Good Behavior

Good BehaviorGood Behavior by Blake Crouch
Published by Thomas & Mercer on November 15th 2016
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1503940497
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four-stars

Received from the Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blake Crouch does not disappoint. Good behavior is actually three Novellas: The Pain of Others, Sunset Key, and The Grab. But this book is not just a combination of these three Novellas. This book is about the writing process and the new show coming out called “Good Behavior” Blake Crouch writes about his character Letty, collaborating with Chad Hodge, co-writing the script for the television show and was their collaborative process.

The Pain of others begins with Letty starting anew after her incarceration. She no longer has custody of her young child and has a on again off again drug problem. She is also a thief. She is currently working a hotel, entering hotel rooms in order to steal from the occupants when an occupant comes back early and she hears about an upcoming crime. At what point does a criminal herself draw the line? Letty has found hers and decides to intervene. But she learns maybe sticking your nose in other people’s business may not be the best solution.

In Sunset Key, we see Letty has fallen apart, she is using and has not eaten in days. She is given an opportunity to make some money. In order to do so, she needs to get herself together and literally and figuratively clean up her act. She is hired to spend time with a wealthy man who is scheduled to report to jail the next day. She is supposed to rob him and meet her handler at a rendezvous point. But what happens when she is double crossed and the tables have turned on her. This, by the way, was my favorite of the Novellas. I also really liked how Crouch shared how he came up with the story.

In the Grab, Letty has decided to go visit her son on the west coast. While traveling across county, she is approached about joining a team that has plans to pull off a casino heist. She decides to join them and make some money before traveling on to see her son. While in Las Vegas, she sees her drug counselor who appears to have hit rock bottom himself. She finds herself trying to help him as he has helped her while participating in the heist. Once again this is a story where Letty learns that not everyone is as they seem, double crosses happen and allegiances are made.

This is a very fast based book to read as it contains novellas. All are full of action and dialogue which makes the stories fast paced. I enjoyed them. This is a perfect introduction to the character of Letty and a lead in to the television show. It is also nice to read Crouch’s thoughts on his character, how he writes, where he gets ideas and what goes into writing a script.

This book also serves as a nice introduction to Blake Crouch’s writing for those who have not read a Blake Crouch book (btw shame on your for not reading Crouch before!). This is not a typical Blake Crouch book but once again allows his storytelling to shine.

four-stars

Pines

PinesPines (Wayward Pines, #1) by Blake Crouch
Published by Brilliance Audio on August 21st 2012
Pages: 309
ISBN: 1469216000
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four-stars

Blake Crouch you son of a gun…you sucked me in right away with this book. I was literally drawn in by the very first page. It kept my interest and I actually finished it very fast. It turned into a page turner for me. I loved that the main character, Ethan, was in a town trying to find 2 missing agents and woke to find himself injured on the side of the road after and “accident”. I liked that the town was a town where everything looked fine of the surface but something was just off and did not feel right. I liked the creepiness of this town. I liked how off things felt off and began to look off as well. I got my detective hat on and was trying to figure out things as well. There were some timeline things that took some thought. Such as Ethan, the main Character was in the town for 5 days but then we see a section featuring his wife Theresa and their friends, and he has been missing for 14 months. Did time slow down in The Pines? Was this an alternative universe? Was this all in his head as he was being tortured as a prisoner of war? These were some of my theories. I think the Author was relying on the reading figuring things out for him/her self along the way. When the reveal comes at the end there is some explanation of the time issues but there are still holes there (at least for me). I did have to suspend disbelief in this book to a small degree.

I have to say that this book would have been a 4.5 read for me but the “reveal” at the end just bothered me to some degree. I know that some readers loved it and found it to be brilliant, I was wanting or hoping for more. I’m not sure what I was expecting but just something more. Like the character in the book, something just did not feel right about it.

But I do have to give the book 4 solid stars for sucking me in, I kept reading for most of the day yesterday because the book was a big page turner for me.

four-stars

Wayward

WaywardWayward (Wayward Pines, #2) by Blake Crouch
Published by Thomas & Mercer on September 17th 2013
Pages: 298
ISBN: 1477808701
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four-stars

Another great one by Blake Crouch. WE are left with a cliff hanger. What will happen with the gate being open? What will Ethan do to save his family and the residents of Wayward Pines? I really liked the arc with Tobias/Adam and Teresa. The survival aspect of Tobias outside of the fence/wall. What were the kids being taught at school? Will Tobias make it back to Wayward Pines? What will his reception be? So many questions…. Looking forward to reading the next book!

four-stars

Dark Matter

Dark MatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch
Published by Crown on July 26th 2016
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1101904224
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Well, Well, Well Blake Crouch has done it again. When I saw this book offered on NetGalley, I felt like the kid in class: you know the kid that sits in the front row: sitting straight up waving his/her arm in the air as if to say “pick me pick me”. I selected “Request it” and crossed my fingers and silently whispered “pick me pick me”

and

I was picked! This is my second Blake Crouch novel and it will not be my last. There is something really compelling and intelligent about the way Crouch writes.

“I feel the wind in my face as I ride in the bed of an old pickup truck down a county road at night, dust swirling red in the taillights and the entire span of my life yawning out ahead of me. It’s the beautiful thing about youth. There’s a weightlessness that permeates everything because no damning choices have been made, no paths committed to, and the road forking out ahead is pure, unlimited potential.”

I don’t really consider myself a big fan of science-fiction type books, but I’m a fan of Blake Crouch books. He has a way of writing that makes sense. I can picture the scenes he has created. I am drawn into his worlds. In this book, Jason Dessen is kidnapped at gun point, taken to an out of the way location and drugged. When he wakes up, he is told “Welcome Back” by a man who claims to be friends with him, and his wife and son are nowhere in sight. He soon learns that his son does not exist and his wife is not his wife. Thus begins the Dark Matter journey.

As I mentioned, Crouch is a gifted and intelligent writer who can take a subject such as physics/quantum physics and make it sound not only interesting but makes it almost understandable to us, the reader. That is a gift in and of itself. As I mentioned this is a science-fiction novel but it is also a love story. It’s a story about physics, love, life choices, and coming home.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it fast and then wished that I hadn’t. Isn’t that the way of great books? I just have to keep turning the pages, I need to know more, I want to read more, it’s past my bedtime but I don’t care because I need to finish this book to see what happens. That is what I experienced when I read Pines (by Crouch) and when I read this book.

I highly recommend this book. Don’t be intimidated by it being a book that may be outside of the book genre you most enjoy. This book is so well written that I think just about anyone will enjoy it. It has depth and some of the writing is just plain beautiful.