Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Blogtoberfest 2014 Day 15: W...W...W... Wednesdays



I'm joining in with a meme organised by MizB @ shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
 
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
 
Currently reading: 'Tell No Lies' by Gregg Hurwitz. 

The blurb on the back of the book says: Daniel Brasher is leaving behind his job as a probation counsellor working with hardened criminals to spend more time with his wife, now well again after a serious illness. However, nothing is ever that simple. When he finds a scrawled message in the post at work demanding 'admit what you've done or you will bleed for it.  You have 'til midnite', he is horrified - then relieved to discover it's not addressed to him.  But he learns that the intended victim is already dead. More death threats signal a series of gruesome, seemingly inexplicable murders.  Until a note is addressed to Daniel himself.  And with the clock ticking he must discover who wants him dead.  And why.  Or become the next victim ... 

This was in the last pile of books passed on to me by my sister.  I've only just started it but so far I like the style of writing and the story line seems to move at a fair pace, so it all looks for a promising read.
  

Recently finished: 'Rage Against the Dying' by Becky Masterman.
 
The blurb says: Remains found. Confession secured. Case Closed.  Or at least that's what the official FBI channels believe.  But Brigid Quinn - a retired agent with a bloody secret of her own - doesn't think so.  They've got the wrong man.  Which leaves only one question: what would make you confess to a murder you didn't commit?
 
This was another book passed on to me by my sister.  It was a good, undemanding read which was exactly what I wanted.  I liked the pace of the story and Quinn, the main character was well drawn. 
 

Reading next: I'll be reading the next book group selections, one of them I won't know until the meeting tonight.  The other book group has chosen 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot.

The blurb say: Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death. Cells descended from her may weigh more than 50M metric tons.

HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave.

The journey starts in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s, her small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia — wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo. Today are stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, East Baltimore children and grandchildren live in obscurity, see no profits, and feel violated. The dark history of experimentation on African Americans helped lead to the birth of bioethics, and legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.


I haven't read a non fiction/biography for ages so am looking forward to this one.

Linking with Blogtoberfest 2014

4 comments:

  1. Tell No Lies looks very intriguing! I hope you enjoy your books this week!

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  3. Henrietta Lacks is a really interesting read and would be a great book club choice! Hope you enjoy it!

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  4. I like the sound of these, I have a copy of Rage Against the Dying and I have read Henrietta Lacks which is a really interesting read and the synopsis of Tell No Lies sounds great... Thanks for visiting my WWW

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