Sunday 5 August 2007

1 Fiction and 1 Non-Fiction

Finished August 5
Face of Death by Cody McFadyen
This is a great thriller set in the Los Angeles area. The main character appeared in an earlier McFadyen book and is a FBI agent dealing with violent criminals. Special Agent Smoky Barrett is still recovering from having her husband and daughter killed as well as being attacked and raped herself by the killer. She has also taken on her best friend's daughter, Bonnie, after her friend Annie was killed.
Now, a sixteen-year-old girl whose adoptive family were violently killed is asking for her. Sarah is distraught and believes that anyone who loves or cares for her will be hurt or killed. She has spent her life since the age of six in group homes and a series of foster homes. Smoky and her team take on the case to find who has targeted Sarah and why. False trails, old cases and dredged up emotions all come into it here. This book is fast moving with the classic good and bad sides, good characterization and a pretty good plot. I enjoyed it, and even cried at one bit of Sarah's story. But then I cry kind of easily.

Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada by Adria Vasil
This books covers pretty much everything in the way of products a person might buy from toiletries to clothes to food to household items and furniture. Unless you want to take copious notes, you should probably just buy your own copy. I realized that at the end of the first chapter. There is lots of good information here, particularly about labelling. I really like the fact that it is Canadian and highlights Canadian products where they exist. Saying that, however, it is not inclusive (although I doubt any book could be) and obviously you must look to your local market to see what is on offer as well.

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