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Mini-Views: Plane Crashes and Shipping Containers

By Anovelsource @thenovellife

While both of these gems are written by female authors, that is about all these two books have in common.  If I really wanted to stretch, I could say both have significant transportation issues as part of the main storyline.  I can say that without giving away spoilers and without too much of a cheeky grin ;-)

Girl Underwater Debut novel about a 19-year-old survivor of a plane crash in the Colorado Rockies. I started crying about page 87 and did not stop until the final page. It wasn’t without fault, but the emotional punch it packed certainly made up for the very few shortcomings.  Written by a medical doctor with PTSD as a major plot point ~ if even half of the symptoms of PTSD were accurate then this book not only entertains, it also offers much-needed education on a terrible disorder suffered by many.   Recommended for fans of Lauren Oliver – the emotional meltdown I had reminded me of when I read Before I Fall and Vanishing Girls.

The Singer’s Gun  My first introduction to Emily St. John Mandel.  Yes, it is true, I have not read Station Eleven yet, but don’t hold it against me!  Believe me, after reading this one, I will pick up anything Mandel writes.  It wasn’t so much that I connected with any of the characters, but more that Mandel is a darned good storyteller.  International intrigue, family drama, conflicts with inner values and a State Department Investigator that just will not give up  – yes! more, please!  While I have fallen head over heels in love with Mandel’s writing I’m still not sure I should start Station Eleven until I have a solid weekend to do nothing but read. . .advice from anyone who has read it already? wait for time to read non-stop or go ahead in sporadic spurts?

What’s the last book you read that had you sobbing through a box of Kleenex? Or rolls of toilet tissue. . .

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