Ah, book club. So I will be reviewing a couple of books every so often. Mainly this will work as a recommendation, if you are stuck for books to read I’m your gal! I’m cautious of revealing too much – SPOILERS! So a brief overview and my thought overall.
First up…. INFERNO!
Dan Brown is well known for his books and the movie’s based on his stories. The latest book to be turned in to film is Inferno.
Based across Europe the books starts in Italy in Florence with our hero Professor Robert Langdon having suffered amnesia. Not recalling how he ended up in Florence and finding himself tumbling into trouble he tries to retrace his steps to discover his reason for being there and to prevent potential disaster as it becomes clearer that there is a serious threat against the population.Langdon uses his knowledge of art history in a race against time to prevent a Dante fanatic from unleashing something sinister.
Now obviously I don’t want to ruin the ending for those of you who have yet to either read the book or wish to see the film, however I would like to comment on Brown’s excellent plot progression and the unexpected twists and turns make it an enticing read. It follows a similar line to Brown’s previous work but certainly stands up for itself as an excellent and thrilling read.
The second book I want to mention is Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard. A dark look into the psyche of a 12 year old girl who finds her sisters murdered and their murderer sitting on the picnic table. It’s a haunting plot for anyone with siblings or young family members. The story follows the life of young Veronica Swan. Ronnie, as she prefers to be called, is the perfect daughter, the perfect older sister. A very mature young lady she is trusted by her parents to look after her two younger sisters and whilst babysitting, during a game of hide-and-seek, her younger sisters fell foul of a schizophrenic young man. A case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Ronnie comes out of her hiding place to find her sisters, one dying and one dead. This traumatic event stays with her and her family and the story captures the horror, the grief that this tragedy has caused.
A gripping and emotive read, it’s definitely a recommendation!
OK, so next book club will be on slightly more cheerful reads. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler and a classic, Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino – I did say slightly…