Okay, okay, so we made a huge to-do about Mother’s Day, and we have to admit that we don’t have anything quite that big planned for Father’s Day. However, we do have three different giveaway packages that will be offered throughout the week.
Enter to win on each post, but also keep these books in mind this week as you are doing some last-minute shopping for the fathers on your list.
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
Even though character-driven literary fiction is my favorite type of novel, it is a well-woven suspense story that makes a true page-turner for me. The suspense can come in a character-driven novel when I just must know what is going to happen to that character.
Of course, The Scarecrow is not this kind of novel. But back in the day, I read lots of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, and I still enjoy a legal thriller on occasion, so I was interested to check out a new (to me) author, Michael Connelly.
One thing that I loved about this book is that it was so current. Veteran newsman Jack McEvoy is the victim of the decline in profitability of newspapers. The LA Times has laid him off as part of drastic cost-cutting and replaced him with a younger (and cheaper) reporter. In his last two weeks, he’s supposed to train her, but instead ends up chasing a story that he hopes will help him end his career with a bang. Unfortunately he ends up becoming part of the story himself.
The print versus online media plotline is strong, and throughout the internet is being used to create a trail that can be followed — both by the good guys and the bad guys. I was quite interested in the inside angle on these topics.
This novel contains a large amount of “street language,” as is common to this genre. If you are a fan, you probably expect that, but if this is not your normal read, I wouldn’t recommend that you delve into the genre with this book. The murders are cruel and the crime scenes are detailed.
However if you’re the reason that it seems like there’s a new Law and Order or CSI on some channel several times a day, then I think you’d really enjoy The Scarecrow.
Read an excerpt now — but beware, you might find yourself in a book-buying emergency if you can’t stop.
Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
Dawn was delighted by the tie-in to current events when she recently read Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley, a novel about the long process of trying to get a nominee approved for the Supreme Court. Sound familiar? I’m sure we’ll continue to hear more about that in the news. To find out more about life imitating art (or hopefully not), read her full review which posted last month HERE.
Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Win it before you can buy it! Swimsuit does not release until June 29, but enter to win today.
From the publisher: Syd, a breathtakingly beautiful supermodel on a photo shoot in Hawaii, disappears. Fearing the worst, her parents travel to Hawaii to investigate for themselves, never expecting the horror that awaits them.
LA Times reporter Ben Hawkins is conducting his own research into the case, hoping to help the victim and get an idea for his next bestseller. With no leads and no closer to uncovering the kidnapper’s identity than when he stepped off the plane, Ben gets a shocking visit that pushes him into an impossible-to-resist deal with the devil.
Read an excerpt right now from Hachette Book Group.
Enter to win all three books.
Three of you will win all three of these titles from Hachette Book Group (U.S. and Canadian shipping addresses are eligible to win). Please leave a comment letting us know which title you’d dig into first (or which one you think that the lucky recipient of your gift would like most).
Comments will be closed for entry on June 27 and we’ll announce the winners on June 28.
When managing editor Jennifer Donovan is not managing this blog, writing reviews, or blogging at Snapshot, she’s reading.