September in Reviews


To be able to read three 5-star page-turners in one month is a delight. These September books did not disappoint.


IN PIECES is an astounding revelation of a life in pieces by an Academy Award winning American icon, Sally Field. Her memoir is the story of her challenging and lonely childhood, the career that helped her find her voice, and her journey as an actress, daughter and a mother. The book was published September 18, 2018.


FEAR is a riveting and revealing Trump White House horror story by Bob Woodward. The book was released on September 11, 2018. The five star book is highly informative and the details of meetings and conversations provide the book with a strong sense of believability as well as credibility. There was so much in this book to absorb, but the quotes that has intrigue me the most, and find the most revealing was his advice to a friend who had acknowledged some bad behavior toward women. Trump’s advice was: “You have got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women. If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you’re dead.


KAFKA ON THE SHORE by Haruki Murakami is an intriguing book that is both imaginative and inventive! The book raises more questions than it answers, which is precisely what makes it so intriguing. The story intertwined the lives of a troubled teenage runaway with a simple elderly man who converses with cats.


NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA was a impeccable 4-star book by Chanel Cleeton. It’s a passionate story of both romance and revolution. It’s about both the beauty as well as the tragedy of a country ripped apart by war. It’s about the daily struggles as well as the heart-wrenching family decisions which must be made in times of war. And it’s about the courage it takes to fight political injustice and the consequences that result. You can’t help but become mesmerized by the story because, despite being fiction it’s so real.


THE 71/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE was another 4-star read just published September 4, 2018. At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed at 11p.m. – and she will be killed again every day, until someone from the party solves the mystery. It’s a convoluted murder mystery that you cannot conceivably figure out, with an interesting science-fiction twist.


THE FORBIDDEN DOOR, is the fourth in the Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz and was published September 11. If you are looking for a strong female character this is it, Jane Hawk is awesome. She is my favorite female character of the year. I would suggest starting with the first book in the series, The Silent Corner to get the full effect.


Fans of Mary Kubica may love WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT. The writing is good and easy to read, but the story failed to hold my attention, because of weak and self-center and immature female characters. Both characters literally fall apart in the face of adversity. Not a book I would want my daughter to read.


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