Saturday, January 9, 2016

Book 1: 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge

Every year Robin McCormack hosts a reading challenge. The goal is to read at least one book per week throughout the year and she is gracious enough to host a blog for participants. If you take a look at the 52 Books in 52 Weeks blog, you will find an enormous number of book suggestions. Robin provides many challenge ideas each week and posts about her own reading as she goes. Readers are encouraged, but not required, to blog a review of sorts about the books they read and Robin provides Mister Linky widget so that we can have all of the reviews in one place. Let me know if you decide to join in!

This first week in January, I read The Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis. I thought the premise was really good - a beach house with a history of murders going back for hundreds of years. I've noticed that when Mr. Patterson has a co-author, his books have a different vibe to them. This one was a bit repetitious with the characters thought patterns and there were a few too many details left out leading directly up to the climax of the story. One result was that the character of the Chief of Police ended up being a bit undeveloped. I did like the main character, Jenna Murphy, quite a bit and I would like to see her in more books. However, there is no indication that this is intended to be a series, unlike the "Women's Murder Club "series. This is a pretty good read and I'd recommend it if you'd like something in the casual reading category.

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