I almost forgot what it feels like to finish a book; that heady, amazing feeling of getting to the last page and closing the cover on all those words. Maybe the bad guy was caught and killed. Maybe boy and girl finally realized they loved each other after all. Maybe the bad guy gets away and the protagonist is left to deal with the aftermath. Whatever the case may be, there is something satisfying about finishing.
There is also a feeling of loss, though, because you are at an end and you won’t get to spend anymore moments with those characters. Perhaps that’s why authors started making series. I’m thinking it is just as difficult for them to say goodbye to their characters, probably even more so. Why not make more books and follow the characters through even more amazing adventures?
I’m reading a series, which is probably why I’m not going through the aftermath of saying goodbye for the last time. The series is decent, but as with most anything, it also has its downsides. I picked up the books because I fell in love with the made-for-TV movies they did. I’m thinking, though, that I was actually in love with the actor who plays the main character and that’s why I loved the movies so much. (If you grew up in the eighties and didn’t have a crush on Tom Selleck, I’m not sure I can ever understand you…)
It’s been interesting to get a little deeper into the character’s mind and see him in more depth, but in doing so, I actually like him a bit less. I already knew he was an alcoholic so that wasn’t a shocker but I realized he’s definitely more of a womanizer than they portrayed in the movies. And I seriously don’t get his feelings for his ex-wife who is way more in the picture in the books than she was in the movies.
Still a likable character – bad-ass cop in a small town who bends the rules just enough to make him lovable but with problems that make him not so high on a pedestal. If you like a good crime series set in a small town, I recommend the Jesse Stone series written by Robert B Parker.
I’m looking forward to the continuation of the series. I just put the third one in my bag to start tomorrow. They are light, fun reading and I’m enjoying it. I’m still feeling a bit lack-luster about my choices, though. I haven’t picked up a book since summer of last year that I couldn’t even think about putting down until it was complete (I’m looking at you, Chuck Wendig and Miriam Black). I love books like that.
So, any suggestions? I’m pretty open to reading anything, in fact, this crime series is pretty far outside what I used to consider my kind of book. So comment away fellow readers. I would love to hear about the books you read that you just couldn’t put down.
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