Matilda’s Cat

Matilda's CatMatilda’s Cat by Emily Gravett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Matilda and her cat are trying to find out what they have in common. Yikes! Matilda has a lot of ideas.

Sparse text and cute illustrations. Be sure to watch the cat’s expressions.


Study Confirms: The Words We Speak Can Literally Alter Our Brain

Do you ever feel changed when you read a book? Like buoyant when you read a particularly positive book? Or, maybe horribly sad when you read about a despondent character? I find that it is better for me to not read about wives who are bad, very, very bad, to their husbands. When this type of book has ended, I often act unlovingly toward my husband! Maybe this is a similar phenomenon to what this article is explaining.

Study Confirms: The Words We Speak Can Literally Alter Our Brain

The Trespasser

The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad, #6)The Trespasser by Tana French

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely love the well-developed glimpses we get into what’s going on inside Antoinette Conway’s thoughts. Like this description of the Murder Squad room, by our author, through Conway’s eyes: “Murder works out of the grounds of the Dublin Castle, smack in the heart of town, but our building is tucked away a few corners from the fancy stuff the tourists come to see, and our walls are thick; even the early morning traffic out on Dame Street only makes it through to us as a soft undemanding hum. The jumbles of paperwork and photos and scribbled notes left on people’s desks look like they’re charging up, thrumming with action waiting to happen. Outside the tall sash windows the night is thinning towards a chilled gray; the room smells of coffee and hot radiators. At that hour, if I could overlook all the ways the night shift blows, I could love the squad room.” And we know Conway loves her job, despite the royal shit her squad mates give her, the stuff harassment is made of.

Conway and victim Ainslinn Murray have something in common, something that helps Conway look at this case from the victim’s viewpoint and analyze her thought process.

Conway and Steve Moran work well together until they don’t. Boss Breslin is happy about the break in their congenial work relations. Some things are afoot. Good murder detectives, like Conway and Moran, don’t give up.

Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.