What is Vicki Reading? February 2022

The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich – for Edwards Book Club
What can I say, loved, loved, loved this book.  There are some that panned this book after Erdrich’s Pulitzer Prize novel l, The Night Watchman, but I thought this was fabulously written.  Erdrich’s vocabulary and writing are exquisite and her command of sentence structure and word usage is wonderful.  This is a story of Tookie and I go on a wild “ride” at the beginning of the book in moving a corpse to a friend’s house and then being caught and incarcerated for a 20-year sentence and then jumps to her freedom as she is happily married and working in a bookstore.  But, low and behold, she is haunted by a ghost of a patron who wants to be part of an Indigenous tribe, and Tookie is haunted by her.  This is also a pandemic novel, so recent events come into play.  Erdrich also makes appearances within the novel as the book store owner named “Louise”.  It’s worth the read and in parts very funny and in parts very sad.  One of my top reads so far this year!

The Whistler, by John Grisham
I chose to read this as this is the first novel of the Whistler series prior to Grisham’s new novel, The Judge’s List.  This novel has all the suspense like most of his novels.  The main character, Lacy Stolz, an investigator for the Florida Board of Judicial Conduct investigates the corruption of one of the state’s highest court judges within the state.  I usually love reading his novels, but as I stated in my Goodreads review, it was “just okay.”  I think maybe it was such a rushed ending, but not one of my faves of his.  Still worth a read.

The Match, by Harlan Coben (I had to read The Boy From The Woods first. NetGalley) This was an Advanced Reading Coly so it should be out soon for purchase.  (in the cart already for our library!$. This is the 2nd book of the Wilde series.  Wilde comes back from his excursion and starts to be interested in finding out who and where are his parents.  He joins one of those DNA matches where you spit in a tube and send it off to the labs.  Well, this takes him onto a joy ride that brings in reality TV stars, murder, FBI, witness protection, and all sorts of issues just because he does his 23andme DNA.  I liked the book.  It was fast-paced, easy read, and my favorite character, Hester Crimstien who answers her phone by saying “articulate” rather than saying hello.  Fun read and in the cart for purchase for our library.

On the list to read among other things:

A Discovery Of Witches, by Deborah Harkness

Eternal, by Lisa Scottoline

Shadow Reef by C.J. Box (NetGalley ARC)

Viral by Robin Cook

The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont (NetGalley ARC audiobook in the cart for our library.)