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.
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When managing editor Jennifer Donovan is not managing this blog, writing reviews, or blogging at Snapshot, she’s reading.
All three sound great; but we’d go for The Scarecrow first!
I want to read all three, but I love James Patterson, so I would read The Swimsuit.
Ed Nemmers says
Christine Walker says
I think the Scarecrow looks really good!
Alison B. says
Oh, hubbie would love these. Thanks!
First – Swimsuit. I like James Patterson novels – they are quick and engaging. Thanks
Susan Smith says
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
Julie K says
My husband is a big Patterson fan and I’m sure he would love to read Swimsuit. Thanks!
Sheila R says
I would read Swimsuit first. I love James Patterson.
first would be The Scarecrow
Miranda Allen says
i would love to read this
I would read Swimsuit first.
I’d love to win swimsuit first.
Crystal F says
My dh is in no way a reader but I have gotten him to read James Patterson so he would enjoy that one the most. Thank you!
Kathleen S. says
I would probably read Swimsuit first. It sounds like a great summer thriller. Thanks!
I’d probably read the Scarecrow first.
JOHN MCKEEL says
Scarecrow Michael Connelly has never written a bad book and his stories always hold my interest.
Jennifer Jozwiak says
I’d probably read scarecrow first. I love his books but I’d look forward to reading all of them.
Heather C says
I’d probably start with Swimsuit. Sounds good!
Steve M. says
I’d start with Swimsuit – I like James Patterson’s stuff and, well…you know…the cover looks good.
Kathy D says
You always have the best books thank you
Marilyn Higgins says
Would love to win these, love James Patterson books, scarecrow first
Veronica Garrett says
My husband would like Swinsuit.
Definitely The Scarecrow first!
Thanks for a great contest!
Kelly Grant says
Angie P says
Ooooo…they all sound like good reads. 🙂 I think that I will start with The Scarecrow.
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
I would love to win these books, I’d read the scarecrow first
Gloria Dornin says
Swimsuit, he is huge Patterson fan
I liked your review of The Scarecrow so I think that’s the one I’d start with!
Janea C says
We would love Swimsuit.
Lily Kwan says
Supreme Courtship sounds very interesting!
Pamela S says
I’d dig into the “Scarecrow” first. I’ve heard great reviews on this book! Thanks.
I’d read Supreme Courtship while Dad reads Swimsuit! I’ve always loved the inner workings of government and he’s always loved good mystery stories. This is the perfect giveaway for both of us… then we trade! Thanks!
Kathryn Howell says
I’d dig into “Swimsuit” first! Sounds like a great book.
Brenda Park says
Being a huge James Patterson fan, I’d definitely read “Swimsuit” first. All three sound good to me though! Thanks for the chance to win!
SECRET BURKHEISER says
I would read swimsuit first. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors!!
Kelly Ferrari says
I would dig in to The Scarecrow first. I know my sister would love Swimsuit first, she loves James Patterson!