Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

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.