September was not the best of months for me for a number of reasons and, although I managed to read or listen to (9) books, September was also my slowest reading month of 2022. I did enjoy several of the books I read though so let's look at those.
Favorite Books of SEPTEMBER
Forsaken Country; Allen Eskens
Mulholland Books - Macmillan Audio - 2022
(audio purchase and NetGalley (eBook)
(11 hours 10 min - Brian Troxell - narrator - very good
Allen Eskens is one of my favorite authors and, I've read everything he has written since his first book, The Life We Bury (2013). Forsaken Country is his latest release and, the story held me captive even though at times I had wished for a different outcome. I thought it was truly deserving of a 5 star rating.
Max Rupert is a former homicide detective in Minneapolis, MN. He is mourning the loss of his wife and, he is also haunted by an incident triggered by her loss. Lyle Voight is the former sheriff who is desperate to find his daughter, Sandy, and his six year old grandson, Pip, who have gone missing. Lyle believes his former son-in-law, Reed, is responsible for their disappearance and, he pleads with Max to help him investigate and locate them. What follows is an intense thrill ride with both nail-biting and tender moments.
Esken's characters have so much depth and, even some of the bad guys, men who have done terrible things show us that they have a soft side in this story. I love the way the author has a way of drawing you in and making you feel invested in the characters and their outcomes. While reading this one, I quickly. forgot everything I had planned to do as I just had to keeping reading/listening.
BTW - For readers new to Allen Eskens, Max Rupert is a character that has appeared in other novels yet this book can be easily read as a standalone.
Rating - 5/5 stars
We Spread; Iain Reid
Simon ^ Schuster Audio - 2022
(5 hours 58 minutes)
Narrator - Robin Miles - very good)
(audio download sent by publisher)
Penny is an elderly artist who has lived in the same apartment with her long term partner for years and years. After her partner passed away, she felt comfort in the sameness of her days, surrounded by the things she loved and which brought her comfort. She felt happy and at peace despite the fact her partner had died.
After a few incidents at the apartment, she finds herself uprooted from her apartment and the things that she loves to a strange but beautiful home occupied by several elderly residents her age and some kind staff. The group dines together, continues with hobbies and socializes. They are supervised by a caring staff who monitors their daily activities but, for Penny it is not the same as her apartment.
This was quick, well-written novel that I very much enjoyed. It was one of those stories that as a senior myself, made me pause and reflect. It was hard to see many of Penny's prized possessions of her former life packed away as she was moved to her new residence. Her new life was often clouded by confusion yet it felt quite realistic.
RATING - 4.5/5 stars
- The Left-Handed Twin; Thomas Perry - 4/5 stars - (September)
- The Woman in the Library; Sulari Gentill - 2.5/5 stars
- Killers of a Certain Age; Deanna Raybourn - 3/5 stars
- Dark Tales: Stories; Shirley Jackson - 4/5 stars
- The Lost Girls of Willowbrook; Ellen Marie Wiseman - 4/5 stars
- We Spread; Iain Reid - 4.5/5 stars
- Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six; Lisa Unger - 3.5/5 stars
- Forsaken Country; Allen Eskens - 5/5 stars
- Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir of Friendship (NF) ; Nina Totenberg - 3/5 stars (no review yet)
(YTD - 127)
September Book Group - I was able to make my book group lunch and meeting which was fun as always. We had several new members thia month who offered some interesting perspective on Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. You can read my review here. While more than half of us were non-SF fans, we enjoyed the story anyways. Others, a few with a physics background enjoyed the SF aspects yet wanted more depth.
- Fellowship Point; Alice Elliot Dark - almost done
- Quartet in Autumn; Barbara Pym - almost done - Bucket List Book
October Reading Plans