“I seriously couldn’t put this book down,” writes RIFer Kay O. in her review of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. “Gillian Flynn takes you on such a roller coaster ride! The momentum of the story was always high, never letting up. Very easy reading, but such complex matters. One of my top picks of the year so far.”
“The writing in Madame Tussaud is so good that I felt like I was in Paris, experiencing the events firsthand for myself,” writes SuperRIFer Mary Jo. “The second half of the book flew by, and each night I couldn’t wait to jump into bed and open the book to read a few more chapters before sleep. I think it’s the mark of a true writer when, after reading one of her books, a reader looks up more by the same author. That is exactly what I did. I am a new Moran fan and recommend this book to everyone!”
Sister was an instant bestseller in the U.K. and quickly climbed the bestseller lists in the U.S. as well. The New York Times compared Rosamund Lupton to Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith, and Ruth Rendell, and called Sister “both tear-jerking and spine-tingling.” But don’t just take the New York Times’ word for it! We all know that a recommendation from a friend is the best way to find a great new read. Your fellow RIFers are smart, voracious readers like you, and they have great things to say about Sister. Enjoy excerpts of just a few of the amazing reviews RIFers shared with us. Read It First and Pass It On!
“I knew very little of Queen Margaret or King Malcolm and this was a great introduction,” writes Siobian at The Owl Bookmark Blog. “Reading Susan Fraser King’s Queen Hereafter, it was easy to see why the Catholic church made Margaret a saint. Equally moving to me was the love between her and Malcolm. The scenes of them together were so sweet and I enjoyed watching her go from indifference toward the king to bliss. Overall, I liked this book and learned a lot about Scotland and its heritage.”
“The Informationist is a thriller, mystery, and Africa travel guide (to the places you do not want to visit) all rolled into one,” says Marisa of the book blog MarisaReadsItAndWritesIt. “It is amazing, and I could not stop reading it. Imagine my happiness when I found out that a second Vanessa Michael Monroe book is coming out in December!!! READ THIS BOOK!”
Claudia of Luxury Reading calls The Countess “a MUST-read for anyone interested in the Bathory story. From the very first page to the last, The Countess captivates, dominates and subjugates its readers with a twisted tale of love, murder, history and familial legacies not easily put from the mind after reading. Brilliantly horrible.”
“There were many issues related to Hitler’s rise that we were unaware of,” says Laurie of the Ancora Imparo book group after reading In the Garden of Beasts. “The opinions of those advising Dodd (did the government really not care?); the U.S. government being more concerned with getting its money from WWI than with what was happening at the time; the isolationist movement; immigration quotas; suicides during this time; and Dodd’s foresight in regards to Hitler. These issues sparked many long discussions in our group.”
Debby’s book group – the Temple Har Shalom Evening Book Group from Warren, NJ – met recently and had a lively discussion of In the Garden of Beasts. “As a group of Jewish women,” Debby shared with RIF, “we were interested in the Jewish issues that came up throughout the book, including the anti-Semitism of some U.S. government officials – and perhaps the Dodds themselves – as well as the often-asked question of what could have been done to stop Hitler, if anything.”