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Emergence by John Birmingham

Emergence (David Hooper, #1)Emergence by John Birmingham

My rating: 3 of 5 tophats

Hungover oil rigger kills deep sea alien and gets aliens super powers. War for planet domination begins.

Dick lit that is good but somehow misses the mark. The main character is a philandering ass who, by his own admission, is not worth much to his family. He is good at getting drunk and hiring top shelf “hookers” and he does care about his staff out on the open water oil rig. Otherwise his depth of character is definitely in the shallows if not in the kiddie pool. By accident Dave kills an interloper from the underworld and all hell breaks loose. If you’re wondering, of course good triumphs in the end…doesn’t it.

Good beach read but I’d suggest a backup.

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House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy

House of EchoesHouse of Echoes by Brendan Duffy
My rating: 4 of 5 Tophats

Depressive former-banker mother, passive-aggressive novelist father, Charlie the odd child who get’s a “tightening” when something bad is about to happen and the baby, Bub, move to upstate New York to refurbish the run down family estate after Charlie is bullied at his former New York school. Fundamentalist religious sect welcomes them, integrates them, and then demands adherence to their religious laws. Hilarity does not ensue.

To me this is somewhat of a mashup between Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon and The Shining by Stephen King. Duffy moves the action along and throws in some intriguing plot twists. This one kept me up past my bedtime reading and then kept me awake long after I went to bed. Super satisfying read.

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The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

The House We Grew Up InThe House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

Hoarding, suicide, family secrets this one has it all and a little bit more.

The Bird family has so many secrets that no one can know about and one of the largest is that Mama Bird is a full-blown hoarder complete with newspaper paths. There is one tiny area that contains a recliner where she sleeps, eats, lives, and corresponds with an online lover. But what does all this clutter really cover up? And why is Rhys’ room just as he left it when he killed himself? This is a fantastic book about a family creating it’s own tragedy in their own very special way. The last paragraph will leave you gasping as this book ends exactly the way it should!

Well worth the read!

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December 26, 2012 · 6:34 pm