It seems I’m in a rather warped slant of mind since a particular bookish theme is drawing my attention these days. I can’t seem to get enough of the subject, and I think it all started with the following book:
“13 1/2,” by Nevada Barr : This, as I understand from other reviews, is a book unlike her regular mysteries, and it’s a doozie! A story about a couple of brothers, one who murdered his parents, is put into an asylum, prison and is dubbed, “Butcher Boy.” And, his brother who was wounded but not murdered at the same event. The novel delves into the psychology of children who murder family, the mind-sets of psychologists and patients and just the very warped mind of a psycopath. Without giving you all the twists and turns of this horrifically fantastic novel, let me say that it’s a read that will not soon leave your mind. It’s a book that takes you up and won’t let go until you’re at the last pages. Ms Barr reminds us specifically to think of Scott Peterson and others who are cold-blooded sociopaths. She is obviously interested in this type of person and her book closely tracks that kind of killer. I highly recommend this book for those who love Jeffrey Deaver and other such authors.
So, once my mind was set that way, I found this book interesting: “Still Missing,” by Chevy Stevens. This is a novel about a young woman who is abducted by a psychopath and kept locked away in a cabin hideaway for over a year. His psychopathology takes on a life of its own, and she tries to learn all she can about him and the reasons for his behaviors so she can escape. A frightening story of blood and sacrifice, murder and psychiatric treatment, this is such an unusual and engrossing read that I’ve been up 2 nights finishing it! I’ve been a bookworm all my life, and I have to say I’ve never read anything quite like this book. It’s amazing.
A book recommended by my daughter, and one I’m dying to read along these lines is: “Up From The Blue: A Novel,” by Susan Henderson. I haven’t read any more than a review on this one, but it’s gotten high marks as a story about the relationship between a young girl and her mother who goes missing from their military home of the 1950’s. Having been a military brat, myself, this sounds interesting and familiar to me, as the girl and her brother (who is made to salute the father, for instance), struggle to grow up in a strange and stressfully militaristic home. Something in all this harkens back to the “cabin capture” of “Still Missing” to me. The idea that you’re held captive for a time, trying to out-psych your “captor” and hoping for the day you can escape into freedom.
Well, your Bookish Dame has given you 3 books to worry and wonder about in the same general reading area. So, now let me talk about another fabulous book I highly recommend.
“The Lotus Eaters,” by Tatjana Soli. This is a fabulous novel about a young woman journalist in the final days of the Vietnam war in Saigon. Beautifully and richly written about the culture, the war torn area and the people of Vietnam, it is also a book that brings you quickly into the internal life of the young woman and her love interest, a Vietnamese man. As they make their way to evacuating the city for the final time, the book takes us through her struggles as a photojournalist–the sights, the competition, the loves of her life; her heart-wrenching struggles for survival; and her mixed emotions about leaving Vietnam. This is a book and subject I never thought I would enjoy. I grew up during the Vietnam War, and I wasn’t fond of the way it took away friends of mine and absorbed news and trends for years…. It seemed to suck up the fresh air around us as a college student in Europe. But, after some 30 years, I was compelled to pick this book up….and I’m glad I did. It’s very good!
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Your Bookish Dame