Book Review


TH1RT3EN by Steve Cavanagh

I kept seeing the reviews and hearing the buzz for TH1RT3EN so I finally read the book jacket. I was intrigued and had to read it. How exactly does the serial killer end up on the jury for a crime he committed? This is an intricately woven tale that moves fast. The mood feels dark but exciting. The whole thing…

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Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald is a charming time travel love story that takes place in Grand Central Station during the 1920s thru the 1940s. Joe Reynolds, age 32, is a “leverman” at Grand Central Station in charge of keeping the trains on one of forty-eight tracks. He meets Nora Lansing, age 22, a passenger at the terminal, wearing…

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Not long ago I had several friends tag me on Facebook in a post about the Kentucky Pack Horse library service. I loved seeing that photo of the 1930s librarians on horse or mule-back ready to deliver books to the people of Appalachia. When I saw The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek was releasing, I knew I had to read…

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is a debut novel that will blow your mind. A brilliantly written thriller that will have you wondering what in the world happened the night Alice stopped talking. This book received quite a bit of advance buzz, which often leaves me skeptical. But Michaelides does not disappoint. If he can keep this kind of…

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The writing team of Hendricks and Pekkanen debuted last year with their bestselling The Wife Between Us. I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t really blown away by the hype. I wondered if they could keep the fire going with this year’s thriller An Anonymous Girl. Well, guess what? They have set the bar for thrillers in 2019. Jessica Farris is…

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The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles is a historical novel set mostly in Brazil from the 1920s through the 1940s. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. The writing is atmospheric and fantastic. The story is narrated by Dores, now age 95, who spends her days listening to old vinyl records, looking at…

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Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton

Fans of Steve Hamilton’s Alex McKnight series have waited five long years for the eleventh installment in his popular series set in Paradise, Michigan. I, for one, thought Dead Man Running was worth the wait. It’s an absolute thrill ride that moves so fast you feel like you can’t keep up. Alex encounters a truly evil serial killer that takes…

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Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust is truly amazing. It is not, however, for the faint of heart. It is the fictionalized account of a true crime story, one so famous in its time that it’s said to have been one of the inspirations for Vladimir Nabokov’s classic, Lolita. The story is set in 1948 Camden, New Jersey. Sally Horner has been dared…

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The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

First let me just say that I adore the name Loveday Cardew. She is the voice of The Lost for Words Bookshop. Loveday spends her time surrounded by books to avoid facing her past and people. Living life this way has been working for her for several years until a poet- and three mysterious deliveries- arrive on the doorstep of…

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Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman has written another great book called Us Against You, a sequel to Beartown. Beartown was one of my favorite books last year and didn’t need a sequel, so the bar for this book was set high in my mind. In this story, a slick politician comes and stirs up trouble between Beartown and the neighboring rival town of…

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