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Book Review: Fiction

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine



Eleanor Oliphant is a unique, memorable character. She spent most of her childhood being shuffled around different foster homes and schools. For the last nine years she’s worked at the same stultifying office job and doesn’t believe she deserves better, although when she gets a crush on a local musician, for the first time in her life she makes some effort with her appearance.

Eleanor has difficulty understanding social cues. She’s like an anthropologist studying a foreign culture. There is some humor in some of her observations, like when the coffee shop wants her name to put on the coffee cup, and she freaks out about them invading her privacy as if it were a matter of national security.

But she gets through these experiences with the help of Raymond, a man from the IT department at her office who makes poor sartorial choices and whose facial hair that could use some updating. They become friends when they help a man who collapses on the road. They go back to check on him in the hospital and meet his family, who are all grateful for their assistance. Through weekly lunches and visits to the man they rescued and his family, Raymond and Eleanor’s friendship blossoms. Eleanor needs that support to finally face the tragedy of her youth. Until now, she’s always though that as long as she had food, shelter, and clothes, that’s all a person needed . . . she’s completely fine. With Raymond’s and some other’s help, she learns there is more to life than simply surviving.

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Book Review: Suspense

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 | 0 comments

The Good Sister by Jess Ryder


Thriller > Suspense

The Good Sister is a well-done suspense novel told from the point of view of two sisters. When Josie’s father dies, she discovers she has a half-sister named Valentina who looks like her. They were born only a few days apart, and though her father is technically married to her mother, he has spent half his life living with Valentina and her mother. All those times he said he was at conferences or when he took an apartment in Manchester to be closer to his job, it was a ruse so he could have two families.

The twists in the novel were good. It wasn’t always clear which character was speaking or telling the story from her point of view, but you figure it out eventually. I liked the way Ryder opened each chapter with the Viking lore that the sisters’ father was so enthralled with.

Valentina is a troubled woman, but Josie, who has a loving boyfriend and a good job, wants to be connected to her sister, so she ignores the warnings of her boyfriend and aunt and uncle, causing her a tremendous amount of trouble.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to review this book.

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