Fantastic plotting, with identical twins in every way except behavior. Tara follows the straight path, Tia is bold and adventuresome. When Tia's job as a tour director on a cruise ship requires her to stay overnight in Mazatlan, she meets hotel owner Guillermo, and takes on a side job with him. Because she travels back and forth to Los Angeles regularly, she is the perfect one to transport information to his office in Los Angeles. Tia does not know that what she is doing is illegal, but when she realizes it, is too far in to extricate herself. When she fakes her own death and takes on Tara's identity, trouble begins for Tara. Tara, who has been estranged from Tia for years, now must prove she is innocent of any crimes and also that Tia is still alive. With the help of the police and her computer specialist boyfriend, Tara pulls things together. The ending is realistic and satisfying. A hard book to put down.
Recently Goodreads posed the above question. It made me think about my own reading habits. I always have a book in front of me, and my preferred reading is a good mystery. But I, like most of you, belong to a book club, and our members each get a choice as to what books we'll read in the coming year. We read fiction and many of the books are excellent. I probably would have not chosen certain books on my own, but my book club membership gives me the chance to read these books and enjoy them. I'm glad I have this opportunity to broaden my reading experience. Yet, once in a while a clunker comes along and reading it is not a good experience.
Once I start a book I like to finish it. I rarely give up on a book but sometimes I have to. It was interesting to read the answers those on Goodreads gave. Many felt like me, but when they had to stop, it was usually after 100 pages. For some reason 100 pages is the benchmark. For me it is about the same. Some books start off slowly and you need to give them time. Others never seem to get interesting. I often wonder how they were able to get published. For my book club this month I found the selected book boring and difficult to follow. Yet it won a Pulitzer prize! I simply was not able to keep reading. I went at least to 100 pages but no improvement. I even "fast forwarded" to see if any sections were more compelling, but no.
Readers, what do you do? Do you stick with it at all costs, or do you feel like most of us, "so many books, so little time?"
Are you on Goodreads? If so, do you do book reviews? Whenever I do a book review on Goodreads I like to link it to by blog. As you can see, I have several here already. Lately, the "copy and paste" feature they provide for copying is not working. It does not pick up the text of my review, only the book cover and my rating. I have been unable to connect with anyone on Goodreads who can help me out on this. If you've faced the same problem, and solved it, please let me know the secret. Thanks so much.
I'm a fan of Connelly and this book did not disappoint. Harry Bosch is back again with his gruff ways but soft heart. There are parallel stories here. A father and son are shot in their pharmacy, uncovering a "pill" shop where illegal prescriptions are filled and sold on the street. While Harry is working this case, an old case of his reopens and accuses him of planting evidence that convicted an innocent man. Harry knows the conviction was clean and enlists the help of his half-brother, Mickey Haller (the Lincoln lawyer). In the process of working both cases, Harry encounters a side of life even he had not experienced, and almost gets himself killed. Without spoiling anything, this book wraps up well and logically. There are many twists and turns which will keep you reading into the night. The plotting is outstanding. Connelly seems to outdo himself with each new book.