Dakota Diva Book Reviews

  • Southern Discomfort  by Tena Clark
    NON-FICTION / March 01, 2019

    So many books come across my desk, but this one really caught my eye. I had no idea who the author was, but I knew this non-fiction story would be interesting. Tena Clark is a lesbian growing up in Mississippi during the 1950's and 1960's. That would probably be enough to fill a book, right? Now add in a cheating father and an alcoholic mother and we are really in for a story. Overall I thought it....

  • Baby Teeth  by Zoje Stage
    FICTION / February 13, 2019

    Whoa, just whoa. This book isn't just fiction, it's horror. Old fashion "The Omen" or "Carrie" horror.  Written as a domestic suspense novel, Baby Teeth is the story of Hannah, a terror of a child and her parents who are bewildered as they try to raise her. Hannah is intelligent, manipulative, and down right evil. A nightmare. My only criticism about this book is that I thought it wrapped up a bit....

  • The Rose  by Tiffany Reisz

    If you are a fan of Tiffany Reisz you might as well skip this review and go purchase The Rose.  I say this because I think this is one of the author's best offerings. It is explicit, actually sometimes just a touch beyond explicit, if that's even possible. Still, it is written as a combination of erotic fantasy and Greek mythology which is a perfect match.  The story begins with the characters of ....

  • Once Upon A River  by Diane Setterfield
    FICTION , MYSTERY , WOMEN'S FICTION / January 14, 2019

    This book is fascinating. The type of book that you want to read a second time. Like a river there are so many bends and runs, so many facets. This is a "story of stories" with family love at the center of three distinct families and their potential relationship with a mute girl who turns up in a small town. The characters of the novel are somewhat simple people. Some more or less educated than ot....

  • The Boy  by Tami Hoag
    FICTION , ADVANCE READING COPY / January 12, 2019

    The Boy is Tami Hoag's latest crime novel. In it a little boy has been brutally stabbed to death and it's up to Louisiana dectectives Nick and Annie to find the killer. It has been awhile since I have read anything by Hoag, but when I saw this on NetGalley I decided to request it. (Many thanks to Hoag, Dutton, and NetGalley for the ARC.) Some crime novels are hard to follow but Hoag's writing and ....

  • Christmas at Strand House,  by Linda Mitchelmore

    Lissy has inherited Strand House and plans to spend Christmas there.  A few friends will join her. So begins a sweet story that revolves around each person's unique situation in life.  Nothing too gripping, but really a story of how we move forward in our imperfect lives. I received a copy from NetGalley. Thanks to author Linda Mitchelmore.

  • Will's Red Coat  by Tom Ryan
    NON-FICTION / December 04, 2018

    Will's Red Coat by Tom Ryan made me cry. In a good way, if that's possible. It is a non-fiction recounting of a dog's last years and how the author helps this abandoned dog trust and love again.  I enjoyed this quick read on many levels. The authors discussions of patience and simplicity and how they fit in with end of life can apply to us all.  A must read for animal lovers.

  • Unraveling Oliver  by Liz Nugent
    FICTION / August 30, 2018

    I couldn't stop reading Unraveling Oliver. This book grabbed my attention with exceptionally vivid characters and a fast twisting plot. We start with Oliver, who has just beaten his wife Alice into a coma. Yes, that is the start of the story!! The format of the novel goes from past to present and into multiple points of view, but I had no problem following along. We live and learn about the charac....

  • Picture Perfect Cowboy  by Tiffany Reisz

    Looking for a quick, kinky love story where the man is the novice for once? Picture Perfect Cowboy is that story. Jason Waters, professional bull rider, (retired) is struggling with his desire to dominate women. It's something he's thought about in secret and explored only through the internet. After agreeing to be photographed for a calendar for literacy he meets pink-haired, sexy Simone, a somet....

  • Broken River  by J. Robert Lennon
    FICTION , MYSTERY / May 01, 2018

    I just finished Broken River by J. Robert Lennon. The author uses a "POV" called the Observer throughout the novel. Some readers may have a problem with this as the Observer is not human, but instead it is a presence; a watching, moving, learning presence.  Otherwise the book is basically a fast moving, short, well-written crime novel. I liked the insights into human nature and relationships, whil....