Two Days Gone

“The college students are anxious to go home now, home to Thanksgiving and Christmas and Hanukah, to warmth and love and light. Home to where men so respected and adored do not suddenly butcher their families and escape into the woods.”

Two Days Gone
By Randall Silvis

Professor Thomas Huston is revered by his students and colleagues and can also boast of a successful literary stardom but one evening will change everything. His wife and young children are found brutally murdered and Professor Huston is on the run with all signs pointing to him as the attacker.

For the small town it’s hard to believe that someone who seemingly was at the top of their career could harbor such darkness. What made him snap? Sargent Ryan DeMarco doesn’t think that Huston was capable of such an act but it’s hard to establish his innocence when he’s out in the wind.

Sgt. DeMarco has known Huston for quite some time and actually considers him a friend. He doesn’t think his judgement is clouded by that but as he interviews students and co-workers of Huston he finds there’s a lot about the professor that he didn’t know about. In particular the new manuscript that has Huston visiting strip clubs and looking for a dancer as his reference point for his new novel.

There is an interesting balance between the two main characters of Huston and DeMarco. At one time DeMarco also seemed to have it all but now spends a lot of his time watching his estranged wife meeting up with men, drinking too much and often bickering with his superior.

Some of the writing is very descriptive and easily transports you to a cold winter landscape. And, just like DeMarco you want to believe Huston is innocent so the suspense builds as you try to figure out what happened. This was a good thriller despite even if Sgt. DeMarco sometimes was a bit too much of the stereotypical cop who is burnout and makes questionable decisions.

Source: Advance review copy

Currently Reading

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We spent a great afternoon at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf so I could catch up on my book group book and enjoy some coffee of course. I have several books I’m reading but all of my attention this weekend has been devoted to The Lost Boy by Camilla Läckberg.

We’ve been watching this series featuring crime writer Erica Falck and her husband, Detective Patrik Hedstrom, but luckily this story is not one of the episodes we’ve watched. There are a lot of characters, some flashbacks and how it all ties to the death of a quiet, likable man will be most interesting.

So in the meantime my other books have taken a backseat but I thought I’d tell you a bit about those as well. I’m also reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Remember when this book was all over the blogosphere? I have had it forever and finally decided to read it. It is so good and I can see why it garnered so much praise. There are several interconnected stories about life in Maine, Olive and her family and different times. I can’t wait to get back to this book.

My other read is Not A Sound by Heather Gudenkauf. This is a thriller about a woman who suffered a traumatic injury and is finally getting her life on track. And, that’s when she stumbles upon the dead body of a friend. Good tension and so far I have my bets on whodunit. I’ll let you know if I end up being right.

Finally, Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. I picked this one up to readalong with Anna & Serena for the War Through the Generations readalong. Unfortunately I didn’t get very far before I had to return it to the library. It’s a captivating story and I want to know how Anna survives the war so I’ve put another hold on this book and hopefully I’ll get it back soon.

So now it’s back to reading The Lost Boy. What about you, what are you reading right now?

All The Missing Girls

“I unfolded the letter – a lined journal page with jagged edges, his handwriting stretching beyond the lines, veering slightly to the left, as if he’d been racing to get the thoughts down before they slipped from his grasp. No greeting. I need to talk to you. That girl. I saw that girl.”

All The Missing Girls
By Megan Miranda

After being gone for years, Nicolette is going back to her hometown to help her brother deal with the growing responsibilities of caring for an aging father, a home in need of serious repairs and the daunting debts that are piling up. She needs to help him shoulder the burdens but going back to her hometown also means confronting the past.

When Nic left Cooley Ridge the disappearance of her best friend was still very much on everyone’s minds. There were suspects, Nic, her brother and high school boyfriend included, but despite the searches and interrogations Corrine was never found.

Once Nic arrives home and it’s as if she’s never left and the recent disappearance of a new girl will once again cast everyone in doubt and it’s as if the past is playing out all over again. Will Nic be able to deal with the suspicions and can she still trust those she has always loved?

Be prepared to pay attention in this book. The story is told chronologically backwards from Day 15 to 1 and then sometimes returning back to the present, this was clever but for someone like me who reads several books at once and/or puts aside books for a few days to read others, it wasn’t a smooth read. I liked the story and found myself very interested in finding out what happened to the girls but the style in which it was told wasn’t for me.

Source: Advance review copy