Book Review: Before We Visit The Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Book Review: Before We Visit The Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Review by Dawn Thomas 224 Pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Fiction, Families, Mothers & Daughters The story opens with a telephone call from Bela to her mother, Sabitri. Tara, Bela’s daughter, wants to drop out of college. Bela begs Sabitri to talk Tara out of it. Sabitri is in India and begins to write Tara a letter. What begins with a simple request for Tara to stay in school, turns into the story of her life. From her letter, we see Sabitri as a girl and her desire to get an education. Sabitri has the opportunity to live with a wealthy family in order to go to school. She meets the son, Raj, and a relationship begins. When Raj’s mother finds out about them, she throws Sabitri out of the house. Shamed, she returns to the school and cries. Bijan, her math professor sees Sabitri and comforts her. The story changes from Sabitri to Bela and we hear about her childhood. Bela seems to always cause controversy and I wonder if that is her desire. One of her actions causes a rift in the family from which it cannot…

Book Review: Don’t Lose Her by Jonathon King

Book Review Don’t Lose Her (A Max Freeman Mystery) by Jonathon King Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Mystery & Thriller Literature/Fiction (Adult) When the story begins we meet a very pregnant Diane Manchester, a federal judge, presiding over a drug-lord case. Diane gets a veiled threat from the defendant just before a lunch but doesn’t think much about it. The court is in recess for lunch and Diane heads out to one of her favorite restaurants. Walking she is grabbed off the street, bound and blindfolded into the back of a van. Maybe she should have taken the threat seriously. Billy, Diane’s husband and powerful lawyer asks Max Freeman, a private investigator to look into her disappearance. Max begins pounding the pavement and contacting people he believes could provide information and money is no object. He gets into the lead investigator, Agent Howard’s way and the FBI’s case at every step and breaks more laws than he can count. The story takes us from West Palm Beach to the Everglades while Max searches for Diane and we meet an assortment of acquaintances along the way. Mr. King is a talented writer and the book had a…

Book Review Permanent Spring Showers by Scott Southard

Book Review Permanent Spring Showers by Scott Southard Review by Dawn Thomas 5 Prince Publishing 472 Pages This book is about relationships and how couples deal with changes in their relationship. There are several scenarios happening in the book showing how the different relationships intertwine with each other. The point of view changes depending on the scenario. Portions of the book are journal entries by Jenn. The only confusing part for me was the change of the point of view. A few times I wasn’t sure who was telling the story. The book begins with Rebecca and her husband Bob having a loud argument in the front yard. He just told her he had an affair with one of her students. Rebecca is distraught but must leave for a conference. Unfortunately in her haste to load her bags in the car she leaves a box of books she needed to sell at the conference. Once she arrives and realizes her mistake she must call Bob and ask him to send them to her overnight. The books get lost which proves to be just the first of many life changing events for Rebecca. The second is meeting Vince. Rebecca’s evening with…

Book Review Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Book Review Cop Town by Karin Slaughter Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Bantam Dell 417 Pages Literature/Fiction (Adult), Mystery, Thrillers I have read Karin Slaughter’s books for many years and found them captivating. This book is no different in that aspect. The difference with this book is the time period. The book takes place in the 1970s in Atlanta where civil rights and segregation are finding footholds. Even the police locker rooms are segregated. The main characters are two women police officers and the male officers do not want them there. Maggie has been an officer for five years and faces verbal and physical abuse from her uncle. He has been on the force a long time and doesn’t believe it is the place for women. She struggles every day to make ends meet and help take care of her family. Kate lost her husband to the Vietnam War. She grew up privileged but needed to find a job where she could make a difference. There is a shooter in town killing police officers. Maggie and Kate try to find commonalities between the cases to see if they could narrow down a motive for the killings….

Book Review Dark Moon by Leisl Leighton
Fiction , Magic , Passion , Romance , Uncategorized , Wiccan , Women's Fiction / September 21, 2014

Book Review Dark Moon by Leisl Leighton Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Penguin Books Australia I Destiny Romance Destiny Romance Romance, Women’s Fiction The book begins with us being introduced to Skye. She is a witch that has had her powers bound by her grandfather because she is uncontrollable. Her power has been leaking out which attracts all kinds of people to her. She and her two Wiccan friends went on a skiing trip and there Skye meets Jason. Their passion is instantaneous. Skye is afraid to get close to anyone and doesn’t want to see him again. Fate has other plans and the two are thrown together again when Jason takes his nephew to a new daycare, owned and operated by Skye. Jason woos her until she agrees to go out on a date with him. They must work together to save both of their families from dark magic. Skye is reluctant at first but listens to him and her friends. She must accept who she is before she can do anything and that may be the hardest thing she has ever done. This was an interesting book of good versus evil. The author does a good job building the…

Book Review The Competition by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review The Competition by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas 419 Pages Mulholland Books Mystery & Thriller This is the fourth book in the Rachel Knight series. This book is more intense than the first three. It involves a mass shooting at a school and then a movie theatre. The killers are trying to prove they are better than other mass murders. It is a competition for them.  I was a little apprehensive when I started the book because I could tell where it seemed to be going. This is by no means a horror or slasher book and there was minimal description of the victims which I appreciated. The book unfolded and I felt as if I was riding in the car with Rachel and Bailey (and with Bailey at the wheel you better have your seat belt on). There were leads that turned into dead ends and case seemed to be going nowhere fast. I could not imagine how they were going to pull it together. Ms. Clark shows us there is more to being a prosecutor than writing legal documents and courtroom proceedings. This book was a nail biter with so many twists and turns. You…

Book Review Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Mulholland Books 657 Pages Mystery & Thriller This is the third book in the Rachel Knight series. The book begins with the disappearance and possible kidnapping of two teenagers. Hayley is the daughter of a prominent Hollywood movie producer. She and her boyfriend Brian stage a kidnapping but something goes terribly wrong and they both end up dead. One of the two men accused of the murders is a Hollywood manager and a good friend of Hayley’s father, Russell. Russell does not believe Ian is guilty and stands behind him during the investigation and trial. As the details come to light, there are still questions Rachel cannot answer. She must sort out why the ransom drop was in the wrong location and why the possible theft of a screenplay a decade ago so important. As the book comes to the end light is shed on these questions along with other nagging concerns. This book is different than the first two books in the series. While the other books had some courtroom drama, the majority of this book is based in the courtroom. It feels like we are given an…

Book Review Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Mulholland Books449 Pages Mystery & Thriller This is the second book in the Rachel Knight series. We begin in the past with the murder of police officer in his home. We move to present time and see the murder of a homeless man.  Rachel is in court waiting for her turn to be called when a case before her is about to be thrown out. The prosecutor did not have the necessary witnesses ready to take the stand and the judge dismisses the charges on lack of evidence. Rachel sensing the defendant will disappear if he is released files a motion to retry the case. This gains her the wrath of the prosecutor who believes she is cherry picking cases for publicity. What Rachel uncovers will rock her world. We get a peek into Rachel’s life as a young girl. On her birthday, her older sister, Romy, is doing everything Rachel wants to do. During a game of Hide and Seek, Romy disappears. This destroys Rachel’s family. Her father begins drinking to ease the pain and her mother becomes distant. Now in present day, Graden, Rachel’s boyfriend, uncovers…

Book Review Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Mulholland Books373 Pages Mystery & Thriller This is the first book in the Rachel Knight series. Rachel is a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles. Her world is upended when Jake, her friend and colleague, is found dead in a seedy motel with a minor. Everyone immediately speculates that Jake was a pedophile and he killed the boy before turning the gun on himself. Rachel doesn’t buy this story and begins to investigate. Unfortunately her superiors have a different agenda for her.  Because of the sensitivity of the case, it has been handed off to the FBI. Rachel has been warned to stay away but how can she? She knows Jake is innocent of those allegations and wants to clear his name. Jake’s cases are distributed to the other DAs. Rachel is given a rape case of Susan, a 15 year old girl. Susan’s father is a wealthy doctor with many health clinics around the city. The initial suspect is a gang leader that Susan had been tutoring to pass his GED. Rachel begins interviewing the family and neighbors. As the case unfolds more twists and turns appear….

Book Review: Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert
Fiction , Magic , Memory , Uncategorized / August 25, 2014

Book Review: Season of the Witch by Natasha MostertReview by Dawn ThomasPrint Length: 403 pagesPublisher: Portable Magic Ltd (December 16, 2013)Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. All I can say is wow, wow, wow!!! This book blew me away. The story opens with a prologue of a man floating in a pool and paralyzed. We meet Gabriel Blackstone a thief and remote viewer. He is hired to find out what happened to the young man. Gabriel can use his remote viewing skills to see the last few minute of the man’s life. What he sees doesn’t make sense to him until he meets the sisters. The Monk sisters are distant relatives to John Dee, a renowned mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and occultist. Morrighan is daring and an activist while Minnaloushe is an expert in memory. Both sisters are beautiful and seductive and soon Gabriel falls under their spell.  The author spins a web that catches the readers and quickly draws them in. The story is full of alchemy and magic. We travel with Gabriel as he “slams a ride” a term the author created to describe the experience of remote viewing. When I started this book I did not know it would…