Oct 052017
 

The Sinner

Author: Petra Hammesfahr
ISBN: 9780143132851
Publisher: Penguin

Summary

On a sunny summer afternoon by the lake, Cora Bender stabs a man to death. Why? What would cause this quiet, kind young mother to stab a complete stranger in the throat over and over again, in full view of her family and friends? For the local police, it’s an open-and-shut case. Cora quickly confesses and there’s no shortage of witnesses, but those questions remain unanswered. Haunted by the case, the police commissioner refuses to close the file and begins his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into a woman’s private hell. A dark, spellbinding novel, where the truth is to be questioned at every turn.

About the Author

Hailed as Germany’s Patricia Highsmith, Petra Hammesfahr has written more than twenty crime and suspense novels, and also writes scripts for film and television. She has won numerous literary prizes, including the Crime Prize of Wiesbaden and the Rhineland Literary Prize. Her breakthrough novel, The Sinner, was a major critical and commercial success internationally, including in Germany, where it stayed on the bestseller list for more than fifteen months. The Sinner has been adapted for television as a limited series on USA starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman.

My Review

I decided to purchase this book after being completely enamored with the limited series on USA. It was an amazing show, if you haven’t watched it, go binge those 8 episodes -you won’t regret it!!

As for the book, it is equally amazing. It does follow the show fairly closely but we do see a lot more of the abuse that Cora has gone through as she grew up and the way she came to be. I feel like the show was more about someone else inquiring into Cora’s actions that day on the beach, but the book explains to us how Cora was raised and really answers everything amazingly well. The show did too and I honestly can’t compare them as far as quality goes.

Normally, a show is either better or worse than the book, and while I would love to say that the show was better simply because the English wasn’t the greatest for the book as it was translated from German, the story itself is equally as compelling and forces you to keep turning the page. If you love one you will love the other.

I am looking forward to reading other books by Hammesfahr that are translated to English.

The basis for the “instantly gripping” (Washington Post) limited series on USA starring Jessica Biel, The Sinner is an internationally bestselling psychological thriller surrounding an unexplained murder

On a sunny summer afternoon by the lake, Cora Bender stabs a complete stranger to death. Why? What would cause this quiet, kind young mother to commit such a startling act of violence in front of her family and friends?

Cora quickly confesses and it seems like an open-and-shut case. But the police commissioner, haunted by these unaswered questions, refuses to close the file and begins his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into the depths of her own psyche and the violent secrets buried within.

A dark, spellbinding novel where the truth is to be questioned at every turn, The Sinner is now a smash summer hit, with the TV series hailed as one of the best new shows of summer.

“As I read [the novel], I kept going, ‘I know where this is going—there’s no way this could be interesting.’ And then it would just take a com­pletely different direction.” —Jessica Biel

“The Sinner is unnerving and weird and guaranteed to stick with you weeks later.” —Sarah Weinman, editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives and Women Crime Writers

“Hauntingly insightful and sensitive.” —The Guardian

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Feb 212017
 

Chaos (Scarpetta #24)
by Patricia Cornwell
ISBN: 0062436724
URL: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062436726/chaos

Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.

Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.

She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and “a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.”

My Review

I absolutely LOVE Cornwell and the Scarpetta series, however this wasn’t the best in the series. There was a lot of buildup to a fairly fast ending. The book is entirely narrated by Kay Scarpetta and talks about her family and the past and things that anyone who has read the majority of this series would already know. That said, its a GREAT book for someone who is new to Cornwell and the Scarpetta series! It wasn’t as big of a page-turner as other Scarpetta novels, but it was still good and a book I will keep on my shelves to read again!

I did feel like I have missed the last book previous to this because there were some major life changes for one of the main characters, but it was explained enough to understand and to be honest, I don’t know if it would be in a prior book. I will certainly find out when I see the book I am missing!

About Patricia Cornwell

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.

Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.

She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and “a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.”

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Feb 012017
 

It’s that time of year where we have all made resolutions and set goals. Some of us want to learn to play an instrument or take lessons. If you are in Austin or have a Guitar Center nearby then you should definitely check out the classes they are offering!

The Austin music stores at Guitar Center are open from 10am until 9pm on weekdays and also have hours on both Saturdays and Sundays! They offer services for rentals, repairs, and even for professionals!

Rentals available at Guitar Center Austin Include:
Guitars
Effects
Drums
Keyboards
Lighting
DJ gear
Sound systems
Microphones
PA systems
Speakers
Backline equipment

Definitely go and check out Guitar Center Austin or find one near you on their website! You can start your journey by taking lessons or pick up professional equipment for any event!

Aug 142016
 

I NEVER thought Aria could be part of it all of this time but then this season she has been sticking out to me more. Like first with her keeping the hair cut that she was supposed to be terrorized to get. i have PTSD and the last thing someone with PTSD wants is to keep something that their abuser did to them. So the hair made me think that it was odd, especially when Hanna had such a REAL reaction in shredding her room apart saying it was all tainted and ruined.

Then when Mary had darker hair I was like hmm because even identical twins don’t always carry the exact same traits through their whole lives, and it seems like when we see clips of what could have been Mary in other seasons she had darker hair and Jessica was blonde, we don’t ReALLY know whose hair is closest to natural we just know they are both dyed. Next was how Aria’s parents seem to be with

Then when Mary had darker hair I was like hmm because even identical twins don’t always carry the exact same traits through their whole lives, and it seems like when we see clips of what could have been Mary in other seasons she had darker hair and Jessica was blonde, we don’t ReALLY know whose hair is closest to natural we just know they are both dyed. Next was how Aria’s parents seem to be with

Then when Mary had darker hair I was like hmm because even identical twins don’t always carry the exact same traits through their whole lives, and it seems like when we see clips of what could have been Mary in other seasons she had darker hair and Jessica was blonde, we don’t ReALLY know whose hair is closest to natural we just know they are both dyed. Next was how Aria’s parents seem to be with

Next was how Aria’s parents seem to be with her, like they are scared or walking on egg-shells around her, plus there is the whole why did Merideth drug Aria and lock her in the basement thing and why was Byron okay with it? Also, why does Ella seem to have memory issues when it comes to talking about Aria or to Aria, its like she is being very careful to not give things away, perhaps Byron is her dad but Ella is not her mother? Who is

Who is Charlotte’s dad?

Finally, we have what happened to the girls versus what has happened to Aria. From the very beginning Aria was the very first to receive an A text, BUT the damages A did to her were very very mild, like the letter to her mom saying her dad had cheated and she knew, the weights being bolted wrong that could have fallen and killed Mike, but happened to fall on Aria (she could have set that up knowing Mike wouldnt get hurt), in the doll house her hair was cut and streaked pink, and of course like i said before the whole Merideth issue. All the time that A could have put Ezra in jail for dating a student and all of her lying to see him etc was never on A’s radar, we have to trust that A was aware of this stuff as it went on for months and A never used it, why?

Hanna, on the other hand, was run over by Mona and broke her leg and nearly needed her spleen removed, she was forced to humiliate herself publicly about the money her mom stole from the bank, her relationship with Caleb was ALWAYS being threatened, she had clearly went through something very traumatic in the doll house that we didn’t even see since she was such a mess, Hanna’s mom was arrested for Wilden’s murder which was supposedly committed my CeCe, the Carrisseeme group offered her a huge scholarship like they were saying sorry. And of course she was just kidnapped again and tortured by waterboarding and electrocution.

Spencer was given drugs, driven to insanity and drug use, was lead to believe Toby was killed by A, was arrested for murdering Bethany, was pulled away from all of her schooling and such by A and in the doll house was covered in blood and left to think she had killed someone. As much as Spencer would work to get ahead things would always pull her back and leave her looking guilty or insane, like her being locked in the shower and Aria finding her.

Emily was nearly hit by a car and ruined her swimming career, her house had a car drive through it and nearly crunch her mom (and of course we can’t forget it had the shoes to help frame Hanna’s mom for Wilden’s death), she received cryptic messages in note form in the locker rooms etc, Sara ran away to live with her and keep tabs on her, and again we don’t know what exactly happened in the doll house with her but she seems pretty messed up by her experience when Aria simply didn’t. We don’t know how Emily’s dad was killed but it seems pretty recent based on how Pam was acting this past episode. Emily’s eggs were stolen and who knows what happened to them. She was drugged via lotions with a steroid, and Paige and her were constantly fighting and barely together as a result of trying to keep Paige safe from A.

Lots happened to all the girls, but it really seems like the stuff that happened to Aria was more of a “me too” type of thing since nothing major occurred and the small things all easily could have been set up by her. Like I said, I was never into it being Aria before but now I am definitely wondering.

 Posted by at 12:38 AM
Jan 032016
 
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published by Slogan Books (first published August 31st 2011)
ASIN: B005KKUVX6

Summary

In the exclusive enclave of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, a woman who builds custom guitars is murdered. A disgraced ex-cop turned private investigator is hired by the dead woman’s father and immediately becomes the target of a violent ex-convict. An enigmatic music star performs damage control on her links to the dead woman. And a professional killer who idolizes Keith Richards is brought into town by a mysterious employer.

My Review

Started and finished this book in a single day. I love when I get sucked into a book so quickly that I lose track of time! It has been awhile since I have really enjoyed reading and I am finding some awesome reads lately that are just sucking me straight in.
This was a suspense/mystery without much graphic so I consider it to be a fairly clean read. There was some moments but that was more than expected.
The story for me was quite unique having it be a private investigator rather than a police officer or another member of law being the one who is doing all the leg work and unraveling the mystery/story. I enjoyed the extreme use of humor in this book, it really made it feel like I was reading the thoughts of the narrator rather than just the actions, which was a lot of fun. I love that this story had me guessing as the pages turned. Definitely recommend it to anyone who is into crime novels!!

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