January 18th, 2016

Book Review: A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry

Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry
A Christmas Journey illustrated the meaning of Christmas through the journeys of three English women through a harsh Scottish winter.  This book also revealed the elegant yet vicious aristocratic social customs of Victorian England.


The journey began when Gwendolen Kilmuir threw herself over a bridge shortly after being insulted by Isobel Alvie.  To redeem herself, Alvie made a journey of repentance to inform Mrs. Naylor that her daughter committed suicide.  Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould accompanied Alvie as a friend and to clear her own past.  The voyage is almost unbearable and full of surprises but strengthens their friendship.  Along the way, Gould- wondered how an insult drove Kilmuir to suicide.  Cumming-Gould eventually learned that the insult was more serious than initially thought.

Overall, this murder mystery also explored heart-warming themes, such as love; forgiveness, redemption; and, atonement that apply to society today.  Unlike other murder mysteries, A Christmas Journey focused on solving what secret, not which person killed the victim.


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NOS4A2, by Joe Hill

A crazy psychic child-abductor vs. a crazy psychic biker chick.


NOS4A2

William Morrow, 2013, 686 pages



Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble...and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie's unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.

But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge. He's after something very special - something Vic can never replace.

As a life-and-death battle of wills builds her magic pitted against his - Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all...or die trying....


Joe Hill really is a chip off the old block.




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