I never know what to write about on my days here. So I thought maybe I would comment on two I have read recently and two that are moving to the top of my to read pile.
Behind Closed Doors - Elizabeth Haynes
I loved this one and plan to read more in the series. I got this one in my Left Coast Crime swag bag. The story skips around – from ten years ago to the recent past and to the present. IMO, the transitions were seamless.
Ten years ago, 15-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece. Was she abducted, or did she run away from her severely dysfunctional family? Lou Smith worked the case as a police constable, and failing to find Scarlett has been one of the biggest regrets of her career. No one is more shocked than Lou to learn that Scarlett has unexpectedly been found during a Special Branch raid of a brothel in Briarstone.
The Two Faces of January – Patricia Highsmith
I love Highsmith. It’s incredible how she gets into the head of a sociopath. If you liked the Ripley books, chances are you will like this one as well. I plan to go back and reread the Ripley books soon.
On my to read list:
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town – Jon Krakauer
Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team — the Grizzlies — with a rabid fan base.
The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical.
Dead Wake – Erik Larson
On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.
Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.
I recently picked up Thunderstruck by Larson, but will probably set it aside and read Dead Wake first. So many books to read, so little time.