Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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Or perhaps a book to read for your next flight across country or abroad?

The woman in the windowThe Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, published by Harper Collins, New York, New York is a spellbinding novel that I was unable to put down from start to finish. Written in a diary-like format, the book takes you into the life of Anna Fox, a psychologist who is a recluse in her New York City home.

I’m not going to keep you in suspense, but this author will right to the very end.

A.J. Finn’s debut novel, The Woman in the Window earns a 5-HOOT rating from this reader.

Anna Fox is a psychologist who has  agoraphobia. She exists day by day peering through the windows of her home examining and often photographing the lives of her neighbors. When she’s not studying her neighbors, she binges on watching old movies, drinks too much red wine that she mixes with a small pharmacy prescribed by her therapist.

A new family, the Russells move in across the park. In addition, Anna takes in a somewhat mysterious tenant who resides in the bottom of her multi-level home. Together, these new inhabitants in her small world create a havoc for Anna, who believes something tragic has happened in the Russell home. Her agoraphobia complicates her discovering if what she thinks is real, her imagination or what others believe is just a case of paranoia brought on by her diet of wine and pills.

Author A.J. Finn is poetic in his weaving of his psychological thriller. The writing is beautiful and the tempo of building the suspense is spellbinding. What a grand debut novel. I cannot wait for his next book. Please, Mr. Finn don’t make your new fans wait too long.

Hoot Rating

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Murder, Crime

On a scale of 1 to 5 HOOTS, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn earns a 5-HOOT hoot rating.

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Review: The Outsider by Stephen King

I debated whether I should post a book review on author, Stephen King’s latest book, The Outsider, published by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, New York. This celebrated author is the master of his craft. Yet, my book review followers said, “Yes! Review it!” when I asked them on my personal Facebook page.

The Outsider.jpgWhile he and I are not quite from the same generation, I have read every book by Mr. King including books under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman, his collaborations with other authors and his book, On Writing published in 2000. I have been a die-hard fan since I began reading his books in the late 1970’s, however, I must confess even as a die-hard fan of Mr. King I have not always given him a 5-Hoot rating. For example, The Dark Tower Series, beloved by others, but not so much by me. And I thought it took him a couple of books after recovering from his car accident to get his writing mojo back – the online serialized horror novel, The Plant and his digital novella, Riding the Bullet. They were good novels, but not what this reader came to expect from one of my all-time favorite authors. Gratefully, however, that Mr. King abandoned his ridiculous idea of quitting writing all together.

The genius of Stephen King

What amazes me about Stephen King is how he can grab the reader’s attention from the first sentence to the last sentence. The second thing that amazes me about him is how he can write over 500 pages (in small type, no less!) keeping the reader totally engaged right to the very last word. This reader always goes into an immediate depression when finishing a Stephen King novel.

His writing is so damn good! 

So why review The Outsider? Read on…

The Outsider

As a parent, I was a little leery of reading a crime, horror story about the murder and violation of children. The Outsider is a riveting ‘whodunit’ tale of two opposing stories of a despicable murder of 11-year old, Frankie Peterson.

With all the botched child murders and trumped up charges against innocent men and women in today’s world, the reader is caught between empathizing with the outraged murdered son’s family, The Petersons, Detective Ralph Anderson, who believes without a doubt who the killer is, and the alleged killer himself, Terry Maitland who believes there is a case of mistaken identity…. But DNA doesn’t lie, does it?

Then enters private investigator, Holly Gibney. Stephen King’s writing genius is on full display with introducing Holly to the reader. Even though reader can thoroughly understand Ralph’s initial opinion of Holly and what she is asking them all to consider and believe as a possibile explanation of the inexplicable, this reader found herself rooting for this meek, anxious, praying character, Holly Gibney.

Stephen King fans, and I believe even readers who may not be rabid horror, supernatural fiction fans will enjoy his latest book, The Outsider. While there is certainly tension and suspense, I found the level of such not as riveting as some of his past novels, although I would put The Outsider in the same class as his novel, The Green Mile… and worthy of a movie too.

Stephen King is a master at his craft. No doubt.

Hoot Rating

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense, Crime, Murder

On a scale of 1 to 5 Hoots, The Outsider by Stephen King earns a 4 and 1/2 hoot rating.

1 to 5 Hoot Scale - 4-half stars

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Review: Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic, by David Frum

In my own words

When it comes to the public in general, there are four types of voters in my opinion (book reviews are exempt from my Lenten abstention of giving opinions and pardon the cliches): firstly, the educated who are fed by the silver spoon, secondly, the educated who are raised by their own bootstraps, thirdly, the ‘uneducated’ informed, and lastly, the ignorant who believe whatever their ‘daddy’ believed. Just to be clear, I am not disparaging daddy. However, most ignorant people do not bother to become educated nor informed but tend to believe whatever is told to them. I am also not suggesting that all Trump voters are ignorant because there are ignorant voters in each political party. But I think it is safe to say that whoever does not cast a vote in any election is ignorant (but that’s another story or should I say, opinion).

Trump

Now on to my review of the book, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic, by author and senior editor at the Atlantic, David Frum, published by Harper Collins, New York, NY, Copyright 2018.

Trumpocracy

From the book jacket in part: “David Frum has been collecting the lies, obfuscations, and flagrant disregard for the traditional limits placed on the office of the presidency. During his own tenure in the White House as speechwriter for George W. Bush, from witnessing the ways the presidency was limited not by law, but by tradition, propriety, and public outcry, all now weakened.”

There were two reasons why I purchased this book. One, because it is written by someone who has intimate knowledge and experience in a Republican White House and two, the book is heavily notated with the author’s sources.

Revealing

For people who continually ask, “how did this happen” to “I don’t understand how anyone could vote for this orange bullying dolt,” I recommend you read David Frum’s book, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic. The book reveals who the Trump voter is and why they would forsake tradition and propriety to vote for someone so unlike them from a socioeconomic standpoint, but who they believe seems to “talk like them” and personality-wise is probably one of them.

The Trump voter’s rally cry of draining the swamp namely of all Liberals, non-evangelical types and anyone who doesn’t stand for the United States national anthem would best remember that this deer in the headlights point in history culminated not solely because of the Democrat’s agenda but both political party agendas.

After reading this book, I did not come away agreeing with the Trump voter but I did come away with a better understanding of who they are and why they voted for Donald Trump as president. Unfortunately, as much as CNN bends left and Fox News bends right, we see the volleying of ‘fake news’ that feeds the ignorant voters on both sides of the aisle. (For the love of scotch! STOP watching cable news!)

Scary

Donald Trump may be a teetotaler. Yet, he sadly reminds me of my now deceased alcoholic father. (Who if he were alive today would no doubt have voted for Donald Trump.) Trumpocracy makes a convincing argument that Americans should be more afraid of Trump not only while he is president, but even more so when he leaves office. The American public need only to wake up each morning to what firestorm dear old daddy Donald has started this time. And though seemingly forgetting what he did the night before change course in the afternoon leaving all Americans wondering what ‘art of the deal’ he strikes by evening.

Hopeful

David Frum’s book, Trumpocracy doesn’t leave the reader feeling totally doomed. (Thank God!) Chapter 12 gives each American reason to remain hopeful beginning on page 219.

“These are dark days in the United States, yet they are pierced with shafts of light. A new spirit of citizen responsibility is working in the land.”

Although the Valentine 2018 massacre occurred after this book is flying off bookseller’s shelves, that sad event and its aftermath have America’s youth taking their cause to the doorsteps of politicians giving America hope that indeed a new spirit of concerned citizens, young and old not only are registering to vote but calling congressional offices.

David Frum gives the reader the best call to action in his book, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic and I don’t want to ruin it by quoting it in this review. Instead, I urge you to read and understand the crossroads at which the United States stands at this very moment.

My only desire for this book is that I had hoped it would have taken us further in history in it’s ‘Pre-Existing Conditions’ as titled in Chapter 1, otherwise, this book would have received the maximum hoot rating.

Hoot Rating

Genre: Political & Social Sciences, Politics & Government

On a scale of 1 to 5 Hoots, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic, written by David Frum earns a 4 and ½ Hoot Rating.

1 to 5 Hoot Scale 4 and half star

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