Part of my much-loved summer schedule is the beach. In Ontario we are very fortunate to have many wonderful (and cold) lakes.
There is nothing I find more relaxing that a long swim, followed by being warmed by the sun as I read. This summer I was lucky enough to read a host of great books while on vacation in Northern Ontario, Nova Scotia and Calgary, Alberta (it’s been a busy summer).
‘Leaving time’ by Jodi Picoult has become one of my top three Picoult novels of all time. Interspersed with scientific observations of the magnanimous African Elephant and the life of a researcher, we follow the story of thirteen year old Jenna Metcalf who is searching for her missing Mom.
Our heart-strings are pulled as Jenna enlists the help of Serenity Jones, a fallen from grace medium and a drunken private investigator ex-cop, Virgil Stanhope. Jenna’s voice is authentic. She is a witty and intelligent teen who is sometimes far too honest and trusting for her own good. A character we can truly get behind and route for.
Liane Moriarty is an author out of Sydney, Australia with six internationally best-selling novels.
‘the Husbands Secret’ – “Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret-something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…”(Taken from the back of the novel)
This novel had me hooked from the start. A quintessential summer read that keeps you guessing with serious plot twists and turns. The characters and realistic and quirky, something I appreciate, and Liane Moriarty has mastered the quippy internal dialogue of her characters.To say I LOVED IT would be a gross understatement. Pick one up today!
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.
What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.
Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.-Blurb taken from GoodReads.
The Follow up to ‘The Naturals’ was ‘Killer Instinct’
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.
But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father-a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?
There is never a guarantee that the second novel in a series will be as good as the first, but in this case I felt that ‘Killer Instinct’ surpassed ‘The Naturals’ and kept me on my toes for much of the novel.
On my list to read for the remainder of the summer are the following;