Dana’s February Recommendation

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

the girl on the train“Melding the voyeurism of Rear Window with the unreliable narration of Gone Girl (2012), Hawkins delivers a riveting thriller. Rachel commutes to London each day, pretending to go to a job she got sacked from months ago for being drunk. Her ex-husband left her for Megan, and now they have a baby and are living in the home Rachel so lovingly decorated. Almost every day, from the train window, she sees Anna and Scott, who live two doors down from her old home. Rachel vividly imagines Anna and Scott’s perfect life (she calls them the golden couple), giving them elaborate backstories; however, one day she sees Anna kissing a man who is not her husband; the very next day, Anna goes missing. Rachel inserts herself into the investigation with a headlong desperation, keen to find a way to give her life meaning, and what she discovers is surprising on every level. The novel is alternately narrated by three equally unlikable women, and Hawkins very deliberately doles out tantalizing information, but what really gives this novel its compulsive readability is the way she so expertly mines female archetypes: the jealous ex-wife, the smug mistress, the emotionally damaged femme fatale. Hawkins makes voyeurs of her readers as she creates one humiliating scene after another with the women’s near-feral emotions on full display. A wicked thriller, cleverly done. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This may well be the next Gone Girl, with foreign rights sold in 20 countries and film rights optioned to DreamWorks.” – Booklist

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Victoria’s November Recommendation

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Victoria says : “So amazing and a bit different from her other books. I loved this book and it brought tears to my eyes. Must read.”

“Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it’s been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna–now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief–steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother’s desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother’s disappearance and the death of one of her mother’s co-workers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Leaving Time is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters” – Description provided by publisher

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Anna’s March Recommendation

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

annihilation“A creeping, simmering thriller–what lies in Area X is told to us in the first-hand account of a woman known to the reader only as The Biologist. She and her fellow nameless explorers, The Psychologist, The Surveyor, and The Anthropologist, have been sent by the military to discover what they can about this area and report back. They instead discover that not only is Area X not what it seems, but that one of them has come over with an alternate set of orders than the rest…”- Anna
Note from Genna: “I also read this, and if you like H.P. Lovecraft works, J.J. Abrams’ Lost show, or Jurassic Park, you might also like this book. It is the first of a trilogy with planned release dates of May and September for the last two titles.”
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Ted + Victoria’s February Recommendation

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

these_broken_stars“It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.” – publisher summary

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Blaise’s December Recommendation

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

thelittlestrangers“Set in a big, crumbling Downton Abbey like estate that has fallen on hard times after world war II, this creepy tale will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens to the house and it’s inhabitants.” – Blaise

  • 2009 Nominated Man Booker Prize for Fiction
  • 2009 Won Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • 2009 Won New York Times Notable Books of the Year

“One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. Its owners mother, son, and daughter are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.” – Summary

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Blaise’s October Recommendation

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson

a stir of echoesBlaise recommends this book for a good, classic creepy read.

“Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now he’s hearing the private thoughts of the people around him-and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom’s existence becomes a waking nightmare, even greater jolts are in store as he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message from beyond the grave!This eerie ghost story, by award-winning author of Hell House and I Am Legend, inspired the acclaimed 1999 film starring Kevin Bacon.” -Summary

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Sue’s October Recommendation

The One I Left Behind: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon

the one i left behindThis is a real page-turner about a young woman trying to stop a serial killer.  You will be glued to this book–cancel your activities, curl up on the couch and dive in!

“Reggie, a successful architect who left her hometown and the horrific memories of a long ago summer behind, gets a call revealing that her mother has been found alive–a call that forces Reggie to confront the ghosts of her past and find the serial killer known as Neptune before he kills again.” – Summary

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