Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Seven deadly sins, seven great reads

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Ellen Wehle tagged seven "books for ... folks who commit the Seven Deadly Sins…and don’t regret a single moment of it," including:
Sloth: He’s Gone, by Deb Caletti

In another case of faulty memory, Dani wakes up one morning unable to remember the night before—or the fight she had with her husband, Ian. Does she worry when she sees the empty bed beside her, Ian unexpectedly gone? On the contrary. Dani breathes a sigh of relief and dawdles the morning away drinking coffee, thrilled to have the house to herself.

Unlike most of the sinners in this roundup, Dani actually is a nice person, someone I would hang out with. She just happens to have done some awful things: “Your history, dear God, it follows you. It’s under your skin and in your cells and it flows through your blood.” For starters, it turns out she and Ian met when they were married to other people, lying their way through a long, ugly, on-and-off affair before they finally tied the knot. Add the fact that the more we know Dani the more we suspect she had a hand in Ian’s disappearance, and you’ve got a book worth staying up all night for.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: He's Gone.

--Marshal Zeringue