The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
This is another historical book. NOT Historical Fiction, I almost said that but it would have been a lie. I LOVED how this book was done. Larson tells two stories in one and how these two events came together in history. One story is of the World's Fair in Chicago and the other story is of the rise fall of serial killer H.H. Holmes; who built a mansion of a hotel for the World's Fair with the intent to trap and kill girls traveling alone, far away from home. One chapter I was intrigued, learning what products and attractions made their debut in Chicago, or what things the fair didn't allow (and those things made it big later); the next chapter, I was horrified by the misdeeds of H.H. Holmes. A very interesting history lesson.
The Registry by Shannon Stoker
This was a pretty intriguing idea to me (which is why I bought the book) but sadly I don't love it and I learned at the end that it at least will have a sequel if not a trilogy but I don't think it impressed me enough for me to remember to buy the sequel when it comes out. I get why I don't like the main character, she is exactly what she is supposed to be, but I found the main character's development unbelievable based on the rules of her world. Overall, I did not find the other characters endearing either. I like the main guy, and later on they come across a gay couple and I like them too. But the bad guy - hated him (and not because I was supposed to). He was supposedly evil, at least that was what I was continually told and somewhat shown, but not enough to convince me that he was so. Yes, he killed and threatened but it didn’t seem believable to me. My favorite characters were sadly ones that didn’t stick around for very long. Still, overall I think it was a quick, easy, enjoyable read
The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson
I borrowed this one from the library - on my phone...so it took me a long time to finish it because I kept forgetting I had it on my phone! This book is based in Richmond, VA (hometown yea!) so that is probably what got my attention at first. I did not know until reading in the back of the book that this is based on an actual court case and that the author stuck to the facts as much as possible, but added filler where there was no information. The book was great and I was close to crying near the end (which I hate to admit - but there it is).
Overall - October was a good reading month. Here's to 2 more months and 7 more books!