A Time of Souls by Bruce G. Bennett

Time_of_Souls_AYou get a really good sense of who the characters are… the opening scene is reasonably sizzling, but it’s not an erotica work.

The sex scenes were well described and in keeping with the characters, giving you a good feel for the morals, motives and methods of each character involved. As the stories unfold, you wonder how they will connect, but connect they do, and interweave very nicely.
An unlikely alliance forms, and investigations ensue. The stories told to the journalist are said in unique ways fitted to each individual, obviously a pattern forms but it’s not repetitive for the reader.

The gamut of emotions felt by each, and recounted are very well described and thought provoking. The threads meander suitably and gather together again in an ending that makes you guess, but keeps you wondering for a short while… and then keep you thinking about things for a bit.
Although the central character wrestles with his thoughts on God and the Devil, ┬áthe hereafter, and ‘just what is After?’ the book is no way a theological treatise. All human beings die one day, regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs… and then what?

A very enjoyable read.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23158735-a-time-of-souls

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Boy in Striped PJEveryone should read this. Absolutely Stunning. I was swept into this time and place, and saw the world through Bruno’s eyes… and felt all the emotions as he did. Until the end of course, then I felt what a mother would.

A boy Bruno’s age should be free to play – just as he thought, and did… this story shows how individuals can be swept along so easily by the currents around them. Even the characters that knew things were wrong did nothing to change it because there were expectation upon them.

Feeling the tensions mount, and understanding the deeper meaning behind some of the conversations gives the reader a perspective that perhaps the characters themselves would have wished to have. The story unfolds of course, to charged emotions and tragic consequences.

Beautifully written, raw and tragic, harsh at times but this is such a good read.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39999.The_Boy_in_the_Striped_Pajamas