First off, so many thanks to everyone who came out to the Boston Public Library on Tuesday night! It is always a joy to talk books in such great company.
The other great thing about heading out to Boston? Reading time on the train. (I wasn’t meant to be reading. I was meant to be writing. But… these things happen.)
The two highlights of my recent reading spree are:
— Karen White’s The Night the Lights Went Out. And I’m not just saying this because Karen knows where all of my skeletons are buried. (And, if she went after them, would undoubtedly do so in a coordinated outfit while using a Kate Spade shovel.) I loved this book for both its send-up of the modern insanity of private school parenting and for its poignant look into a Georgia childhood during the Depression. The two halves of the book, modern affluence and past struggle, provided the perfect contrast– and set up an excellent mystery.
— Tana French’s The Trespasser. I first stumbled on Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books via a book dispensing machine– I kid you not– at Heathrow Airport lo these many years ago. The book was In the Woods, the first of French’s psychological– and highly engaging– police procedurals, and I was hooked. Each book focuses on a different detective, each with his or her own personal issues and slant. Each contains a highly twisty mystery told in lyrical prose. I have only one complaint: why has no one made these into a tv mini-series yet?
What have you been reading this week?