Snapshots - #42: Thor: Ragnarok, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, LBJ

Thor: Ragnarok (2017), (♦♦♦♦½): Thor has saved earth twice by now and has, for the last two years, wandered the universe searching for infinity stones. He hasn't found any. He has, however, become prisoner of an enemy of Asgard, Surtur, who tells Thor that his visions of Asgard engulfed in flames is a premonition of Ragnarok—the destruction of Asgard, which is already in motion. Thor frees himself and arrives at home to find Loki sitting on the throne, passing as Odin, and neglecting his duties to protect the Nine Realms. With Odin's exile, Asgard's enemies have been reassembling, but Odin's death may just free Hela, a goddess against whom neither Thor nor Loki are enough.
It was in Thor: The Dark World where Loki, an antagonist, first threatened to steal the show. He became the villain that Marvel fandom loves to hate. While Loki is at his most charming in this film, the director, with the help of a sparkling screenplay, has very much exploited the great chemistry of t…

The Bone House by Brian Freeman (♦♦♦♦½)

Glory Fischer, a native of a remote Wisconsin town, narrowly survives a deadly fire as a ten year-old. Six years later, she is found dead in a beach in Naples, Florida, where she had gone to vacation and to support her sister who was attending a national, college dance competition. The prime suspect is Mark Bradley who is also vacationing at the same resort with his wife.

Mark Bradley had it all: he was an attractive man in his mid-forties, he had a smart, beautiful wife who trusted him, a career at which he excelled and a house in an isolated part of the country, which he loved. His good name was taken away a year prior when rumors surfaced of him having a steamy affair with teenager Tresa Fischer, Glory’s older sister. He had been a substitute high school teacher but had been fired after the scandal. Mark wasn’t charged with a crime because Tresa denied the allegations. Despite of it, everyone in their community thought he was guilty and that Hilary, his wife, was a fool for trusting him.

Glory’s death brought back the hatred and suspicions towards Mark Bradley, only this time people were ready to make him pay for it. Detective Cab Bolton with the Naples police, traveled to Door County, Wisconsin to keep abreast of developments in the case. Soon after his arrival he realized that Mark Bradley had already been tried and convicted in the public’s opinion and that some people in the community were ready to kill to see Bradley brought to justice.

Wow. This story is as cold as it is enthralling. I couldn’t put down this book since the first page, and the opening proves to be more important as the story progresses. This is a taut, psychological thriller that packs punches without being too conscious of it. This is the kind of stuff that nightmares are made of. Neither too slow nor too rushed the action has a pace that doesn’t make the reader hyper but still keeps him/her on his/her toes.

I would love to read another story by this author if he manages to repeat this formula. Bravo!