I’ve been on a reading spree lately!
In the last week, I finished two books: Lies That Bind by Maggie Barbieri and Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn.
I finished Kirn’s book first, so I’ll start with that one.
Blood Will Out is about Clark Rockefeller, aka a lot of different alibis. I thought this book would be really cool. I thought it was going to be about how Kirn knew this guy and then followed him as he descended into madness.
When I looked at the Goodreads page, the second review I saw described Kirn’s book as a 250-page humblebrag. I had been searching for the word to describe this book and that is it.
Kirn spent the bulk of his 250 pages talking about HIMSELF. How he was able to get duped by this guy for so long and trying to justify the fact that he was duped, but ultimately a better person than the man of 1,000 names who had done the duping.
There were random asides about Kirn’s own personal exploits (he did write Up in the Air, which became a movie starring Anna Kendrick and George Clooney) and his struggles to find work, which is how he ended up embroiled with Rockefeller anyways.
By the end of the book, I just wanted to finish it so that I could be done and enjoy throwing it back in the library’s deposit box-esque thing for returns.
Don’t waste your time or money on this book.
Then, I picked up Lies That Bind.
I had read the first book in this series by Barbieri about Maeve Conlon. I had enjoyed it. I also enjoyed Lies That Bind.
Barbieri writes in a style that is easy to read. The chapters are short, the action fast-paced. There is detail, but not so much that you’re overwhelmed with it. And Maeve is a character you can relate to on a lot of levels. (The murdering two people who had done bad things, not so much…. but in other ways.)
Lies That Bind opens with Maeve’s father, a central character in Once Upon a Lie, the first book in the series, dying unexpectedly. At his wake, Maeve learns a family secret from someone decidely not in her family and sends her on a quest to learn more.
That quest is interwoven with Maeve’s grief over the loss of her father, several incidences of varying degrees of crime at her bakery, her wading back into the dating pool for the first time since her divorce and some other various things.
The ending surprised me to a degree, but still left some questions unanswered.
What happened to Margie Haggerty? What happened to Michael Donner? Did Maeve have anything to do with either of their deaths? How much does Chris know about his new girlfriend and will he be appalled when he finds out? Will Maeve buy the building her bakery is in since her landlord and his son seem to be in the wind?
I’m hoping the third book in the series, slated for release next year, will answer some of those questions.
This series of books is a pleasant diversion for any mystery lover and is a quick read for a weekend getaway that you’ll be able to enjoy poolside. (If for no other reason than it’s set in New England… during winter… so you’ll be imagining a cold surrounding.)