The Border

Twice now, Don Winslow believed he was out. After finishing 2005’s The Power of the Dog, he’d felt he said his piece on the war on drugs.  Then, nearly a decade later, he sat down at a keyboard and started typing what would become his follow-up to The Power of the Dog, The Cartel.  After…

Brother

OK, book three of Canada Reads 2019 down.  After reading Brother, I’m becoming skeptical of the tagline for this year’s competition – “one book to move you”.  It should probably be, “Canada Reads: Embrace Depression.” David Chariandy’s novel Brother is an absolutely tremendous, albeit heartbreaking read.  Alternating between the past and the present, Chariandy’s book…

Suzanne

Pieced together with the help of a private detective, Suzanne is a fictionalized telling of the life of Suzanne Meloche (Barbeau) by her granddaughter, Anais Barbeau-Lavalette. Suzanne is the second book I’ve read of the five shortlisted for the 2019 Canada Reads competition.  With the first being By Chance Alone (a memoir written by a…

The Dark Half

Following a commercial flop with his debut novel, author Thad Beaumont begins writing violent crime stories featuring tough-guy Alexis Machine under the pseudonym George Stark.  This seems to do the trick as Beaumont is massively successful.  But the urge to return to his original dramatic style brings about the end of Stark.  After a mock…

Recursion

Where do I even begin with this one? If you could place your current consciousness back into your younger self, what would you change?  Would you ask out that girl?  Save a loved one from tragedy?  Would you pull a Biff Tannen and amass a fortune betting on horse racing?  Blake Crouch’s Recursion is a…

Vultures

With Vultures, Wendig takes the entirety of his six book saga and culminates it with a high-stakes chase against fate.  We pick up with Miriam after the catastrophic events of The Raptor and The Wren.  Newly pregnant and on the run, Miriam is getting ready for a final showdown with her tormentor, The Trespasser.  However,…

Kingdom Come

Following the departure of Superman and the old guard of heroes, a new generation is content to play judge, jury and execution by killing its enemies.  10 years have passed and a battle in the heartland of America results in a nuclear explosion that wipes out millions of people and effectively obliterates stockpiles of America’s…

Apathy and Other Small Victories

Apathy and Other Small Victories follows Shane, an aimless twenty eight year old wanderer.  When he’s not in bed with his landlord’s wife, he spends his time sleeping in the handicap stall of the insurance company he’s temping for.  Well, that and stealing salt shakers from diners. Shane gets caught up in a murder investigation…