Monday, June 23, 2008

Magic Hour

Book Review #1

In addition to all of my time spent being creative... I've been reading a lot. I love when people tell me about good books, so I figured that I would review the books that I read this summer (and I've got a stack).

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

I've never read any of her books, and I usually steer more towards chick lit and/or classics, but this was a hit (in my opinion). The book is about a feral child (i.e. child raised by wolves and/or other animals) who emerges from the woods and can't talk, let alone function well in the real world. The book outlines her journey and recovery, focusing significantly on her work with a psychiatrist. Not only is a fabulous book full of psychological references, it's also a love story, and a tale of a relationship between siblings.

Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon

This book isn't one that I would normally go for either- but I really enjoyed it. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I ordered another book by this author to read later this summer. This book is about a girl who was ridiculed as a young child, and is later murdered. The book is a murder mystery, that follows one woman's past and present. Pam Lewis, who reviewed this book wrote, "Part ghost story, part whodunit, and part coming of age tale. Promise not to tell takes you through the twisted world of adolescent friendship, betrayal, and murder."

Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern

This story was also quite fabulous, and I'm just waiting for this author to produce another piece so that I can read it. This story is also about a childhood murder, but it is so much more than that- and I would say that it's more of a psychological suspense thriller, rather than a murder mystery. The focus of the story is about an autistic boy who witnessed a crime in the woods behind his school. However, this boy cannot talk, and cannot say nothing about what he saw that day. This book was so suspenseful, that I finished it within one day. I just couldn't put it down.

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As you can see, there is a minor theme in my reading choices thus far- children. Perhaps it's the school psychologist in me, but regardless, I would check them out.

Don't worry, I've returned to my lighter beach fare, and I'll share what I think about those soon.

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