Andrea adores her quiet speech pathologist mother Laura and
is certain Laura has nothing in her past to hide: until the pair are having
Andrea’s birthday lunch at a restaurant in the mall and a shooter enters the
restaurant.Andrea is stunned at how
calmly, deliberately, and violently Laura reacts; she is even more shocked when
her mother demands Andrea move out of her garage apartment immediately and
sends her away to keep safe.Andrea
embarks on a cross-country odyssey working to uncover the secrets from her
mother’s past, secrets that affect everything Andrea thought to be true, about
her mother’s and her own, lives.The
narrative alternates between present time and 1986, from Georgia to California,
to Texas, and Oslo where events unfolded that alter everyone’s story.This is much different than Slaughter’s usual
thrillers and series novels, but every bit as gripping and compelling.
Feared by Lisa Scottoline
Philadelphia attorneys and law firm partners Bennie Rosato
and Mary DiNunzio are used to suing on behalf of their clients and defending
suits: they are not used to being sued and are shocked and furious when they
learn they are being sued for reverse sex discrimination.Three men claim they were not hired by the
mostly female firm because they were men.Nick Machiavelli, Mary’s nemesis since the old neighborhood, whom she
just beat in a high-profile case, is not only out to win the suit, he is out to
destroy the firm, and Mary.The firm is
shaken further when their only male attorney announces his resignation, giving
credence to the claim that men are unwelcome in the firm.When one of their own is murdered, they shift
into high, defending themselves not only from the suit and with their current
clients who are considering retaining new counsel, but the defamation
Machiavelli is raining down on them.All
the while, Mary is seven months pregnant, trying to stay healthy and keep calm,
amidst the turmoil at work and a gregarious extended Italian American family
with strong opinions on everything.Another Rosatto and DiNunzio novel is always like coming home to visit
with old friends.
Bone on Bone by Julie Keller
Bell Elkins, former Ackers Gap, West Virginia prosecutor has
finished serving her three year prison sentence for murdering her abusive
father almost forty years ago when she was ten years old.Her older sister Shirley, now dead from lung
cancer, took the blame for the murder, and served what amounted to a life
sentence.Newly released from prison,
Bell plans on staying in Ackers Gap, but is no longer certain just how she fits
in.Before long, though, she picks up
right where she left off.The opioid
crisis is still rampant in Ackers Gap and has torn many families apart.A recent murder strikes a chord with Bell and
she unofficially teams up with Jake Oakes, a former sheriff deputy now confined
to a wheelchair, to try and save another family from more heartbreak and
tragedy.Keller’s characters are about
as good as they come, and her plots strike the right balance, a balance Bell
always achieved as a prosecutor, one she is trying to restore to her life, and
to her town.
Our House by Louise Candlish
Fiona Lawson returns to the home in which she and her
estranged husband Bram are alternating custody of their two sons to find the
house has been sold to another couple and Bram, the children, and proceeds fo
the sale have vanished.This is just the
beginning for Fi as she slowly learns of Bram’s many deceptions throughout
their marriage and the lengths to which he went to keep them from her.Told in alternating voices, Fi’s story in the
form of a podcast called “The Victim” and Bram’s suicide note, a portrait of a
life gone out of control slowly emerges, building to a shocking, tragic
conclusion.For fans of intelligent,
clever domestic thrillers.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Lush and lyrical, this debut novel tells the story of ‘the
Marsh Girl”, Kya Clark who grew up feral on the rural coast of North Carolina
during the 50’s and 60’s. Kya, who never
felt the need for human companionship relied on her natural surroundings for
comfort, has always been viewed with suspicion by the community, but never more
so than when handsome local hero Chase Andrews is found dead. As Kya is forced into contact with others,
she begins to yearn for human companionship and slowly ventures out of the
protective world she has created for herself.
The strong natural setting and the warmth of the North Carolina coast
make this the perfect late summer read.
Trust Me by Hank Ryan
It has been 442 days since the car accident that killed
journalist Mercer Hennessey’s husband and three-year-old daughter. Feeling she has nothing left to live for,
Mercer spends her days avoiding life until she is approached by her friend and
book publisher to write a book about the Baby Boston murder trial. Tasha Nichole Bryant’s body was found in
Boston Harbor, her mother Ashlyn was arrested and is being tried for
murder. Mercer, reeling from the death
of her own little girl, is certain Ashlyn is guilty, but when the young woman
is found not guilty, Mercer needs to reframe her story and write one of
redemption; this will include spending time with Ashlyn who has one story after
another to tell Mercer, each one more outrageous than the last, but so outrageous
that something in Mercer wants to believe Ashlyn. As Ashlyn’s story gains momentum, she begins
to tell Mercer things about Mercer’s life that she had been missing, making
Mercer doubt what she knew to be true, but giving her the strength to retell her
own narrative and begin to heal. This
creepy, twisty tale will have you questioning what truth is and which stories
are true, from those told by Ashlyn, to those told by her mother, to those told
by Mercer herself. Though there is still
doubt, the ending is more than satisfying in this era of fake news and how do
we know who we can trust, even when it’s ourselves we are questioning. Can you spot the Liar?
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
Emily falls head over heels in love with Adam and he with
her.There is just one thing that stands
in the way of their happiness: Adam’s mother Pammie.Adam and Pammie are totally devoted to each
other, and while publicly Pammie appears to like Emily, when they are alone,
she is conniving and can be downright harsh and cruel. Emily, making it clear
to Pammie that she is going to be the most important woman in Adam’s life.At first, Emily is firm in her commitment to
try and win Pammie over and make a life with Adam and his mother, but the more
vicious Pammie becomes, the more resolved Emily becomes that Pammie will never
be part of their lives.When it seems
everything has finally settled down, there is one last, startling revelation
that changes everything, but it may come too late for everyone.
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
Fifty years separate Clara Darden and Virginia Clay but are
united by their connection to the historic and majestic Grand Central
Terminal.In 1928, Clara teaches at the
Grand Central School of Art, the only woman instructor, and is attempting to
make a name for herself, and a living, as an artist as the Great Depression
looms.In 1974, the terminal has fallen
into terrible disrepair as recently divorced Virginia gets a job at the
information booth.With the possible
destruction of this landmark a distinct possibility, Virginia finds herself
caught up in the fight to save the grand space.Stumbling across a pieces of artwork left behind when the school closed
sends Virginia on a trail to discover the artist and ultimately, learn what
happened to Clara, who seems to have disappeared in 1931.A lovely, well-researched homage to a time
long gone, and an iconic building that will last for generations.
The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas
Gracie Mueller learned how to pull cons, simple and
complicated, from watching first her father, and then her first husband.With her second husband Randy’s real estate
business beginning to fail and their upstate New York home in foreclosure
Gracie takes matters into her own hands and sets out on a con to provide a good
life for her young children.When things
go very wrong, she must make a quick getaway, fakes hers and her children’s
deaths, and disappears into New York City where she settles into a new
fabricated life with a teacher from an exclusive school, enrolling her children
there, and even becoming the drama teacher.When her past catches up with her, things spiral out of control and
Gracie must face her demons and soon realizes she has more questions than
Author: Ngaio Marsh Stars:
3 Review by: Lizzytish Entertaining read of a serial killer who is likely aboard the ship, Cape Farewell. Interesting characters and humorous sections. It’s a dated book, so of course one will come across some things that would be offensive by today’s standards.
Jeff Ashton Stars:
4 Review by: Emm If you followed the Casey Anthony trial, you will enjoy this book. It gives you a timeline of how the case was prepared by the prosecutors and also gives us more details about what went on in the Anthony's lives before and after Caylee's murder. There was a section in the middle of the book that was a bit dry and pertained to the logistics of a court case and specific laws/rulings, but overall a very interesting and informative read for those who are into true crime genre.
Elin Hilderbrand Stars:
5 Review by: BeachBarb Who is the perfect couple? There could have been several in this book about a young couple's upcoming wedding day. Why isn't the bride as happy as she should be? Always love an Elin Hilderbrand book.
Chris Bohjalian Stars:
4 Review by: BeachBarb It took me a while to figure out the twist in this story, so it was a good book. A young woman is brutally assaulted on a bike trail and becomes obsessed with one of her attackers. Continuing my quest to read all of Chris Bohjalian's books after hearing him speak.
Karen Kondazian Stars:
3 Review by: BeachBarb Not sure why I had requested this book, someone must have mentioned it, or I read something about it. I enjoyed it and learned something. Did not know about Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst and her interesting life. Give it a try.
Muriel Spark Stars:
2 Review by: BKF Jean Brodie teaches at an all-girls private school. She selects six of her students (all eleven years old) and develops a special relationship with them. She shares secrets of her life, takes them on outings, has them over for tea. And on it goes... I wasn't enthralled with the book.
Lisa Scottoline Stars:
5 Review by: PageTurner25
Scottoline does it again!! I especially liked how she broke up the novel in two different viewpoints. She narrated it through before Maggie and After Noah. Scottoline uses flashbacks through these 2 POV's which made the novel not only interesting, but fun to read from the character's own perspectives. As mentioned above, Scottoline's different POV's was executed very well and flowed naturally. It was not as hard to follow as one may think from going back and forth.
Ngaio Marsh Stars:
2 Review by: Lizzytish Reading this was like slogging through semi frozen pea soup. So boring and tedious. Confusing characters, too much talk about the functions of a theater, and a slow moving plot.
Author: Agatha Christie Stars:
3 Review by: Lizzytish “Eh bien, then, you are crazy, or appear crazy or you think you are crazy, and possibly you may be crazy.” I must admit, I enjoyed this, not just for the mystery, but for the dated views of the 60’s. I love that Oliver is once again involved. I do feel that Christie was throwing in jabs at Poirot by having Oliver musing about her fictional detective. And I half figured the mystery out.
Anthony Ray Hinton Stars:
5 Review by: P.M.W. This is the true story of an innocent man condemned to death by the state of Alabama. Many thoughtful lessons are included by the author as he waited on death row for 30 years until being set free. This would be a great book for a discussion group!
Beverley Nichols Stars:
5 Review by: KM Just a delight, wholly unexpected. Happened upon it while browsing the shelves in the 800's. English author, playwright, journalist, composer. Part of a trilogy about the renovation of an old country house called Merry Hall and garden after WWII. This one focuses on the gardening. Endearing characters with writing that is at times poetical and also humorous.
Dorothy Howell Stars:
2 Review by: NoelleChristine I finished the novel strictly to find out who the murderer was. I did not care for the main character, Haley. Her shopping addiction, guy trouble, and poor choices prevented me from getting more into the story.
Jean Picoult Stars:
5 Review by: My bookie Riveting story of persecution of Jewish people during WWII. Graphic retelling of facts surrounding concentration camps, how the war progressed and reached into various areas of Poland, how fear motivated various sectors of the population and how some individuals have chosen to deal with the after effects of having gone through the persecution.
Author: Rupi Kaur Stars:
4 Review by: August Mom A New York Times Best Seller. Quick read around hurt, love, and healing in relationships in the form of poetry. Powerful, graphic in detail. A favorite of the teen and self-help readers.
George Orwell Stars:
5 Review by: Mitchie L Some books are essential for a reason. This modern classic of "negative utopia" is very relevant today especially with "newspeak" and "doublethink". A cautionary tale of what happens when society loses it most human qualities.
Thomas Frank Stars:
5 Review by: libraryaimee A collection of essays by a journalist that discuss the state of affairs in our country today. I loved it...gets you to think differently about a lot of topics! One chapter discusses the high price of a college education and questions the value reaped. The last quarter of the book is mandatory reading for anyone who was surprised by the outcome of the last election. Full disclaimer: I had to look up the definitions of at least 8 words.
Erich Segal Stars:
3 Review by: BKF I was looking through my books and this one popped off the shelf into my hand, so I decided to re-read it. A simple, sad love story between two people who fell in love as college seniors.
Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik Stars:
3 Review by: BKF Five rogue soldiers take over the U.N. demanding one hundred million dollars in ransom. This is one of a series of Op-Center books. I enjoyed it but have no intention of running out and reading all the others.
Amy Myerson Stars:
2 Review by: Lizzytish Miranda’s Uncle Billy dies and leaves her a bookstore, along with clues that lead her into the past and into finding out who she is. The premise was great with all the clues having to do with quotes from books. However, I could not get past Miranda’s whiny, selfishness. She annoyed me to no end. The other characters were wannabes, not fully developed, more like caricatures.
Alice Hoffmann Stars:
4 Review by: BookDancer This work about the mother of the great French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro is the print equivalent of many of his paintings. It is lavishly written; it recounts her life and struggles in a riot of color, sounds, smells, emotions and sensations. Like great works of art, it teems with life and immerses the reader in a gorgeously rendered world which is delightful, yet heart-breaking. There is much beauty here, yet also tremendous cruelty inflicted both on her and by her.
Stephanie Butland Stars:
4 Review by: Lizzytish “I reminded myself that a beginning and an ending are two different places, and, in real life, you might be able to make your own ending, whatever had gone before.” It all started with a lost book, and you might say a lost soul. Beautiful story of words, books, and people. Healing and redemption. The power of words and love. Not too many books pull at my heartstrings, but this one did.
Harlan Coben Stars:
5 Review by: Louey I chose this book because it was recommended on the Review as a "page turner". It was a great book to get my Summer Reading started. So Thank You to the Summer Book Club Member who wrote the great Review and kicked off my Summer Reading with a great read. :)
Elena Ferrante Stars:
3 Review by: P.M.W. The fourth and final book in Ferrante's Neopolitan novels. I enjoyed following the characters' lives through maturity and older ages, although I had to frequently refer to the Index of Characters at the front of the book to keep them all straight. Perhaps my reading of the novels over a couple of years caused this. The ending was not particularly satisfying to me, but there were some surprises throughout the story.
Jenna Blum Stars:
4 Review by: Readingteacher The repercussions both emotionally as well as physically in the life of a young parent's surviving the Holocaust in 1960s New York City brought such anguish to this reader. The main character, through a circuitous route, comes to be a prominent chef at a well respected restaurant. His life takes twists and turns as he marries and raises his daughter first in NYC and then in New Jersey. I found it difficult to affirm all of the main character's life choices, but provided great discussions.
David Sedaris Stars:
5 Review by: Readingteacher For fans of David Sedaris (or his sister Amy), this look into his family life over the last five years is at once humorous and poignantly heartbreaking--especially regarding his sister Tiffany's behavioral health challenges.
Amy Bloom Stars:
5 Review by: Readingteacher Although a fictionalized account of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's personal life and relationships, it follows the arc of her post-raising-children portion of life very accurately. If you have any familiarity with Blanche Cook's biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, this will be a lighter (fictionalized) perspective.
Jake Burt Stars:
5 Review by:libraryaimee This was a middle school Juvenile Fiction book. The plot line was predictable, but the details were original and engaging! A 12 year old girl in the foster system is asked to be part of a family in witness protection to help camouflage them. I loved every second!
Arvin Ahmadi Stars:
3 Review by: KM Young adult but fine for adults; coming of age theme but even more so, it focuses on feeling lost and trying to get direction for one's life which I think can apply to adults of any age. I listened to the audiobook version.
Tara Westover Stars: 2 Review by: Judy I wanted to give this book more than 2 stars as it was very readable but I found it unbelievable. She was very successful and overcame many obstacles. Memoirs are difficult to judge and some of her survival stories are beyond amazing.
John J. Lamb Stars:
4 Review by: BookWorm2 This is the last in a charming series of Bear Collector's Mysteries created and written by former Homicide detective, John J. Lamb. So sad that there are not more as they are an enjoyable read with plenty of bad puns.
Laurence Bergreen Stars:
1 Review by: BKF Easy sailing? No, not for Columbus. Easy reading? No, not for me. I literally had to force myself to plow trough to the end of the book. Although I recognize and admire the author for the tremendous amount of research that was necessary to write this book, I found the reading of it to be tiresome.
Anthony Horowitz Stars:
5 Review by: Lizzytish A cleverly done mystery where the author writes himself into the story as the detective’s sidekick! Horowitz also includes true tidbits about his works! And may I say how delighted I was to discover that he is the screenwriter for one of my favorite shows: The Midsomer Murders!
Marissa Meyer Stars:
4 Review by: Lizzytish A delightful book about a female mechanic who is a cyborg. She doesn’t know her past, lives with a wicked stepmother, meets a prince, falls in love....hints of Cinderella, but not. There’s also a plaque and an evil queen trying to steal the kingdom along with the prince. I saw the plot and where it was headed a mile away, but it did not take away from the telling of the tale. Except, the story did not end and I’m left hanging!
Patti Kerr Stars:
5 Review by: PattiK Always a tad unreal reading your own book, but it just came out and I wanted to sit down and try to read it from a new reader's perspective. Tough to do, but necessary. Hope it doesn't appear too egotistical to have given it 5-stars but I'm really proud of this book
Kristin Hannah Stars:
3 Review by: Sarah E. This book was just okay. I felt it was a little too predictable from the beginning - but that may be because I had just read another of K.H.'s books. I also thought the ending was a bit far fetched. That said, great read for teens (though I am well past that point in life) on the ripple effect/consequences your actions can have.
Agatha Christie Stars:
5 Review by: BookWorm2 Another Poirot triumph by Ms. Christie. I highly recommend this to any mystery fan (as I do all of her works). So refreshing to have a good mystery to read at a time when so many new ones are far too predictable.
Robert Hilburn Stars:
4 Review by: Voracious Very detailed and well researched book including over 100 hours of personal interviews with Paul. He is a master songwriter but a polarizing figure, and the detail reveals his many successes and failures.
Sue Grafton Stars:
4 Review by: mystery lover I really like this book because there was a main story line that was interesting and the second story line was just as interesting and a bit suspenseful.
Victoria Sweet Stars:
5 Review by: Irene S. Advocacy by a doctor of the advantages of taking medicine back to a more personal level rather than focusing on computer and administrative functions.
Jane Harper Stars:
3 Review by: Lizzytish An atmospheric mystery taking place in a small farming community in Australia. There is a drought and the whole place is a tinderbox. Secrets abound and the past mixes with the present. A family was found shot to death. Was it murder/suicide, or something else. Falk returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend and finds himself swept up into the investigation. I couldn’t really warm up to the bland characters. However, the mystery held my attention.
Laini Taylor Stars:
4 Review by: Lizzytish A fantastical story! But oh, the ending! The writing itself is dreamy and lyrical. Lazlo is a story teller obsessed with the city of Weep, which leads him to a grand adventure filled with mythology, great characters, gods, danger, and love. This is not a quick read, as you need to savor every part.
Katherine Center Stars:
5 Review by: MI First time reading this author. Enjoyed her style of writing and how she developed her characters. Although somewhat predictable, enjoyed the story of starting over and redefining oneself.
Sue Halpern Stars:
5 Review by:libraryaimee A teen girl gets sentenced to a summer of volunteering at a small library as punishment for stealing a dictionary. A little intrigue, a little love story, a little drama equals a fantastic story!
Jane Green Stars:
5 Review by: August Mom Great book! Listened to this book on CD. At the end of each chapter there is a recipe connected to the story. Now I have reserved the book so I can make a few recipes!
Clare Matthews Stars:
3 Review by: Kayleen There were no new earth shattering revelations, but good information especially for new gardeners. Also she is British so all info does not apply her.
Elena Ferrante Stars:
5 Review by: Mitchie L The story is about two childhood friends, Lila and Lenu, in Naples, Italy in the 1950's. It revolves around their friendship growing up in a poor neighborhood, the families that live there and their stories. It is Book One (of four) of The Neapolitan Novels. It is beautifully written and filled with intrigue. Can't wait to read Book Two.
Karen White Stars:
5 Review by: a Retired Cat who likes to read Her books are SUPER! She pulls you right into the story and you feel like you are a character in her book! I already have a Bottle Tree from the book The Beach Trees and I wonder if I could put another tree in my yard for my dreams!
John Atkinson Stars:
3 Review by: Miss Lucy If you want quick reviews of the classics you read, or you want to find out about classics you haven't yet read, this cute little book may (or may not) help. 'Quick' is the key word here - I read it in 10 minutes, and I'm a slow reader! (But it counts in the club) ;-)
Eva Gates Stars:
3 Review by: Miss Lucy The first book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. I was underwhelmed with the mystery aspect, but it was fun to read about my favorite things: books, a library, and librarians.
Mick Herron Stars:
5 Review by: Chris L. This spy series just keeps getting better. You can't help rooting for this bunch of misfits. My only disappointment is that I have to wait for the author to write the next installment.
Nora Roberts Stars:
3 Review by: libraryaimee A reprint of a 1985 story by Nora Roberts. Interesting because Roberts describes the chronic cigarette smoking of the male lead...such a product of the time! It is rare to read about casual smoking in a book published now.
Stephen King Stars:
5 Review by: Karyn G I have read every Stephen King book. Liked most of them , hated a few and loved more than a few. This one had interesting characters and plot and a surprise (to me since I never read the summary before the book) visit from characters from the past.
Crystal Zevon Stars:
3 Review by: dorcaf I'm a huge Warren Zevon fan so it was interesting--and a bit depressing--to learn more about his personal life and his struggles. I would only recommend this if you are a fan of his music.
Alice Hoffman Stars:
4 Review by: Miss Lucy A family saga that takes place in St. Thomas and Paris - two amazing settings! Very well-written, and it turns out to be historical fiction. You will come across a name you recognize about halfway through the book. I read the book, but I heard from a friend that it's amazing on audio.
Hannah Kent Stars:
4 Review by: BookDancer I'm fascinated by books set in Iceland. This dark yet hypnotic work of historical fiction imagines the last months of Icelandic servant Agnes Magnusdottir, condemned to death in 1829 for murder. Meticulously researched and lyrically written, this critically acclaimed debut novel interweaves the stark and frozen landscape with the desolation of Agnes and her untimely end. Maybe not beach reading, but well worth the effort!
Kitty Curran Stars:
1 Review by: Miss Lucy This book had such potential to be fun, but I felt like it was more of a gimmick, as it wasn't well-written. Very little character development and no plot other than what you might expect eventually happens in a romance, except it basically happens right away and then the story ends. I followed two different paths, but was too underwhelmed to pursue more.
Ray Bradbury Stars:
5 Review by: BookDancer This classic, published in 1953, can be found on many "Best Dystopian Fiction" lists. It is beautifully written and disturbingly prophetic, but unlike some of the more recent titles in this genre, ends on a hopeful and optimistic note. Add this one to your bucket list if you haven't already read it. And definitely worth a re-read!
FBI Special Agent Sayer Altair is a neuroscientist studying
the brains of psychopaths and serial killers, working with a man who proclaims
his innocence, when she is drawn into a twisted investigation that leads her a
little too close to home.The daughter
of a U.S. Senator is found dead, held captive in a cage in the basement of a
Washington, D.C. house; the path to the basement has been bobby trapped and
more than one investigator is injured during the attempted rescue and
subsequent investigation.The search for
the killer is ramped up after Sayer realizes there is another girl being held
captive similarly in a cage, possibly still alive, an investigation that
immediately is compromised by the Senator who leaks crucial evidence to themedia as he uses his daughter’s death as a
springboard for his presidential bid.Sayer, working with her colleagues, comes up with a profile of a very
sadistic killer, but one who may be closer to the investigation than she can
ever imagine.Sayer is a very human,
interesting character, though does come with the ubiquitous dead fiancé, an FBI
agent killed in the line of duty.Interesting science, high tension, and a bit of a cliffhanger make this
a promising debut.
The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller
Nora Huckleberry is quite content running her family’s
diner, The Miss Guthrie in Guthrie, Vermont.When Nora and her sister Kit inherit a 200-acre farm left to them for
unknown reasons by the town’s cake lady Peggy Johnson, free spirit filmmaker
Kit storms into town with her partner Max, ready to sell the farm.Nora isn’t quite so sure that’s the best
thing for the town, or for her.Before
her death, Peggy was in the process of selling the farm to a box store, HG,
something that divided the town.Nora feels
the responsibility of her decision regarding the land keenly, but what’s more,
she is drawn to HG’s representative Elliot who seems to share Nora’s passion or
the land in spite of what his job is.While
the solutions to all of Nora and Kit’s problems, including the mysterious Elsie
whose care Peggy cared for, seem too pat, there is a charming, warming element
to Miller’s second story that will delight readers.
A Double Life by Berry Flynn
Claire’s father, Colin, an English Lord, disappeared 26
years ago under suspicion of murdering their nanny and attempting to murder
Claire’s mother.Living under aliases,
Claire, her young brother Robbie, and their mother tried to rebuild their lives
with the specter of her father and the likelihood that he escaped and is being
protected by his many wealthy prominent friends, looming over them.Now a GP, Claire is called from time to time
by a Detective Inspector when there is a sighting of someone who might be her
father.Claire has been vigilant for
many years and has kept track of Colin’s friends throughout the years hoping
they will lead her to her father.When
the opportunity to insinuate herself in the life of the daughter of one of
Colin’s friends presents itself, Claire seizes it in an attempt to find her
father and closure once and for all, as she stands by helplessly watching her
brother’s addiction to painkillers ruin his life.This tautly written thriller is deftly
plotted and told through Claire’s eyes as an adult, as a child prior to the
murder, and as a teenager trying to regroup and even escape her life.Claire’s determination to find her father
sometimes clouds her judgement, but ultimately her gut feelings win out and she
finds what she has been searching for, though with a much different outcome
than she anticipated.
Believe Me by J.P. Delaney
In this unreliable narrator thriller, rewritten and reworked
from an earlier published novel by the author, British actress named Claire
Wright is in the United States without her green card making it difficult for
her to get work, so when she is offered a job working for a divorce lawyer
trying to entrap unfaithful husbands, she jumps at the chance. Claire easily comes up with new personas for
each job, but meets her match in Columbia University professor Patrick, a Baudelaire
expert. His wife Stella is very upset
when Claire tells her she couldn’t trap Patrick, and the next day Stella is
dead. The police suspect Patrick, and
what’s more, they suspect he’s a serial killer so, in a very unusual move, the
police approach Claire to go undercover to try and get Patrick to tip his hand
and admit to the murders. Claire finds
herself falling in love with Patrick, uncertain if he’s the target or if she
is, and then lands in a mental institution where she must rely on Patrick to
get her out. There are so many people in
this novel who can’t be trusted, just about everyone, in fact, and while it is
unlikely that a civilian, who is in the country illegally would be used in a
sting operation, it still makes for a very unusual premise and will keep
readers on their toes as they try to sort things out.
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Seven-year-old Hanna has is verbally non-communicative and
has a mean-streak: specifically, she plans to kill her mother Suzette so Hanna
can have her father, Alex, all to herself.
Suzette, who had a difficult childhood and adolescence was thrilled to
have a daughter but can’t imagine where she went wrong or why Hanna seems so
morally deficient. Hanna CAN speak, and
does, but only to Suzette, using the persona of a 17th century witch
who was burned at the stake along with her mother under the suspicion of being
a witch. Suzette has home-schooled Hanna
so far, but thinks it’s time to enroll Hanna in a school, though she and Alex
have a very hard time placing her; just when they think they’ve found a good
fit, Hanna ups the ante. Suzette is
wracked with guilt, fear, and anxiety, all of which exacerbate her symptoms of
Crohn’s disease which she thought was under control. This twisty novel is told alternatingly from
Hanna’s point of view and Suzette’s creating a creepy narrative and insight
into the mind of a frightfully manipulative child.