I'm back with more R.I.P. Reading thoughts. I've been delighted to fall down the 'rabbit hole' of read/listens for September. And I've completed 11 books. My 'reading mojo' seems to be back and it's been quite a treat. All the books I'll talk about today are by authors that I've very much enjoyed in the past. That being said, I'm not sure a couple of these are their 'most loved' works - for me anyway. Let me tell you about them.Liane Moriarty, a very popular author. I'm always excited to see a new book by this Australian writer. However, I don't think this one will be my favorite. I remember years ago reading The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies, loving both of them. Later books have been not as favored by me. Apples Never Fall - I'm afraid it falls in the 'I liked it OK but didn't love it' category. This story is about a family, the Delaney's, who all play tennis. There are the parents, Stan and Joy, and four grown children, Amy, Logan, Troy and Brooke. The parents were tennis coaches and ran a noted tennis academy. Everyone in the family plays well, just not well enough to be world famous. The kids grew up and all moved away from the sport. The parents have sold their business and are now trying to adjust to retirement. One night, a young woman, Savannah, knocks on their door and says she needs help - her boyfriend has attacked her. Stan and Joy take her in and offer their support and help for a time. Then Joy goes missing. No one knows where she is. Savannah also can't be found. The police get involved and the Delaney siblings don't know what to think. Secrets abound with all the family members. Lots and lots of arguing, talking, hiding things and endless back and forth. I wanted to shake all the characters and tell them to grow up. It sort of felt like everyone was in middle school. As I said, liked it well enough, but won't be a favorite. Has anyone else read this? Reactions?Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite books. The title is In Her Tracks and it's the 8th book (I've read them all). Tracy Crosswhite is a police detective with the Seattle PD. She's been on an extended leave after having a baby and spending some time in her hometown of Cedar Grove. After returning to work, she's told that she's being assigned away from her regular team in the Violent Crimes Division and will be working on cold cases. Tracy and her boss do not get along well and haven't since they were at the police academy many years ago. She's taken aback with this new assignment, but it turns out that this is right where her skills and determination are needed. She starts looking into the case of a missing child from 5 years ago and then gets drawn into a current case of a young woman jogging, also going missing. I've really liked this series and recommend it. I've talked about previous books here on the blog. If you want to try it, I'd start with the first book, My Sister's Grave, which tells of Tracy's background and why she became a cop. I'll be watching for #9 in the series, coming out next summer.Carol Goodman's book entitled The Sea Of Lost Girls. I've read several books by this author and liked all of them a lot. She's a good pick for this season as her books are usually set in the woods or at an old school or in the fall or winter - a bunch of Gothic themes. This particular book does includes shades of The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, and also maidens lost at sea. Tess works at a well-known prep school and lives with her husband, also a teacher, and her 17-year-old son, Rudy. The school had been a place where 'wayward' girls were sent before it became a co-ed academy and there's a lot of history here. Not all of it good. Rudy texts his mother late one night for help and Tess goes to get him. He's wet and shivering and there's blood on his shirt. Later, his girlfriend, Lila, is found dead. What is going on and how far will Tess go to protect her son and what she thinks might have happened? As I said, lots of themes that relate to legends and literature. I liked the story, but Tess about drove me crazy with her 'nutty' thinking and her way of 'helping' those she 'loves'. She wanted to protect her son, but her way of doing so involved way too much lying for my liking. I will continue to read this author's books and I have several more on her list to try. This particular one was just not my favorite. Ah well.
I'm now reading The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James. Will be discussing this one with a 'new-to-me' book group here at my library. Can't wait! Have you read any of these books I've mentioned? I'd love to know your reaction to them. Do tell!