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Review: Look Again

*LookAgain* by Lisa Scottoline

Fiction. Published 2009.

Read: December 2011, 377 pages

★★★★☆

Book Blurb:

When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look at it again, and her heart stops—the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life—and that of the son she loves. Lisa Scottoline breaks new ground with this thriller that’s both heart-stopping and heart-breaking, and sure to have new fans and book clubs buzzing.

Impressions:

Wow! I’m really impressed with the flow and thrilling turns of this book. It is fun to guess what’s going to happen next and I couldn’t put it down- finishing it in a day. I would recommend this book to most readers who enjoy a little mystery.

Thoughts:

Ellen is a reporter who recently adopted a sick child after meeting him in the hospital. When she receives a flyer in the mail of a missing child who looks just like her son, it sends her on a wild hunt in pursuit of the truth. Suddenly people involved in her adoption case start turning up dead and everything seems out of place. Dead ends eventually turn into leads and she finds the answers, but it’s not exactly what Ellen was hoping for.

When coincidences start turning into deaths, Ellen suddenly puts the nightmare together, but of course it is a little too late. Twists to this adventure are in every chapter. My one complaint is that there is less depth in the characters and less true meaning that I found in this story. The author points to the moral of the story being– who does your child belong to: the parent or himself. It’s obvious not every parent would have gone to these lengths to find out the truth, but it’s unrealistic to think there couldn’t have been more insight and meaning along with the adventure. Also, it was hard to truly like Ellen. I found her crush on her boss cliche and I hated that she would leave all the parenting up to Connie, the babysitter. But, overall, I really did like the plot- it kept me guessing and wondering. I think it’s a very pure and exciting form of love to adopt a child. What a blessing.

Quotes:

Will sniffled. ‘You hurt Oreo Figaro, Mommy…You throwed him….It wasn’t nice.’ -p292

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Review: Room

Room by Emma Donoghue

Fiction. Published 2010.

Read: October 2011, 321 pages

★★★☆☆

Book Blurb:

To five year old Jack, Room is the world.  It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat, sleep, play, and learn.  At night, his Ma shuts him safely in Wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held since she was nineteen.  Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in the 11′ x 11′ space.  But Jack’s curiosity is building alongside her own desperation and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Impressions:

This book was a gift and I have to admit it took a while to get started, as the beginning of the book is slow paced.  Jack narrates the book in his perspective.  All he knows is Room and its’ contents.  Eventually, when you come to realize how and why he is in Room, the plot thickens and it is hard to put down.  Jack is a lovable character and the book is an easy read that I recommend.

Thoughts:

Jack is smart and interesting.  All he knows is Room and his perceptive on events and circumstances remains innocent.  He doesn’t learn that Outside is real until he is five.  He is trapped with his Ma in an 11′ x 11′ garden shed and only knows of the bringer Old Nick who carries out the trash, brings Sundaytreat, and other essentials like pants and food.

When Jack learns of the Outside it’s impossible for him to believe.  Ma comes up with a farfetched plan for Jack to escape Room by playing dead.  Jack loves his Ma and Room.  He is against the plan, but eventually goes through with the plot and is Ma’s rescuer after seven long years of captivity.

The story continues as Jack learns of the Outside, relatives, and about aspects of Ma he never knew.  This incredible little boy tells of unconquerable love and a moving experience.

Quotes:

We were locked up, now we’re rap stars.  Oh my go–you’re that boy!  The one–Lorana get over here.  You’ll never believe it.  It’s the boy, Jack, the one on TV from the shed.  -p295

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