I love it when a book surprises me as well as meeting my expectati ...
I love it when a book surprises me as well as meeting my expectations, and this one did both. Because I'd already read the first two novels of this trilogy, I was pretty sure "A House of Her Own" would be a well-written, gripping page-turner, and I wasn't disappointed. Dusenbury's writing is graceful, intelligent, and easy to read, and her sense of pacing is outstanding. As with both of her other books, I literally couldn't put this one down, even when I wanted to do that so I could make it last longer. The story was also surprising, and I'm not going to say HOW it was surprising because I don't want to spoil the surprises. I'll give a couple of hints, though: it IS a murder mystery, but a very unusual one. Also, like the other two books in the trilogy, there's a romance involved – but the romance turns out differently than I'd expected. And much to my satisfaction. Warning: DO NOT read the last page until you get to it! The trilogy as a whole ("A Perfect Victim," "Secrets, Lies, and Homicide," and now "A House of Her Own") is made up of three stand-alone mysteries. But the three books follow their main character, Claire Marshall, through a period of great change in her life, so to really enjoy them it would be a good idea to read them in order.
October 18, 2015