total page-turner, in a good way.
t’s hard for men to believe women. It’s especially hard for men to believe mentally ill women (antipsychotics cause hallucinations! delusions! mania!). A.J. Finn’s narrator, a child psychologist with a PhD, has gone off the deep end after a family tragedy. She is completely unreliable, or so we’re meant to believe…
Daniel Mallory (disguised under the gender neutral nom de plume, A.J. Finn), is an executive editor with William Morrow, the publisher of his novel. It’s not so often that an editor at a premier publishing company writes a top selling book under a mysterious pseudonym. Mallory believed it would “be disturbing for my authors to wander into a bookshop and see their editor’s name writ large across a hardback.” Even Mallory’s colleagues, after reading the manuscript, had no idea their friend was behind the spooky story. The Woman in the Window falls in the same thriller/mystery category as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Paula Hawkins’ Girl on the Train. I have to say, though, I like Finn’s creation a whole lot more. The writing and the plot are solidly impressive (more so than other books I’ve read in this genre) and Stephen King is spot-on when he calls Mallory’s book, “unputdownable.” If you’re looking for a gripping mystery with an interesting female narrator, this is a good one.
light, domestic drama
Waxman’s newest novel centers on the daily life of four families in a tight knit, Los Angeles neighborhood. In this hectic land of carpools, backyard barbecues, and PTA meetings, hell breaks loose when stories spread about a neighbor’s extramarital affair. I did not love this book. It most definitely falls in the category of “less than awesome beach reads.” I would not go out of my way to recommend this, though it’s a solid pick if you’re in the mood for some light, domestic drama. I admit that Waxman has one very impressive skill: she writes about “normal” family routines in an impressively raw and authentic way. Most of Waxman’s positive reviewers heap praise on her genuine, unflinching descriptions of child-rearing. Other People’s Houses would have been two stars had it not been for Waxman’s ability to paint even the most dull PTA meetings and boring soccer games as hilarious displays of parental overreach.
definitely worth a read.
Someone was going to pay for what happened to Roy, just as Roy paid for what happened to that woman. Someone always pays. Bullet don't have nobody's name on it. I think the same is true for vengeance. Maybe even for love. It's out there, random and deadly, like a tornado.
What are a woman’s obligations to her wrongly convicted husband? Ethically, should a woman “uphold her vows” while her husband serves a 12 year prison sentence? Tayari Jones’ most recent novel recounts the experience of an African American couple living in Atlanta. Celestial and Roy meet during their years at an HBCU and get married after graduation. One year into the marriage, Roy is wrongly convicted of rape and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Ultimately, the relationship deteriorates after years of painful separation. Roy loses everything while he is in jail: job, house, and marriage. He is a victim of the state…But is his wife ethically obligated to stick with him? American Marriage is definitely worth a read! Liked this a lot.
'They've got you right where they want you, son. Under the thumb. Believing their crap. Bet a woman's helped you once or twice, right? She's taken care of you, she's looked after you, she protected you when you were in trouble. Well, of course they do that. They want us docile and confused. Old army tactic: if you're only ever an enemy, the people will know to fight you. If you hand out candy to kids and medicine to the weak, you jumble their minds up, they don't know how to hate you. See?'
Obama listed The Power as one of the best books published in 2017. I’m glad that I picked it up, even for that reason alone. In Alderman’s sci-fi novel, teenage girls have developed the ability to emit lethal electric charges from their bodies. Young women can also transfer this power to the older generations. This is a world in which women have the upper hand in all social and political spheres. They are seen as serious professionals while men are viewed as mere objects for sexual pleasure and reproduction. Alderman’s novel does not describe a peaceful transfer of power from men to women. Instead, men are panicked as women often use their newfound abilities for cruel and violent purposes. Women band together to form terrorist organizations, rape other human beings, and encourage genital mutilation. Men are scared to walk on the streets alone, for fear of assault or rape. This book was scary. There’s a lot of very detailed violence. That being said, the concept is pretty thrilling. Glad I finished it.