AUGUST MEETING 2013
The Cephalopod Coffeehouse is an online gathering of bloggers who love books.
The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same. In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers.
This is my first outing at the Cephalopod Coffeehouse and I know I’m in good company and look forward to being introduced to other books and authors.
During August I read nine books including one anthology of short stories. Four authors were already known to me and three were new authors. One new author I liked so much that I read a second book by her this month.My favourite book this month was Up Close by Henriette Gyland
The book is set in Norfolk in England in a small, rural community with all that entails in nosiness and everybody knowing everybody else’s business. Lia’s grandmother suffers a fatal heart attack and it falls on Lia to return from the US where she is working as a doctor in ER to put her grandmother’s affairs in order.
This is a gripping tale, suspenseful with several twists and turns. What I particularly like about Henriette’s writing is that all her characters (even the minor ones) have enough depth to them to make you want to know more about them whether you like their characters or not.
There are ordinary details in this book that are described so well that they are never boring or tedious to read, for example, a wayward heating system, a clapped out car and of course, Jack the dog.
I read this book every minute I could spare because although I worked out ‘who’ was responsible I still didn’t know ‘how’ until the very end.
It could be classed as romantic suspense or chick lit but either way I found it a very enjoyable book to read.