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The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie

Peter Ash came home from the war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and as a result, he has acute claustrophobia. He spends his time living and camping out-of-doors, but when a fellow Marine commits suicide, Peter decides to help his friend’s widow in any way he can. Since her porch needs repair, he starts with [...]

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta

Meadow and Carrie are best friends.  They both grew up in L.A. in the 80’s and both became successful filmmakers. Their story uses the old, “rich girl/poor girl”, and “nice girl/ bad girl” tropes, but defies turning the women into stereotypes. They make very different types of films and have very different outlooks on life. [...]

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

Urban legends exist about a man, a Nowhere Man, who will help those who have no other help. He doesn’t ask for money, rather, he provides his help with only one condition: that you pass along his phone number to one other person in need. Except this Nowhere Man is no urban legend. Taken off [...]

Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe Lansdale

Here I go again in love with another Joe Lansdale book.  I still remember when his work was new to me and I read Vanilla Ride and it knocked my socks off.  Honky Tonk Samurai is part of his same Hap and Leonard series and like previous books in the series is violent, hilarious, and [...]

Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Alice Whitley has loved “Pitched,” a book by reclusive writer M. M. Banning, for years.  The book is the author’s singular and much lauded title, a modern classic in the same way “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a classic. Alice, who works for M. M. (Mimi) Banning’s agent, is sent to help the author as [...]

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

If you are in the habit of leaving your doors unlocked, you might turn over a new leaf after reading the first couple chapters of The Killing Lessons by Saul Black.  Rowena Cooper and her kids Nell and Josh live out in the middle of nowhere in Colorado.  Rowena’s baking cookies, Josh is upstairs with [...]

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Claire

Callum Hunt has been warned by his father to stay away from magic, but on his 12th birthday, Callum has no choice but to take the entrance exam for the Magisterium, as his family is known for their magical powers. Callum tries valiantly to fail the test, but still he is chosen to attend the [...]

Alice by Christina Henry

While Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is considered to be a children’s story, I have always found it to be an odd, non-nonsensical tale with more than its fair share of darkness. The Tim Burton movie version is closer to how I see this story, as many of the characters clearly show more of [...]

The Searcher by Simon Toyne

A plane crashes near the town of Redemption, in the Arizona desert, and out of the smoke walks a bare-footed albino without any memory of who he is. The only clue to his identity is a label in the back of his jacket giving the name of Solomon Creed. His only possession is a memoir [...]

The Animals by Christian Kiefer

I usually can’t handle reading any books in which animals die but I was able to get through Christian Kiefer’s The Animals without bawling my eyes out.  I actually hated taking breaks from it even as it was breaking my heart.  I found a kindred soul in the main character, Bill Reed, who owns and [...]

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