The Secret Life and Chilling Crimes of
                       Colonel Russell Williams

            Disturbing to say the least.  This is a horribly, abhorrent account of Colonel Russell William's life and the sequence of events involved in the crimes he committed.

            When I finished reading this (after my husband had finished and was walking around the house shaking his head over it for a couple days), I felt sick to my stomach.  I read alot of murder/mystery books, but the accused in them "make sense" in a senseless way...they had shown signs of becoming a serial killer from a young age. You can credit them with no hope being how they behaved from a young age.

            Russell Williams starts in his 40's on his crime spree where two women die at his hands after being brutalized for hours, let alone the few he let live and the homes he broke into to steal undergarments.

            What is particularly horrendous about all this is that he was a power figure in Canada, hobknobbing with The Queen, Parliamentary members, local celebrities, as well as the Commander of Canada's most important Airforce Base in Ontario and while he was on his crime spree during his off hours, managed to do his job with self-discipline and professionally.  He had it all...money, power, fame and threw it all away for a gruesome fantasy life.  To have an influential Canadian soldier commit these atrocities is embarassing for all Canadians to say the least.

            This book will have you checking your door and window locks....

            This was such a unique story narrated through the eyes of a five year old boy, Jack, who literally spent the first five years of his life being raised by his kidnapped mother in an 11' x 11' Room.

            Extremely well written, almost as if the author, Emma Donoghue,  had experienced this phenomena herself.  How would you handle teaching your child about everything with barely any learning tools and no hands on experience with things we all take for granted?

            At first, when I started reading it, I was thinking...this is so strange...reading a book in the person of the child involved....but then you realize, the handicap of his reality is amazing.  I've never read a book like this and I loved it! 


            This was EXCELLENT!  Wow!  I just put it down and had to rush into the house to post a blog!  I can't wait to see the movie! 

            The furtive struggle of black maids treated so badly in the 60's in Mississippi and their relationship with their white employers is made public (anonymously) through a visionary, 23yrold white woman searching for equality between not only races, but also people in general. 

            The characters and the writing is done so authentically, you feel as if you know them all personally and then....it's over!  Worst part was when it ended, because I wanted to keep reading!  Definitely pick this book up!  Wow!


            A fast paced, easy read about a federal protection officer, Corte, and his principals, who are the people he's protecting from a hired lifter.  The lifter, Henry Loving, always seems to be a few steps ahead of Corte throughout the story and there are many twists and turns that are completely unexpected as Corte strives to uncover the reason behind the lifter being hired.  The lifter is dangerous because he'll use any means to acquire the information he's after, torture being a primary method.

            The reason I loved this book is because (and no offense to Jeffery Deaver, but) it wasn't about Lincoln Rhymes.  I was getting a bit put off with that same character in all his recent books and had actually stopped reading this author for awhile, but this book has brought be back to being an avid fan again.  Thanks Jeffery Deaver!

              An absolutely fabulous read!  The poignant, true to life story of two women's individual hardships growing up in Afghanistan and how their lives merged together into a world where they learn to trust each other and make sacrifices you & I couldn't imagine.  The developing history of the country over their lifespans along with their own oppression brought on by political reasons as well as the men in their lives make this a novel you won't put down until you are finished.  Khaled Hosseini is a new breed of writer for me and brilliant in his method of melding real life in a fictional story.

        One of the funniest novels I've ever read...like "laugh out loud" funny!  I'd be reading this "part 2" to The Gold Coast and Dan would be sleeping beside me and I'd wake him up laughing and giggling.  The sarcastic wit of John Sutter, the main character, is hysterical...while all along the saga on Long Island continues with Frank Bellarosa, Mafia Leader, once again.  The story is such a great mystery read and once you read this particular Nelson Demille book, you'll read "all" of them!

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             An excellent read.  I actually read The Gate House first, not having realized who Nelson Demille was, which is crazy, because we've all been exposed to his work.  I realized that I had read The General's Daughter years ago, after I read The Gate House and this is my author of the year in my world!  Obviously, I went back and read The Gold Coast and it was still great even though I knew what was going to happen in the second book.  The book has the mafia man, Frank Bellarosa, trying to co-exist with the upper class in a not so subtle manner and the main character is a sarcastic lawyer, John Sutter.  It takes place on the Gold Coast of Long Island and will entertain you to no end.




            All my life, I've read like a maniac...under the covers as a kid with a flashlight and still now into the wee hours of the morning.  Once I pick up a book, there's nothing else I want to do.  You get lost in books and to me, it's like watching an excellent movie, but you design the set and choose the appearance of the characters in your head while reading.  It's called imagination!

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