Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Club: Fallen Week 5 & Vote for Our Next Title

Last week I said that we'd nearly reached the time to vote on our next book. Well, that time is now! I decided that I fancied reading some crime/detective fiction as it's not a genre I normally run around in very comfortably. Anything too mysterious and tense and I do tend to get a bit freaked out. Horror is pretty much out of the question. As much as I love reading books about teenagers - my life appears to be saturated with them. So based on our Facebook group conversations so far, these are the three you have to choose from. Leave your vote in a comment or drop me a quick email.

1. The Guilty One by Lisa Ballentyne

A little boy was found dead in a children's playground...
Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an eleven-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy.
As he plunges into the muddy depths of Sebastian's troubled home life, Daniel thinks back to his own childhood in foster care - and to Minnie, the woman whose love saved him, until she, too, betrayed him so badly that he cut her out of his life.
But what crime did Minnie commit that made Daniel disregard her for fifteen years? And will Daniel's identification with a child on trial for murder make him question everything he ever believed in?

2. The Dead Women of Juarez by Sam Hawken
Since 1993 over 500 women have been murdered in Ciudad Juárez.Residents believe the true number of disappeared stands at 5,000.When a new disappearance is reported, Kelly Courter, a washed-up Texan boxer, and Rafael Sevilla, a Mexican detective, are sucked into an underworld of organised crime, believing they can outwit the corruption all around. The Dead Women of Juárez follows these two men obsessed with seeking the truth about the female victims of the Mexican border wars.

3. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the four crime novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in the Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound.

Now on to this week's questions on our current book 'Fallen' by Lauren Kate:

How well does LK build up the tension between Luce and Daniel?
As the novel goes on, we start to find out more clues as to Cam's secret. What do you think we will learn about Cam before the end of the novel?

I will be linking up a bit later this weekend. I've enthusiastically planned for a lot of teacher related work to come in at the same time as all the Blog Angels admin. SUCH a rooky mistake. Maybe in a couple of weeks, life will have balanced again. Let's hope so! I will be avidly reading your link ups though. Thanks for taking part!

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