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My true loves: Wilkie Collins, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anais Nin, George Eliot, James Joyce, James Baldwin, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, bell hooks, Chinua Achebe, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare... I'm falling for : Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, Frantz Fanon, Wole Soyinka, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Albert Camus, Margaret Atwood, Somerset Maugham, Junot Diaz, A.S. Byatt... And the lists continue to grow! I will read almost anything, as long as it's well-written. I always love to expand my reading horizons.

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Distortion: A Novel - Lucie Smoker It's been a while since I've read a thriller this engaging. Protagonist Adele (Addie) Proust is a very likeable artist in Houston, Texas who witnesses a murder and is enlisted by the FBI to spy on her friends. Things get really scary after that, and a love triangle further complicates things.

Addie is an artist and so has a unique perspective into things and a uncharacteristic way of feeling and expressing her emotions. Indeed, art is a major theme in the book, and the artistic technique, known as reverse perspective, is an interesting motif that was explored throughout the book.

"At first my hands were unstable, I had felt blocked lately, emotionally. But this work left my pain on the paper. I drew until I moved us into the studio to paint - my brush almost pulling itself across the canvas."

I liked the human feel of this book; it felt so "real." There are issues Ms Smoker touched upon that obviously concern her, for example homeless veterans, drug use, a loss of community...

There were some parts of the book that were really a bit hard for me to take.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys thrillers with a modern feel to them.