The Fallen by David Baldacci. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Fallen by David Baldacci

Amos Decker and Alex Jamison are in Baronville for the birthday of her youngest niece. When Amos sees something in an abandoned house he goes to check it out and finds two bodies that had to have been dumped there.

In the already near desolate town where the local industry has all but disappeared, drugs are rampant, as are the number of overdoses that have occurred in the last year, but when another death occurs, this time very close to Alex and Amos, they know they have to get to the bottom of whatever is going on.

But whatever it is, it is sinister enough that Amos and Alex are targeted and after some serious foul play Amos’ unfailing memory may not be the same as it once was.

This is another solid novel from David Baldacci with my all-time favorite of his characters, Amos Decker – most likely because I can relate to his synesthesia – as I also am a synesthete. (I associate colors with
numbers and a type of taste/odor, but Decker’s and my numbers and colors are not the same.)

And then there are the Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy narrations. She is one of my favorite narrators and she contributes about 1/3 of the dialog in these novels. Kyf Brewer also does a terrific job as Amos and all of the other male characters. Amos’ voice is very distinctive across every book, and the other characters he portrays are easily distinguishable.

I very highly recommend this book and the audiobook format of this book. If you haven’t read the rest of the books in the series, I do suggest that you start with Memory Man, the first in the series.

Book Details:

The Amos Decker Series:

  1. Memory Man
  2. The Last Mile
  3. The Fix
  4. The Fallen

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Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Peachtree Bluff, Georgia is as far away socially from New York City as it is physically, maybe even more so. At least that’s the way Caroline Murphy feels when her mother moves her there along with her sisters after their father’s death. So when she graduates from high school 6 months later, she goes back to NYC, never to leave again.

That is until her high-society husband cheats on her in a very public affair. Extremely pregnant, needing to bury her head in the sand, so to speak, she takes her 9-year-old daughter and heads home to her mom.

Her mom, Ansley, is more than happy to have Caroline back home for a while but gets much more than she bargained for when her other 2 daughters, Emmerson and Sloan, as well as Sloane’s two boys,  show up for moral support.

Then there is the man from Ansley’s past that has also turned up that could open a Pandora’s box that Ansley has kept hidden for many years.

Throw all of this together, add some southern charm, a few sharp-wits and a bit of sibling rivalry and you have a fun, emotional and classic chick lit at its core novel. This is a great beach read or a relaxing alternative to the blood, guts, and gore of mysteries and psycho thriller.

I highly recommend this novel, and I am looking forward to the next one in the series. That book will focus on Sloan as its main character.

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4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Bring Me Back by BA Paris. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Finn and Layla love each other. So much so that Finn proposed while on vacation. But on the way home Layla went missing. Obviously, Finn is the number 1 suspect, but with no blood, no body, no witnesses and a detective who believes Finn, his life continues, but he never stops wondering what happened to her.

Ten years later, having met due to shared grief over Layla, Finn and Layla’s sister Ellen are engaged. Although Finn loves Ellen, there is just something about her that he does not quite trust, but it is not enough to break things off with her or to make him love her any less.

Not long before the wedding, things begin to turn up that once belonged to Layla. Emails are sent to Finn claiming that Layla is alive. But 10 years have passed, how could she possibly be alive? But the emails contain information that only Layla would know. Could Ellen be involved? Or is she completely oblivious to what is happening?

Behind Closed Doors was the first BA Paris novel and it was absolutely amazing. This one is also really, really good. Couple these with her second novel, The Breakdown, and I certainly have to wonder about B.A. Paris, the author. This woman has some seriously deranged thoughts running rampant in her head! I love reading her books, but I don’t think I’d want to be trapped inside her mind! Seriously, the twists and turns that her stories take make your head spin. She is at the top of the game when it comes to
mind-blowing psychological thrillers!

I cannot recommend her enough as an author.

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4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Vox by Christina Dalcher. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Vox by Christina Dalcher

The average person speaks around 16,000 words per day, whether in protest, love, anger, happiness. So when 1/2 of the country is no longer allowed more than 100 words per day, life in the U.S. changes dramatically. The president, his brother, and his right-hand man decided that the country would be better with old-fashioned ‘values’ such as “men are in charge of everything and women are worth nothing.” So they make the policy to make that happen,

Neurolinguist Dr. Jean McClellan never saw it coming, even though her very vocal, influential activist college roommate warned her that is would certainly happen.

Jean’s argument is that there is no way the country would allow it. There is no way that a group of people can convince an entire country that one group is wrong or worthless. Right? Wrong. Hitler did it.

No longer allowed to work, Jean laments over the fact that she did nothing when she could and now that she cannot she realizes how foolish she was. If she was ever given the chance to do things differently, she certainly would. But exactly how far will she go to change things?

This was a really, really good book. I am a huge dystopian fan, so when I saw this new concept in dystopian, I was immediately interested. The fact that Julia Whelan is the narrator heightened my interest in the book.

Not only is the concept interesting, but I feel that Christina Dalcher did an amazing job of showing how this concept came to be a reality, flashing back to events that led up to the new laws.

She also included the brainwashing of the youth of the country in much the way that Hitler also used young people to teach his propaganda.

While I do not truly believe that we are headed for a dystopian society, I do like thinking about the concept and I do realize that there are people in this world who do actually live in dystopian societies, just maybe with not as much of a sci-fi background. A very scary thought, indeed.

Note: As for the fact that ‘Christians’ are blamed in this book, I, as a Christian, do not believe that Christians are dangerous. I think that there are zealots in any and every group and those people are the dangerous ones.

Julia Whelan who narrates this audiobook is quickly becoming one of my go-to narrators. I have quite a few favorites but love finding new narrators who do such an amazing job of always separating voices in ways that I have no doubt who is speaking.

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4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendrix and Sarah Pekkanen. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Vanessa and Richard had been married for years when his new assistant, Emma entered the picture. Emma, beautiful, young, and flirty didn’t take long to entice Richard and an affair ensued. 

After Richard and Vanessa’s divorce, Vanessa makes it her mission to break up the relationship between Richard and Emma.

Most assume that Vanessa is jealous of Emma.

Most assume that Vanessa wants Richard back.

Most assume that they know where this story is headed. 

Don’t assume.

This love triangle is anything but loving. Richard is a very complex man and Vanessa loved him with a reckless abandon. Much the same way that Emma does now. 

But Vanessa had a change of heart and she will stop at nothing to make sure Emma does, as well. 

With several twists and turns, this novel kept me engaged and completely in the dark about what was really going on until the authors were ready to throw their curves. 

Throughout the book, I felt so sorry for Vanessa and was so angry at Emma for stealing Richard. I was also embarrassed for Vanessa on so many occasions. She practically pushed Richard out the door. She desperately needed to get herself together!

But then, more curves. Trust me. These authors know how to fake you out and leave you shaking your head in wonder at how twisted a love story can become. 

I am hoping these two authors have more projects in the works!

I listened to this as an audiobook and Julia Whelan does an amazing job on the narration. She separates all of the characters with inflection and cadence so that there is never any doubt about who is speaking. Wonderful audiobook!

Book Details:

  • Hardback: 352 pages; St. Martin’s Press; First Printing edition (January 9, 2018)
  • Paperback: 432 pages; St. Martin’s Griffin; Reprint edition (October 30, 2018)
  • Kindle: 2642 KB; 416 pages; St. Martin’s Press (January 9, 2018) 
  • Audiobook:  hours minutes; Julia Whelan (Narrator), Macmillan Audio (Publisher)

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4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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White Bodies by Jane Robins, A Propensity to Discuss review.

White Bodies by Jane Robins

Felix and Tilda are the perfect couple. They have each other, so they really don’t need anyone else. Right? Or is the need to keep everyone else away because Felix is abusive and Tilda cannot get away from him? Tilda’s twin, Callie, is certain that is the case.

When Callie joins an internet support group for abuse victims and their family and friends, she realizes that Tilda is in much more danger than she previously thought, but Tilda just will not listen to her.

After one of the members of the support group is killed by her abuser, Callie begins a downward spiral out of fear for Tilda. And then Felix dies. Or was he murdered?

Callie now has no idea where to turn or what to do. Tilda is now emotionally further away from her than she has ever been. How can she ever reach her? Or will this all just send Callie into madness?

As recommendations go, this one is not high on my list. It was just an OK book. It wasn’t great and it certainly wasn’t anywhere close to thrilling. I never considered not finishing it, but had it been much longer, I may have put it down in lieu of something more interesting. There was very little about Callie that was written to make much of a connection with her and I just did not like Tilda at all.

So, even though I read and finished this book, I don’t know that I could suggest it to anyone. It was just sort of blah to me.

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3 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.This post contains affiliate links. I would never include an affiliate link on any product that I would not completely endorse. So if you choose to purchase through this link, I get a small payment that does not affect your price at all. And I wholeheartedly recommend these linked products! If you click on the link and make a purchase, I receive a small payment, but it does not affect your cost at all. “Propensity to Discuss is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.”

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

Let’s face it, bachelor parties can be somewhat distasteful. There is often too much alcohol, way too much testosterone, and sometimes things get a little out of hand. Kristin Chapman expected a little bit of depravity when she agreed to spend the night in Manhattan so that her husband, Richard, could host his brother’s bachelor party.

Richard also expected a bit of overindulgence, but he was quite shocked to find that someone hired girls to come into his house and “dance”.  Neither Richard nor Kristin had any inclination that the night would turn so very disastrous.

Unknown to any of the men at the party, the two women brought in were being held against their will and forced to dance. Before the night was over, their Russian captors had been killed and the women had run away.

While their house is an active crime scene, their marriage begins to crumble. Kristin cannot forgive Richard for his indiscretion and the time he spent with the dark-haired dancer in their guest room. In addition, the investment bank where he works has put him on indefinite leave.

That dancer, whose name is Anahit, but has been changed to Alexandra by her captors, is terrified of what happened and knows that her life is in even more danger now that it was before. She is now on the run from the Russian mob and from the police. She has nowhere to turn.

This is a riveting book. I was hooked from the first few minutes and I could hardly wait to get back to it when real life got in the way and I had to put it down. I felt sorry for most of the people involved, especially Anahit/Alexandra.

Part of this book is narrated by Mozhan Marno, one of my absolute favorite narrators (A search for her is how I found the book to begin with.) You may recognize her from other audiobooks, or as Samar Navabi from The Blacklist or Ayla Sayyad from House of Cards. She is an amazing narrator and actor and I highly recommend anything she narrates! The other narration is by Grace Experience and she also does an amazing job as Anahit/Alexandra.

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4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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