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Posts tagged 'Suspense'

The Trust by Ronald Balson

 

The Trust by Ronald Balson

An urgent phone call for Liam Taggert from his cousin Annie in Ireland begins the novel, the latest from the Chicago attorney who authored Once We Were Brothers, Saving Sophie, and Karolina’s Twins.

Annie tells Liam his Uncle Fergus has died. The funeral is in Ireland in three days, and Annie says Liam must be there, even though he’s been estranged from his Irish family for 16 years, after they discovered that he was a CIA spy.  Stranger still is that when the will is read in Ireland, Liam is named the executor and trustee, chosen over Fergus’s children and longtime love Deirdre. Furthermore, the trust specifies that if there is any suspicion about Fergus’s cause of death (a fatal gunshot to the head does sound suspicious), none of Fergus’s assets (and they are considerable) can be distributed to any of the heirs until the cause of death is resolved and the people responsible for it have been identified and brought to justice.  The Taggart family does have its political enemies, though who would kill Uncle Fergus? And why would Uncle Fergus write such instructions into his will – did he know he was at risk for murder?

Suspense  Nancy Picks  Mystery  Fiction  Family

12/05/17
 

The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni

GeniMiranda’s life focus is nature photography.  She is pleased to spend a one-year residency on the Farallon Islands, a remote, rocky archipelago off the California coast.  The few human inhabitants are scientists, studying the wildlife through the seasons.  The year is formed by studies of the life cycles and habitats of shark, whale, seal, and bird. 

Geni’s skill as a writer makes nature, setting, elements, and animals come alive on the page. The beauty of this harsh place is realized through her descriptions.  “I will never forget the first moments of my arrival….Long ago, this place had been called the Islands of the Dead.  Now I could see why….The other islets were bare, bald, and broken….The shores were streaked with seaweed, the peaks fragmented and craggy.  The islands were arranged by height, like wedding guests in a snapshot.”  Geni writes of the setting in detail, with a naturalist’s interest and with a photographer’s eye. 

The other focus of the novel is the lives of the seven people isolated on the island; they share work, meals, and leisure time in a small cabin.  Miranda is the victim of an assault soon after she arrives, and her assailant is found dead shortly after that.  There is little boundary between the natural and the human worlds.  Loss and violence are constant themes in both, and add to the aura of mystery in the novel. 

Geni writes a multi-faceted and brilliantly revealed story through Miranda’s voice and vision. The reader sees through the lens of her camera, reads the unmailed letters she writes to her mother who died when Miranda was 14, and reflects on her internal thoughts and fears. 

Thriller  Suspense  Mystery  Gail's Picks  Environmental Fiction  Contemporary

03/11/16
 

Are We There Yet? Family Friendly Audiobooks for the Long Road Trip: Part 1

 

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