Cork O’Connor sets off into the Minnesota wilderness in search of a missing woman named Shiloh.
With the approach of winter, the woman has little chance of survival.
Cork is joined by two FBI agents, a Native American man and his son (the son accompanied his uncle to visit the missing woman earlier in the season) and the missing woman’s father.
But they aren’t the only ones looking for Shiloh.
Someone else is tracking the young woman. Members of Cork’s group are picked off one-by-one. Everyone is under suspicion. No one is safe.
The atmosphere in this book is very strong. We get to feel the wilderness where personal skills and personality traits can make the difference between life and death. We get to know each member of the group. We know their bravery and their weak points and what they're made of.
Native American folklore and legend are mixed in, especially during the nights. I really enjoyed these aspects of the story.
The reader also follows the story of Shiloh, who originally asked to be taken into the wilderness so that she could go back to song-writing. She is attacked and manages to escape by canoe but she cannot find her way out of the network of lakes and rivers. Someone is pursuing her and she knows, whoever it is, they want her dead.
An excellent read. 5/5.
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Kim and her team investigate the kidnapping of two little girls. Karen, the mother of one of the girls, was in foster care with Kim and has requested that Kim take on the case. The police set up their base in Karen’s luxury home and the four parents, who are friends, stay there for the duration of the case.
There are several threads to this story – the abduction of the girls, the history and complications between the parents, the history of the abductors, the interference of a reporter and a psychic, and the addition to Kim’s team of a negotiator and a behaviour specialist and the difficulties this brings.
All the elements come together to create a build up of tension, as things go from bad to worse to even worse. Kim shows her strength of character, dedication and leadership skills, and the members of her team are outstanding in working around the clock to try to secure the girls’ release.
A great thriller, well told. 5/5 stars.
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The story follows Jenna as she tries to put her life back together.
Jenna has run away after a terrible tragedy in which a young boy was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
She finds an isolated beach and rents a cottage in the middle of nowhere. Her only friends are the owner of the caravan park, Bethan, and the local vet, Patrick, but she doesn’t want to tell them anything about herself or the reasons why she is alone.
Meanwhile, the police are trying to track down the hit-and-run driver. Detective Ray Stevens, and his young sergeant Kate, are investigating. Ray is not getting on well with his wife, Mags, and the lines start getting blurred between him and Kate. They get nowhere with their investigations but Kate keeps the case open and pursues it in her ‘spare’ time. She will find a lead that takes them to where Jenna now lives.
In the second half of the book, we slowly learn the details of Jenna’s previous life.
The first half is a tad slow but it really picks up pace and complexity in the second half of the book. There is a twist in how the past and the present are mixed up and the way the characters are presented - of course I won’t reveal it, because it would totally spoil the ending. What I want to say is that I felt this aspect has been horribly overhyped, and the real power of the book comes way before the twist, and comes from real-life characters and the details of the story. A good read. Overall, 4/5 stars.
Happy New Year and I'm looking forward to discovering some great books in 2018.
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What are my favourite books of 2017?
Oh gosh, it's almost impossible to select favourites because I've read so many great books this year.
But - here goes - these are my top choices.
So if you're looking for a gift idea or you'd like to treat yourself, one of these might do the job!
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Doesn't this look great?
Today I went for an early Christmas lunch with the 'gals'. We chose a top notch Montpellier restaurant 'La Reserve Rimbaud'.
This was my dessert.
I'm halfway through this book and wanted to post because if you're looking for a Christmas gift, I think this would be a great choice.
Fiennes is an Artic and Antarctic adventurer. He recounts his attempts to cross the Artic and Antarctic wastelands. His mental endurance is astonishing. He tells us that many of the early polar explorers and their crews went mad because they had to spend months trapped in remote regions, isolated and in total darkness, waiting for the right weather conditions to make their attempts.
Here's a quote from my reading last night. They are nearing the north pole -
'One morning...the wind blew at a steady 45 knots... the wind chill factor was -120c and the natural liquid in our eyes kept congealing...'
That's just a taster! I'll post my full review soon.
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An engrossing, eye-opening account.
This is the memoir of Air Force neurosurgeon, W. Lee Warren, who was sent to Iraq.
In a war zone, he worked with a team of specialised medical personnel, in a facility that received severe casualties from the front lines.
We read of horrific injuries (and I mean horrific, mind-blowing injuries), and mass casualty situations when the hospital is inundated.
We follow Warren and the team as they attempt to save man after man whose bodies have literally been blown apart. The medical team work in a hospital made up of tents. They frequently lack blood supplies and essential equipment. They work around the clock until they are exhausted. Many people who are brought to them, die.
Warren must make terrible, split-second choices about who lives and he recounts these experiences with honesty. Never before, as a civilian surgeon, has he been faced with such decisions. They have four operating theatres and very few sets of sterile equipment – so he is forced to choose between who gets the first emergency operations (and hence, who will live).
As a reader, we feel his agony at the decisions they had to make and the patients that they could not save. Also, the bombings of the hospital, the constant state of alert, the exhaustion – were all conveyed with humanity.
The author includes emails he sent home to his family and these emails recount the worst moments, and some small moments of hope. As well as military personnel, the hospital treats civilian casualties, terrorists, and occasionally, children who have been injured. These are poignant moments and there is one particular girl with extensive burns (which would have been challenging to treat in the USA with full facilities, let alone in a desert facility), whose story we follow.
Alongside the author’s story in Iraq, we learn of his struggle to come to terms with his own, failing personal life and his imminent divorce. Warren is candid. He is a highly successful neurosurgeon, respected in his field and respected by his church, his peers and his family. He sees all of this falling apart because of his failed marriage and it was fascinating to understand that, before Iraq, his life was so shallowly lived (my words, but Warren comes to a similar conclusion) – a sham in which he had all the trappings of success but did not feel happy inside – perhaps had never felt happy inside.
His four months stay in Iraq changed his perspective on himself and on his life. Four months may not sound long, but once you've read his accounts, you will see that Warren and other personnel were on the verge of a breakdown after such a long stretch in terrible conditions. He is forced to change by the mental torment he is faced with daily at the hospital. Moments of crisis at the hospital push him to confront himself. He is a Christian and he talks much about his faith and his worries about his own faith. I found these aspects a fascinating insight into Christian American life and values.
I appreciated that Warren does not idealise the war, neither does he denounce it.
This is an account of what he saw, what he had to do and how he struggled to survive, mentally and emotionally. The support of his fellow doctors and the personal strengths they each brought to the team, are recounted very well, again with humanity.
This is not the type of book I would normally pick up, but I’m really pleased to have seen it on a kindle offer. (Don’t be put off by the boring cover!) Recommended.
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