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Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

This book is the second in a new mystery series by J.K. Rowling writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. We again follow Private Detective Cormoran Strike as he solves the murder of a celebrity, although this time around the murdered character was not very well known but rather catapulted to fame by his gory and symbolic murder. 

Much as in Cuckoo’s Calling, Strike begins his investigation on the urging of a character that no one else will believe and fearlessly continues his increasingly dangerous quest for the truth. Rowling continues to impress for adult readers, especially those who grew up reading Harry Potter books. The plot is set up so well I remained glued to my seat throughout the beginning of the book, a feeling which only intensified as the story went on. What I love about the Cormoran Strike novels is that Rowling truly leaves you guessing: up until the murderer is revealed, it could be many of the characters. The 'big reveal' of the murderer happens all at once in a blast of mayhem.

If you want a murder mystery book that is thrilling and gory and set in modern day London, this book is for you.

Someone - Alice McDermott

One ordinary life told from the perspective of she who is living it. 
I do not normally read realistic or historical fiction but this book caught my eye with its simple, stark cover. When I saw how short it was – fewer than 300 pages – I thought I would give it a try. At first this book seemed like I was reading several arbitrarily arranged short stories about the same character but by the end of the book the storyline was moving in a more linear way.

Beginning with a childhood encounter with ill-fated teenage neighbor Pegeen Chahab at age seven, Marie Commeford narrates the story of her own life in brief, descriptive chapters. The story roughly follows the progression of Marie’s life interrupted by occasional flashbacks and flash-forwards, as if an adult Marie is recounting stories and tying them together in a stream of consciousness. This book has an ethereal quality to it and reading it is like looking in on someone’s memories.

I would recommend this book to fans of realistic fiction fans and to people who like books that are deep, thoughtful, and more about observation and reflection than plot.

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