Everyone seemed to enjoy the thriller, 24 Hours, by Greg Iles! It was a page-turner! Good summer reading. One of the great aspects of our book discussions is our ability to take what seems to be a simple story and to find aspects and meanings and insights that make the book every so much more interesting! Some of the insights I enjoyed from the discussion that I hadn't thought of for myself: The little girl seemed to be using a strategy by discussing Beauty and the Beast with Huey - was she trying to reach him by symbolically comparing him with the beast? Or was it more juvenile - just that since she had a Belle doll, that was the story she was thinking of? The characters each made important choices and changed their behavior based on these choices, so the characters became more developed and real. The other families that suffered kidnappings were somewhat passive, but the one in the story (I already forgot the names) struggled to take control of the situation. Each member of the family in the story had overcome a big loss in life and made the best of it - the mother had given up her career, the father had given up being a surgeon, and the little girl had the asthma to cope with. Maybe that was what made them stronger than the previous families so they could fight the kidnappers. I can't tell how these ideas as written here affect you if you weren't at the discussion, but to me all these ideas when discussed seemed to bring more depth and life to the book. There were more, too. We are good readers!
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PRESS RELEASE: JEFF ABBOTT, JANUARY 31, 2018, GEORGETOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Austin novelist, Jeff Abbott, will return to the Georgetown Public Library to speak at the Hill Country Authors Series on Wednesday, January 31st at 2 PM. Abbott’s first appearance here was in 2012; this time he’ll discuss his fourteenth novel, Blame, published July, 2017, to critical acclaim. Known as one of the best thriller writers in the business, his latest effort was described by fellow thriller author, Harlan Coben, as “the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense."
Bestsellers around the world, Jeff's novels are thrillers that center on ordinary people caught up in sudden, unexpected nightmares, often related to secrets in their past. They combine high-stakes intrigue with emotional punch.
In Blame an amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott’s tense psychological thriller. Froom Kirkus Review: “The Austin, Texas, suburb of Lakehaven is shaken when two teenagers drive off a cliff; driver Jane Norton survives while high school hero David Hall is killed. Jane comes out of a coma with part of her memory lost. After a note is found at the accident scene that suggests Jane caused the accident in a suicide attempt, she becomes an outcast; as Jane pieces together her own history, she becomes convinced she wasn’t trying to kill herself, and the accident starts looking more like murder. The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel. “
A Rice University graduate with a degree in History and English, Abbott worked as a creative director at an advertising agency for more than eleven years, as he continued to write novels. He left that job in 2005 in order to write full-time after the success of his thriller, Panic. Three of his novels have been optioned for film, and are in script development.
He is a three-time nominee for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the Anthony Award. Jeff’s first novel, Do Unto Others, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award.
The event begins at 2 pm at the library located at 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown; the doors open at 1:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online (link here) beginning December 1 at the special online price of $13.00. Tickets will go on sale in the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library on January 2, 2018 for $15.00, $18 at the door. Tickets are also available from the Wow!mobile, the bookmobile that services Georgetown. Contact Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974 for more information.
A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.