Kim’s March Recommendation

Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto

galvestonKim says:  “Last winter I was riveted to the screen watching True Detective on HBO.  I am still waiting for the re-tooling of the series with a whole new cast of characters.  In the meantime, I found creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto’s first novel, Galveston.  Set in New Orleans and East Texas, the novel is populated with criminals and other broken characters.  Like he did in True Detective, the author pulls you into a dark world where goodness and compassion struggle to find a footing.  I read it in one long night.”

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Breaking the Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford – “When a psychopath with deadly intent vows to shatter M’s world forever, the muse and star model to France’s iconic designer Jean-Louis Tremont will break the rules to protect her family and her life.” – Summary from catalog

Echo Burning by Lee Child – “Carmen Greer wants out of a bad marriage, but it’s going to be tricky. Her abusive husband, Sloop, is in prison on an IRS beef; he’s due out soon, and he knows it was Carmen who turned him in to the feds. Faced with losing her daughter to Sloop and his full-pockets Texas family, Carmen takes to auditioning hitchhikers for the job of killing her husband. She winds up with ex-military cop Jack Reacher.” – Booklist

The Confession by John Grisham – “When Travis Boyette is paroled because of inoperable brain tumor, for the first time in his life, he decides to do the right thing and tell police about a crime he committed and another man is about to be executed for.” – Summary from catalog


Victoria’s September Recommendations

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Victoria says: This is my top pick for the month and the year. It reminds me a bit like the Desperate Housewives TV show: drama-filled! I could not stop reading. I was so shocked by the ending; I didn’t see it coming.

“Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.” – from the catalog

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
“Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is sly, stunning, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a high-society beauty known for her good works and rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie makes herself over and goes undercover, determined to chase down the one lead she has on her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the killer she’s looking for.

A gripping, electrifying debut novel with an ingenious and like-it-or-not sexy protagonist, Dear Daughter follows every twist and turn as Janie unravels the mystery of what happened the night her mother died—whatever the cost.” – from the catalog

The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

“When twenty-something A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful, yet eerie, estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone–including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a “second cousin, twice removed” in America, much less that his eccentric relative had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window–at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him . . .

Axton House is haunted… they know it…but the presence of a ghost is just the first of a series of disturbing secrets they slowly uncover.

Told vividly through a series of journal entries, cryptic ciphers, recovered security footage, and letters to a distant Aunt Liza, Edgar Cantero has written an absorbing, kinetic and highly original supernatural adventure with classic horror elements that introduces readers to a deviously sly and powerful new voice.” – from the catalog

Victoria’s June Recommendation

The Fever by Megan Abbott

feverThe panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community. The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hocky star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community. As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security

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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

True to Form by Elizabeth Berg

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver



Genna’s June Recommendation

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

we were liarsThis is a YA book that a lot of adults are reading this summer as well, and for good reason: it’s great! This is a real page-turner with an unreliable teenage girl who bumps her head during summer vacation and can’t remember some very important details.

Cadence and her wealthy family spend their summers in Massachusetts. Cadence tells the story of her summer romance with Gat, the friendships she has with her cousins, and the struggles for inheritance that her grandpa, mom, and aunts are all obsessed with.

The twist at the end is very satisfying! I read the book in one sitting. -Genna

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We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

Tighter by Adele Griffin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin




Dorothy’s January Recommendation

The Pardon by James Grippando 

pardonI love series, so I am happy to have discovered this one debuting Jack Swyteck, “son of Florida’s law and order governor, Harry Swyteck, (who) makes his living defending the very people his father has sworn to fry in the state’s electric chair. The long-strained relationship between father and son seems irrevocably torn when the governor turns down his son’s bid for an eleventh-hour commutation of a death sentence.” (Publishers Weekly review).
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The Summons by John Grisham
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Mary Ann’s December Recommendation

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith*

cuckooscalling“This complex mystery is set in modern London.There are touches of humor, and the dialogue of the eccentric characters from different classes is reminiscent of Tom Wolfe. ” – Mary Ann

*A few months and several favorable reviews later, J.K. Rowling was revealed as the real author.

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Case Histories  by Kate Atkinson

The Black Box by Michael Connelly

L.A. Dead by Stuart Woods

Katelyn’s October Recommendation

In The Woods by Tana French

in the woodsThis is a perfect spooky mystery read.  Even the cover is a little bit creepy.  Plus it’s an awesome book.

“Detective Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, investigate the murder of a 12-year-old girl near a Dublin suburb. The case resonates with similarities to a murder committed twenty years before that involved two children and the young Ryan.” – Summary

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The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

Bent Road by Lori Roy

Little Face by Sophie Hannah