and family as dysfunctional as they can be. You really see how a small town is with this novel.

The Sisters of Blue Mountain is recommended.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an ARC print copy. I wish I had been able to get to it before now.

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Letters from the Looney Bin

Author: Thatcher C. Nalley
158 Pages
Published: June 11, 2014

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars

Description from Amazon:

LETTERS FROM THE LOONEY BIN is a #1 Amazon Bestseller! In the late 1970s the Emerson Rose Asylum became completely abandoned – all the patients, doctors, staff, vanished and were never seen again. The events circling this mass exodus have been one of the most baffling disappearances in history. Until now. A stack of bundled letters was found inside a tattered asylum mattress during the Emerson demolition. These letters, all addressed to the pseudonym Dr. Quill, were written by the patients as they documented the demise of the Emerson Rose Asylum. The patients innocently convey their dire pasts while the events occurring hint toward dark happenings outside their doors. Haunting, their words conjure feelings both grim and promising, as they secretly conjure a plan of mass exodus from the volatile institution. The names have been changed, but the stories have not. Though their identities are protected, the essence of these patients’ challenges, triumphs, corruptions, salvations, and most of all, their human spirit, remains untouched. Their journey will become your journey as the patients chronicle their final months in these, Letters from the Looney Bin.

Kim’s Review:

Here’s another one that I can’t tell if it’s real or not! I definitely seem to gravitate towards books like that! And this one is really good! Crazy people are so fascinating. Combine the insane with an insane asylum and a conspiracy, then you have Letters from the Looney Bin. I loved reading all about why each inmate has been committed. And then to see their discontent with their doctors. I know that this will probably show my ignorance, but dude, I’d love to go to an asylum! Who wants to come visit Emerson Rose Asylum with me? Ivan won’t come with me to any abandoned buildings . . . he doesn’t want to get arrested. Where’s the fun in that?? Well, I read this book in one sitting. I found it intriguing and mysterious and downright engrossing! I absolutely recommend this to anyone who enjoys psychiatric hospitals or mysteries or secret conspiracies! An awesome 5 star read!!

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Genuine Fraud

Author: E. Lockhart
264 Pages
Published: September 5, 2017

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 Stars

Description from Amazon:

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

Kim’s Review:

Like other Lockhart books, this one is better when you go into it without much information, so I’ll try to keep my review as info free as possible. 😊 Unfortunately, I’m having a hard time deciding what kind of rating to give this book. I enjoyed reading it, I wanted to find out what was going on, I was excited to see what kind of twists Lockhart put in . . . but by the time I was done, all I could say was, “what?”.  I don’t think I understood what the point of this story was. The ending seemed really anticlimactic to me. I had such high expectations after reading We Were Liars, but I feel that Genuine Fraud missed the mark. I also felt a lot annoyance with all of the characters because of their whiny attitudes. The rich ones were complaining about all the pressure they were under, hence they left to “find themselves” . . .  must be nice! Everyone else acted like everything was the fault of others instead of taking responsibility for themselves. I did like the format of the book and that helped with the anticipation and pacing. I think I may have to settle on a 3-star rating: I enjoyed reading it and I’m glad I did, but I really don’t think I’ll ever pick it up again or really recommend it to anyone.

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