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WWW Wednesday [06/06/17]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted on Taking On A World Of Words (previously hosted on A Daily Rhythm) that asks you three very important questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you finish reading recently?
What do you think you’ll read next?

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these, even though it’s only been two weeks. But anyway.

What Are You Currently Reading?

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The text message is just three words: I need you.

Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her now.

Something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three best friends she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, after what they did.

At school the girls used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. But for some, did the boundary between fact and fantasy become too blurred?

And how much can you really trust your friends?

I have mixed feelings on this book so far. It’s not nearly as exciting as I hoped it would be half way through, but I’m also desperate to know what happens at the end.

What Did You Finish Reading Recently?

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Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

This wasn’t really my favourite Picoult book – she’s done far better than this. But it’s an enjoyable read, and has lots of good moments in it. My review for this one will be up around the end of the month.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

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A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” Selected verses from ‘The Ballad’ are also interwoven throughout the story. A huge smokestack belching smoke and a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat and an old antique picture frame with the Warrior’s Creed, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life – Emil – and that he lost the only woman he could ever love in Emil’s time. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. When Jamison finds his mate she doesn’t recognize him, nor can she recall a past life as his wife. His efforts to reclaim her are derailed when he discovers the same fiend who took her from him in the past is stalking her again. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer determined to finish what he started decades earlier. Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.

I’m undecided if I’ll tackle another review copy next or read something fun, but I’ll probably take on this one, which I received for review.

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

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