Book Review: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Pages: 309
Published: July 11, 2009 (First Published January 1, 2005)
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Rating: 5/5

This is the third book I’ve read from McCarthy and he never ceases to disappoint. A crime thriller that follows a man named Llewellyn Moss when he discovers the left overs of a heroin deal gone bad in the desert. Now on the run from both parties involved, Llewellyn has to decide if the decisions he has made thus far are worth it.

Told through multiple points of view, No Country for Old Men was absolutely fantastic. I had a little difficulty getting used to the writing style McCarthy used in this novel as he wasn’t a huge fan of punctuation. But after the first chapter it became increasingly easier to read and I flew through it. If it weren’t for McCarthy’s work I don’t know that I would ever have picked up novels with a western US setting. Now I’m hooked.

I loved this one.

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Book Review: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Author: Lisa Genova
Pages: 292
Published: December 16, 2014 (First Published July 6, 2007)
Genre: Contemporary, Psychology, Adult Fiction, Medical
Rating: 5/5

One of the most difficult things I’ve ever read. I picked up Still Alice for a project during graduate school and never expected to love it as much as I did.

Alice has been a linguistics professor for Harvard for years. Known as a prominent academic and strict mother, Alice and her husband are well known in their fields. One day while jogging, Alice forgets where she is. This starts a downward spiral of forgetfulness, mistrust, and eventually leads to a career ending diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s. While Still Alice is a work of fiction, this novel read too much like a real life account of what someone may experience with this diagnosis.

Told entirely in Alice’s perspective, the reader follows Alice as her world crumbles around her and she struggles to find a way to cope with being treated like a child by her friends and family.

Gut wrenching and brilliant, Still Alice is a fantastic novel that I highly recommend.

Book Review: Ask the Dark by Henry Turner

Author: Henry Turner
Pages: 256
Published: April 7, 2015
Genre: Mystery, YA, Thriller
Rating: 4/5

Billy is known throughout his small town as a trouble maker. But now that his father told him they might lose their house, Billy is doing everything he can to make money in time to save it. That is, until boys start going missing.

Billy has his hand in a few odd jobs around the town, but has been so focused on saving his money that he didn’t realize he had uncovered clues to who was kidnapping the boys. That is, until he is confronted by the kidnapper.

Ask the Dark will take you on a crazy journey with Billy and his family as he tries to change the towns opinion of him, save his family home, and solve a kidnapping/murder at the same time.

I really enjoyed this story but sometimes the dialogue took me out of it. At one point near the end Billy is engaged in a sort of inner monologue that felt a little too cliched. But overall I highly enjoyed reading about Billy. Henry Turner wrote the entire book almost in a stream-of-consciousness sort of way where the reader is inside Billy’s head.

This mystery novel will keep you guessing up until the end. A fun new read for any thriller fan .