Daily Archives: August 19, 2011

In the Time of Bobby Cox by Lang Whitaker

In the Time of Bobby CoxReviewed by Allen Hott

If you like baseball this is a good book. If you like the Atlanta Braves this is a great book. If you like Bobby Cox this may be one of the greatest books you will ever read.

Lang Whitaker is and has been a die-hard Atlanta Braves fan for many years. He followed them before they became “America’s Team” and he is still following them today. In his book he explains how he and quite often his Dad have sat on their couch and watched the Braves win and, oh yes, sometimes lose.

He explains how he has “helped” Bobby Cox manage the Braves from his couch. Not always agreeing with Cox’s moves but always still a fan and a believer in Cox overall.

While going on about the Braves and Cox, Whitaker also gives you an up-close and personal look at his life. How and why he did what he did and how and why he became a sports enthusiast, commentator, writer, and blogger. He has written for many of the top magazines and newspapers in the country as well as being a columnist for SI.com. His credentials are varied and well deserved.

Love Lies Bleeding by Jess McConkey

Love Lies BleedingReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Love Lies Bleeding by Jess McConkey is an intense psychological thriller that creeps up behind you, and make you question what is real and what is not. Samantha Moore, the main character does, after having been viciously attacked and beaten and left for dead. Sam is trying to move on with her life, yet she knows it will never be like it was before the attack by gang members. She was in a coma for two months, and despite having undergone rehabilitation and physical therapy, her left leg has been so severely injured that at the start of the novel she can barely use it.

Sam, the daughter of a wealthy businessman (Lawrence Moore), had had such plans for her life before the attack, including getting married in two weeks to her fiancé, Jackson, a doctor. However, all of her plans get put on hold indefinitely because of what happened, and her father and Jackson arrange for Sam to be nursed back to health while staying at a secluded Minnesota lake house. Sam soon learns that the residents of small towns have secrets, too, and that nowhere is truly safe.

Samantha and Jackson vacation at the lake house for a while, before Jackson breaks the news to her that her parents are coming to discuss plans they have for her further care. She is afraid to go outside, afraid of the shadows, afraid that her attackers will somehow be able to find her again and this time kill her.

Mysterious things start happening at the house by the lake. Jackson accuses her of placing a framed photograph of them face down, and a little later, a hiding it in the bathroom, though Sam tells her she didn’t do it. She hears whispering voices at night, and smells the odor of cigarettes burning. Then, she notices that the book Jackson has been reading is about haunted Minnesota lake houses. The medication which is supposed to make her sleep through the night, prescribed by Jackson, doesn’t, and instead Sam seems to have an even more difficult time of falling asleep, tossing and turning all night. And, glancing out of the window one night, Sam sees a lady with red hair in a nightgown, back turned to her, smoking a cigarette. When she looks again, shortly after this, the lady has gone.