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Friday, February 5, 2016

"Whispers"


 
is a fictional book I've just finished reading.  I'm not sure I would say I enjoyed it but I did read every word.  It is an inside out look of an abused family who to the world are the perfect high society happy family.

Not so and as I read the tale I realized how many, people not books, may be out there. Things happen in homes we never know because like Mom always said, "You don't air your dirty laundry".

Having come from an non-abusive family, it is difficult for me to understand but Ms Plain told the story well. For insight and an easy to read tale of domestic horror and triumph, try it.

This is not my normal type of reading but I buy my books at Salvation Army at a bargain price. Then I donate them back to a local resale shop who helps abused people improve their lives with safe houses, products and services available.  Now, that's kinda weird that this book is going there.  I hope it helps someone to break away and begin anew.

I lean toward horror, mystery, and suspense novels. Also I enjoy educational books, spiritual and real history. I finish every book I begin...which sometimes is horrible torture but most times a delight.
What are you reading?

25 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thanks for the review. I recognize the author, she has written many books. I can not imagine being abused and keeping it a secret. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Saucy Kodz said...

I can remember hearing that same comment in our neighbourhood, growing up. I was just a kid and didn't know what the lady meant when she said it to a neighbour, so I asked my Mum and she explained. My Mum was very good at explaining things. She did not ask who said it to whom, for it was not her business, she just explained what the sentence meant. I have seen this author's name, but have not read any of her material. I also lean toward horror, mystery, suspense and real history. Also biographies and sometimes comedy relief. I buy my books at "Indigo" Book Store in Saint John or when the library has a sale, but always seem to find a book. I do read book from beginning to end, even though sometimes I wish I had put it down after the first chapter, but then I give the author the opportunity a chance and have since learned, some people just cannot write. Guess what,.....SNOW is falling up north. haha

Jacquelineand.... said...

I'm currently (re)reading Washington Goes To War by David Brinkley... I wore my first copy out and was so glad to find a good, used hardback copy. A pity it's no longer in print.

Sandra said...

since my books are free and in my kindle, i read only what i love. if i start a book and it is not a page turner, i give it 100 pages or a little less and put it down. have not read this book. i love action thrillers, anything with FBI, CIA, COPS and Detectives.. i can't stand romance novels... i have found many really good authors, as good as the well known ones, but reading their first book free.. i read every single day of my life

Henny Penny said...

I am not a big reader. I'm enjoying a book now, but could never finish a book I didn't like. I need to read more!

gld said...

I have read Belva Plain before. I usually steer clear of those kinds of stores.....too close to home. We kids weren't ever abused but Mom and Dad had a very rocky relationship for many year. Thankfully their last years together were very good.

I am currently re-reading a Karin Slaughter novel, A Faint Cold Fear. It is one of her Grant County series. I think I have read them all. She is a great author.

I do a lot of Kindle books so to get the cheaper or free ones I sometimes get less quality but our library now has e-books so sometimes that is a good choice.

I also love history and bought David McCullough's 'John Adams' and '1776'. Like them both very much.

I have reached to age to realize I don't have to finish a book! and often don't.

Susan said...

Well, I might be reading Whispers if I can find it.

Sketching with Dogs said...

I can totally believe it. The very people who others think are good and kind are monsters hidden under a thin veneer of civility.
Lynne x

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Good review! I always donate my books, too. It is great to recycle with a purpose.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I've always got my nose in a book and this sounds interesting. I'm not sure if I've ever read anything from this author. I'll have to look that up; sounds familiar. I donate a lot of books every year to local thrift shops that contribute to different organizations. I think it's a great way for these places to raise funds.

Susan Kane said...

I am reading "Killing Reagan" which is examines his life on a time line, while also following the stalker,John Hinkley. I remember that time period well.

Linda Kay said...

I'm enjoying reading a book that is a translation of a German novel about my city of Fredericksburg. It is written about one of the original founders of the city, so quite interesting....Indians, etc.

Farm Girl said...

Well glad I am not going to read that one, so thanks for the recommendation. I like the same things you read, but currently I am reading, Robin Cook- Terminal. I went to the used bookstore too, and that was what I picked up.
I just finished A to X by Sue Grafton. All 24 in a row. It took me six weeks. I was running out of steam by the last one.
Read some more, I like your book reviews. I am listening to North and South by Elisabeth Gaskill. I do that when I sew. I am eclectic in my tastes. :)

Country Gal said...

Maybe the saying don't judge a book by it's cover can be true at times lol . I am not much of a reader but when I do I like British mystery or fiction , if in the first few pages of a book if it doesn't grip me or make me curious as to what happens I put it down and that will be that for the book lol ! Thanks for the recommendation though . Have a good weekend !

Arkansas Patti said...

I have seen a lot of books by this author. I may have to check her out. Thanks. I like how you recycle.
I admire your hang in there resolve about finishing. I tend to bail early since I only read the free books on my Kindle now days. Right now I have about 1000 free books downloaded so I can be rather picky.

Sandy said...

Gail,

I've been reading legal documents and scanning seed catalogs :-)

1st Man said...

Finishing a book I started (what was I thinking) before we moved. Should have known better than to start a book and then pack and move and unpack. Ha. I lost it for a bit, and that's when I read Leigh's "Critter Tales" The one I'm reading now is called "A Pig in Provence", it's about good food and simple pleasures in the South of France. Enjoying it so far.

Cynthia said...

I mostly read memoirs and am currently reading Remember Me by Liz Byrsky. She was separated from her true love, mostly by her parents, as a young woman and they meet again in late life. I am intrigued with the book because it is well written and because it mirrors the experience of my own life. So interesting to compare!
I don't finish a book I don't like. There are so many good books out there that I want to read and life is too short to ever read them all. So I don't want to waste my time on somethIng that doesn't do it for me.
I'm enjoying reading all the comments and finding books I might Ike to read.

Ida said...

First I admire you for finishing every book you start. If I find a book not to my liking I just cannot finish it. I tend to enjoy Romance, Fantasy, Murder Mystery the most. Currently I'm reading, These Boots Weren't Made for Walking by Melody Carlson.

Lowcarb team member said...

This would not have been a book I would have chosen ... but very interesting to read your review.
I was fortunate to be given some books for Christmas, the one I'm reading at the moment is a nice light romance, perfect for a cosy sit down with a cuppa!

All the best Jan

Lee said...

Too much domestic violence/abuse is going on these days....everywhere; it's not a nice subject...it's not a nice way to live one's life.

Lynne said...

I have read some of the Belva Plain books . . .
Not sure if I have read this one.
You'd think I'd remember it with that kind of story line.

I am so far behind in my blog reading . . . I won't ever catch up!
These busy weeks must slow down!

I am reading David Baldacci's, The Guilty . . .
I have to temper myself with reading. If I am in that READ mood . . . NOTHING else gets done!

Josie Two Shoes said...

I know too many families that have hidden dirty secrets, sometimes those that appear most normal to the community are in reality the worst. It sickens me, it terrifies me for those who suffer. The worst I've ever read on this subject is "A Child Called It." To say that it is eye opening into what savagery is possible, is to say the least. Hard as it is to come to terms with it, it is a captivating read.

I like reading biographies and other true life stories best, learning how other people deal with what life brings them. I'm also interested about life in other cultures, such as stories of the Amish.

Karen S. said...

Very interesting, I might have to check it out. Just picked up 3 new books at the library yesterday!

T.L. Merrybard said...

I've just finished reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I actually bought it for hubby because it incorporates old photos in the story and I knew he'd enjoy that. He liked it. I felt it was ok. I'm not sure I'll go on to the sequel.

I used to read all books to the end but these days I will put them down unfinished if I don't enjoy the protagonists or if it is too boring or cruel or whatever.

I found your blog because you posted about missing horses on C-ing spots's blog. I gave them up too and am doing ok now but I feel your pain. xxx

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