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I don't know about you guys but this has been one of the longest weeks ever. With schools closed and work moved to home, this has been a new way of living. When the changes and shutdowns came just before last weekend, there was no time to really process the information. Within days, life had changed. And then on Monday, I reported to work, from my home, with kids also at home. It was when Friday finally rolled along that I felt the gravity of the situation, how we'll be rarely getting out for weeks, if not for months. How schools were likely going to be closed for months. How work still had to be done remotely or worse, there was no work to do anymore due to layoffs or a shutdown. How there was not going to be any dining in restaurants for months.


That was a very sobering thought. I didn't sleep until 1.30am that night.

How are you all doing? What are some of your tips to keep your sanity on while we get through this very difficult time? Some of you are in places that are …

Short Review (A-Z Wednesday): Drawn in Blood by Andrea Kane

A-Z Wednesday

This is a meme hosted at Reading at the Beach. To join, here's all you have to do: Go to your stack of books and find one whose title starts with the letter of the week. Post:
    1~ a photo of the book

    2~ title and synopsis
    3~ link(amazon, barnes and noble etc.)

The letter for this week is D. I chose Drawn in Blood by Andrea Kane, which I received as an ARC from the author and read in September 2009. This is actually the second book in the Sloane Burbank/Derek Parker series, but it can be read as a standalone too. I would still recommend reading the prequel first, Twisted, if only for understanding the relationship between Sloane and Derek better. I gave it 4 stars. Here's a synopsis, from the back of the book:

Former FBI Special Agent Sloane Burbank has seen her share of danger. She's faced down a serial killer and survived life-threatening injuries... but she never expected that danger to invade the lives of her family....

Then her mother is viciously attacked in the posh Manhattan apartment her parents share and it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary robbery. The thieves were too clever, too knowledgeable, and so obviously after something of her father's. But what could a respected art dealer have done to merit such violence? When a mysterious message is left for him, Sloane knows her father's in over his head. Determined to find out the truth, Sloane discovers a deadly secret buried in his past that has made him the target of a power-hungry mobster with a lethal agenda and nothing to lose.

Sloane is desperate to save her father, but to do so she must hold on to secrets of her own—especially from FBI Special Agent Derek Parker, the man she has grown to love deeply. She knows she must tell him everything, but how can she betray her father's confidence? Can a couple who's faced so much survive this ultimate test of trust? Will they survive at all?

As the decades-old secret claims the lives of her father's oldest friends and the killer closes in on him, Sloane finds herself in foreign territory: alone, facing escalating personal danger, and hunting a moving target in a world where memories are long and loyalties are drawn in blood.


Here's the review I posted on Goodreads:

I should say at the outset, that I really enjoyed this book. I liked the buildup of the mystery, the well-etched characters and the whole ride through the book. While I enjoyed Twisted better, this book was great as well.

Sloane's and Derek's relationship was pleasant to read. I was really rooting for them to get over their issues, and was pleased by the maturity with which it was handled. The whole concept of art theft ring was engrossing, especially with the amount of research that Andrea Kane put in.

Also, while initially it appears as a set of independent crimes, I really liked how it was all tied in together, without leaving the reader crying 'coincidence'!


 To see what "D" books other bloggers chose, visit this link.

Comments

Oh, mysterious and full of secrets! My kind of book.

My "D" is here:

http://weboftyranny.blogspot.com/2010/03/z-wednesday.html
Nise' said…
Glad you liked it as this book is also sitting on my stack!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Cool. I love mini reviews :)
Gina said…
Ooh...interesting feature. This is actually the first time I've heard of this one, but I like it! The booko sounds interesting as well...almost like one I have in my current TBR.... ~~~runs off to find book~~~
Thanks for sharing....and happy reading!
Sherrie said…
Hi!
Sounds like an intriguing book. I have put this on my TBR list. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books
Anonymous said…
I love mysteries!

Thanks for playing!
jlshall said…
Sounds like a book I'd love. I'll have to give it a look. Great choice for this week!
Stephanie said…
I really enjoy mysteries, and this sounds like a great read. :-)
I love mysteries, and this one sounds great! I've never heard of it before, but I'll definitely look into it now :)

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