I had 5 days off work. You know what that means.
I read books! And I’m going to share them with you!!!
I tried to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I gave it quite a few chapters. And then I quit. I just couldn’t get into it! I’m sorry to all of you who said it was good. Maybe I’ll try again someday. I think I’m just not meant for the classics.
I re-read The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Man, that’s one good book. I read it two summers ago and loved it; I had to read it again after seeing the movie. (Movie was really well done.) Have you read that one? I think everyone’s read that one by now. I just love Skeeter and Abelene.
I read Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson. It was good. I love James Patterson but this wasn’t one of the best Alex Cross books. But I liked it!! I think I’ve just read so many of his that it would take something phenomenal from him to excite me at this point. I’m a loyal fan though so I read them all.
I then happened to read (this was a few weeks ago) Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter. I loved it. I couldn’t put it down. At the end, it directed you to her website (because the ending was so good and you weren’t sure if it was real or not…) and I discovered that I had just read the last book in a series!! I get so excited to find a new author, that I like and that has a whole series! The only bad part was that I had read the last one first; I’m a little obsessive-compulsive about reading things in order. Stupid me didn’t look to see the order they went in and just found every Slaughter book I could get my hands on. Can you believe I read them all backwards? I just finished the very first book in the Grant County series. I loved them all. I am telling you, if you like murder mysteries, these are for you. I. could. not. put. them. down. All of them! The second to last one was really disturbing; at one point I thought I might throw up from what she was describing. It was a very intense story and, after that one part, I really enjoyed it.
Here are the Grant County series books…in order:
Beyond Reach 2007
A Faint Cold Fear 2003
I rather enjoyed them backwards, but I would recommend reading them in order if you can. Especially if you’re obsessive-compulsive like me. They all have the same characters which is also something I enjoy in a book. Now that I’ve read them all, I understand why the last book directed you to a website to debrief. You definitely become invested in the characters. The series is set in a small town in the south and features the chief of police, Jeffrey Tolliver, his ex-wife (or is she??) Sara Linton (who is also the town pediatrician and coroner….yes, you read that right) and Lena Adams, a fellow police officer. They are so very good! What are you waiting for….go get them!
She also has other books not in this series. I just downloaded them to my Kindle today. I’ll be sure to share my thoughts when I’m through.