Review: Nothing Stays Buried

Although the eighth book in the Monkeewrench series, Nothing Stays Buried, was my introduction to the collection. And I loved it! The opening chapter was captivating and heart-wrenching and among the most high-impact openers I’ve encountered in a long time. My empathy for the character, Marla, haunted me even after putting the book down. From there, the book splinters into two story lines which eventually converge at the end of

2017-08-17T12:42:03+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Book Review, Crime, Fiction, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: Nothing Stays Buried

Review: Next of Kin

Next of Kin by James Tucker My rating: 4 of 5 stars I'm lovin' this book for two reasons. First, it's by a new, local author--book one of a two book deal with Thomas & Mercer. Second, it's just a super-fun read--heart-stopping suspense from page one. Ben, the 10-year old lone survivor of the savage murder of his wealthy family, will take hold of your heart and carry you through

2017-07-08T21:51:38+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: Next of Kin

Review: Perfectly Undone

Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree My rating: 4 of 5 stars Meh. This is what I thought when I read the inside flap of Perfectly Undone. But I was in a tough spot: I wanted a new fiction read and this was the most promising option among the stack of advance reader copies in front of me. So, I grabbed the book, expecting little more than to tide me over

2017-07-08T19:37:37+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Family Life, Fiction|Comments Off on Review: Perfectly Undone

Review: The Finishing School

The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sometimes a book delivers exactly what you want when you want it. The Finishing School did just that for me so I'm giving it—and Joanna Goodman—5 stars for extraordinary timing and sensational storytelling. I read a lot of nonfiction--mostly nonfiction. Of course, I absolutely love it--I love to learn, I love to stretch, I love to challenge my

2017-07-08T19:34:27+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction|Comments Off on Review: The Finishing School

Review: Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven My rating: 4 of 5 stars "Dear Reader: You are wanted. You are necessary. You are loved." This appears on the first page of the book and is the first line of a letter written to the reader by the author.When I read it, and the content of the letter to follow, I knew that this was a book I would love. And

2017-07-08T18:28:18+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Sociology, Young Adult|Comments Off on Review: Holding Up the Universe

Review: The Girl Before

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney My rating: 4 of 5 stars Not since the 1990 film, Pacific Heights, has a home spooked me so convincingly. The Girl Before is a creepy-good psychological thriller with all the heart-stopping components to suck the reader in--a traumatized lead seeking a fresh start; an unsolved death; a suave and debonair gent, and a tech-enabled "living" home. This is a super-engaging, swift and fun

2017-07-08T18:07:18+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: The Girl Before

Review: Setting Free the Kites

Setting Free the Kites by Alex George My rating: 5 of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book. It's a coming-of-age story of tragedy, life, love and friendship that takes place in the 1970's. It has the same vibe as my favorite "boy books" of the era, The Outsiders, That Was Then-This is now, and Rumble Fish. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this read--I salvaged it from among the

2017-07-08T18:00:45+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Young Adult|Comments Off on Review: Setting Free the Kites

Review: Notwithstanding

Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernières My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a wonderful treat this book is. Notwithstanding is a nod to simpler times--an homage to the bucolic English country village of de Bernieres' youth and its marvelously quirky and eccentric townspeople. Every character sweeps the reader in with their oddities, challenges, and charm. The book, a compilation of short stories, flows at the unhurried, smooth cadence of a

2017-07-08T17:36:12+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Short Stories|Comments Off on Review: Notwithstanding
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