Saturday, December 15, 2012

Never Coming Back by Hans Koppel

I really liked this book. Did I find it "amazing" as the 5 stars requires, no but I know I'm a little unfair being as how the book took place in Sweden and when I first started it I couldn't even tell you if the names were male or female and I feel out of sorts when I don't know where they are talking about when they say things like "just outside Helsingborg".

Aside from that, the book is about a wife, Ylva, who doesn't come home one day, just vanishes.  She leaves a husband, Mike and daughter, Sanna grieving, trying to understand what happened to her and after so long just assume she's dead.  What they don't know is frightening.  She's being held captive by the neighborhood (who is harboring a grudge), in a sound proof room in their basement where her only link to the outside world is a video camera set up to record her own house where she can see Mike and Sanna coming and going.

The book did get my heart racing and it did keep me quite entertained (even though not funny at all).  I didn’t care for the ending, I wish this was a book that had an alternate ending that I could also read.

I will definitely recommend!! Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders

This book was good. I'll give credit for a debut, indie novel but it was very redundant. The woman in this book, Theresa was over-the-top stubborn. And I'm no author but some of the writing felt amateurish.

This book is about a marriage between Sandro and Theresa that set up in order for Sandro's father to keep his vineyard. The only way the marriage contract could be voided was with the birth of a son but Sandro eventually ended up falling in love with Theresa. However, it was a day late and a dollar short so to speak because Theresa had been hurt so often by Sandro during their 18mos marriage that she was entirely too guarded to let him love her... and then she got pregnant but you'll have to read it to find out the rest.