The Turn of The Key

If The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware were to be adapted, I hope it’s for the small screen. You can’t fit this mystery/horror into a two hour movie. This story of a governess taking care of three little girls in an old estate has many layers, polarizing characters, and a twist you doContinue reading “The Turn of The Key”

Inspired by ‘American Dirt’

Whew! American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is not for the faint of heart. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like for migrants coming from Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico…look no further. Immigrants do the work Americans find too low paying, demeaning or difficult, but what you don’t know is that washing dishes, cooking, landscaping and allContinue reading “Inspired by ‘American Dirt’”

‘The Maid’ Review

Oh dear. If you’re new here, you know I rarely unleash one of my handy “just stop” memes for my book reviews. And that when I do it, it’s for good reason. I’m saddened to report a “wtf book” so early in the year, but here we are. That said, I don’t think many willContinue reading “‘The Maid’ Review”

Holy Crap: Review of Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents

She died in 2006. That said, I intend no exaggeration when I say Octavia E. Butler saw Trump and his enablers/supporters coming. Ten years after she died, Trump was elected. Within these pages, there is a destructive and incompetent politician, Andrew Steele Jarret, who actually says he wants to Make America Great Again. No lie.Continue reading “Holy Crap: Review of Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents”

Inspired by ‘A Million Things’ by Emily Spurr

I’ll be blunt. A Million Things by Emily Spurr will break your heart. But know the following: even as you lie on your kitchen floor shattered and ugly crying into a dish towel after reading this remarkable book, you will be better for it. We all need a reminder that we aren’t alone, even ifContinue reading “Inspired by ‘A Million Things’ by Emily Spurr”

Inspired by the ‘Arc of the Scythe’ Series by Neal Shusterman

Who knew death could be so much fun? What a creative and unique world Neal Shusterman invented for us through his Arc of the Scythe series. I ate this post-mortality concept up. How did he do this? I’ve read a lot of dystopian literature, and I think this one might be my favorite. It gaveContinue reading “Inspired by the ‘Arc of the Scythe’ Series by Neal Shusterman”

Review of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Well, damn. The true story of the Galvin family is as mind blowing as it is tragic. Quick note: I conduct Pre-Sentence investigations for the Court. Family of origin and mental health is always a big part to research for the report. These are serious crimes I cover, and at the end of the reportContinue reading “Review of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family”