The Descendants

epub online The Descendants – ☆ A descendant of one of Hawaii's largest landowners Matt King finds his luck changed

Into the Fire

Eleven guests. Three nights. One murderer. In a crumbling old mansion in the English countryside, eleven people gather, each one famous in their field. They have been invited for a three day house party, to celebrate the launch of a groundbreaking virtual reality game that promises to unite the worlds of technology, politics and the environment. DCI Maarten Jansen has been summoned to join the house party. His instructions are to offer police protection in case of an outside attack. Instead, he finds simmering tensions, long buried secrets – and a murderer in their midst
Praise for Rachael Blok:
'A blistering mystery; the dark secrets lurking in the short summer shadows kept me turning the pages long into the night' Erin Kelly. 'You will suspect everyone in this unbearably tense tale of betrayal and revenge' A.S. Hatch. 'Gripping and original' Clare Empson. 'Assured and compelling The author is as deft about human relationships as she is about creating an increasingly foreboding atmosphere' Elly Griffiths.

Whatever the Cost

Counter intelligence agent Jacob Welker is on a special mission to find a group of scientists who could change the course of World War II in this smartly written historical espionage thriller.

September 1939. Germany has declared war on Poland, and in German Pomerania, Professor Josef Brun is on the run from the SS, carrying secret documents that could change the course of the war. If he can make it to France or Britain. If he can survive .

In America, counter intelligence agent Captain Jacob Welker is handed a special assignment from President Roosevelt. Einstein believes the Nazis are aware of a new super weapon made possible by advances in atomic science, and only a small group of scientists can stop them winning the race to develop it. Enlisting the help of his British friends, Lord Geoffrey and Patricia Saboy, Welker must find the scientists and get them out of Germany from under the Nazi's noses. As a dangerous new world of physics gathers pace, can Welker prevent the war taking a catastrophic new turn?

Girl in the Walls

A mesmerizing and suspenseful coming of age novel about an orphan hiding within the walls of her former family home—and about what it means to be truly seen after becoming lost in life

Eventually, every hidden thing is found.

Elise knows every inch of the house. She knows which boards will creak. She knows where the gaps are in the walls. She knows which parts can take her in, hide her away. It’s home, after all. The home her parents made for her, before they were taken from her in a car crash. And home is where you stay, no matter what.

Eddie is a teenager trying to forget about the girl he sometimes sees out of the corner of his eye. But when his hotheaded older brother senses her, too, they are faced with the question of how to get rid of someone they aren’t sure even exists. And as they try to cast her out, they unwittingly bring an unexpected and far real threat to their doorstep.

 Written with grace and enormous heart, Girl in the Walls is a novel about carrying on through grief, forging unconventional friendships, and realizing, little by little, that we don’t need to fear what we do not understand.

The Poet (Samantha Jazz, #1)

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones brings a fresh, modern take to the thriller genre that will keep you guessing until the very end.

“The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” Jean Cocteau

Some call him friend or boss.
Some call him husband or dad.
Some call him son, even a favorite son.

But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has given him: The Poet.

A name he earned from the written words he leaves behind after he kills that are as dark and mysterious as the reason he chooses his victims.

One word, two, three, a story in a poem, a secret that only Detective Samantha Jazz can solve. Because he’s writing this story for her.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Our Last Echoes

Kara Thomas meets Twin Peaks in this supernatural thriller about one girl's hunt for the truth about her mother's disappearance.

Sophia's first memory is of drowning. She remembers the darkness of the water and the briny taste as it fills her throat. She remembers the cold shock of going under. She remembers her mother pulling her to safety before disappearing forever. But Sophia has never been in the ocean. And her mother died years ago in a hospital. Or so she has been told her whole life.

A series of clues have led Sophia to the island of Bitter Rock, Alaska, where she talked her way into a summer internship at the Landon Avian Research Center, the same center her mother worked at right before she died. There, she meets the disarmingly clever Liam, whose own mother runs the LARC, as well as Abby, who's following a mystery of her own: a series of unexplained disappearances. People have been vanishing from Bitter Rock for decades, leaving only their ghostly echoes behind. When it looks like their two mysteries might be one and the same, Sophia vows to dig up the truth, no matter how many lies she has to tell along the way. Even if it leads her to a truth she may not want to face.

Our Last Echoes is an eerie collection of found documents and written confessionals, in the style of Rules for Vanishing, with supernatural twists that keep you questioning what is true and what is an illusion.

Flight (The Texas Murder Files, #2)

When former forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads moves to the seaside town of Lost Beach, she's decided to make her living as a wildlife photographer and put crime scenes behind her. But her plans are quickly upended when one morning, she comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe, entwined in an embrace. Looking closer, she realizes the man and woman aren't asleep – they've been murdered.

Detective Joel Breda sets out to find answers – not only about the unidentified victims in the marshy death scene, but also about the aloof and beautiful photographer who seems to know about his investigation than he does.

As they begin to unravel the motivation of a merciless serial killer, Miranda and Joel must race against the clock to make an arrest before the killer can find them first.

The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep

Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with a thrilling novel where an eighteen year old girl's search for answers lands her in one of the most terrifying situations imaginable.

Four days…
Trapped in a well, surrounded by dirt, scratching at the walls trying to find a way out.
Four days of a thirst so strong, that when it finally rains, I drink as much as possible from the dripping walls, not even caring how much dirt comes with it.

Six months…
Since my escape. Since no one believed I was taken to begin with – from my own bed, after a party, when no one else was home…
Six months of trying to find answers and being told instead that I made the whole incident up.

One month…
Since I logged on to the Jane Anonymous site for the first time and found a community of survivors who listen without judgment, provide advice, and console each other when needed.
A month of chatting with a survivor whose story eerily mirrors my own: a girl who’s been receiving triggering clues, just like me, and who could help me find the answers I’m searching for.

Three days…
Since she mysteriously disappears, and since I’m forced to ask the questions: will my chance to find out what happened to me vanish with her? And will I be next?

The House Uptown

For fans of Megan Abbott and Laura Lippman, Melissa Ginsburg's The House Uptown is an emotional coming of age novel about a young girl who goes to live with her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her mother.

Ava, 14 years old and totally on her own, has still not fully processed her mother's death when she finds herself on a train heading to New Orleans, going to stay with Lane, her grandmother whom she's never met.

Lane is a well known artist in the New Orleans art scene. She spends most of her days in a pot smoke haze, sipping iced coffee, and working on the mural that has been her singular focus for years. Her grip on reality is shaky at best, but her work provides a comfort.

Ava's arrival unsettles Lane. The girl bears an uncanny resemblance to her daughter, whom she was estranged from before her death. Now her presence is dredging up painful and disturbing memories, which forces Lane to retreat even further into her own mind. Ava, meanwhile, is entranced and frightened by her grandmother. She wants to be included in her eccentric life, but can't quite navigate Lane's tempestuous moods.

Attempting to keep the peace is Oliver, Lane's assistant and confidant. As this unlikely trio attempts to find their way and form a bond, the oppressive heat and history of New Orleans bears down on them, forcing them to a reckoning none of them is ready for.

Saving Grace

For twenty four years, Mary Grace Dobbs has been searching for salvation. Orphaned at eleven, she was forced to go live with her Bible salesman uncle, wheelchair bound aunt, and a cousin who tortured and killed small animals. At school, a bully made her life a nightmare. Everything changed when a newcomer to town became her only best friend, and changed a second time when that friend and another classmate vanished two months later, never to be seen again.

Today, Mary Grace is the first female sheriff of her rural town, a position that doesn’t sit well with some of the locals. Keeping order and her demons at bay becomes an impossible task when the Black drifter suspected in the earlier disappearances returns to Repentance . and another sixth grader vanishes. 

With old prejudices and new secrets spilling out into the open, the modern world soon illuminates the village’s darkest corners. The case becomes even fraught as a cult of white supremacists brings its gospel of hate to Repentance and violence explodes, claiming lives. Racing to find the missing girl while fearing for the safety of her own sixth grade daughter, Mary Grace must confront an unspeakable truth—and face a decision no parent should ever have to make. 

Set in a remote mountain town, where the secrets run as deep as the hollows, Saving Grace is at once a spell binding tale of innocence lost and a twisty, edge of your seat psychological thriller. This startling debut novel introduces a captivating protagonist whose concept of good and evil can shape a young girl—then and now. 

The Isle of Sin & Shadows

This island alone boasts ghost stories than all of Louisiana combined.
And I'm one of them.

In the Louisiana swamplands, ghost stories are as much a part of childhood as chasing fireflies and crawfishing. They never much scared me, though, nor the possibility of evil out to do me harm. Until the night I watched shadows come to life and butcher everything I loved.

With a stranger's help, I managed to escape to an isolated place miles north, and, in time, became my own ghost story. A cautionary tale for the locals.

Nearly a decade passed, before I returned to my birthplace, in hopes of unearthing long awaited answers. Instead, I found something I wasn't looking for. Someone. A remedy for my loneliness.

Or so I thought.

Turns out, Thierry Bergeron is no elixir. He's a deadly poison, cursed by the demons of his past, and feared by those who call him the elusive Rougarou of the bayou. A devious rogue, whose seductive whispers and rough hands haunt my dreams. The big bad wolf that defiles me without apology, or remorse.

I should resist him, but I can't.

And when the shadows return to stake their claim on me, his darkness is the only safe place to hide.

The Isle of Sin Shadows is a southern gothic mystery romance standalone

The Descendants

Read ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ì Kaui Hart Hemmings

Was I ever wrong This is a layered story of loss acceptance discovery and those first few steps to a new life Matt King has had everything handed to him in life The descendant of a Hawaiian princess and a white missionary he is the controlling partner of a family trust overseeing a great deal of Hawaiian land He has made his life on his own terms living on his earned income He has avoided the responsibility of the trust while building his business and is now faced with the decision for all of the heirs on whether they trust while building his business and is now faced with the decision for all of the heirs on whether they sell their legacy Meanwhile his wife is in a coma after being injured in a boating race As the coma continujes Matt and his two daughters must decide on her future and theirs As they say good bye to one life they future and theirs As they say good bye to one life they on another This was an extremely moving story that explored many topics and relationships I sat p to 2 am one night to finish it and then cried myself to sleep This book moved me I really didn t like this book I have to say I liked it enough to finish it it is a rarity if I don t finish a book that I start but overall didn t like it I couldn t empathize with the dying wife I felt bad that she was dying but I didn t like her character at all The youngest daughter Scottie was made out to be this extreme 10 year old obsessed with sex and fitting in that would have been believable if she was 12 14 A story set in Hawaii Matthew is a very rich lawyer he s rotten rich mainly because of heritages he got which date back to his grand grandmother princess Kekipi she married a banker who was her assets manager Now Matt has plenty of properties to sell and yet he prefers Moon Over Water (Deliverance Company, using the money of his own job I don t like heritages She was seven years younger than Matt They met 20 years ago They got married they had two daughters but now she s in a hospital in a coma she had a racing boat accident Joanie was alcoholic she liked motorbikesand racing boats Scottie is a 10 year old crazy girl her older sister Alex once posing as model for bikinis and alike stuff had drugs problemsand alcohol issues too The book describes with great detail those few days and memories in and out of the hospital visits Now it s all about being and learning TO BE a competent father with Scottie and Alex Being able to learn from nanny Esther about the minutiae of foods and mobile phone messaging slang and all kinds of habits of irreverent Scottie For some time Matt feels awkward an ass hole father While in hospital he looks at his wife and thinks I need you How to say farewell to a person he loves so much how to explain it to 10 year old Scottie Alex had been away in a special school due to her drugs problem Matt brings her back home she brings along her boyfriend They receivepdates from doctor Johnston mother signs are getting worse It s an irreversible coma Matt gets to know her life will no life supporting systems no life preserving machines Alex had drug problemsand she s the one who ll tell father that Joanie was having a love affair Things get really complicated for Matt He cries for the first time He s got to reformulate his feeling world These are very tense few days for Matt and the girls The book feeling world These are very tense few days for Matt and the girls The book an inside his troubled mind journeywindow Trials coping with death and life A fine job by writer Kaui Hart Hemmings No wonder the book turned into a movie Have you ever been sitting somewhere life moving all around you and in that moment you are completely aware You can see the pieces of who you were yesterday falling to the ground as today begins to fill in the holes and all you can manage to do is sit there and watch it dissolve And as much as you know you need to get The Reunion Mission \ Tall Dark Defender up to start assimilating you find yourself repeatingnder your breath How did I get here How is this my life This is that juncture actualizedMatt isn t the best father Hell he s barely even aware of his. In sole charge of his two daughters teenage ex model and recovering drug addict Alex and Scottie a feisty ten year old And then Matt discovers Joanie has been having an affair Deciding. View spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler So I may or may not
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read this I was at work over the last monthand I liked it but I m not sure at work over the last monthand I liked it but I m not sure I would have finished it had I not been sitting around at work doing nothing It was well written and kept my interest even though I ve seen the movie and knew what was going to happen Probably the only thing that kept me from fully enjoying this book was that sometimes the way the dad spoke about his daughters made me Her Brooding Italian Surgeon uncomfortable That s about it I saw the film last night and read the novel today Couldn t put it down I like that order to things film and then novel If I ve liked the charactersstory in the film I like to go to the book because I m sure to find detail and emotional analysisinsight there And that was certainly the case with this novel While the film was really faithful to the novel OF COURSE there is al Whoa I m not sure where this author came from but look out Her characters are in your FACE funny and scary with an emotional swirl in the background that makes it hard to breathe The premise which is almost beside the point is that Matthew King s wife is in a coma And he has to risep to the occasion and be a parent in a way he never was before You realize along with him that these wild angry girls never really had a parent of any kind Characters daughters and fathers talk to each other in ways that make me want to smack them after I m done laughing in disbeliefLaugh out loud funny and also pretty heartbreaking my favorite kind of book The other day my friend was saying to me that she recently saw The Descendants and thought it was a pretty dumb name for a film which has nothing to do with the protagonist s descendants I have not seen it yet but I thought maybe the title was overtly related to the book a relation which then became lost in its translation to film Regardless it does fit the book rather nicely and it is not about the protagonist s descendants either but about his being a descendant a descendant of Hawaiian royalty back when Hawaii was a kingdom and the burden of his needing to make his own way In The World For Himself the world for himself for his daughters that leaves him with the legacy of having done something or of having started something so that he can be in some respects at the top of that family tree as opposed to on some lowly descendant branchBut really Some burden rightExcept Matt King and yes that really is his name has a few serious burdens to contend with namely his dying wife and the two children in whose growth he has played no significant part The Venetians Mistress until now This book is mostly about this transition for him from non participatory parent and probably inadeuate husband to involved father and coping widower with a few curveballs thrown in for good measureIt is a decent book and while I don t always like to extend my own opinion of a book s characters into my evaluation of the work as a whole oh who am I kidding of course I do I had difficulty relating to Matt For someone whose wife is dying and who has just learned has been cuckolding the crap out of him I could notnderstand his Two Steps Forward understanding I mean sure he says he is angry but he certainly doesn t behave as though he were angry In fact he does things that are in complete opposition to what I would expect an angry person to do in such a situation I am sorry but no one is that well adjusted I refuse to believe it Still the book is pretty decent in spite of this There were other characters I liked a lot namely Sid Matt s oldest daughter s friend and even though the movie will probably cast him horribly I have not checked yet he than makesp for the inadeuacies of some of the other charactersLike Matt I was hesitant to read this book They made a movie with George Clooney based on it and I thought it was going to be some romantic Hollywood drivel Boy. A descendant of one of Hawaii's largest landowners Matt King finds his luck changed when his fun loving flighty wife Joanie falls into a coma victim of a boating accident Matt is left. ,
Before the Fall Dark Venetian The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke,
Daughters And those daughtersthey re the embodiment of everything you hoped your kids would never turn out to be Except that in a way he is amazing with hoped your kids would never turn out to be Except that in a way he is amazing with girls and those would never turn out to be Except that in a way he is amazing with girls and those they re every bit like your kids It s only after first glance that you begin to see this family for who they really are Smart and funny heartbreaking and disappointing take the journey with Matt and his girls as they watch the life they thought they had crumble and cry along with them as they struggle to become a family for the first time I have always had a soft spot for books written by women from the point of view of a male character I find them endearing Men writing as women can often be a little The Soldiers Mission (Secret Agent Series, unconvincing with lots of lines like I joggedp the steps my breasts bouncing lightly The Ranchers Surprise Marriage under my summery blouse or Suddenly my period started Women writing as men do not make these sorts of mistakes you don t get things like I marched into the bathroom andrinated fiercely remaining standing throughout although I half suspect that Grey by EL James is full of that kind of thing But it s easier for them isn t it thanks to the historical preponderance of male writers women have plenty of exposure to how men think whereas many men still find women a total mysteryWhy am I talking about this I don t know The Descendants does have a male narrator a convincing one though that is not the most interesting thing about the way the story s told An expansion of one of Hemmings s earlier short stories the novel is a bittersweet family drama played out in Hawai i about a father trying to reestablish his relationship with his daughters after their mother is hospitalised Still the choice of narrator is an interesting decision since the conventional way to tell this story perhaps would have been to make it a classic coming of age tale from the point of view of one of the girlsThe tone is set by the admirably opinionated opening lineThe sun is shining mynah birds are chattering palm trees are swaying so whatNot all of the prose that follows is ite so sparky though As is often the case with books that try to reproduce the numb feeling of dealing with a tragedy the results can feel a little flat and this isn t helped by the present tense narration not a techniue that I dislike on principle but here it somehow reinforces a sense that we are meandering through the day to day banalities as they happen rather than looking back on the selected highlights of a storyThe daughters are extremely well drawn one young and not fully aware of what s happening the other teenaged and hormonal both observed coolly by a father who loves them but who has never really got to know them Looming lushly behind our cast are the Hawaiian islands here richly contextualised they are seen on the one hand as the product of a very specific imperialist history our protagonist traces his family back to Hawaiian royalty and to the American sugar magnates that overthrew them a descent on which as the title suggests much of the plot turns and on the other hand as a modern retirement home for all the wealthy baby boomers whose children are growing p in an Lover Extraordinaire (Extraordinaire, unearned paradiseI wonder if our offspring have all decided to givep They ll never be senators or owners of a football team they ll never be the West Coast president of NBC the founder of Weight Watchers the inventor of shopping carts a prisoner of war the number one supplier of the world s macadamia nuts No they ll do coke and smoke pot and take creative writing classes and laugh at Christmas With A Hero usA dig at herself perhaps her prose certainly shows all the hallmarks of a creative writing graduate inoffensive and thoughtful concerned with parents and infidelity and daily frustrations But it s intelligently done and I enjoyed itRight that s the review done Now I m off torinate fiercely remaining standing throughou. To seek out Joanie's lover so that he too has a chance to say his goodbyes Matt takes to the road with his daughters on a memorable journey of painful revelations and nexpected humou. ,

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