Would You Report an Internet Crime?

A lot of time is spent in Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes in deciding whether or not to report what appears to be a crime. The question as to whether or not there even was a crime loomed large. While Thomas is convinced that there was a crime, Ray is not so sure. If he's not sure, how can he make anyone else believe them? ...more
I think that on the Internet especially things are sometimes not as they seem. For example, it ... more

Who Do You Trust?

It seems only appropriate to talk about trust when discussing Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes. The characters in the book not only have to decide whether or not they can believe what they see on the internet, but also who they can trust with that information. Who will believe them? ...more
I am a strong believer that you have friends to fill certain needs in your life, and I think ... more

Trust Your Eyes: The Mystery on the Internet

I love a good thriller. I like stories that keep me guessing and have me ignoring everything around because I must find out what really happened. Trust Your Eyes is one of those books. What happens when someone sees something he shouldn't on the internet and decides to investigate? For the characters, the answers is nothing good, but for readers, the answer is a story that will keep you up late at night turning the pages. ...more
Holy cow, that trailer was AWESOME. I've never seen a book trailer before but that one was ... more

Do You Look Up?

In Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes lives are charged by the simple decision to look up. Had Thomas not looked up from the street view in the online map, they never would have discovered a crime. Had Ray looked up at a window when they were teenagers, Thomas's life may have been very different. ...more
I am aware of my surroundings while walking, very observant then. But when driving, I so often ... more

Do You Travel By Map?

When Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes opens, we meet a man who is exploring New York City street by street. He wants to see the whole city, or at least as much of it as possible, before he has to move on to the next city. What we discover is that he's not in the city at all. He's exploring it by using the street-level option of a mapping website. I found this absolutely fascinating. ...more
It's so weird, even though I read this book, and thought it interesting at the time, I never ... more

Does Your Family Have Gift Giving Traditions?

Gal's family in Margaret Dilloway's The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is not really your typical happy family. They aren't unhappy but there are divisions and strife. The two sisters do not get along and hardly know each other any more, yet there are moments where they are connected....more
My family doesn't have traditional gifts, but we do have tons of gift traditions. We always open ... more

Learning to Think About Other People

Margaret Dilloway is a long time BlogHer community member, and I loved her first book, How to Be an American Housewife, but I let her new novel The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns languish on my to-be-read pile. Sometimes, when I've really loved a debut novel, I am scared to read the author's second book. I will get excited about it, buy it, and then leave it on my nightstand for days worried I won't like it. After picking up The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, I promptly kicked myself in the backside for not picking it up sooner. I absolutely adored the main character, Gal Garner. ...more
Margaret's characters -- Gal and also Shoko -- are both similar to me in many ways. One of the ... more

The Importance of Letting People Know You Care

One of the most important things that Gal learns in Margaret Dilloway's The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is how to show people that she cares about them. Gal is a prickly character and being a giving person doesn't come easily to her. She tends to give the impression that she thinks everyone else has it easier than she does and that she shouldn't have to try as hard....more
 @mdilloway I have tons of friends like that -- I'm an editor and you'd be surprised who wants ... more

The Importance of Letting People Know You Care

One of the most important things that Gal learns in Margaret Dilloway's The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is how to show people that she cares about them. Gal is a prickly character and being a giving person doesn't come easily to her. She tends to give the impression that she thinks everyone else has it easier than she does and that she shouldn't have to try as hard....more
I actually do make it a point to tell people how much I care about them, because I almost lost ... more

Why I Was Scared of Red Roses

Once upon a time, I was young girl who believed the best thing ever was receiving red roses. They were just soooooooo romantic. Who wouldn't want a bouquet of beautiful red roses? I certainly did. Galilee "Gal" Garner, the main character in Margaret Dilloway's The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, also has faith in roses but for a different reason -- Gal believes roses will change her life. ...more
I think roses are pretty overrated, unless they are those lovely yellow/orange ones. Red ones ... more