Thoughts by Brenda:  Not a Sound By Heather Gudenkauf

Not a SoundNot a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read June 4-6, 2017

Heather Gudenkauf has created memorable characters here in Amelia and her service dog Stitch. I loved what their relationship brought to the story and that is what made this story an enjoyable read for me. It was very refreshing to read a story with a person/dog connection. Stitch by far was the best character in this story and I loved his attitude “I will listen when I need to” and that reminded me of my dog.

Amelia is not your typical thriller heroine. She is the woman in trouble character that brings on the some trouble herself and I will admit had me a bit frustrated at times. I did find that her decisions and prying added some tension to the story and had me yelling to her in my head “why would you do that” and “what are you thinking”. It added some fun for me.

I did think the ending was pushing it and I was not completely satisfied with it. Some will find this one predictable with not much guesswork but for me, sometimes I just don’t want to think to much but just read. I recommend for others looking for a light fun thriller, that doesn’t require much guesswork.

Thoughts by Brenda:  The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenThe Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read May 25-June 2, 2017

Kate Moore’s well-researched true story tells us of the lives of the “shining girls” condersided the luckiest girls alive to have found the most coveted jobs using the “wonder” substance radium to paint dials. We learn of their feelings of joy, excitement, and independence at having such glamorous jobs, to them becoming ill and their bodies starting to deteriorate and then some to their deaths. To others realizing their jobs are causing their illness, to their fight against the companies and their legal battles and then for some realizing they are going to die.

Moore doesn’t shy away from the vivid details of the agonizing deaths and suffering the women went through and it’s not for the faint hearted. I think that might be me as I found the torment they went through relentless and their agonizing suffering and the deaths after deaths started to become too overwhelming for me. Some of what I was reading just became a blur to me and at times I just wanted to get through the book.

As much as the girls suffering broke my heart, the greed, dishonesty and the refusal to protect the young women from the danger was shocking and angered me.

I think Radium Girls was one of the most unsettling books I have read and even though I did not enjoy it, I am glad I read it. The courage and tenacity of the women is an important story that needed to be told and Kate Moore is remarkable to have told it and honoring the women and their deaths by doing so.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Sourcebooks for a copy to read and review.