Title: The Girl With No Past
Author: Kathryn Croft
Publisher: Bookouture, 2015
Genre: psychological thriller
Summary: Something happened in Leah Mills' past. She believes she should be punished for this. She works at a library during the day and goes home to her apartment at night and reads. She has no friends and the only family she has is her mother, who she does not see often. Just as Leah starts to believe she has punished herself enough and begins to form some realationships, her past comes back to haunt her. Someone else believes Leah should continue to be punished, but who?
Thoughts: This was a really good psychological thriller. It reminded me of I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan because both involved the question- who's seeking revenge on a person / people that did something bad in their past? The story is told by the protagonist and goes back and forth from her past (teen years) to present (14 years later). The stories happening in each time period are good ones. The writing is easy to follow, flows well, and kept me reading. It was one of those books that is hard to put down because you want to know what is going on. If I had the time, I could have read it in one sitting. I really liked the author's writing style. There was enough description to picture what was taking place. Some parts were creepy and chilling, other parts should have felt this way, but didn't- something was missing.
Leah's character was developed throughout the story and by the end the whole person was revealed. The other characters were not well-developed, but the story would not have worked if they had been. Leah was telling the story and had just gotten to know most of the other characters. Also, the reader was not supposed to know the characters that well because it added to the sense of mystery as to who was out to get Leah because of her past.
The one major problem that I had with the book was the title. I still do not understand how the title relates to the book in any way. All in all, this was not a deep book, but a very entertaining one. The author is an excellent storyteller. She hooked me at the beginning and kept me hooked untilthe very end.
Tea: Jasmine Green
This Jasmine Green tea is another from my Teema Teas gift pack. The gift pack came promptly when I ordered it with no problems and was nicely packaged. This is the second tea I have sampled from the gift pack- the Moringa Green being excellent.
I cut open the well sealed, pre-measured (for twelve ounces) package of tea and poured it into my teapot. The scent of the leaves was a delicious sweet jasmine. The leaves themselves were large and all different shades of green. There were brown twig-like pieces mixed in. I poured twelve ounces of water over the leaves and let this steep for two minutes. The liquid was an amber color and smelled of the same sweet jasmine, but not as strong as the leaves. The taste was of green tea with a light jasmine flavor in the background. This was a good jasmine tea.