What You’ve Been Reading this Week

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

At the end of every week, we highlight several of the books our community has read and reviewed. This week we spotlight Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, Michael Crichton’s classic Jurassic Park, and Jim Butcher’s first novel in the Dresden Series, Storm Front.

Mr Mercedes

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Suncoast said: “Stephen King has written a humdinger of a thriller which starts with a bang and continues to hold you on the edge of your seat till the very end. King builds up a chilling picture of the development of a sociopath and his thinking processes, and the impact of retirement on a person whose life has centered around his job. His writing skills are brilliant to the very last sentence, which made me laugh out loud. You need to read right through to the end to see what I mean.”

Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them for a price — until something goes wrong. Simon McDonald said: “I first read Jurassic Park when I was 11 years old, and it has remained locked as one of my favorite novels of all time for 15 years. But it has existed and thrived on memory alone; I hadn’t returned to Crichton’s standout work until very recently. And I’m thrilled to announce it has withstood the test of time. Jurassic Park remains a definitive, must-read thriller.”

Beautiful Oblivion

Beautiful Oblivion by James McGuire

The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series. whYAnot said: “Beautiful Oblivion had everything I love in a novel – romance, amusing banter and a cast of wonderful secondary characters. I loved getting to witness Cami and Trenton as they navigated their relationship from strangers to friends to possibly something more. There’s a few mysteries along the way (which I wasn’t at all surprised by) but added an extra element of drama to the novel. Great romance, interesting journey – I adored this book and will definitely be reading the next book in the Maddox Brothers series to see what Jamie McGuire comes up with next.”

GoneGone by Lisa Gardner

When someone you love vanishes without a trace, how far would you go to get them back? For ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, it’s the beginning of his worst nightmare: a car abandoned on a desolate stretch of Oregon highway, engine running, purse on the driver’s seat. And his estranged wife, Rainie Conner, gone, leaving no clue to her fate. MishF said: “Gone is a remarkably suspenseful novel with an intense energy that’s continuous throughout. I was glued to the pages and grabbing at every spare moment I had, at home, school, ANYWHERE, to read more and more. I would tell to myself ‘just one more chapter and that it!’ Highly impossible! At the end of each chapter, Lisa Gardner would add something dramatic or critical to the plot, that you had no choice but read on.”

The Hard Way

The Hard Way by Lee Child

Edward Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And Jack Reacher is the best manhunter in the world. Senator.Pechey said: “Working with an ex-FBI agent, Reacher discovers that nothing is as it seems and sometime love has caveats and limits. Child brings some of his personal knowledge to the pages of this novel, adding a new layer of excitement and intrigue.”

Storm FrontStorm Front by Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things, and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever. Sally78 said: “What it took me a while to understand is that Storm Front is unashamedly outlandish, light-hearted, and very funny, and that’s the way it is meant to be. When I finally “got over myself” and let go of all my pre-conceived expectations, did I enjoy reading this book? Absolutely. I certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a light, playful, fun read with more than a touch of the deliciously bizarre!”

Reservoir DadReservoir Dad by Clint Greagen

Clint Greagen is a stay-at-home dad who tells it like it is and makes us laugh out loud – and sometimes cry, but in a good way. Shelleyrae said: “Written with humour, honesty and love, Reservoir Dad shares the exhausting challenges and unadulterated joys of raising four sons, from the seemingly endless sleepless nights, and a bathroom floor covered in wee, to the smell of a newborn head and wrestling matches in the lounge room. What I admire most is Greagen’s obvious dedication to his sons, and his relationship with his wife, the ever-patient Reservoir Mum (aka Tania), with whom he still shares a weekly date night, on a mattress in front of the TV.”

Al the Rivers Run

All the Rivers Run by Nancy Cato

Philadelphia Gordon is an artist, a riverboat skipper and a beautiful, independent woman. Orphaned by a shipwreck, Philadelphia grows up on the banks of her beloved Murray River in Australia with her kindly uncle and strict aunt, seemingly destined for a conventional life. But then, tragedy changes everything, leads her to a successful career as a painter, then to a meeting with the dashing captain of the paddle-steamer which bears her name. Amandab81: “A classic saga that encapsulates the culture, history and geography of Australia at the turn of the century. Despite the flaws of the central character, I couldn’t help but compare All the rivers run to the Thornbirds, another great epic novel of Australia.” What did you read this week? Let us know in the comments, and remember to write your reviews on TheReadingRoom.

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