The Help | by Kathryn Stockett

I just told a good friend that this has been one of the hardest books I’ve ever started but I read on. I am tenacious when it comes to literature and the characters, quite honestly, compelled me. Coming from the other side of the pond, as it were, with the book written in ‘colloquial speak’ from the south, it was extremely hard for me to get into. I am so glad I persisted.

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The White Lioness | by Henning Mankell

Ok so this is another Wallander novel, which you know I love, but this one is a little different as there is an international connection. The story begins with a real estate agent going about her business but disappearing one evening to the chagrin of her husband who is convinced foul play is at hand. This is in the days before mobile phones and GPS tracking so her last communication seems to be with a shop keeper at a bakery. Their family is quite devout and attend church regularly which doesn’t sit well with Wallander who believes in nothing at this time. Her past is called into question which is inevitable but frustrating for her family and friends.

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