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Review: Tell Me How This Ends Well


Why is tonight different from all other nights?

Tonight we kill dad. 

In 2022, American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti-Semitic landscape at home. Against this backdrop, the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles. But their immediate problems are more personal than political, with the three adult children, Mo, Edith, and Jacob, in various states of crisis, the result, each claims, of a lifetime of mistreatment by their father, Julian. The siblings have begun to suspect that Julian is hastening their mother Roz’s demise, and years of resentment boil over as they debate whether to go through with the real reason for their reunion: an ill-considered plot to end their father’s iron rule for good. That is, if they can put their bickering, grudges, festering relationships, and distrust of one another aside long enough to act. 

And God help them if their mother finds out . . . 

Tell Me How This Ends Well presents a blistering and prescient vision of the near future, turning the exploits of one very funny, very troubled family into a rare and compelling exploration of the state of America, and what it could become. (less)

Rating: 4-stars


Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson is a dark read. A dysfunctional Jewish family that has more problems than most. Each family member has struggles. These struggles create the craziness and intensity that becomes frightening. Three adult kids each one hates their father in more ways than I can count. Their hatred is so strong that it sends chills over my arms and down my back. Despite hating their father, they all love their mother. They see her a the victim against their father’s terrible iron clad rule. As the pages unfold, I also learned what the father felt and thought of his kids and wife. There was never a good moment between all members. Sad, edgy, and unexpected twits. Tell Me How This Ends Well is a bold telling of one family. Their lives are far from perfection. The family’s pain will stay with readers for a long time. Overall, David Samuel Levinson’s book was a great read. 


Review: Security (A Novel)


The inventiveness of A Visit from the Goon Squad meets the down-the-rabbit-hole suspense of The Girl on the Train in this chilling, pulse-racing thriller from an electrifying new writer.

When the gleaming new Manderley Resort opens in twenty-four hours, Santa Barbara’s exclusive beachfront hotel will offer its patrons the ultimate in luxury and high-tech security. No indulgence has been ignored, no detail overlooked. But all the money in the world can’t guarantee safety. As hotel manager Tessa and her employees ready the hotel for its invitation-only grand opening, a killer is in their midst. One by one, staff are picked off with ruthless precision. And before the night is over, as Tessa desperately struggles to survive, it will become clear that the strangest and most terrible truth at Manderley is simply this: someone is watching.

With stunning ingenuity, Gina Wohlsdorf puts readers front and center as the elite resort, becomes a house of horrors. Riveting to the final sentence, Security is fierce, wry, and impossible to put down. With a deep bow to the literary tradition of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier, Wohlsdorf’s razor-wire prose blitzes readers with quick twists, sharp turns, and gasp-inducing terror. Security is at once a shocking thriller, a brilliant narrative puzzle, and a moving, multifaceted love story unlike any other.

Rating: 5 stars


Security by Gina Wohlsdorf is absolutely stunning. The brilliant writing is, from a talented new writer, whose words will send one’s heart beating faster then, it should. Death is an unexpected outcome for us all but when the deaths of many keep climbing the plot gets more electrifying. The danger is abundant and will leave readers breathless. Palms sweaty, fear escalating, it’s only a matter of time until the killer gets you. Welcome to the Manderley Resort. Where there’s

Welcome to the Manderley Resort. Where there is the finest and best luxury offered to its guests as well as well top security and did we mention the perfect seclusion. Sounds like the perfect hideaway or vacation spot until the beauty and quiet of it all are taken away…with a killer so close …his identity is hidden yet his deeds have been done…who he has killed first or why no one knows that there’s a secret elevator behind the cleaning closet…Gina Wohlsdorf masterfully tracks the killer’s moves. Readers will not know what happens next nor what to expect until it happens. I loved how the intensity of the suspense and intrigue kept on building as every page was turned. One man killed…and the second victim completely surprised and now has her fate sealed…who’s next and when as well as the hows and whys will keep readers on the dark terrifying path. Security seems to be an issue where it should have been the number one thing secured. Shivers will break out and I highly recommend this novel to be read during the day, for the darkness of it will keep you up all night long…Security by Gina Wohlsdorf is definitely a must read for readers worldwide. A thriller that I highly recommend to all…and one that will have you, over the edge of your seat.