Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway

Lacy EyeLacy Eye by Jessica Treadway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I won this book after entering a giveaway on The Reading Room.

Lacy Eye is a powerful, depressing book about the murder of one parent and the injury of another. The mother and father are attacked in their bed one night over Thanksgiving. The mother survives, but is unable to remember the event in detail. The man who killed her husband is her daughter’s boyfriend or so she thinks. Everyone around her, including her other daughter, believe her youngest daughter had something to do with the event. She is unable to see this until it is too late.

Lacy Eye is a difficult read for anyone who is a parent. It is depressing to follow the main character as she tries to figure out if her daughter was involved in the murder of her husband. The lengths she will go to, to not remember are amazing.

As a parent, the one thought that continued to run through my brain while reading this was, “what would I do if this happened to me?” Even after finishing the book, I still could not answer this question. I found myself wanting to reach through the book and shake the mother until she stopped living with blinders on.

This book is disturbing because we all know someone who lives in a very small box and refuses to see what type of person their own child is. We know the mother who says “it is just a phase.” or “He didn’t mean it like that.” or “He is so misunderstood. If only people would stop judging him..”

Lacy Eye describes the behavior of someone close to me so well, I had to check who the author was several times. This is not a feel-good work of fiction. It won’t make you warm and fuzzy. If you are prone to depression, this might not be the book for you. If you know someone who has a hard time seeing their own children as the world sees them, you might want to give them this book when it comes out in March 2015. Then again, they might not even understand why you are giving it to them.

A big thanks to The Reading Room, author and publisher for allowing me the chance to read this book. I will be looking for more books by Jessica Treadway.

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Eeny MeenyEeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I won a Uncorrected proof of Eeny Meeny after entering a First Reads, Goodreads contest.

From Back Cover: ” Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. One lives and one dies.”

Eeny Meeny is a murder mystery/thriller set in the U.K in present time. DI Helen Grace is a hard, tough female DI and she gets handed the case above. The book takes the reader along while Grace figures out who committed the murders.

What I liked about this book:

1. It is fast. The story gets right to the point, most of the time. 2. Strong female lead. DI Helen Grace is a strong, tough female lead with issues. 3. The book has very short chapters. 4. The story is original and it kept me wondering what was going to happen next.

What I didn’t like about this book and the reason I gave it two stars:

1. The 2nd chapter brings to the attention of the reader a darker part of DI Grace. She is into S and M. I tried to figure out why the author would include this right at the start, and couldn’t. It seemed like the author was trying to gain some readers from the “50 shades” book. This whole side story of S and M, did not fit with the character of DI Grace. Frankly, I am sick of the whole bondage junk that authors are trying to push unto readers. I finished the book just to see how this side story was brought to a close. It just does not fit. I cannot see the character doing this. It is almost like the author just threw it in the book to shock the reader. I disliked it so much, I almost put the book down after the 2nd chapter. It seemed like the author was trying to ride on the coat-tails of someone else. I feel if this part was left out, this would be a better story. If you like that sort of thing and you are not sick of seeing it appear in books, then…hey..maybe this will be a great read for you. This is the main reason, I gave this book two stars. I feel like this S and M stuff has been overused. In this book it really does not have anything to do with the story.

2. Often one chapter will end with a great part of the story and the next will begin with new characters. This was confusing. It is supposed to be the next victims in these chapters, was hard to follow. I found myself turning back a few pages, trying to figure out who was who.

Overall, the story was good. The whole idea behind the book is great and I can see where this might be picked up by T.V. I was on the edge of my seat several times and I read the book in a day. It is like reading The Fall and The Killing combined. (I didn’t like The Fall T.V show either for the same reason. The sex is just there for shock, nothing else.) If the author expanded on the reasons for the main character’s interest in S and M-it is hinted to, but never comes out and says it, then maybe I could understand what they were trying to present. Also, the bouncing from one character’s POV to another is exhausting to read. This book was a hit in the U.K and is scheduled to be released June 2015 as a New American Library Trade Paperback.

Special thanks to Goodreads, M.J. Arlidge-the author and the publisher NAL for allowing me to receive a Uncorrected proof of this book.

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Mrs. Poe

Mrs. PoeMrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked up this book back in December because I enjoy historical fiction and Poe. I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Mrs. Osgood before I read this and I am not sure I know more about her, now.
That being said, the story is a great story and the writer does a wonderful job describing in detail the world which Poe may have lived in. If one remembers this is a work of fiction, then I believe it will be enjoyable.

I am not a Poe scholar by any means and didn’t have any idea about the relationship between Osgood and him. In this story, Mrs. Osgood lives with friends because her cheating, artist husband has run after some young thing, again. She is trying to support herself by submitting poems when the owner of a magazine tells her to write something like Poe. She meets Poe at a party and the two begin this strange stand-offish dance where he stares and she stares and…well, you get the picture. While this is going on, his young wife is dying of TB.

I always thought he was deeply in love with his young wife. Maybe, I need to do some more research on this subject. But, I ended up feeling very sorry for her and hating Mrs. Osgood for her husband stealing ways.

Overall, this was a good read. But, if you are looking for historic fact on Poe, I suggest looking elsewhere. If you are looking for a good bedtime story, by all means give this a go.

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Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes is a tale spun on the heels of real tragedy. All one has to do is type in ‘car drives into crowd’ into their browser to understand why the Master of Horror decided to write this story.

Mr. Mercedes is the man who got away with it. The man who drove into the crowd and walked away. Mr. Mercedes wants someone to talk to about his crime. He wants to let the world know he got away with it and is still around. He sets his focus on a retired, depressed detective who is having a hard time being retired.
Retired Cop, Bill Hodges struggles with the thought of taking his father’s gun and ending it all right in his easy chair. That is, until he gets a letter from Mr. Mercedes.

This book is pure Stephen King. There are times the story line gets slow, but it picks up. Just stay with it, Consent Reader and you will do fine. King brings together three unlikely heroes to stop Mr. Mercedes and his next big plan.

If you are worried about gore, blood and guts, you won’t find much. Most of Mr. Mercedes fear factor centers around real life concerns. Mr. Mercedes is more psychological, than it is gore and guts. After reading Mr. Mercedes don’t look under your bed, look out your windows. The devil isn’t in the dark. He is outside, in the light.

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