Eadie's 2020 Big Fat Books

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Eadie's 2020 Big Fat Books

1EadieB
dec 27, 2019, 5:52am

I will try to do 25 Big Fat Books for 2020.

2johnsimpson
dec 28, 2019, 4:07pm

Welcome to the group.

3Andrew-theQM
dec 28, 2019, 5:54pm

>1 EadieB: Welcome to the group Eadie.

4connie53
dec 29, 2019, 8:40am

Welcome Eadie!

5EadieB
Redigerat: jan 3, 2020, 10:11pm

6EadieB
Redigerat: jan 23, 2020, 5:08pm

1. 2019 -✔☊ Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury - 567 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/6/2020
This book is an alternate reality which asks "What if The Ottoman Empire won the battle of Vienna in 1683?" What would the world look like today? I enjoyed learning about the history of The Ottoman Empire and found the plot to be very believable. I found the characters of Rasheed, Kamal, Taymoor, Nisreen and Ramazan to be very well-drawn. I thought Nisreen was very courageous in wanting to travel back in time in order to change some things. The Tattooed Man was very unique and quite chilling at times. I found the book to be a page turner although there were some slow parts. Towards the end, the story took off and did not let go until the very end. I have never read a Raymond Khoury book but look forward to reading some of his other books. I would highly recommend this book to those who love historical fiction with a touch of fantasy. I would like to thank Bookishfirst.com for a free book for an honest review.

7EadieB
jan 15, 2020, 4:11pm

2.✔2011 - ☊ The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler - 592 Pgs. - ★★★ - 1/11/2020
Tumba Sweden. Triple homicide. One surviving witness is a young boy. DI Joona Linna asks Dr Erik Bark to hypnotize boy. Terrifying events unfurl. Dr. Bark’s son is kidnapped. His marriage is on the rocks. Dr. Bark is also a drug addict. Dark story. Slow start. Main plot gets sidetracked too many times and makes book too long. Warning: nasty sexual language. Hope next book gets better. Translation may be the problem.

8EadieB
jan 15, 2020, 4:12pm

3.✔1985 - ☊ Lie Down with Lions by Ken Follett - 508 Pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/14/2020
Ellis, the American. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman. 2 men opposite sides, a woman torn between them. A deadly romantic triangle, a mission with global stakes. The Russians want to assassinate Masud, leader of the Afghan guerrilla force. A gripping, masterful plot which keeps you on the edge of your seat. Audio narration was excellent. Intriguing characters. It‘s a love story and a struggle for freedom. Recommended.

9EadieB
jan 15, 2020, 4:13pm

4.✔1983 - On Wings With Eagles by Ken Follett - 500 Pgs. - ★★★★★ - 1/15/2020
When two of his American employees were held hostage in Iran, H. Ross Perot and a select group of his employees took matters into their own hands. Only Ross Perot could make this happen. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared. . . .
This is a fast-paced adventure story that kept the pages turning until the very end. Only Follett could write this book and do it justice. Hard to believe that it is a true story but I do remember when it happened in 1978. This book is not to be missed. It is a marvelous rare read!

10EadieB
jan 22, 2020, 8:44am

5.✔1997 - ☊ Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1) by Kathy Reichs - 560 pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/22/2020
TV show, Bones, is based upon this series. Tempe Brennan, Quebec‘s director of forensic anthropology, is in search of a serial killer which has killed her best friend and has her daughter in mortal danger. A slow beginning but fascinating look of working in a coroner‘s office. Harrowing plot and characters. Impeccable writing and suspenseful. Looking forward to book 2 and recommended to those who love gripping thrillers.

11Andrew-theQM
jan 22, 2020, 4:01pm

>10 EadieB: Going well!

12EadieB
jan 23, 2020, 5:09pm

>11 Andrew-theQM: I'm surprised at how many I have read this month. Wasn't it over 600 pages last year?

13Andrew-theQM
jan 23, 2020, 5:30pm

>11 Andrew-theQM: Yes it was they’ve lowered it to 500 Pages this year. Just finished my third.

14EadieB
feb 2, 2020, 11:10am

6. ✔2012 - ☊ The Nightmare by Lars Kepler - 528 Pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/26/2020
Stockholm Police find lifeless body of woman on an abandoned yacht. A man’s body is hanged - a suspicious suicide. Are these deaths somehow related? Joona Linda & Saga Bauer investigate. Lots of action and very gripping plot keeps the pages turning! Only complaint is I’m finding these Swedish crime books a bit longer than necessary otherwise interesting storylines. Looking forward to next book and recommend this one to those who love thrillers.

15EadieB
feb 2, 2020, 11:10am

7.✔2012 - ☊ Disgrace aka The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen - 530 Pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/26/2020
Copenhagen Department Q has another cold case to solve - brutal double murder of a brother and sister 20 years ago. They find out that Kimmie, a homeless woman, holds the key but they need to track her down. Violent characters who hide behind their money are suspects. A bit long-winded but suspenseful and an insightful look at ruthless people. Can be read as standalone. Looking forward to next book & recommended to those who love Nordic thrillers.

16EadieB
feb 2, 2020, 11:10am

8.✔2008 - ☊ The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg - 516 Pgs. - ★★★★ - 1/27/2020
Fjallbacka Sweden - A sadistic murderer has returned to claim fresh victims. Det. Patrik Hedstrom & Erica Falck launch a desperate manhunt. Another fast-paced novel from Lackberg who is a master of suspense and plotting. Family secrets are about to be revealed. Love the characters of Patrik and Erica. They make a great team to solve crime in this small fishing village. Can’t wait to read the next installment. Recommend to thriller lovers.

17connie53
feb 4, 2020, 4:04am

You are doing great, Eadie! Lots of BFB's read/listened!

18EadieB
mar 22, 2020, 6:51pm

9. ✔2019 - Final Option by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, #14 in the Oregon Files Series - 512 Pgs. - ★★★★★ - 2/16/2020

19EadieB
mar 22, 2020, 6:52pm

10. ✔2013 -☊ A Conspiracy of Faith aka Redemption by Jussi Adler-Olsen - 504 pgs. - ★★★ - 3/4/2020

20EadieB
mar 22, 2020, 6:52pm

11. ✔2013 -☊ The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler - 512 pgs. - ★★★★ - 3/13/2020

21EadieB
mar 22, 2020, 6:53pm

12. ✔2019 -☊ The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern - 512 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/15/2020

22EadieB
mar 22, 2020, 6:53pm

13. ✔2004 - ☊ The Collectors by David Baldacci, #2 in the Camel Club Series - 546 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 3/22/2020

23connie53
mar 23, 2020, 4:24am

>21 EadieB: I have to read that one soon too. There is no translation so I have to read the English version. It's on my kobo so perhaps this year I will give it a go.

24EadieB
mar 23, 2020, 10:22am

>23 connie53: I did the audio and enjoyed it very much as I tried reading a physical book and it was hard to get into it.

25connie53
mar 26, 2020, 2:35am

We will see what works for me, Eadie!

26EadieB
apr 13, 2020, 4:50pm

14. 2011 - The Devil Colony by James Rollins, #7 Sigma Force Series - 647 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/9/2020

15. 2013 - The Purity of Vengeance aka Guilt by Jussi Adler-Olsen - 503 pgs.- ★★★★ - 3/31/2020

27Andrew-theQM
apr 13, 2020, 5:38pm

Amazing the difference in versions, my copy of The Devil Colony only had 528 Pages.

28EadieB
apr 13, 2020, 7:03pm

>27 Andrew-theQM: My copy was the paperback edition. The Devil Colony by James Rollins - 647 pages

29EadieB
apr 13, 2020, 7:05pm

>27 Andrew-theQM: My copy was the paperback edition. The Devil Colony by James Rollins - 647 pages. The tagged book actually is a reprint and has 672 pages.

30EadieB
Redigerat: apr 23, 2020, 9:04pm

16.✔2012 - The Sandman by Lars Kepler - 515 Pages ★★★★★ - 4/16/2020

17.✔2007 - ☊ Stone Cold by David Baldacci - 527 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/19/2020

18.✔1980 - The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett - 508 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 4/19/2020

31Andrew-theQM
apr 23, 2020, 3:28pm

My turn this time to be secretary. You’ve already got The Devil Colony down at number 14.

A great roll of five star books.

32EadieB
apr 23, 2020, 9:05pm

>31 Andrew-theQM: Thanks! I need you as much as you need me!

33EadieB
maj 23, 2020, 2:48pm

19.✔2014 - The Marco Effect aka Buried by Jussi Adler-Olsen - 500 Pgs. - ★★★★ - 5/9/2020

20.✔2011 -☊The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg - 526 Pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/9/2020

21.✔2016 - ☊ Stalker by Lars Kepler - 560. Pgs. - ★★★★ - 5/18/2020

34Andrew-theQM
maj 24, 2020, 6:37am

>33 EadieB: All #NordicNoir

35EadieB
maj 24, 2020, 7:55am

>34 Andrew-theQM: At least their length is good for something!

36EadieB
maj 26, 2020, 7:51am

22.✔2014 - A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton - 528 pgs. - ★★★★ - 5/25/2020

37EadieB
Redigerat: jun 7, 2020, 6:27am

23.✔2006 - Brethren by Robyn Young - 672 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/27/2020
24.✔2012 - The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg - 500 pgs. - ★★★★★ - 5/28/2020

38EadieB
Redigerat: jun 7, 2020, 9:16am

25.✔2015 - The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen - 512 Pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/7/2020

39EadieB
Redigerat: jun 24, 2020, 6:23am

26. ☊2020 - The House in the Woods by Mark Dawson - 500 Pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/13/2020
27. ☊2010 - Hell's Corner by David Baldacci - 645 Pgs. - ★★★★★ - 6/19/2020
28. 2016 - The Rabbit Hunter by Lars Kepler - 528 Pgs. - ★★★★ - 6/20/2020

40connie53
jul 4, 2020, 7:12am

Going strong, Eadie!

And I read The Starless Sea and loved it.

41johnsimpson
dec 30, 2020, 4:50pm

42EadieB
jan 2, 5:16pm

29.✔☊2017 The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen - 544 pgs. - ★★★ - 6/27/2020
30.✔☊2020 Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella - 615 Pgs. - ★★ - 6/28/2020
31.✔2012 The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg - 500 pgs. - ★★★★ - 7/11/2020
32.✔2017 Victim 2117 by Jussi Adler-Olsen - 592 pgs. - ★★★★ - 8/16/2020
33.✔2020 The Searcher by Tana French - 576 pgs. - ★★★★ - 11/27/2020