Book Review: The Other Son

51tncx1id4l-_sx327_bo1204203200_ The Booklover’s Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 

When this book became available on Blogging for Books, I requested it right away. Soderberg’s novel The Andalucian Friend was a good read.  I enjoyed it and thought that this sequel would be a enjoyable.  Not so.

From the publisher:

From the moment Hector Guzman entered a coma, Sophie Brinkmann has regretted joining his crime family. Hector’s right hand, Aron Geisler, is doing all he can to keep the sinking ship afloat and keep Sophie in their steely grip. But when Hector’s brother is murdered in Biarritz, Sophie gains the upper hand, and intends to use it.

Sophie becomes a player in a game where the rules are constantly changing, where loyalty and friendship are rendered meaningless. In order to survive, she must look inward and find her inner darkness. If not, she will be swallowed whole by the forces closing in on her: vengeful mobsters, cunning detectives, charismatic arms dealers, and possibly her own son.

It was difficult to get into the novel and I wouldn’t recommend this book at all if you haven’t read The Andalucian Friend.  Although many of the same characters were present, it was difficult to remember exactly what role they played in the first book and to put them in their proper place in this book.  The Other Son is probably worth it if you want to keep up with the story and the characters (none of whom are the least bit likeable), but frankly I found that I don’t really care what happens to these people.  If you are a fan of  The Andaludcian Friend and read this book, let me know what you think.

Book Details:  Published by Crown (July 21, 2015), 400 pages, ISBN: 978-0770436087.

Amazon’s Best Books of the Year

Business Insider just posted an article listing Amazon’s top ten books for 2015.  Topping the list is Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies.  I feel a little out of touch this year, not having read a single book in the top ten — not even The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  Winter is coming and it will definitely be time to catch up on reading for me!

Business Insider‘s article includes also a link to Amazon’s complete list at the end.  You can read the article here.

The Guardian: The 10 best quotes in a crisis

The Guardian featured an article on their Website for those times when “it won’t be okay, that the world as you know it has ended and you are doomed. It feels like the end.”  My personal favorite quote from the article is from Coraline, a book I haven’t read, but certainly intend to.  Check it out here!