Thursday, 13 September 2007

Chick lit and a thriller

Finished September 13
Lying with Strangers by James Grippando, performed by Alyssa Breshnahan
This thriller is set in and around Boston. Peyton Shields is a new doctor who has always wanted to be a pediatrician, and now works at the Children's Hospital. Her husband Kevin Stokes is a lawyer who doesn't like living in Boston that much. Their relationship has grown strained due to her long hours and dedication to her job. When she is forced off the road by a driver on a snowy night and ends up in a pond, neither the police nor Kevin believe her story. When more unexplained things start to happen to Peyton and the people around her, and she finds herself accused of having an affair with a former boyfriend, the marriage becomes more strained. When finally Peyton ends up accused of murder, she starts to wonder who is setting her up and why and how well she really knows those close to her. There are lots of thriller moments and realistic descriptions of feelings by the characters, even some narrations by the real killer to get the reader drawn into the plot.

Finished September 12
The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer
This light novel has college admissions officer Genie Michaels feeling in a rut. Her boyfriend of four years, English professor Hugh Spencer shows no signs of commitment and the rest of her life feels stale. When Hugh appears on national television being interviewed about his new romance novel and is urged to propose to his own love, he does, except it isn't Genie. In fact, when Genie gets hold of him, he claims not to be sexually attracted to her. Genie's best friend Patty urges her to pretend that it was her and go with the flow. This is where the fun starts.
Genie lets her mother take on the wedding planning, gets herself a ring, and looks at buying a house. Her new interest in her life has her making personal changes as well and realizing that she doesn't need a man to make her life interesting, but if a good one shows up that is even better. Great fun, and great characters. A good read.

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