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…

The Shadow of your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark (♦♦♦)

Olivia Morrow has only two weeks to live, so she has to decide whether to tell Dr. Monica Farrell, a woman she’s never met, who her real grandparents were. Monica’s grandmother, Catherine Kurner, was a nun, now in the midst of a beatification process by the Catholic Church. Alex Gannon, Monica’s grandfather, was a world-known doctor whose patents made he and his brother’s family rich. Dr. Gannon’s will provided that his money would go to his descendant, if there were any, but none became known during his lifetime. Now, the fact that Monica may claim what is rightfully hers has some people in the Gannon foundation very nervous, so much so that they’re willing to commit murder to prevent that from happening.

I thought this book was good, but somewhat predictable. Several years ago I read a book by the same author titled Daddy’s Little Girl and it shook me to the core. This one is not so; the plot drags somehow. The emerging love story refreshes the otherwise grim pace.

Very forgettable story, not the best this author can offer.