What I’m Reading: The Escape Artist


Ever since listening to the audio books Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain and her book  The Midwife’s Confession (You can read my review on that book here) I’ve been on the hunt for more of her books.  That’s what lead to The Escape Artist also by Diane Chamberlain.

I picked it by default as it was the only other audio book by her that my online library had.  I have to say it was an okay book.  It wasn’t as good as the other two.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I didn’t like this one as well until I started writing this review.  This book was written earlier in her career and I don’t think the character development was quite as book….also this one isn’t written in first person.  I prefer books written in first person..the catch me every time!

Here’s what Amazon had to say about the book, “Susanna Miller loses custody of her eleven-month-old son, Tyler, but rather than turning the little boy over to her ex-husband and his new wife, she goes on the run. She dyes her hair, changes her name and escapes from Boulder, Colorado, leaving behind everyone she knows including Linc Sebastian, the man who has been her best friend since childhood and who knows her better than anyone. Susanna lands in Annapolis, Maryland, alone, frightened, and always looking over her shoulder for someone who might recognize her. Just as she’s beginning to feel safe in her new surroundings, she stumbles across information that could save the lives of many people . . . if she’s willing to take it to the police. But going to the authorities means revealing her identity, admitting her guilt, and worst of all, losing her son. “

The book wasn’t bad..I just like the previous books by her better.  Amazon readers say 4.3 stars…I just say 3.9.  I’ll still be looking for more of her books.  Sadly the on line library has no more audio books by her…just Kindle books and I already have on of those I’m reading.

What I’m Reading: The Outsiders


One of my favorite books growing up as a teen was S.E. Hinton’s, The Outsiders.

When I saw it was available on my on-line library as an audio book, I snatched it up.  I loved this book and the movie and really wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered it was.  After listening I can say that it was good…not good in the way I like books now…but still good.  I can easily see why it’s remained a classic.

You might remember that is was later made into a movie….boy did they ever know how to cast a movie… Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillion, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise (looking at the picture I can see why he had chin surgery), Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, and Leif Garrett.  Can you imagine what it would cost to bring those names together now days???

It was a fun blast from the past to listen to it again.   It’s hard to believe that a sixteen year old could have written the book…but she did.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he’s got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the Socs—a vicious gang of rich kids who enjoy beating up on “greasers” like him and his friends—he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy’s world is turned upside down…”

I can easily see why this book remains a widely required read for all high school kids…is is an adult epic?…no, but still I really enjoyed it.  Amazon readers say 4.6 stars….I guess I’ll agree…partly over nostalgia…partly because it  has a good message.

Are there any other Outsider fans out there???


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