I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Every Last Fear and Movies: Stray

We may have been given a complimentary copy of any books and/or other products mentioned below and/or access to any movies and/or other audio or visual media mentioned for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Every Little Fear

Today we are recommending Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay. Matt Pine's older brother Danny is in prison for the murder of his girlfriend. The rest of the Pine family is convinced Danny didn't do it as are a couple of documentary filmmakers who made a movie about Danny's case, but Matt is not so sure. When the rest of Danny's family is killed during an unexpected trip to Mexico, the Mexican police seem to think it's nothing more than a tragic accident. However,  the deaths are looking more and more suspicious and may be related to Matt's father and sister's unrelenting doggedness in tracking down every possible lead in Danny's case.  Matt realizes that there may be more to his brother's case than he thought. This book is a great read for those who are addicted to TV shows or podcasts that champion the allegedly wrongly convicted. The alternating perspectives and the time shifts between before and after Matt's family's murders only serve to add to the suspense of the story. The book is more than just another standard crime thriller, however. It is a book about family and the bonds that tie families together. Even though sometimes those bonds may fray a little ultimately they are tough and hard to break.  Although the resolution of the mystery at the center of the story is not the most original, the book is still gripping, mostly satisfying, and worth reading. 

Movies: Stray

Today we are talking about Stray. Stray is a documentary about stray dogs in Turkey. Despite the presence of a bunch of cute dogs, this isn't really a film for children. There is one image in particular, that you are not going to want to have to explain to your children. The film is mostly shot from the perspective of the dogs which serves to make you feel like one of the pack and really get a feel for what life is like for these dogs. However, it can also be a bit vertigo-inducing at times especially if you suffer from motion sickness. The film is thankfully fairly short at just under an hour and a quarter because that is just about as much of seeing life from the perspective of dogs one can take and is more than enough time to get the point across about what a problem these strays are as well as how difficult life can be for them.

For more about Stray, go to https://www.magnoliapictures.com/stray

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

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