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…

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets (♦♦♦½)

Amy Raye is married, has a kid of her own plus her husband's daughter as well. Everything seems fine from the outside, but Amy has a secret double life. Every once in a while she engages in sex with other men. Danger appeals to her on a primal level.

Amy Raye has hunted wild game since she was a child. Her grandfather taught her early on invaluable survival skills, which she has polished over the years. Her survival instincts and skills come in handy when she disappears in the wilderness of Colorado for three months in relatively unfamiliar terrain while hunting elk. Pru, a dedicated law enforcement officer, doesn't believe in failure, and it is that drive that ultimately leads her to Amy Raye.

I had an uneven experience with this book. I really liked the first 20% or so, but as the search dragged on and Amy Raye's character started to be fleshed out, it became heavy reading for me because I couldn't understand or condone her behavior. Luckily for me and the author as well, Amy Raye was a complex woman, one determined to survive and seize the opportunity life seemed to be offering her, and I liked that.

DISCLAIMER: I received from the publisher a free Galley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Your review makes me curious to see what happened!

  2. Ha Ha. One of my reading groups has a slogan: "Take a chance on a book." Sounds like that is what happened here.

    1. You are right, Judy. I typically read murder mysteries, political thrillers, historical fiction, and paranormal with a mixture of other genres. I wanted to explore more contemporary fiction and this is what I got. Serves me well. :-)

  3. A secret double life eh? Oh I didn't realize it was exactly like that. Thankful for your review. Had this on my list but I'm not sure.

    1. The story is told in two voices: Amy's (the missing woman) and Pru's (the rescue patrol woman). Both women's lives are explored during the course of the search to give a fuller picture of how they got to that point and what is at stake.


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