One of the first books I ever read based on the recommendation of a blog review was Go With Me by Castle Freeman Jr.
In this short novel set in rural Vermont, a young woman named Lillian, who is not a native to the area but who is determined to make it her home, is being terrorized by a local thug named Blackway. Lillian’s boyfriend has fled in fear, leaving her to defend herself. Knowing she needs help and unable to obtain it from local police, she enlists an unlikely posse of preventive vigilantes who will do what needs to be done. A group of local old men gossips provides running commentary on the drama. It’s drily amusing, fast-paced, and tension-filled. The prose is spare, and yet evokes the setting perfectly. I loved this book. It really hit the spot when I was looking for something well-written, quick, and a little bit out of the ordinary.
I’ve always been an obsessive reader. The love of books is what got me through college, kept me sane during medical school and residency, and ultimately led me to become a novelist. (...that is, love of books, lots of family support, and some luck thrown in!) This blog is intended to share my thoughts about some of the books I’ve read. Join in the conversation. I’d love to hear your thoughts, too!
I buy my books, borrow them from the library, or friends lend them to me. I also write reviews for The Historical Novels Review. Occasionally I may repost a review here (after it has appeared in print). Those books are free review copies. If I obtain a book in any other way, I'll disclose it.