#ThrowbackThursday Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

Murder on the Orient Express was the first book I read by Agatha Christie. I was probably 11 or 12 years old and excited about  reading “adult” books. I absolutely loved it and I still think about it sometimes. I haven’t read it since then but I’ve watched two film versions (not yet the recent one) and I’ve discussed its plot many times. It’s that good.

I think it’s a story that I will forever remember, and it’s not even my favorite by Agatha Christie, but it’s undoubtedly a classic. It’s memorable and surprising and well, I love Poirot (although I also hate him sometimes). The setting it’s perfect and the ending is one of those you will surely remember all your life.

I think this is a book that everyone should read.

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#ThrowbackThursday The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You’re wrong… The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall. Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end. As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again. But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community. And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?

As you all know, I’m a big fan of Katerina Diamond’s mysteries. I read and loved both The Secret & The Angel but I hadn’t read The Teacher yet. I found this a highly entertaining novel, although I think The Secret and The Angel are waaaaaaay better. I think they’re incredibly different, too.

I loved the structure in The Teacher, the way each chapter had a title and we got to see everyone’s point of view. I loved that I got to spend more time with Imogen & Adrian, two characters whom I really love. I also enjoyed how dark this book was and the way the story ended, it wasn’t the typical procedural conclusion and I appreciated that.

However, the main reason why I love the sequels is that I never know what to think, I don’t know what will happen next. They’re twisty and unpredictable and as Inge stated on her review, there are too many things going on. I love how chaotic they are, because despite everything, somehow, it all makes sense in the end. And no, I didn’t have that feeling when reading The Teacher. I found it predictable in terms of plot. Still, I enjoyed it and I’m glad the author is going to write many more books (I hope so?) because I’m a big fan.

#ThrowbackThursday Necessary Lies by @D_Chamberlain

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give. When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed. She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients’ lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband. But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed. Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

I’ve already talked about this book before but I hadn’t posted an actual review. I read this novel after reading The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. I had loved that one, but I loved Necessary Lies even more. It was one of those books that had me completely addicted to its pages, and there wasn’t even any action or a “proper” mystery. It was simply great storytelling.

I think what I liked the most about this book was that it made me think. Many days and weeks after finishing it, I still thought about this story and its characters. I told my friends and my family about the themes that were discussed here and I couldn’t believe that some of this stuff was considered normal back then. I fell in love with some of the characters and grew disappointed in others.

Diane Chamberlain’s writing made me feel like I was living in the 60s and I both loved and hated that era with a passion. Overall, this is a thought-provoking and emotional novel that I highly recommend to everyone.

#ThrowbackThursday The Green Mile by @StephenKing

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold Mountain penitentiary’s electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But nothing is as it seems with John Coffey, and around him unfolds a bizarre and horrifying story.

I love Stephen King, even if I don’t always love his books. Nevertheless, he’s a great writer and not one but a couple of his novels are among my all-time favorites, so there’s that. I read The Green Mile many years ago and it instantly became a book that I would remember forever.

The Green Mile made me cry, made me reflect on prison life and death penalty and, above all, it was a book that felt important and memorable. It was a beautiful and sad story that had me hooked despite its length. Because, as it usually happens with Stephen King, this isn’t a short novel. But I lived every page.

And do you honestly know anyone who doesn’t like it?

#ThrowbackThursday Before I Go To Sleep by @SJ_Watson ‏

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.

After some years reading mostly YA (thank you Hunger Games) and chick-lit (hello Sophie Kinsella), this was the book that made me fall in love with the “suspense” genre all over again. I was tired of reading Mary Higgins Clark, you see. I needed something more exciting. And Before I Go To Sleep was the book that made me go look for more similar novels.

I remember loving the concept and finding the book so fascinating that I spent the whole afternoon devouring its pages. And yeah, had I read it now, I might not have loved it so much, but it was one of those stories that I read just at the right moment. I thought it was smart and unique, although now there seems to be too many similar books out there.

I remember a particular scene, I believe it was a phone call, there was a jaw-dropping moment where I actually gasped. And sure, there were some things that I didn’t like that much but the general feeling was overwhelmingly positive. I haven’t read another book by the author, though (and I’ve just realized it’s a man, why did I assume this was written by a woman?).

Anyway, Before I Go To Sleep was a really great read and a fine psychological thriller for those who haven’t read many “memory-loss” books yet.