Dear Mr. M A Novel

by Herman Koch



Dear Mr M was a first book for me from author Herman Koch. I’ve heard so many great things about  The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool. I thought this book sounded really interesting. However for me it just was so-so. I enjoyed it but didn’t feel it was action packed and full of suspense like I thought it would be. Dear Mr M is a slower moving book that does unfold just got to hang in there. I will go back and give Summer House with Swimming Pool and The Dinner a try since I’ve heard so many great things about them. Over all I did recommend it and share it with my neighbor. The story was very complex and well written I rated a solid 3.5 stars. I liked the writing style and the complexity to the story.

Once a celebrated writer, M’s greatest success came with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. The book was called The Reckoning, and it told the story of Jan Landzaat, a history teacher who went missing one winter after his brief affair with Laura, his stunning pupil. Jan was last seen at the holiday cottage where Laura was staying with her new boyfriend. Upon publication, M.’s novel was a bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough.

That was years ago, and now M.’s career is almost over as he fades increasingly into obscurity. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him. Why?

thank you blogging for books, Hogarth and Random House for allowing me to read and review Dr Mr M. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

She’s Not There

by Joy Fielding

You can’t go wrong when it’s a Joy Fielding book. There are a few authors that I know no matter what the books will be great and she is one of those authors. She’s Not There reminds me a lot of the Madeleine McCann case in the beginning. That case I remember so well since I had a 2.5 year old, I couldn’t even imagine what that family went through and still goes through on a day to day basis.

She’s Not There I think did a good job at portraying how the family dynamics fall apart when a tragedy falls on them. I thought each character was developed very well and while I can say I didn’t like some of them I did enjoy reading their stories and how they unfolded. The oldest daughter is exactly how I see a child that is left would act. The story was a page turner and I liked how it kept shifting from present day to year past as the whole story developed. I saw a small part of the ending that happened but I didn’t really see the whole curve ball that was thrown. In all I should have but Joy Fielding did a great job at keeping the reader guessing how they missed some of those clues.  I give this one 5 stars and would recommend it for any reader. There is no gore or violence it is a great suspense story that while might not be exactly ripped from the headlines, most of us will see some similarities.

summary:  “I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.”
Carole Shipley’s heart nearly stops when she hears those words from the voice on the other end of the phone. Instantly, she’s thrust fifteen years into the past, to a posh resort in Baja, Mexico—and the fateful night her world collapsed.
The trip is supposed to be a celebration. Carole’s husband, Hunter, convinces her to leave their two young daughters, Michelle and Samantha, alone in their hotel suite while the couple enjoys an anniversary dinner in the restaurant downstairs. But returning afterward, Carole and Hunter make a horrifying discovery: Two-year-old Samantha has vanished without a trace.
What follows are days, weeks, and years of anguish for Carole. She’s tormented by media attention that has branded her a cold, incompetent mother, while she struggles to save her marriage. Carole also has to deal with the demands of her needy elder daughter, Michelle, who is driven to cope in dangerous ways. Through it all, Carole desperately clings to the hope that Samantha will someday be found—only to be stung again and again by cruel reality.
Plunged back into the still-raw heartbreak of her daughter’s disappearance, and the suspicions and inconsistencies surrounding a case long gone cold, Carole doesn’t know whom or what to believe. The only thing she can be sure of is that someone is fiercely determined to hide the truth of what happened to Samantha.
thank you Random House Publishing Group – Ballatine, netgalley and Joy Fielding for allowing me to read and review She’s Not There. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

Black Eyed Susans

by Julia  Heaberlin

I don’t want to give too much away about this amazing little gem, if you are looking for an edge of your seat thriller than look no further than Black Eyed Susans!  Black Eyed Susans is a creepy good book. It had me staying up late many nights because I just has to read just a few more pages. This book is not your typical predictable thriller suspense novel. This book had me going “What did I just read” many times. Watch out book world because Julia Heaberlin is a master of suspense and thrills. She sends the reader on a roller coaster ride full that might just have you jumping at the slightest noise. I know a few times I was so into the book a got scared when my dogs would bark or I’d hear a creak or noise. As soon as I finished Black Eyed Susans I went online to get her other 2 books from my library. Grab a copy on August 11th you’re going to love this book.
summary: A girl’s memory lost in a field of wildflowers.
A killer still spreading seeds.
At seventeen, Tessa became famous for being the only surviving victim of a vicious serial killer. Her testimony puts him on death row. Decades later, a mother herself, she receives a message from a monster who should be in prison. Now, as the execution date rapidly approaches, Tessa is forced to confront a chilling possibility: Did she help convict the wrong man?
thank you netgalley, Random House and Julia Heaberlin for allowing me to read Black Eyed Susans. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

Snack Girl to the Rescue

A Real-Life Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Healthy with 100 Recipes Under 400 Calories by Lisa Cain


I liked Snack Girl to the Rescue. She gives a lot of good advise and all but I wish she went more into depth on some key issues. The recipes look and sound great and all but I really wish there were a few pictures even if it was just a small handful.

This book would be good for a beginning dieter or even just some one looking for easy recipes to start the healthier eating road. Her blog is a great source of yummy recipes and eating advise. She is here to help you get on the healthy track.

All in all I know this is a cookbook I will use and I’m sure the recipe pages will get full of stains as I try out many recipes and we make our favorites over and over.

Some recipes we can’t wait to make: Simplest Comforting Pasta, Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower, all the roasted veggies!, Bake and Take Granola and so many of the snacks.

{disclaimer: I’m not on a diet but I do try to eat healthy and make healthy meals for my family. So it’s always great to find a cookbook full of easy, inexpensive, healthy meals to make.}

I received this book free from the publisher Random House as part of the Blogging for Books reviewer program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.