I wanted to participate in Semicolon's Saturday book review again this week. You can check it out each Saturday. Link your own book review (or thoughts around a book), or simply go and find some new reads.
This week I read No Second Chance. It's paperback, it's a bestseller, and it was a good read. I know that when most serious readers post a book review, or mention a book in a blog, it might be a thoughtful literary fiction kind of book, perhaps a classic novel, or a book that changed your parenting for the better. So, I'm standing up for mindless fiction as I shamelessly plug this book. I like a good suspense thriller as much as many of you, but what I liked most about this one is that it was enjoyable. Do you understand me when I say that some suspense fiction isn't enjoyable while you are in the midst of trying to take it all in? You turn page after page, wondering what will happen next, you dream it, you try to squeeze a few more pages in when possible. . . . It's almost too much (That's why my husband has a hard time with 24. Even though he does enjoy it, it takes a lot out of him when we're in the middle of watching a season on DVD). This book wasn't that kind of suspense thriller. Yes, it started off mysteriously. For a long time you are wondering what really happened and why. Things unfold, you think you know the answer, and then of course, you find out just a bit more. It was a quick, enjoyable read, but I wasn't chained to it all week. The other compelling thing is that it is told in a very conversational first person narrative (see, I can still sound all literary, even when reviewing a common bestselling suspense novel).
Another thing that I appreciated (and sometimes have a hard time finding) was the absence of excessive profanity or sexual situations. I have read one other book by Harlan Coben, Just One Look, and while I remembered enjoying that one, I don't remember specifics, but I don't remember enjoying it as much as this one. Maybe you'll want to add this to your list for the Fall Into Reading Challenge.
What genre or author do you read for pure, mindless, entertainment? This is a safe place. You can admit it.