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On My Nightstand

In the last week, I’ve been super busy with work and life, and although I managed to read three books, I still have a huge stack of books on my virtual nightstand at the moment. ( I say virtual because while I do have physical books on my nightstand, I also read a lot of books on my Kindle.

What I’ve Read

This week I read The Third Gate by Lincoln Child, Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick and Deep Storm by Lincoln Child. The two Lincoln Child books were fast-paced thrillers, and Amanda Quick’s novel was a historical mystery/romance.

After I read The Forgotten Room over a week ago, I wanted to read more by Lincoln Child. I love the settings for his novels … a Rhode Island mansion in one, an Egyptian burial site in another and the best, an underwater military facility. You learn from his novels, while simultaneously trying to figure out who did it, what’s really going on and uncovering plot twists. I don’t know how factually accurate they are, but it seems to me like the author has done a lot of research to pull off the level of detail in these novels.

The Third Gate is a search for the long-lost pharaoh who united Egypt, Narmer’s burial chamber and possible crowns.



Deep Storm is focused on a mysterious illness that’s threatening people in a secret underwater facility in the Atlantic Ocean.



Garden of Lies is about set in Victorian England where there’s murder and romance.


Currently on My Nightstand

And these are all the books I’ve started and need to finish, or need to start ASAP for various reasons:

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman – I’m reading this for my work book club. It’s a challenge to get through because the entire book is written in a bizarre vernacular.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese – I’ve had this one from the library for so long that they sent me an invoice. It’s good, I’m more than halfway through, but I keep forgetting to finish it!

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walker – Another one from the library that I keep meaning to read. It looks really good. I haven’t started reading it yet but I read a sample on my Kindle months ago and the reviews were great.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – I think I downloaded this one for free from Amazon. It keeps making the best-books-of-the-month lists, but I’m well into it and having a hard time continuing. It’s just not holding my interest. But I’m determined to finish.

Crow Fair: Stories by Thomas McGuane – I’ve never read this author before, but I decided to try his new short-story collection for my family book club. This is our first book to read as a family (and by family, I mean my mom and my other adult siblings). I haven’t started reading it yet.

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley – This book has two separate story lines that must intersect at some point, but right now I’m mired down in the less interesting one … MUST finish.

What’s on YOUR nightstand?

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The Forgotten Room

The Forgotten Room

A massive mansion housing a private think-tank, a violent death and a hidden room with no door and a mysterious purpose … all the necessary ingredients for a fast-pace, intriguing thriller. The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child was a quick, compelling read. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I’m probably going to read another book by this author.

The main character in The Forgotten Room, Jeremy Logan, is “an investigator who specializes in analyzing phenomena that have no obvious explanation.” He is hired by a prestigious think-tank located in a magnificent old mansion on the coast in Newport, Rhode Island to investigate the shocking and suspicious death of one of their fellows. Logan’s investigation leads him to a closed-off wing of the mansion, where a room with no doors is discovered, with mysterious equipment and unexplained purpose. Strange behavior in other residents continues and danger looms …


I can’t resist a mystery involving secret rooms in mansions, and The Forgotten Room┬ádidn’t disappoint. What novels are you drawn to? Are you irresistibly drawn to certain story lines?

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