Sunday, April 3, 2011

Book Reviews

Night RoadNight Road by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read Night Road in two sittings -- in less than 24 hours.  Kristin Hannah tells the story of Lexi Baill and her relationship with the Farraday family.  Lexi is a foster child whose drug-addict mother ended up in jail.  In and out of foster care, Lexi is eventually adopted by a great aunt.  On her first day of school, she meets Zach and Mia Farraday, the golden twins of helicopter parent Judith Farraday.  Lexi's friendship with Mia and Zach show her what family life can be, and fills her with hope.  All of that changes however, when a terrible accident occurs.  Now all of them, Lexi and the Farradays, must learn how to live with mistakes and find forgiveness. Kristin Hannah's writing pulls me in, although I did find parts of this novel a bit predictable.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another terrific entry into the Inspector Rutledge saga.  Rutledge is investigating an attack on Constable Hensley, who was shot in the back by an arrow in a forbidding forest.  Was the constable attacked because the villagers suspected him of murdering a missing woman?  And who is stalking Inspector Rutledge, leaving mysterious shell casings in his path?  Rutledge himself is attacked by an unknown assailant. During the course of his investigation, Rutledge gains some valuable information about his superior Superintendent Bowls that will probably figure in future installments.

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