Here we go again. I’m still behind.
The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. This is Deanna Madden #1. This was a book club selection. I picked it and I am completely willing to take the blame for how awesome this was. Deanna never leaves her apartment. To earn money, she has cyber-sex with clients via webcam. She is afraid to leave her apartment because she has urges… to kill people. In order to save a young girl, she needs to leave the apartment. Chaos ensues. I loved it. I’m giving it 4 stars.
Extraordinary People by Peter May – I borrowed this as an actual book from the BPL. This is The Enzo Files #1. I really like this author. Enzo is a Scottish biology professor living in France. He takes a bet from friends and embarks on a quest to find a man that has been missing for ten years. This is a classic detective novel. It’s not quite as great as his Lewis trilogy, but thoroughly enjoyable in its own right. I’m giving it 3 stars.
The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This was really good. I don’t normally enjoy books by this author, but how could I pass up a novel about George Sand? I’m not sure I realized quite how much of a character George Sand actually was. This novel basically looks at Sand’s love life and, to some extent, how it related to her novels. Of course, Sand’s relationships with other famous figures from the time just makes this novel even more interesting. If you enjoy historical fiction, I definitely recommend this. I’m giving it 4 stars.
Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. I thought this was really great. It is written as a mix of journal entries and letters sent between the main characters. The author of the journal is Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf, a notable painter in her own right. The novel explores, primarily, the relationship between the sisters. It also delves into the lives of the Bloomsbury Group before they were all famous. It is really well written and tells the story from the point of view of a narrator that may not have been an obvious choice to some. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys historical fiction or has an interest in painting or literature. I’m giving this 4 stars.
The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This book was surprisingly good. It is loosely based on the life of an Italian medium who lived in the early part of the 20th century. It is told from the point of view of a believer who accompanies her on a tour of Europe in which she must prove herself to the scientific community. The story is compelling and it is really well written. The characters are believable and easy to relate to. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys historical fiction. You do not need to be a believer in order to enjoy this. It’s really just a great story. I’m giving this 4 stars.
That’s it for week 6. And my NetGalley feedback level is back at a normal level. Go me!