Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Ghost Shadow by Heather Graham (♦♦♦♦)

Ten years ago, while giving a tour of his family’s museum in Key West, David Beckett, along with a group of tourists and locals, found the dead body of Tanya Barnard, his former fiancée, in one of the museum’s exhibits. David had a solid alibi, backed by none others than his grandparents, but despite it, he was the only person of interest in the police investigation. Since the police could not find Tanya’s killer or physical evidence pointing to her murderer, they closed the case. David Beckett, along with most of his high school classmates moved on. Ten years later, as a world famous photojournalist, David decides to go home, if only for a while, and find the truth of Tanya’s murder, if possible. Along with him, some of the town’s folks start to return as well, and then the killing starts again.

David Beckett, while actively involved in the investigation of his former fiancée’s murder, falls in love with Katie O’Hara, a local young woman with paranormal abilities, and both get determined to find the truth behind the gruesome killings rocking their beloved Key West, with the help of Katie’s ghosts.

I really liked this book. The romance is good, and the investigation, happening in the background, is more like a mystery, which works perfectly when entwined with the local history of Key West and its most prominent families. A very pleasant and funny read!