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Adult Summer Reading Book Reviews

Mad

by Chloe Esposito

Adult Book Review

Mad by Chloe Esposito reviewed by Kristi Earle

As soon as I read the description of this book I knew I had to read it - it sounded edgy and a bit crazy, I couldn't wait to delve into the madness. The book title said Mad, and it has madness in spades. This rollercoaster of a book was one that whirled me around in a daze. However, I was unable to suspend disbelief throughout the entire story. It was dreadfully unbelieveable. Every time I thought it couldn’t get any wackier, it took another crazy turn and left me gawping, slack-jawed at the page.

The story centers around one Alvina Knightly, who lives in a dreadful flat in London, working a dead-end job as she hunts for men to sleep with on Tinder. That all changes when her glamorous, successful sister Beth invites her to her home in Italy to spend time with her and her husband…the same man that Alvina fell in love with years before. Alvina accepts, makes it to Italy-and immediately, things start to take off. Loyalties are made and broken, people are killed, and there’s a lot of sex. A lot.

To put it bluntly, Alvie is a mess, a hot mess. There is nothing about her that screams, I am really a diamond in the rough and need some polishing. The premise sounds intriguing: sex, murder, twins, and exotic location. But, the scenarios Esposito puts Alvie and Beth in are truly inflated and absolutely unbelieveable. The writer expounds on minutia not pertinent to the story and the erotic detail rivals that of Fifty Shades of Grey.

It’s rather obvious by now this book is not my favorite read of the year. In my opinion if you dare to read this and the subsequent books in the trilogy you must be...mad.

The Curiosity

by Stephen P. Kiernan

Adult Summer Reading 2017

Review by Anne Coughlin of The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan

Kiernan is my new favorite fiction author. This debut novel tracks the finding and reanimation of a man frozen over a hundred years ago in the arctic ice. Kiernan uses contrast so well - yesterday and today; human rights and science; privacy and the public's insatiable need ofr drama. 2 thumbs up

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

by Alan Bradley

Adult Summer Reading 2017

Review by Anne Coughlin of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

I have been looking for an engaging mystery series for a long time. I have found it in the engaging, curious, brave, Flavia de Luce. She is only 11 years old but her thought processes and imagination bring life and delight to the reader. I have started the second book in the series and am already delighted. 2 thumbs up!