Book Review: The Trespasser

The Trespasser by Tana French

One of the things I enjoy most about about Tana French’s books are the unpredictable twists and turns. For fans of mystery or thrillers there is a delicate balance between figuring out the puzzle and being baffled by it. French seems to have the perfect knack for leading you down one path then pulling the rug out from under you.

The weather is like an additional character here. The dampness, the bone-chilling cold. She seeds the clouds with paranoia. You don’t know who’s on Detective Conway’s side and who’s not.

You’re inside her head one moment and trying to pull back in another. Is she imagining things? Is she overreacting? Is someone trying to throw her off the trail? Who?

Must reads for fans of suspense, Ireland and strong female protagonists.


My Outdoor Writing Kit

Lenova Yoga. Small, light, holds a charge forever. Can be used as a tablet too. Easily goes from the patio to the coffee shop and even to bed, when I just have to finish one more scene before closing up shop.
Blue Sky Spiral Planner. There are tons of beautiful high-end planners out there, but this one does the job for me and comes in under $30. I do most of my planning in a bullet journal. I use this one so that I can see a month at a glance and tag specific dates with events. The one in the picture is last year’s. I linked to a 2018-2019 Academic Year in blush which is prettier anyway.
Pentel Energel Pens. Smooth and not smeary. I’m using a blue one at the moment, but they are available in all sorts of vibrant colors that really show up on the page.
Shatterproof wine glasses. I don’t know why I can’t hold onto a wineglass outdoors, but these are cute and unbreakable with a thumb indentation that helps you keep your grip even if your mind wanders.
What are your indispensible outdoor writing tools? Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo?

Choose Your Own Disaster

Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana Schwartz

Equal parts Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I wanted to say this book is a fun read, and it is, in the sense of how you proceed through the book, but it’s loaded with uncomfortable pings of recognition.

As you grow older and “wiser” it would seem that you no longer feel these feelings, or are faced with situations that provoke them, but you never forget those feelings or what it was like to live inside that twenty-something brain.

Because of the structure of the book, I was anxious that I would miss important parts of by skipping around. Also, I couldn’t tell Goodreads what page I was on, because I was on all the pages.

The only solution was to devour it in a day, which seems kind of rude considering the time it must have taken to write (not to mention live). I felt  like someone devouring Thanksgiving dinner in 10 minutes while watching football.

I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a funny, insightful book, by a smart, talented writer.