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2017 Adult Summer Library Program Book Reviews

 

2017 Book Reviews:

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The Last Woman Standing, by Thelma Adams

Rating: 5

This historical novel/love story takes place in Tombstone AZ in the Old West where you meet outlaws and a lawman - Wyatt Earp.


The Weekenders, by Mary Kay Andrews

Rating: 5

Perfect beachy read even when not at beach. Great mystery and location and characters!


The Weekenders, by Mary Kay Andrews

Rating: 5

A very easy and nice read, interesting story plot and great characters.


Images of America: Children's Hospital Boston, by the Archives Program of Children’s Hospital

Rating: 4

This book outlines the history of the Boston Children’s Hospital from its establishment in 1869 up until the 1990s.


Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 4

A fun book with a quirky, memorable main character. Enjoyable to read.


A Man Called Ove, by Frederik Backman

Rating: 4

The story of a disgruntled neighbor who has his own book of rules and how they should be enforced.


The Fix, by David Baldacci

Rating: 3

The Fix is the third book in the Amos Deeker series.  (I have read and enjoyed the first two).  Amos is a great and interesting book character.  He has survived tragedy and strives to solve his FBI cases no matter the consequences.  Anxious for another Amos Deeker book. 


Right of Way, by Lauren Barnholdt

Rating: 4

Another great book by Barnholdt! I need to read more of her work! I love how it takes place over a road trip


Two Way Street, by Lauren Barnholdt

Rating: 4

This book was amazing! I really loved how it was told from the perspective of two different people, I think that added to it!


A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah

Rating: 5

Truly amazing first hand memoir made you think about stability & extremes some live through to survive.


He's Just Not That Into You, by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

Rating: 3

Right to the point, honest, true feedback on a guy’s mind. A little outdated and I didn't like some of the scenarios.


It's Just a F***ing Date, by Greg Behrendt and Amira Routola

Rating: 4

Straight to the point, most of it is common sense but it's a good guide to those who are trying to put dating to the test.


City of Thieves, by David Benioff

Rating: 5

Benioff (author of City of Thieves, producer of HBO Series Game of Thrones) is an incredible writer.


Paradise Valley, by C. J. Box

Rating: 5

I have read all of C. J. Box’s books and I consider this to be one of his best… Such an exciting story following Cassie Dewell’s quest to hunt down the elusive “Lizard King.” This is action packed storytelling at its best!

 

The Art of Arranging Flowers, by Lynne Branard

Rating: 5

This is a beautiful story about a florist, set in a small town in Washington state.


Play Dirty, by Sandra Brown 

Rating: 3 

Reminded me of the movie Indecent Proposal, but a bit more down to earth, if not more ridiculous. Mind candy.


Anya's Ghost, by Vera Brosgol

Rating: 3

If you love creepy children's stories, this is for you.


Charade, by Sandra Brown

Rating: 3

A decent enough plot. Not one of the strongest female characters by the author, but the plot was heart warming throughout.


A Dark & Stormy Murder, by Julia Buckley

Rating: 5

This is the 1st in a new series called the Writer's Apprentice Series & what a captivating start! Rich scenery, great characters.


Death in Dark Blue, by Julia Buckley

Rating: 5

Great followup in this series. The mystery continues and picks up 2 months where the previous book left off.


Heaven is for Real, by Todd Burpo

Rating: 3

Interesting, well written, worth reading.


Stillhouse Lake, by Rachel Caine

Rating: 5

This was not an author that I typically read, but thoroughly enjoyed.


A Dog's Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: 3

Similar to The Art of Racing in the Rain, this book highlights the way in which a dog reflects on lifelong relationships.


My Fellow Soldiers, by Andrew Carroll

Rating: 5

Timely on the 100th Anniversary of US entry into the Great War, this book explores the American experience in the conflict.


Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins

Rating: 4 Entertaining.

It was touching.


The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly

Rating: 4

An enchanting fairy tale rich in symbolism, which produces lots of smiles and nods from the reader.


Dust, by Patricia Cornwell

Rating: 4

A good read that build the reader's interest in the case as the pages turned. Unable to guess the ending-always a good thing. :)


Depraved Heart, by Patricia Cornwell

Rating: 4

Liked the plot involving nemesis Carrie, but would've liked more details about how nanotechnology suit was used. :)

 

A Life in Parts, by Bryan Cranston

Rating: 4

If you're a Breaking Bad fan or interested in the art of acting, you'll love this; told via the various roles in Cranston's life.


A Life in Parts, by Bryan Cranston

Rating: 4

Clearly, a great read for fans of Breaking Bad! Part autobiography, part self-reflection, Cranston reflects on his various roles.


A Beautiful Place to Die, by Philip Craig

Rating: 4

The 1st JW Jackson Martha's Vineyard mystery.  Good characters, good story, great setting.  Looking forward to #2.


Just a Little Christmas, by Janet Dailey

Rating: 4

Lighthearted book about rekindled romance and the warmth of the holidays in Texas... and a cute mini poodle as a bonus.


The October List, by Jeffery Deaver

Rating: 2 Not one of the author's best. Interesting to write the mystery in reverse, but very slow, and not as exciting paced plot.


The Steel Kiss, by Jeffrey Deaver

Rating: 5

As always, Deaver brings multiple fast moving subplots & characters that are believable with twists and turns at each scene.


Once and for All, by Sarah Dessen

Rating: 5

I have read every single Sarah Dessen book and they never disappoint, that's all I have to say! Amazing!

 

The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant

Rating: 3

As a older woman, the main character recounts to her granddaughter the story of her immigration from Russia in 1896.


The Maytrees, by Annie Dillard

Rating: 4

Well written, good summer read.


The Marsh King's Daughter, by Karen Dionne

Rating: 3

An entertaining book...suspenseful story of a father escaped from prison and the daughter who must find him before he finds her.


Dead Letters, by Caite Dolan-Leach

Rating: 4

A clever mystery about twin sisters. It kept me guessing and was an entertaining read that I didn't want to put down!


You Against Me, by Jenny Downham

Rating: 3

I rate this book a 3 because there were long drawn out parts of the book where I almost wanted to stop reading.


A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

Rating: 4

Tales about different (and sometimes deplorable) people in the volatile music business.


The Circle, by Dave Eggers

Rating: 5

A scary account of what can happen if social media is taken to the next level and infiltrates every aspect of our lives.


Come and Find Me, by Hallie Ephron

Rating: 3

This is a novel of suspense about a former computer hacker who has become agoraphobic. She has created her own online world and a new business. This story has lots of twists & turns as Deana is forced to brave the real world. Quick read.

 

My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante

Rating: 3

My Brilliant Friend is the first book in a trilogy. It's about growing up in Naples, Italy. The story is about childhood friends, Lila and Elena. Good but not great - a bit long for me. Haven't decided if I want to continue with book two, but the ending does keep you hanging.


The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel

Rating: 4

Every feel the need to get away? This book tells the story of a man who left society to live in solitude for 27 years.


The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel

Rating: 2

Slow. Makes you realize and ponder how society shapes our lives.

 

Between Them, by Richard Ford

Rating: 4

A memoir by a prominent author, focused on his relationship with and to his parents.  Richard Ford was an only child.  The ways in which this fact shaped his life are shown in the book.  Anyone who is or who has an only child will benefit from his insightful descriptions of his life story.


Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett

Rating: 4

Keeping track of all the characters in this clever apocalypse satire wasn't easy, but it paid off in the end.


The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith

Rating: 5
Second in the series, a very good follow-up to Cuckoo's Calling. Galbraith masters what many in the thriller/procedural forget or can't do: develop characters. Solving a solid murder plot won't carry a series. Much like P.D. James with Dalgliesh and Rankin with Rebus, Galbraith has me as, if not more intrigued by Strike, Molly and any regulars to come.


Alone, by Lisa Gardner

Rating: 5

A story about a Boston police officer who fires his weapon on duty and the repercussions of his actions. Very suspenseful.


Crash and Burn, by Lisa Gardner

Rating: 5

A woman's troubled, dark past is uncovered after she drives her car off the road and an investigation occurs.


Find Her, by Lisa Gardner

Rating: 5

Very suspenseful story about a young girl and serial kidnappers in the Boston area.


Find Her, by Lisa Gardner

Rating: 5

Suspense is magnified by Flora-an inspiration for strength - what's taken on not just to survive not once, but twice.


The Little French Bistro, by Nina George

Rating: 5

A beautiful love story for young and old written by a favorite author of mine.


Camino Island, by John Grisham

Rating: 4

Typical Grisham novel, but this one has more intricate details of the crime heist (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original manuscripts of five famous novels) and the thieves, I enjoyed the collaboration between insurance company and fledgling author as they start investigating booksellers to discover the location of the stolen goods.  Nice twist at the end.

 

Ride Out the Storm: A Novel of Dunkirk, by John Harris

Rating: 3

A true account of the devastating evacuation of thousands of troops across the English Channel during World War II.
 

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey

Rating: 4

Loved the audio version.  All women would need whether you are single or married.  Can apply it and makes total sense!


Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins

Rating: 2

Into the Water had too many characters and not enough plot.  Disappointing - had high hopes since I read her first novel, Girl on a Train, and enjoyed it.

 

Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins

Rating: 3.5

Psychological thriller about “water” that has claimed many lives: Murder? Suicide? Other?  Interesting trip through the lives of townspeople and their connected visions.  I did find some of the action confusing and less than believable. 

 

The Girl On the Train, by Paula Hawkins

Rating: 5

Had me staying up late to find out if Rachel is truly flighty narrator, ...the truth was much more scary.


The Girl On the Train, by Paula Hawkins

Rating: 5

A page turner, a thriller that written in an unique way.

 

The Girl On the Train, by Paula Hawkins

Rating: 4

A woman sees a couple's relationship through a train window as it passes their house as her sanity is brought into question.

 

Before The Fall, by Noah Hawley

Rating:  4 

A fast paced who dunnit novel about a private plane crash into the ocean.


Before The Fall, by Noah Hawley

Rating: 3

Before the Fall is true page turner. Each chapter left me curious to know more about the backgrounds of the characters.

  

Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin

Rating: 5

Enjoyable, entertaining book about a relationship over many years.

 

The War at Ellsmere, by Faith Erin Hicks

Rating: 4

Interesting main characters. Plays with cliches. Unexpected ending. Entertaining.


The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand

Rating: 4

4.5 Such a great summer read. I love this author.  A twist on The Parent Trap.


The Rumor, by Elin Hilderbrand

Rating: 5

Another great book from a great author.  Always enjoy her books.


A Summer Affair, by Elin Hilderbrand

Rating: 4

An interesting point of very on complicated marriages and affairs. Love this author!

 

Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill

Rating: 5

Aged rock star buys a ghost on the internet and learns there are no returns no matter what terror emerges.


The Fireman,  by Joe Hill

Rating: 4

Joe Hill writes relationships incredibly well. Yes the world is ending, and yes everyone is on fire, but still, so much humanity.

 

The Nix, by Nathan Hill

Very long (600+) pages tome focusing on the turbulent 60’s.  The presidential race, convention in Chicago, hippies, the drug scene, all interwoven with a plot centering around a college professor whose mother abandoned him when he was 11.  Some very funny scenes.  


The Nix, by Nathan Hill

Rating: 4

 Great read about a son's struggle to discover the true, often complex, identify of his estranged mother.


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely, by Gail Honeyman

Rating: 3

This was an enjoyable book about a very quirky character.  She tries to “fit in” and do “normal” things but they don’t always go as planned.  Her backstory is a tragic one but she does try to survive.  She doesn’t see things as others do and always speaks her mind.

 

Half a Mind, by Wendy Hornsby

Rating: 4

A detective trying to solve a case has his skull fractured which leaves him with half a mind.


The Freedom Broker, by K.J. Howe

Rating: 5

A thriller with multiple plot twists, the protagonist becomes a kidnap and ransom specialist.


The Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson

Rating: 4

I really enjoyed this book! It's not suspenseful, per se, but I was anxious to see how it resolved. Great book!


The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff

Rating: 4

This is a powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during WWII. It introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival. It’s a fictionalized story based on factual events. I enjoyed it a lot.

 

News of the World, by Paulette Jiles

Rating: 4

Lovely story taking place after the Civil War. A captain agrees to return a 10-year-old girl to her aunt and uncle in San Antonio. The girl was captured by the Kiowa four years earlier when her parents and sister were killed. The trip from North Texas to San Antonio is fraught with danger and adventure. The relationship between the captain and girl develops into a real bond.

 

The Next Time You See Me, by Holly Goddard Jones

Rating: 3

A missing woman, a socially awkward 13 year old, a teacher, and a troubled man's lives cross in a missing person investigation.


Breakdown, by Jonathan Kellerman

Rating: 5

A psychologist and a police detective work to solve the mystery of some curious deaths.


Heartbreak Hotel, by Jonathan Kellerman

Rating: 5

A child psychologist meets a 100-year old patient who sends him on a mission where he meets some greedy characters.


The Murderer's Daughter, by Jonathan Kellerman

Rating: 5

A woman whose horrible childhood haunts her in the present day struggles to resolve what happened in her past.


Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly

Rating: 5

The Lilac Girls recount in their own words the atrocities that occurred in German WWII concentration camps.


Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly

Rating: 4 Original WWII novel, very well done.


Burial Rites, Hannah Kent

Rating: 3

This is a debut novel about the last woman to be beheaded in Ireland for murder. It’s a fictionalized account of Agnes M. who spent the last weeks of her life on a farm working for the family whose husband worked for the district. It was an interesting story.

 

The Grass Kings, Vol 1., by Matt Kindt

Rating: 5

Beautifully illustrated graphic novel about a separatist trailer park, the loss of innocence, and the blood spilled in the USA.


Danse Macabre, by Stephen King

Rating: 4

This book is a must read for horror fans. King delves into the history of horror. He covers film, literature, TV and radio.

 

Gwendy’s Button Box, by Stephen King

Rating: 3

A fast-paced read and most entertaining novella. Enjoyable.

 

Gwendy’s Button Box, by Stephen King Rating: 4 More a novella than a full book, this is a bite sized tale of horror and loss, and worth the sleepless night to finish it.


My Not So Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella

Rating: 3

Very cute, easy summer read.


Lightning, by Dean Koontz

Rating: 5

A man has a time-traveling guardian rescue him from situations doomed to result in his death.

 

On Grief and Grieving, by Elizabeth Kuber-Ross

Rating: 4

Very helpful in dealing with a personal loss. Affirming and insightful.


Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan

Rating: 5

This book was an awesome read! It is super funny and kept me entertained the whole time. I highly recommend reading it before the movie! I had to go buy the second book right after finishing. I laughed out loud a few times.


The Night Ocean, by Paul LaFarge

Rating: 2

A psychotherapist's search for her supposedly dead husband, a man who was interested in HP Lovecraft's homosexuality.

 

Defending Jacob, by William Landay

Rating: 5

Passionate novel about parents who are shocked to learn their teenage son is accused of murder.


Since We Fell, by Dennis Lehane

Rating: 3

This is a compelling story about a woman driven to uncover secrets: her father, the news stories she covers, etc. It’s also a story about how an unexpected relationship might not save you, but it may give you the courage you need to save yourself. Not a typical Dennis LeHane book.

 

Since We Fell, by Dennis Lehane

Rating: 5

Wow, this was quite a book - tons of twists and turns with great character development.  I liked the fact that so much of the action was in Boston and Providence.  This novel had suspense, intrigue, psychological destruction and moments of “Did I really just read that?”  If you liked Mystic River, you will love this.

 

Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture, by Joshua Levine

Rating: 3

This book gives the backstory to the British military evacuation of the beaches at Dunkirk. The movie is currently in theaters.


March, by John Lewis

Rating: 5

March - a graphic novel depiction of John Lewis life, and his fight for racial equality. Breathtaking and should be required.


Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, by Susan Elia MacNeal

Rating: 3 

For me - a slow read.  Had interesting parts. 


Last One Home, by Debbie Macomber

Rating: 5

Great beach read - light.  Loved it.

 
The Hike, by Drew Magary

Rating: 3

Thought provoking fantasy book about what you would do to get back home to loved ones. Dragged at points.


The Blackhouse, by Peter May

Rating: 4

This is the first book of the Lewis Trilogy and I am anxious to continue reading this series.  This is a crime story but also the telling of main character, Fin’s, early life.  The book switches back and forth between past and present, which is a style I enjoy.  Glad to discover a new author via mystery book club.


Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue

Rating: 4 

Great book about class and immigration. Highly recommended!

 

The Night Sister, by Jennifer McMahon

Rating 4:

It's been years since a book truly made me feel such actual suspense.  I was not expecting the ending and enjoyed every page.  There were 1 or 2 story points it would have been nice to have seen though but not essential.  Some won't like how each chapter is told through eyes of a main character or the bouncing around in time, but I don't mind that style.

 

Dead Even, by Brad Meltzer

Rating: 5

Another great legal thriller that pits husband against wife in a race to the finish when their lives are literally at stake.

 

The Tenth Justice, by Brad Meltzer

Rating: 5

Meltzer's 1st book is a roller coaster ride of plot twists through eyes of law clerk for the Supreme Court. Lots of mystery!


All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda

Rating: 3

Original premise, but needed to look up a number of spoiler questions on blogs

 

The Last Days of Night, by Graham Moore

Rating: 4

A work of historical fiction that sheds light on the competitive rivalry between the scientists who sought to electrify America.


What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty

Rating: 5

My favorite book by her so far.  I do have a few more to read though.


The Beach House, by Mary Alice Monroe

Rating: 5

This was a great summer read.  It was hard to put down.   I'm looking forward to reading the other titles in the series.


Swimming Lessons, by Mary Alice Monroe

Rating: 4

Another enjoyable read with the characters from The Beach House.  I wish they had done more with Ethan and Troy's relationship.


IQ84, by Haruki Murakami

Rating: 4

A lonely woman, who has a deep secret, an obsessed man who has committed a fraud, how do they connect both worlds?

 

Ahab's Wife or the Star - Gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund

Rating: 5

Write a Brief Review: My favorite adventure story.  Beautifully written with wonderful characters and historically accurate narrative of the time.


The Thirst, by Jo Nesbo

Rating: 4

Whew!  Get ready for gruesome details.  There were times when I didn’t think I could go on - such vivid detail and such scary moments.  But, the idea of a vampirism was fascinating to say the least.  If you have read any novels featuring Detective Harry Hole, you should start now.  Scandinavian crime fiction at its very best - warning: there are some very violent episodes. 


You Don’t Look Your Age, And Other Fairy Tales, by Sheila Nevins

Rating: 4.5

The book was so much fun to read.  As an “older” woman, I really enjoyed the chapters on aging and what really is important in life.  Besides the humor, there were very poignant chapters.


Tell Me A Riddle, by Tillie Olsen

Rating: 2

I struggled with this one and read only 2 of the 4 or 5 stories.  Hard to follow.


Asking for It, by Louise O'Neill

Rating: 5

Asking For It is a powerful read that should be read by all young readers and introduced into schools.


Big Papi: My Story, by David Ortiz & Michael Holley

Rating: 4

Huge Red Sox fan...Thought Ortiz's candor in telling about life in the Major leagues was riveting.


Behind Closed Doors, by BA Paris

Rating: 5

A couple seems to have an enchanting marriage until the disturbing truth gradually emerges.


Commonwealth, Ann Patchett

Rating: 5

Four parents/choices made/six children, siblings and stepsiblings forge lasting bonds.


16th Seduction, by James Patterson

Rating: 4

16th Seduction is part of the Women’s Murder Club series that I’ve read since book one.  This was fast-based non-stop action, the twists and turns were well done.  Two cases to solve - side by side.  I enjoyed this book.


Murder Games, by John Patterson & Howard Roughan

Rating: 4

This is a new James Patterson (et al.) novel that features a serial killer (who else?!). What is new, however, is the storyline holds your interest, more so than several of his books earlier this year.  There is more humorous and intelligent dialogue between several of the main characters.  The descriptions and imagery are better than usual, as well.  This book would easily translate into a movie.  If you're looking for a quick read, but some entertainment also, I recommend this book.  For once, you do not know the identity of the serial killer until the end!


In Harm's Way, by Ridley Pearson

Rating: 5

Walt Fleming is trying to do the right thing for his family, girlfriend, dog, ..& solve a murder as sheriff.


White Bone, by Ridley Pearson

Rating: 5

Love that this Risk Agent book had current cultural context as well as a fast paced mystery with a strong female character. 


Lola and The Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins

Rating: 3

This book took place in San Francisco which was cool, because I had never read a book taking place there.

 

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

Rating: 4

A black nurse is accusing of killing a white baby (whose parents requested that no black personnel care for their infant).  The court case that ensues provides a startling backdrop to racism and makes the reader question long held beliefs - what is life really like for a person of color?  Jodi Picoult writes an engaging novel, but the ending was a bit too pat.

 

Miracle at Midway, by Gordon Prange

Rating: 4

Not an easy beach read, but an interesting book. This battle was the follow up to Pearl Harbor and was interesting and strategic.

 

Dog On It, by Spencer Quinn

Rating: 4

Really cute, fast read.  A mystery told from the point of view of Chet, the dog who is “next in command” to P.I. owner, Bernie.  They are on the hunt for a teen-aged girl who has disappeared.  Lots of fun to follow their escapades.  Dog lovers will especially enjoy this book.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 4

A fun read, you imagine a famous Hollywood star like Marilyn Monroe and see the character in a different light.

 

The Second Mrs. Hockaday, by Susan Rivers

Rating 5

The story of a young women in South Carolina during the Civil War.  Her story is told through letters and diary entries.


The First Word, by Isley Robson

Rating: 4

This book was free as a prime member on amazon.  Good story and allowed me to read something from an author I have not read.

 

Windy City Blues, by Renee Rosen

Rating: 3

An interesting story of the record industry and race relations in 50s and 60s Chicago.


Harry Potter and the Order or the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 4

I read this in order to see if it was content appropriate for my 10 year old.  Overall, I would say it's fine.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 3

Not her best work.


Golden Prey, by John Sandford

Rating: 5

I have read all of Sandford’s “Prey” books and this is among the best.  Unforgettable characters, a lot of gore and violence, but also some real warmth and caring and humor.


The Light We Lost, by Jill Santopolo

Rating: 4

Touching love story, hard to put down.

 
Beautiful Broken Girls, by Kim Savage

Rating: 4

Based in Quincy, a boy tries to find why two sisters' visit to the granite quarries brings troubling emotions.


The Book of One Hundred Truths, by Julie Schumacher

Rating: 4

An interesting format for telling a story revealing information in little bits at a time. Likable characters. Thought provoking.


The Woman in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck

Rating: 3.5

The focus of this book is about the wives and children of the German resistance who were left behind. It was a different perspective of life in Germany before, during and after the war.


The Stars are Fire, by Anita Shreve

Rating: 4

Based on a real-life disaster (Fires in Maine in 1947), this novel centers on a young mother (Grace) who, with her two young children, survives the fire by immersing herself and her two young children in the cold ocean overnight. Grace’s husband is missing after the fire. What Grace does to survive and care for her children makes for a very compelling read. She finds inner strength and resolve that allows her to succeed.


The Stars Are Fire, by Anita Shreve

Rating: 4

Based on a true event of the largest fire in Maine's history 1947.How the town rebuilt and also how a young mother copes.


You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero

Rating: 4

The audio version is interesting and keeps you engaged. You can relate to the things Jen is saying but I did not love her bios.


Two by Two, by Nicholas Sparks

Rating: 3

This book didn't suck me in like most of his other titles, but it was still good.


Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan

Rating: 4 

A family story about dynamics and issues that tear families apart.

 

Saints For All Occasions, by J. Courtney Sullivan

Rating: 4

Excellent. Very much resonated coming from an Irish Catholic Family.

 

Disappearance at Devil's Rock, by Paul Tremblay

Rating: 3

Solid read about a disappearance set in Easton, Massachusetts. Spooky only gets spookier when it's at home.


The Fortunate Ones, by Ellen Umansky

Rating: 5

This is a debate novel for this author. She keeps the reader engaged and intrigued to the very end. A fresh definition to lucky!


In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware

Rating: 5

This book was very well written, very suspenseful, even scary. The main characters were well written.


In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware

Rating: 4 Not as good as the woman in cabin ten but still a suspenseful story about a bachelorette party gone wrong.


The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

Rating: 4

This book was very intriguing.  The main character seemed very whiney at first but developed along with the plot.  The book made me want to read her other books.


The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

Rating: 5

Intriguing story about a magazine employee on a huge ocean liner who investigates a drowning.


The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

Rating: 5

Amazing book! A journalist taking a cruise begins to notice strange things happening and finds herself in a terrible situation.


The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware Rating: 3 The Woman in Cabin 10 was a quick and easy read. If you liked the Girl on the Train, this book is very similar.


Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book, by Bill Watterson

Rating: 4

Collection of Sunday cartoons. A delight to re-read an old favorite.


Doom Patrol, Vol 1., by Gerard Way

Rating: 4

A very odd book, but one that you have to just let roll over you to truly understand. Weird = wonderful at times.


The Night the Lights Went Out, by Karen White

Rating: 4

I have read several of Karen White’s novels and have enjoyed them all, including this one. White creates very memorable characters and this one had plenty of southern charm. You’ll love Menlee and Sugar and their backstory. This book also has a bit of surprise. Read it!


The Wicked City, by Beatriz Williams

Rating: 4

Great beach read--entertaining but not vapid, with interesting characters & dialogue that reflected the1920s Prohibition setting.


Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate

Rating: 4

This book is based on one of America’s most notorious real life scandals. Georgia Tann, director of Tennessee Children’s Home, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country. This is a fictionalized account of what happened to the Foss family. Great book.

 

Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk

Rating: 4

It goes to show that people judge by looks and not by heart, and that because of a girl's innocence, an innocent man died.


Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk

Rating: 5

Interesting and complex characters. Plot is captivating and realistic. The message is timely. Engaging. Couldn't put it down.


The Seventeen Second Miracle, by Jason Wright

Rating: 3

A feel good, easy to read, and enjoyable. Gives you hope.


Everything Everything, by Nicola Yoon

Rating: 3

I haven’t read a lot of YA novels but I found this one heartwarming.  It wasn’t written in a straight narrative form.  It’s a quick read and I’m anxious to see how they made it into a movie.

 
The Shack, by William P. Young
Rating: 4
A man experiencing grief following a tragedy receives an invitation to revisit the scene and is guided to a renewed insight.