Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

This is the first Sarah Pinborough book I’ve read.

I’m super impressed with Behind Her Eyes (2017).

Great plot.  Very good writing.

A single mother Louise, sleeps with a man she meets in the Bar.  It turns out to be her new boss David

Louise develops an unlikely and secret friendship with his wife Adele.

What starts as an unconventional love triangle soon becomes a dark, psychological tale of suspense and twisted revelations, as Louise finds herself caught in a dangerous web of secrets where nothing and no-one is what they seem.

A British psychological thriller web television miniseries was filmed 2019.  I’m looking forward to seeing that.

 

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta

This is my second Koryta book, and I now know see why Stephen King and Lee Child are such fans.

The bad guys are two of the best/worst I can recall in fiction.

The book never lags.  And much of the action happens in mountains, the hiker in me was thrilled.

Many feel this is his best book, so far.

When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he’s plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens.

The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains.

Angelina Jolie will star in the movie.

John Oliver on Confederate statues & memorials

Compromise – MOVE any controversial statue into a museum.  

Laying out the Confederacy’s rationale for seceding from the U.S.

Savannah, Georgia, March 21, 1861

Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens:

“Our new government[‘s] foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man.”

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (2017)

ALL PARENTS MATTER – Boycott Father’s Day 😀

My buddy Dean — a father on Father’s Day — posted something I’d not considered.

According to professor David Theo Goldberg, “All Lives Matter” reflects a view of “racial dismissal, ignoring, and denial”.

On Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill Maher expressed support for use of the “Black Lives Matter” phrase, stating that “‘All Lives Matter’ implies that all lives are equally at risk, and they’re not”. …

P.S.

I’m OK with the use of Blue Lives Matter. Police and law enforcement are also at greater risk than the general population. Of course they voluntarily signed-up for that risk.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The Glass Hotel is a 2020 novel by Emily St. John Mandel.

This is literature.   The author is a young, Canadian from Comox, British Columbia.

I listened to it while cycling near Comox.

It follows the aftermath of a disturbing graffiti incident at a hotel on Vancouver Island and the collapse of an international Ponzi scheme.

The Atlantic said:

“The structure is virtuosic, as the fragments of the story coalesce by the end of the narrative into a richly satisfying shape. There are wonderful moments of lyricism.”

The character of Vincent is fascinating.  I want to know more about her.

I really liked her previous book too – Station Eleven.

 

Line of Duty – season 3 (2016)

Easily the best season, so far.

100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

A surprising and intense finale.

The series follows Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), D.S. Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and D.C. Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) as they lead an investigation into the corrupt actions of Sergeant Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays).

This series’ supporting cast includes Craig Parkinson as D.I. Matthew “Dot” Cottan and Polly Walker as Gill Biggeloe. Keeley Hawes reprises her role as D.I. Lindsay Denton.

Every actor is great. Hawes was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress award for this role.

 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I post on Juneteenth, the day celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.

Small Great Things (2016) was recommended for those who want to learn more about racism.

The American author, Jodi Picoult, is a white woman.

I’m a super privileged white man.

And I did learn from this book.  Especially many of the subtle instances where Black Americans are stereotyped by oblivious whites.  It made me wonder how many times I’ve done the same things.  I am often oblivious of the feelings of those around me.

The story concentrates on an African-American labor/delivery (L&D) nurse, Ruth Jefferson, in charge of newborns at a Connecticut hospital.

Ruth is ordered not to touch or go near the baby of a white supremacist couple. After the baby dies in her care, Ruth is charged with murder, and taken to court.

Small Great Things is being adapted into a film starring Viola Davis and Julia Roberts.

P.S.

I happened to have recently read a big chunk of The Innocents Abroad (1869) by Mark Twain, one of the best-selling travel books of all time.  Of course Twain was a humorist, skilled at making me laugh.

He’s an American imperialist abroad, mocking everyone and everything he finds abroad.  It was off-putting.  Later in life he became an ardent anti-imperialist.

Twain was an adamant supporter of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of slaves, even going so far as to say, “Lincoln‘s Proclamation … not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also”.  Yet in his travel book you have to call him a racist.

That I found also off-putting.

The only instance of praise for anyone in the first part of the book, however, was for an African American tour guide working in Europe.  The only good guide they had in months.

Last Words by Michael Koryta

Update – Later I tried the sequel, Rise the Dark, but couldn’t finish.

Michael Koryta is a prize winning American author of contemporary crime and supernatural fiction.

This is his first book that I’ve read. It was recommend by many of my favourite authors.

That said, this one is only OK.

Markus Novak, the lead character, is neither compelling nor all that interesting.

The plot is excellent, however. And surprising.

Still mourning the death of his wife, private investigator Mark Novak accepts a case that may be his undoing. On the same day his wife died, the body of a teenage girl was pulled from the extensive and perilous cave system beneath Southern Indiana. Now the man who rescued the girl, who was believed to be her killer, begs Novak to uncover what really happened.

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