Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of the best mystery books I’ve read. The book is full of plot twists and it is impossible to stop reading. The narrator in this book, Dr. Sheppard, is recording this case as he is the helper of detective Poirot. Mr. Ackroyd is known throughout King’s Abbot as a wealthy guy, but he is stabbed to death a few days following the death of the woman he loves. It is fascinating to read how Poirot analyzes every piece of evidence and how he eliminates the suspects one by one.
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Fifteen-year old Lina Vilkas is taken from her homeland, Lithuania, and hauled to one of the Stalin labor camps with her mother and brother. There they work long hours each day and receive barely any food. At night they’re kept awake by the NKVD who insist that they sign to agree that they are criminals and that their sentence shall be twenty-five years’ hard labor. This deeply moving historical fiction illuminates and magnifies a period in history that is often overlooked. Some people only heard of Nazi concentration camps and are completely ignorant of Stalin labor camps. Perseverance, love, and hope are what support the survivors of the labor camps.
I give this book a 10/10 because it is so intricately written and I really like the topic.
Last Seen Leaving is a mystery novel written by Caleb Roehrig. The mystery part of the novel is not as satisfying to read as I expected. Flynn, the main character, tries to figure out what happened to his ex-girlfriend who went missing. The storyline is a bit too simple. What I liked about the book is the self-discovery part: Flynn stops hiding his secret from everyone and accepts himself for himself.