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  • I'll be gone in the dark : one woman's… by McNamara, Michelle,
    ★★★★★

    When Michelle McNamera unexpectedly dies in her sleep at the age of 40 after half a life-time of researching the "Golden State Killer" (and dubbing him as such) the weight of printing her work is taken up exclusively by Gillian Flynn. Here is the final published synopsis of what they, numerous investigators and the interwebs have produced after many decades of sifting through small details. This book is well researched; (read compulsively well researched). The book went to print and subsequently Joseph DeAngelo former police officer is being charged in Sacremento in one consolidated Trial for the multiple 10+ successful murders and 50 successful assaults. This book is especially disturbing for it's lack of conclusion at the time of publishing and the gory details of which parts of the human body were hardest to recover due to the small fragment sizes. Why not immerse yourself instead in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which is at least...a revengefully poignant closed case. If you can't stomach a 2hr rated R film; then this real-life story is not going to sit well with you. I can't recommend this book to anyone, man woman or child prone to obsessive fear who wants to still sleep at night. With the printing of this book his very journal handwriting is given to the masses. In conclusion: sites like 23 and Me and Ancestry.com as well as good old-fashioned human sleuthing finally have nabbed the perpetrator however these sites are not mandated to cooperate with law enforcement therefore this is a classic case of a punctual, professional type with a gun getting away with Murder.

    #TrueCrime

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Nov 27, 2018

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  • Whitney by Houston, Whitney.
    ★★★★★

    The magic of Whitney is her distinct '80s synthetic pop backbeats combined with her tremendous voice. Didn't we almost have it all and I wanna dance with somebody are on this album. Need I say more?

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Nov 24, 2018

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  • The witch elm by French, Tana,
    ★★★★★

    Tana French is widely loved for her ability to immediately inject the reader into the scene at hand. Her ability to write a crime novel with truly cultured prose is un-canny and a great pairing. If you have never read a Tana French Novel why not start here.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Nov 24, 2018

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  • Little fires everywhere : a novel by Ng, Celeste,
    ★★★★★

    Little Fires Everywhere is a 2017 novel by American author Celeste Ng. It is her second novel and takes place in Shaker Heights, Ohio where Ng grew up. She described writing about her hometown as "a little bit like writing about a relative. You see all of the great things about them, you love them dearly, and yet you also know all of their quirks and their foibles."

    The novel is about two families living in 1990s Shaker Heights who are brought together through their children. 

    The book was voted as the winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for fiction in 2017. (Source::::Wikipedia)

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Nov 24, 2018

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  • Splash
    ★★★★★

    Splash is one of the first Tom Hanks films, he was originally slated to play the role of the brother. Wonderful method acting was used to develop the scenes making it a must-be-seen for anyone in acting/theater/comedy. This is a film which is rich, hilarious, and the slap stick isn't too corny. They set you up for what you know is coming and then they tweak events ever so slightly to the right or left in a mind-blowingly satisfyingly unpredictable way. The flimsy plot is eclipsed by the real human characterizations and John Candy makes a wonderful 'older wiser' brother. Viewers who watched the Shape of Water will realize blatant copying of both themes in the abstract and certain scene shots which are a clear hat tip to this gem of a comedy.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Nov 7, 2018

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  • Accessory to war : the unspoken alliance… by Tyson, Neil deGrasse,
    ★★★★★

    This timely walk through recent historical military and political moves as relates to engineering and astronomical science is immensely well crafted, researched and searing with the gravity of the consequences of war and a military mongering mindset. Here comes the truth about China's space program superiority, 9/11, CNN's un-positive news spins at every given opportunity, and many more going's on. This book is forged from the heaviest most lugubrious subject matter and molded expertly by Avis Lang into a piece which is edible, eloquent and will hopefully be a call to arms for anyone in any industry to care about the death of freedom and planet earth. We can still shape the end-times into something more manageable instead of mis-directing all of our talents to starting wars to keep people distracted and misplaced. You will want to take notes while you read this. 

     

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Oct 31, 2018

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