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“She’s not there” by Joy Fielding

Way back in 2006 I read a novel called “The Deep End“.  A suspense tour de force, it caused me to become a fan of Joy Fielding. “She’s not there” is another solid suspense story which has disturbing similarities to the … Continue reading

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“After the crash” by Michel Bussi

A thriller that explores the nature vs. nurture issue, “After the crash” tells the story of a three-month-old survivor of a horrific plane crash. When, on December 23, 1980, a plane carrying 169 passengers crashes into the Jura Mountains between … Continue reading

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“Hidden” by Karen E. Olson – Book Review

Starting over.  Who among us has not at one time yearned for it – if only fleetingly?  And to start over on a small, scenic island in a house by the sea.  Idyllic. The protagonist of “Hidden” has done just … Continue reading

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“Hanover House” by Brenda Novak

When she was just a teenager, Evelyn Talbot was tortured and left for dead by her then boyfriend, Jasper Moore. He also murdered three of her friends.   Now Evelyn is a psychiatrist who specializes in studying the psyche of serial … Continue reading

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“The sound of glass” by Karen White – Book Review

“Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are” — Mason Cooley This past week I visited the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina.   Not in person – but via the pages of Karen White’s … Continue reading

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“Lacy Eye” by Jessica Treadway

“There is a grace in denial.  It is nature’s way of letting in only as much as we can handle.” — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Three years ago,  Hanna Schutt and her husband were bludgeoned in their bed with a crochet mallet.  … Continue reading

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“Hello from the Gillespies” by Monica McInerney

This charming family saga opens on December 1st.  Angela Gillespie is composing her annual Christmas letter as she has done for over thirty years.  But this year, after she types in her usual salutation “Hello from the Gillespies” she cannot … Continue reading

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“Dear Daughter” by Elizabeth Little

Seems like the majority of people love to follow celebrities.   Just look at the popularity of the entertainment news television shows and magazines such as “People“.  But… have you ever wondered just what it is like to be on the … Continue reading

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“A matter of mercy” by Lynne Hugo

Abraham Lincoln once said “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”   In Lynne Hugo’s latest novel “A matter of mercy” we find that to be true. This is the story of two women and one … Continue reading

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“Bittersweet” by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Our human nature always leads us to assume that the ‘grass is always greener’.  We tend to think that others’ lives are happier, more fulfilling, more successful, etc., etc.   When on the rare occasion that we actually get what we … Continue reading

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“Lacey’s house” by Joanne Graham

A beautifully written, well crafted, debut “Lacey’s house” is a novel told in two voices.  Alternate chapters introduce us to Rachel — a young, single, and solitary artist who has just miscarried — and Lacey, an elderly women with a … Continue reading

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“The storied life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin

What a gem!  A little book with a big heart.  It grabbed me right away.  I didn’t want to put it down because that would mean it was over…. I even read the acknowledgments to prolong the inevitable when I … Continue reading

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“Perfect” by Rachel Joyce

Young children idolize their parents.  They might see brilliance, beauty, honesty or perfection where there is none.  Sometimes when life imparts its’ painful truths, children still ignore these truths or at least they practice denial of them.  That is because … Continue reading

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Reading fiction a waste of time?

If you have ever felt guilty about reading fiction when you (or your loved ones) think your time could be better spent – then vindication can be found in the blog of Anne Kreamer. Her article maintains that fiction-reading nourishes … Continue reading

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“The last child” by John Hart

The first novel I’ve read by John Hart. A mesmerizing thriller with memorable characters and an intelligent, thought-provoking plot,”The last child” is one of the best books I’ve read in awhile and bodes well for my 2011 reading. The protagonist … Continue reading

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