The Girl Without Skin is a murder mystery set in Greenland. It begins with journalist Matthew Cave investigating the discovery of a mummified Viking body.
If you do not like murder mysteries with gruesome crimes – murder, child abuse, and sexual assault- then this may not be the book for you. I would have also liked the book if it was actually about studying the Viking mummy and where he came from. Greenland has different cultural influences – Danish and Inuit
So the Viking mummy case was put on hold due to the murder of the police officer guarding the body. While Matthew was waiting for permission to publish the article, someone tells him to look into an old cold case from the 1970s. The case involves four men who were murdered and also were probably abusing their daughters.
The title refers to one of the main characters, Tupaarnaq. She served time in prison for killing her parents and sisters. By the time she was released, Tupaarnaq was covered in tattoos. Her name means “wild thyme.”
It really is a good book, even with all of the gruesomeness. Honestly, there were so many twists at the end that I never saw coming.
I received this ebook from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Obviously.
There are so many stories to tell. It’s one of the reasons that I love Instagram. You can tell a story in the time that it takes to take a picture and post it – which is not very long, like a minute. Two minutes if you use a ton of hashtags.
The struggle to get through the day is very real today. So it’s time to listen to something a bit more uplifting and energizing. Austin, Texas based band White Denim definitely plays a mix of different genres – progressive, garage, psychedelic – but it’s all rock and roll.
“Hallelujah Strike Gold” is how I feel when I listen to White Denim’s latest album, Side Effects. This is their 8th album but the first one that I’ve listened to myself. My favorite songs on this album are “NY Money,” “Reversed Mirror” and “Introduce Me.”
My boyfriend would probably like White Denim – the band, not the clothing item. If you have the chance, go see them at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on June 1st. It would be an amazing experience – a great band at a beautiful venue.
After listening to this album, I do feel like today will be more positive. Hopefully, the happiness from listening to White Denim is contagious.
I swear Stay Tuned! might be one of my favorite albums ever made. Montreal singer/songwriter Dominique Fils-Aime released the album in February.
The album jazzy and bluesy but more than either of those genres. Don’t think that because it’s a little jazzy that it’s bougie (boojeeeeee) or too fancy. Ok. It’s a little fancy but there’s nothing wrong with listening to something with class.
Fils-Aime has a great voice – better than great. She can sing whatever she wants and people will gladly listen.
What would you do if a child showed up on your doorstep claiming to be an alien without a home on earth?
In Where the Forest Meets the Stars, graduate student Jo and her neighbor Gabe are absolutely perplexed by Ursa Major, a brilliant little girl or alien, who refuses to go home. Whenever they try to contact the authorities, Ursa runs away.
Jo wants to do the right thing but what is the right thing? The girl has obviously been abused but if she goes to a foster home, will her situation be worse than before? In theory, foster homes should be a safe place for children but too often it is not a good environment.
I was holding out hope that she was an alien and would return safely to her home planet. If only it were that easy for Ursa, Jo and Gabe.
This book was recommended by Amazon Charts. It looked like an interesting book so I took the bait and downloaded the ebook onto my kindle app. I have no regrets. Basically, I’m saying that you should read the book too.
So far today, I’ve listened to Kelly White’s album, Meet Me Where I Am. That’s all I’ve done today – just listened to this album and daydreamed about taking a road trip and smoking cigarettes. I don’t even smoke. What does it mean that I daydream about smoking?
I really love this album. It reminds me of Jewel but not exactly. Kelly White is herself. She writes her own music. What I wouldn’t give to be able to write one decent song. Kelly White has written at least nine good songs.
I read somewhere that she is shy. It takes a lot to sing your own songs in front of people. Good for her.
Listen to this album, watch the video. Support Kelly White’s music. You will be a better person for it. (I don’t know for sure but it’s worth a shot.)
Rogue Wave could be loosely based on my boyfriend and I if we had dated in high school. Whenever the kid asks him about what he was like in school, he kind of has to tell her that he was a troublemaker and not a fan of school. He was not interested in going to college. He also has to tell her that she should not follow in his footsteps. Then he has to hide his laughter when she does in fact follow in his troublemaking footsteps.
I was the opposite. I had detention one time – for tardiness. My grades were good. I would have gotten into most colleges all by myself.
So here we are ten years later, still kind of an odd couple.
The main difference between ourselves and the characters is that neither one of us surfs. There’s still time to learn. It’s been on my bucket list for a really long time. For now, we watch surfing movies and documentaries. Ok, I watch the documentaries. Nerdy girl until the end.
We cannot wait to go to the beach . . . any beach. Some of us need a vacation sooner than later. I’m looking forward to reading this book at the beach this summer. Who knows, maybe we’ll go somewhere that has surfing lessons.
Book Description and Info:
A love story that survives the test of time. Keith McKallister is the king of the stoners. You know the type. Every school has one – the hot, fun, dopey guy beloved by the student body but despised by, well, just about everyone else. He spends his early mornings in the ocean and his days trying to get to class on time. Life is as easy as it gets until one poor choice too many catches up with him and he’s forced to reevaluate his path. Samantha Anderson sits in the front row. You know the type. Every school has one – the quiet, faceless, studious girl who fears the taunts of her peers and fades into the background. Life has never been simple for Samantha, and it’s about to get a little more complicated when Keith slides into the seat beside her with a partnership plan designed for his benefit only. But what Keith brings to the table is more than either of them could imagine. Sometimes the person you least expect to make a difference will change your life forever. Sometimes the person you love the most might be better off without you.