READ THIS! {The Keeper of Lost Causes}

Did you join me in reading September's READ THIS! choice, The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen?

Amazon describes it as, "Carl Morck used to be one of Copenhagen's best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl - who didn't draw his weapon - blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl's got only a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. But she isn't dead ... yet. Darkly humorous, propulsive and atmospheric, The Keeper of Lost Causes introduces American readers to the mega-bestselling series fast becoming an international sensation."

Despite being in the middle of my first month of my first year of teaching, I could not put this book down. I began reading it bit by bit before I went to sleep at night, and before I knew it, I was pulled in and stayed up 2 hours past my normal bedtime one night to finish it. Filled with suspense and twists and turns in almost every chapter, Adler-Olsen keeps the reader intrigued and continues to surprise us through the very end. His writing was sharp, and the structure of the book really helped to bring more intrigue to the story. There are two more Department Q novels out now, and I think Adler-Olsen has plans for more - and I know I'll be reading them all! 

Did you read The Keeper of Lost Causes? Did you figure out who the bad guy was before Carl did? I did, but it was just a lucky guess I think! I'd love to hear what you thought of this mystery - and if you'll be reading the next ones with as much interest as I will be!

And now, with much excitement, I would like to introduce October's READ THIS! choice ... The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

Amazon describes The Ocean at the End of the Lane as, "Neil Gaiman's intent was simple: to write a short story. What he ended up with instead was The Ocean at the of the Lane--his first adult novel since Anansi Boys came out in 2005, and a narrative so thoughtful and thrilling that it's as difficult to stop reading as it was for Gaiman to stop writing. Forty years ago, our narrator, who was then a seven-year-old boy, unwittingly discovered a neighboring family’s supernatural secret. What happens next is an imaginative romp through otherwordly adventure that could only come from Gaiman's magical mind. Childhood innocence is tested and transcended as we see what getting between ancient, mystic forces can cost, as well as what can be gained from the power of true friendship. The result is a captivating tale that is equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky."

I have been a huge fan of Gaiman's ever since I read American Gods last year and I am so excited for his newest novel for adults in 8 years. His writing never ceases to amaze and captivate even the most skeptical of readers - and I cannot wait to dive into this. I hope you'll join me in reading this month and will check back at the end of the month for my review!



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