Starting with the first book first, In The Woods is a thriller set in Ireland that deals with two crimes involving children that happen approximately 20 years apart. I can honestly say that it was the most enthralling book that I have read in a long time. Not necessarily the best book, although it was really good, but a book that I didn’t want to put down. I actually had the thought when I was reading it, that I wished I could call in sick, just so I could finish the book. If you like thrillers (or even if you don’t – Jami is not a big mystery reader and she is having a similar addiction to In The Woods at the moment), I really recommend this one. French has a new book out (The Likeness) with some of the same characters, and I am really looking forward to reading that one as well.
The second book that I read is The Maytrees by Annie Dillard. It was beautifully written, really and truly. It fit in with my recent reading of New England authors. And I just didn’t like it that much. I’m happy I read it, and it made me want to read more of Dillard’s writing, but I just felt somehow distant from the whole story. Still Dillard is a great writer and so I’ll give her another try.
That’s all I’ve read in August so far, which is shocking to me, seeing as the month is almost over! We’ll see if I get through at least one more before the month ends.