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More Books Read in 2024

  • The Quiet Tenant by Clemence Michallon
    Aidan Thomas is a hard-working family man and a somewhat beloved figure in the small upstate New York town where he lives. He’s the kind of man who always lends a hand and has a good word for everyone. But Aidan has a dark secret he’s been keeping from everyone in town and those closest to him. He’s a kidnapper and serial killer. Aidan has murdered eight women and there’s a ninth he has earmarked for death: Rachel, imprisoned in a backyard shed, fearing for her life. ****
  • Night Road by Kristin Hannah
    Jude Faraday is very invested in her children's lives. Some might even call her a helicopter mom. But senior year of high school is a dangerous season of drinking, driving, parties, and kids who want to let loose. On a hot summer's night, one bad decision tears the Faraday family apart, including Lexi, an orphan who has become so close to the Faraday family that she feels like one of them. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forgive. ****
  • Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
    Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar. ****
  • Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
    When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops—the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Thus opens a story that will at times break your heart and at time lift it up. *****
  • The Iceman by by Anthony Bruno
    A mob contract killer known as “The Iceman” for hiding a body in an ice-cream truck freezer, Richard Kuklinski boasted a personal body count of more than a hundred victims. This book is the inspiration for the Netflix movie "The Iceman," starring Michael Shannon as Kuklinski. Good book and good movie. ****
  • Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth
    Jessica, Nora, and Alicia grew up in a foster home with Miss Fairchild as their wicked foster mom. Fairchild has a story of her own to tell, and she does, mixed in with he main plot. Although their girls' childhoods were challenging and sometimes downright horrible, they came to think of each other as sisters. Now that they are adults with lives and careers, a body has been found buried under the house they grew up in, and police want to talk to the sisters about what they might know. This is a good book, really good, but the amount of errors, at least in the Kindle edition, errors that should have been fixed by a copy editor, ticked me off. But I'm giving it four stars anyway. ****
  • The Mobius Door by Andrew Najbert
    If Stephen King's book are too scary far you, make sure you don't go near this book. Remember THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE? it's sort of like that--except it's a door, not a wardrobe, and it's terrifying. I, however, loved it. ****
  • The Queen of Sugar Hill by Reshonda Tate
    A fiction/based-on-fact book chronically the life of Hattie McDaniels who played Manny in "Gone With the Wind." ****

Books Read in '2024

  • Shanessa Glum: A River of Crows
    In 1988, Sloan Hadfield's brother Ridge went fishing with their father and never came home. Their father was arrested and charged with murder. Ridge's body was never recovered, and Sloan's mother slowly descended into madness, insisting her son was still alive as a crow. Good books (****)
  • Stacy Willingham: All the Dangerous Things
    One year ago, Isabelle Drake's life changed forever: her toddler son, Mason, was taken out of his crib in the middle of the night while she and her husband were asleep in the next room. With little evidence and few leads for the police to chase, the case quickly went cold. However, Isabelle cannot rest until Mason is returned to her—literally. (****)
  • Ariel Lawton: The Frozen River
    1789 Maine. Midwife Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body of a man who has been entombed in the frozen Kennebec River and determine cause of death. This is not only an intriguing murder mystery, but also a snapshot of lives that women were subjected to in young America. For instance, a woman couldn't testify at trial without the permission of her husband or father. I loved this book, but it disturbed me. (****)
  • Hannah Tinti: The Good Thief
    Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. (***)
  • Mary Kubica: The Good Girl
    One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. Talk about your surprise ending. At least it was to me. In fact, I wasn't sure how it ended until I read the last few pages a second time. Actually the every last sentence of the book makes it clear. This is the first book I've read byt his author, but it won't be the last. (****)
  • Simone St. James: Murder Road
    A young newlywed couple on their way to their honeymoon get involved in a decades-old murder mystery after they take a wrong turn onto a dark and spooky road. (***)
  • Dennis Lehane: Since We Fell
    After a very public mental breakdown, Rachel Childs, once a tenacious, globe-trotting journalist, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. (***)
  • Dennis Lehane: The Drop
    Lehane returns to the streets of Boston for this love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith. (***)
  • Coben, Harlan: I Will Find You

    Coben, Harlan: I Will Find You
    David Burroughs was once a devoted father to his three-year-old son Matthew, until one night when David woke suddenly to discover Matthew had been murdered. Five years later, David having been wrongly accused and convicted of the murder, is serving time in prison. He has lost interesting in everything, including the will to live. Until, that is, his ex-wife's sister shows him a photograph. (****)

  • McFadden, Freida: The Housemaid

    McFadden, Freida: The Housemaid
    Young, jobless, broke Millie is living in her car when she snags a job as a live-in housekeeper for a well-to-do family. Millie thinks she has hit the jackpot until she arrives at her first day and finds nothing is what she had thought. Her employer Nina is a vindictive gaslighter and the 8-year-old daughter is a small copy of her mom. The only normal person in the household seems to be the husband Andy. If only Millie had followed her instincts and left that house immediately. But she didn't. Twisty as an amusement park roller coaster. (****)

  • Wallace, Daniel: Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

    Wallace, Daniel: Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician
    Henry Walker, once the "greatest magician in the world," has been reduced to a minstrel show–like novelty act in a traveling circus. Henry's story, told by a succession of narrators—including members of the circus and a private detective—begins during the Depression, when Henry's family fell on hard times. While down and out, Henry meets and apprentices with the devilish magician Mr. Sebastian. Henry learns the secrets of magic, but his ambition and ability are crimped when his beloved sister, Hannah, disappears. The truths of Henry's and Mr. Sebastian's identities and the fate of Hannah are gradually revealed, and what appears to be a Faustian tale of a pact with the devil turns out to be something more tragic. (****)

  • McFadden, Freida: The Ex

    McFadden, Freida: The Ex
    Joel is sweet, handsome, romantic, and best of all, he’s crazy about Cassie. She thinks she’s found the guy she’ll spend the rest of her life with. Have children with. Grow old with. And then the twists begin. This book has so many twists and turns, you might get dizzy reading it. One of the best thrillers yet. (****)

  • Sager, Riley: The Last Time I Lied: A Novel

    Sager, Riley: The Last Time I Lied: A Novel
    Four girls share a cabin at the exclusive Nightingale summer camp. During the night three of them disappear without a trace. Fifteen years later, Emma, the sole survivor of the four friends, returns to Camp Nightingale to teach art of the young campers. But her real purpose is finding what happened to her three friends on that long ago summer night. (***)

  • Swarthout, Glendon: The Homesman: A Novel

    Swarthout, Glendon: The Homesman: A Novel
    A devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A “homesman” must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy—ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful. (*****)

  • Macmillan, Gilly: What She Knew: A Novel

    Macmillan, Gilly: What She Knew: A Novel
    Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes. I was completely surprised when the perpetrator was revealed. (****)

  • Stainton, Jack: You're Family Now

    Stainton, Jack: You're Family Now
    Matt Walker has spent his entire life chasing the next job and the next relationship. Life was slowly drifting him by. Until one evening, in a hotel bar, he meets the quiet and unassuming Julia who clues him in to the perfect job opportunity. Not only did the subsequent interview provide him with his dream job, it's also where he meets the love of his life. All he has to do is love her family. (****)

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