Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

By Ana Downes

“The Glass Castle”, originally published in 2005, is a deeply moving and poignant memoir about the life of American author and journalist Jeannette Walls. It is one of my top-three favourite books of all time. Beginning with Jeannette’s earliest memory from when she caught herself on fire while boiling hotdogs alone at 3-years old, to one of her recounting the story of seeing her mother scavenging through a dumpster in New York City, “The Glass Castle” is a tale of a broken childhood and fractured family with a message of hope, ambition, love, self-sufficiency and forgiveness.

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Book Review: The Appeal by John Grisham

By Ana Downes

“The Appeal” is a fascinating and suspenseful story with the theme of corporate corruption, greed and the disappointing reality of our justice system. I consider John Grisham to be one of the best authors of our time. He has written over 36 novels over the span of over 30 years. He specializes in legal thrillers. At least ten of his novels have been turned into very successful blockbuster film adaptations starring A-list actors such as Matt Damon, Mathew McConaughey and Tom Cruise! Continue reading Book Review: The Appeal by John Grisham

Book Review: Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz

By Ana Downes

Gregg Hurwitz has done it again! “Prodigal Son” is the newest installment in what has been my personal all-time favourite series since the end of 2016/start of 2017. This novel certainly lived up to my (rather high) expectations! Hurwitz is my favourite author. I have read almost all of his novels and I am a huge fan of his writing style. It is clear that he puts a tremendous amount of research into every book, and this comes through with the accuracy and detail in each one.

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Book Review: Prey by Michael Crichton

By Ana Downes

“Prey” is a disturbing sci-fi thriller about the ignorance and danger of the human race, as well as the threat posed by the rapid evolution of technology in our society. As someone who generally feels indifferent about the sci-fi genre, I can say that this book is in my top 3 reads of all time!

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Book Review: The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore by Joan Lowery Nixon

By Ana Downes

Originally published in 1979, The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore is a very compelling mystery that remains relevant even 42 years later. Fans of the mystery genre or people who enjoy the classic Nancy Drew style novel will certainly find this book fascinating. It features a relatable teen character and an entertaining story.

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