Welcome to Voracious Bookworms! This is a special place created for families that are raising advanced young readers. I write these book reviews for everyone, but at the end of each review, I always include a special note regarding the book’s appropriateness for younger readers. Feel free to ask me about a particular book; if I have read it, I will be happy to let you know what I think. To all voracious bookworms out there, let’s start reading!
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
Yasuko Hanaoka, a divorced single mother, believes she has finally left her abusive ex-husband behind her. But one day he shows up at her door, and the situation quickly spirals out of control until he ends up dead on her apartment floor. Her neighbor, the genius math teacher Ishigami, quickly steps in and offers to help them establish an alibi on the condition that they must follow his instructions to the letter. After the discovery of a brutal murder, the Tokyo Police taps the detective Kusanagi to solve the case…. (Continue reading)
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
In 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago, an accomplishment that secured America’s place in the world. The Devil in the White City tells the story of the mastermind behind the fair, Daniel Burnham, and the many other architects that worked together to design it. Struggling with politics, unions, and a ridiculous time constraint among other things, they strove to create a fair that would exceed the expectations of all watching and also surpass the greatness of the 1889 world’s fair in Paris…. (Continue reading)
City of Thieves by David Benioff
During the Nazi siege of Leningrad, Jewish Lev Beniov is arrested for looting a dead German’s body and thrown into prison, where he meets Kolya, a deserter with perfect Aryan looks. Expecting to be executed, they are surprised to be met instead with a peculiar command from a powerful Soviet colonel – find a dozen eggs for his daughter’s wedding cake. If they succeed, they will regain their freedom and access to rations. And so Lev and Kolya set out to find eggs, in a city where everyone knows eggs no longer exist, in a time when it is every man for himself…. (Continue reading)