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…

And She Was by Alison Gaylin (♦♦♦)

Brenna Spector suffers from a rare disorder called hyperthymestic syndrome. This disorder prompts Brenna to remember events of her life to the slightest details. The disappearance of Clea, Brenna’s teenager sister, when Brenna was eleven years-old, scars her for life.

Now a private investigator, Brenna is commissioned by Nelson Wentz to find his wife who has been missing for about a week. As Brenna begins searching for clues, she discovers that Nelson knew his wife very little, but more importantly, clues of Carol Wentz’s disappearance will tie her to the decade-old vanishing of Iris Neff, a small child in Tarry Ridge, New York.

Brenna and Nick Morasco-- a detective in the Tarry Ridge Police, also the main investigator in the vanishing of Iris Neff eleven years ago-- join forces and grey matter to solve the mystery involving the disappearances of both Carol and Iris and of the dead people that begin to pile up as they come closer to the truth.

I liked this book. The mystery is engaging, well narrated and the characters well developed, particularly Brenna and Nick Morasco. I felt transported every time Brenna had a memory. I found myself trying to figure out the ending as well, but I wasn’t even close. That said the story though good is not unforgettable. I was somewhat disappointed by the ending, but it pictures real life after all, with no happy endings.