I've surpassed my page goal for 2011! So far, I've completed 13,052 pages this year. Woot woot!
Here's the book that helped me to exceed my goal by so much: Sandra Brown's White Hot.
"When she hears that her
younger brother Danny has committed suicide, Sayre Lynch relents from
her vow never to return to Destiny, the small Louisiana town in which
she grew up. She plans to leave immediately after the funeral, but
instead soon finds herself drawn into the web cast by Huff Hoyle, her
controlling and tyrannical father, the man who owns the town's sole
industry, an iron foundry, and in effect runs the lives of everyone who
lives there." "As she feared, Sayre learns that nothing has changed. Her
father and older brother, Chris, are as devious as ever, and now they
have a new partner-in-crime, a canny and disarming lawyer named Beck
Merchant, who appears to be their equal in corruption." "Soon, Sayre is
thrown in closer contact with Beck and becomes convinced that something
more sinister is at play than her father's usual need to dominate people
and events. As she sets out to learn just what did happen to Danny, she
comes to realize that there are many secrets in Destiny - secrets that
hide decades of pain and anger, and that threaten at any moment to erupt
and destroy not only her father and brother, but perhaps Sayre
herself." "Underneath the rigid control that the Hoyles exert over the
town, trouble is brewing. Old hatreds foster plans for revenge, past
crimes resurface, and a maverick deputy sheriff determines that Danny
Hoyle's death was not suicide, but murder." As tensions mount,
threatening to ignite a powder keg of long-held hostility, Sayre finds
herself inextricably drawn into a struggle with striking laborers, her
unscrupulous father, and her own emotions over the love/hate
relationship that is growing with Beck, a man apparently with his own
agenda, and mysteries of his own.
As with any of Sandra Brown's novels, I was hooked. It did take me a little longer to develop a personal attachment to the characters, but I think much of that is because we readers are set up to like the main character, Sayre, despise her family, and have mixed feelings about the family's lawyer, who Sayre is crushing on. It was a fast-paced read, and I didn't predict the ending whatsoever. If you're into a good, quick thriller, this would be a great read for you!
And my stats...
White Hot by Sandra Brown
2011 Reading Goal: 13,052/12,500
I'll do another post soon (hopefully tonight) revealing my Christmas goodies and books to come! :)