The Other Alcott
Book Review, Historical Fiction

The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper: A Book Review

Title: The Other Alcott Author: Elise Hooper Published: September 5, 2017 Genre: Historical Fiction Obtained: Public Library The Other Alcott focuses on one of the lesser known Alcott sisters, May Alcott. Louisa May Alcott has just published Little Women, and May wants to study to become a real artist. What follows are whirlwind trips to Europe to study under the…

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Manhattan Beach
Book Review, Historical Fiction

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan: A Book Review

Title: Manhattan Beach Author: Jennifer Egan Published: October 3rd, 2017 Genre: Historical Fiction Obtained: Book of the Month Synopsis: One day, twelve-year-old Anna Kerrigan accompanies her father to the home of Dexter Styles, who she believes will be an integral part in the lives of her family. Years later, her father, Eddie Kerrigan, has disappeared, and Anna and her mother…

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I Am Watching You
Book Review, Books Read in 2017, Thriller

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll: A Book Review

Title: I Am Watching You Author: Teresa Driscoll Published: October 1, 2017 Genre: Thriller Obtained: Kindle First October Pick Synopsis: Ella Longfield overhears two teenage girls flirting with two attractive ex-convicts on a train to London, but passes it off as nothing to be worried about. The next day, news breaks that one of those girls, Anna Ballard, has gone…

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These Violent Delights
Book Review, Contemporary Fiction

These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung: A Book Review

Title: These Violent Delights Author: Victoria Namkung Published: November 7th, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Fiction Obtained: Netgalley eARC Synopsis: Set in modern-day Los Angeles, a journalist interning at a literary magazine writes and publishes a story about how her high school teacher at her private school sexually abused her. What follows is a whirlwind of accusations against both the accused and…

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Black-Eyed Susans
Book Review, Books Read in 2017, Psychological Thriller, Thriller

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin: A Book Review

Title: Black-Eyed Susans Author: Julia Heaberlin Published: August 11, 2015 Genre: Psychological Thriller Obtained: Thriftbooks Synopsis: “I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans. The lucky one.” Tessa Cartwright was found nearly dead amid a scattering of bones in a Texas field. Despite having no memory of the event, she is the star witness in the trial against a black…

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The Blackbird Season
Book Review, Books Read in 2017, Mystery, Thriller

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti: A Book Review

Title: The Blackbird Season Author: Kate Moretti Published: September 26, 2017 Genre: Thriller/Mystery Obtained: Barnes & Noble Synopsis: The day a thousand blackbirds fell from the sky in a small Pennsylvania town, other news was brewing. Beloved teacher and baseball coach Nate Winters is accused of sleeping with a student. Then, only days later, that same student, Lucia Hamm, disappears…

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Best Day Ever
Book Review, Books Read in 2017, Thriller

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda: A Book Review

Title: Best Day Ever Author: Kaira Rouda Published: September 19, 2017 Genre: Suspense/Thriller Obtained: Barnes & Noble Synopsis: Paul and Mia Strom seem like the perfect couple. He is a successful businessman and she is a stay-at-home mother to their two beautiful sons. As they drive out to their second home, a lake house, for a weekend getaway, they both…

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The Rules of Magic
Book Review, Books Read in 2017, Magical Realism

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: A Book Review

Title: The Rules of Magic Author: Alice Hoffman Published: October 10, 2017 Genre: Fiction/Magical Realism Obtained: Public Library Synopsis (shortened from book): For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in the 1600s, when Maria Owens was accused of witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the…

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Silent Lies Cover
Book Review, Books Read in 2017, Psychological Thriller, Thriller

Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft: A Book Review

Title: Silent Lies Author: Kathryn Croft Publish Date: October 25, 2017 Genre: Psychological Thriller Obtained: Netgalley eARC Synopsis: Mia and Zach Hamilton have a picture-perfect life together; a strong marriage, a beautiful home, a lovely daughter. But that is all torn apart one night when Zach commits suicide in the apartment of Josie Carpenter, his young student. The apartment is…

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