My Summer Reading Project- cont’d

Finished “Killing Floor” by Lee Child.  Not bad.  The book kept me engaged throughout, had interesting characters and was not predictable.  I might read the next one in the series someday.   Rating: 3 out of 4.

Next up: “The Scarecrow” by Michael Connelly, #3 on the 6/21 NYT list.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

My Summer Reading Project

In an effort to familiarize myself with the tastes of our patrons and become more useful to them, I have decided to read a book from each of the authors that appears  in the top 20 of the NY Times Hardcover Fiction list on the first day of summer- June 21, 2009. I can choose any book that the author has written and I will not have to read a book by any author I have already read.  This means I don’t have to read Laurell K. Hamilton, Clive Cussler, Danielle Steele, James  Patterson, Stephanie Meyer, Mary Janice Davidson, Elmore Leonard or Alice Hoffman, although I still might ( “Road Dogs” -definitely, “The Host”– maybe, “Matters of the Heart”– I don’t think so!).

Wish me luck and I’ll keep you all “posted”- first up “Killing Floor” by Lee Child, his first book.  “Gone Tomorrow” his his current bestseller, 6  on the 6/21 NYT list.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook

FateOfKatherineCarrGeorge Gates is a journalist. His son, Teddy, was abducted seven years before and his wife died in childbirth. Sitting in the local bar one evening, he meets Arlo McBride, a retired police who worked in Missing Persons and who helped sweep the area looking for his son, seven years prior. George asks about the case that still haunts him and he immediately recalls the case of Katherine Carr, who disappeared one evening from a local park, never to be seen or heard from again.

Cook, true to form, has penned an engrossing mystery. There is story embedded in story. There is the story of Katherine and her disappearance. She wrote a story about it, which he reads to Alice, a twelve year old suffering from progeria, old age at a young age, whose life is dissipating. There is the story of George’s own son, Teddy, whose perpetrator was never caught. And there is the story of George, the narrator, at that very moment.

Cook’s mysteries always have an ethereal, cloudy, mystical sense to them and this is no exception…although, not as strong as, say, The Chatham School Affair, my favorite of his books. The characters are intriguing. The setting is perfect for the story. The mystery is deep. Any book of Cook’s is worth reading. You won’t regret it.

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