REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS (JULY 2014)


Nancy B is a blog reader and a college classmate. She and her husband are members of several book groups and are discerning readers. I recently received the following email;

"Our condo association book club just read and discussed “ Remember Me Like This” by Bret Anthony Johnston. It’s not an” enjoyable" read because of the subject matter. There is a feeling of tension throughout the novel.  The consensus  was that this novel was written masterfully, however,  this is not a book for the reader who is expecting the perfect ending. This author has a remarkable future ahead."






REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS by Bret Anthony Johnston

Four years after he disappeared, 16-year-old Justin Campbell is miraculously returned to his family after a flea-market vendor recognizes him from the ubiquitous missing-child posters that paper the town of Corpus Christi, Texas. In the years since he was kidnapped by a violent pedophile, his shattered family members have each found solitary ways of coping with his absence. His father, Eric, is involved in an extramarital affair; his mom, Laura, has spent hours volunteering at Marine Lab, caring for sick dolphins; and his brother, Griff, has isolated himself from friends, spending all his time skateboarding in the cracked pool of the half-razed Teepee Motel. They are stunned and overjoyed at Justin’s return, but his reappearance also reveals the fragility of their wounded family at a time when they need all of their strength to help ease Justin’s reentry. 

Debut novelist Johnston, a 5 under 35 honoree from the National Book Foundation and director of the creative-writing program at Harvard, has crafted a sensitive and frequently suspenseful portrait of a family struggling to heal in the aftermath of great trauma. --Joanne Wilkinson

Author Info
http://www.bretanthonyjohnston.com
 

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VENTING (JULY 2014)




So disappointed in THE ARSONIST by Sue Miller. I am halfway through and feel like I'm reading a script for Lifetime TV. (No offense, Lifetime, I need you sometimes.)  As a result, I have resorted to reading MORALITY PLAY by Barry Unsworth.

 MORALITY PLAY is my book group's selection and a Booker Prize contender. If my close friend, who is a thoughtful and intelligent reader wasn't leading the discussion of Morality Play, that book would be on my NTBR list (Not to be Read List)...So between the two books, I'm not happy.

Hopefully upon completion of one, I'll find some redeeming features..probably MORALITY PLAY, since a group discussion usually stimulates a better understanding and appreciation.  Keep tuned....



LOOKING FOR A THRILL... (July 2014)


 A stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio goes missing in #1 New York Times author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes and international intrigue. THE HEIST, Silva's latest thriller is sure to hold your interest... Ready for some thrills? This is it.....

THE HEIST by Daniel Silva
Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers and then perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world. 
Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back --- from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon --- art restorer, assassin, spy --- has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne and Simon Templar.
Following the success of his smash hit THE ENGLISH GIRL, Daniel Silva returns with another powerhouse of a novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

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NEW RELEASE SPOTLIGHT (JULY 2014)

 SISTERS OF TREASON by Elizabeth Fremantle 
Several blog readers contacted me in regard to this new release in historical fiction. Bookreporter.com featured it in their "one to watch" column...reviews have been positive, the Tudors are always turbulent...sounds like a great historical ride.

Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder 17-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In SISTERS OF TREASON, Elizabeth Fremantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness --- and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen’s sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for.

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CALIFORNIA...HERE I COME..(JULY 2014)




CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki sounds like a welcome respite from all the summer reads. The review below tells it all, and if your up for a vision of the future, crisp prose, engaging and not so engaging characters, CALIFORNIA Is for you. 



"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." ---Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

ONES TO WATCH (July 2014)




Summer is upon us and blog readers are chatting up the following titles. On the beach or off, these new releases will hold your interest....definitely Ones To Watch....




THE CORSICAN CAPER by Peter Mayle (Mystery/Thriller)
Awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, billionaire Francis Reboul spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who, for his own purposes, will stop at nothing to obtain Reboul’s villa. When Reboul refuses to sell, Vronsky’s methods quickly turn unsavory. Now it’s up to Sam to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries and hit men. 


THE LAST MAGAZINE by Michael Hastings (Fiction)
The year is 2002. Weekly news magazines dominate the political agenda in New York and Washington. A young journalist named Michael M. Hastings is a 22-year-old intern at The Magazine who will stop at nothing to turn his internship into a full-time position. As Hastings loses his naïveté about the journalism game, he must choose where his loyalties lie --- with the men at The Magazine who can advance his career, or with his friend in the field who is reporting the truth.


THE RISE and FALL OF GREAT POWERS by Tom Rachman (Fiction)
Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers.


AND an all time favorite author debuts.....

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Boyajian

This is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless girl living in an igloo made of garbage bags in Burlington. Nearly a year ago, a power plant in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont had a meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault—was he drunk when it happened? Thousands of people are forced to leave their homes in the Kingdom; rivers and forests are destroyed; and Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the social workers and her classmates after the meltdown, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer's house, inventing a new identity for herself, and befriending a young homeless kid named Cameron. But Emily can't outrun her past, can't escape her grief, can't hide forever-and so she comes up with the only plan that she can.....


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THE ARSONIST (07/2014)

Sue Miller is an American writer who has written many bestselling novels. As a single mother she had little time to write and her first novel was not published until 1986. Since then several novels have been made into feature films and some became award winners.

I have always been a loyal fan. When I discovered she purchased a condo in the same building as my son, I could barely contain myself.  Since my stalking skills are limited, I settled for an occasional glimpse.(Very occasional..actually not at all)
Her new book THE ARSONIST was recently released to glowing reviews.

Here's what one reviewer said....

Troubled by the feeling that she belongs nowhere after working in East Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley has come home—home to the small New Hampshire village of Pomeroy and the farmhouse where her family has always summered. On her first night back, a house up the road burns to the ground. Then another house burns, and another, always the houses of the summer people. In a town where people have never bothered to lock their doors, social fault lines are opened.

Suspenseful, sophisticated, rich in psychological nuance and emotional insight, The Arsonist is vintage Sue Miller—a finely wrought novel about belonging and community, about how and where one ought to live, about what it means to lead a fulfilling life. One of our most elegant and engrossing novelists at her inimitable best.

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TURN BACK TIME (06/2014)


Anthony Doerr is a multiple award winning author. His newest novel, "All the Light We Cannot See" is considered a very special read. Reviewers have labeled it poignant and often sad mixed with happiness and anger. Beautiful descriptions and elegant prose prevail throughout. Is this an epic work of fiction? Lots of readers think so....


All the Light We Cannot See

Marie-Laure has been blind since the 
age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.  


Werner is a German orphan, destined to labor in the same mine that claimed his father's life, until he discovers a knack for engineering.

His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering. At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in. 

Doerr's combination of soaring imagination and meticulous observation is electric. As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, 'All The Light We Cannot See' is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence.(Goodreads.com)

Barbara A is a Goodreads.com friend. Below are her comments;
"It seemed to take me forever to finish this book, but now that I have, I only want to turn back time and read it all over again. Beautiful prose. Beautiful, beautiful prose, and shimmering imagery, and all manner of technical mastery of technical material. Symbolism that spills over itself and continually reconfigures into new kaleidoscopic visions of the innermost heart and soul and mind."

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BUY, BORROW, IGNORE (06/2014)


 
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I receive lots of comments and emails from blog readers. I take them
very seriously. So many new books have been released this summer
and everyone has an opinion. So here's a list and some 
advice as to whether they are worth buying, borrowing, or just 
ignoring...

SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL by Herman Koch
Buy it! (If you hated THE DINNER) Ignore it....

BITTERSWEET by Miranda Beverly Whittemore
Ignore it!

FROG MUSIC by Emma Donoghue
Borrow it or Ignore it...Your choice

NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD by Leah Hager Cohen
Borrow it!

THE HIDDEN CHILD by Camilla Lackberg
Buy it! 

CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan
Borrow it! 

Do you agree?  Leave a comment or shoot an email to jssherr@gmail.com

THE FARM


Shannon M, a librarian and book lover thought this might be an intriguing summer
 read, so did lots of reviewers.  See if it appeals to you...It's on my TBR list along
 with a hundred others!

THE FARM by Tom Rob Smith
In the spring of 2009, British author Tom Rob Smith received a disturbing
 phone call from his father. "And he was crying," Smith tells NPR's David Greene.
 "He never cries. And he said to me, 'You've got to come to Sweden. Your mom 
has suffered a psychotic episode and she's in an asylum.'"
Then, Smith's mother called. She had just been released from the psychiatric
 hospital in Sweden, and, she said, everything his father had told him was a lie. 
 "She wasn't mad. My dad was involved in a criminal conspiracy and she was
 flying to London to tell me the truth."
Smith was positive that when his mother landed at Heathrow, he'd be able to tell if
 something was truly wrong the moment he laid eyes on her — but in fact, she was
 perfectly lucid and convincing. "I barely said a word, I was listening to her 
for about four hours. She was the most incredible storyteller — it really reminded
 me of being a child again and having a parent tell me a story. A very disturbing
 story, and I love my both my parents, and I had never been put in a position where
 I had to choose between them.
Tom Rob Smith is used to putting his readers in such a terrifying position. He's a
 thriller writer, known for a trilogy that began with the book Child 44, about a
  serial killer in Stalin's Soviet Union. He mines historical events for his fiction
 — but for his new book, he turns to the deeply personal story of what
 happened to his parents.
The novel is called The Farm. It's about a couple who — like Tom Rob Smith's
 actual parents — had retired to the Swedish countryside. The mother in the book
 is named Tilde. And the pages are filled with her telling her son Daniel about
 the crimes she's witnessed — and how everyone's dismissing her as a madwoman.
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TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR (06/2014)


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Joshua Ferris is the author of three novels and a finalist for The National Book Award. His new book TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is supposed to be his best. The reviews have been excellent and fans love his breezy writing style. One blog reader said he read it in two sittings. It's a timely novel dealing with the repercussions of identity theft and social media, all too familiar to someone who has been hacked twice!


The following review was written by Andrew Bloom...

TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR By Joshua Ferris 
The most challenging thing a novelist must do is write something original when it has all been said before.
Literature is filled with thousands of cliched tales about religion, death, stolen identity, regret and the meaning of life, so that when it comes to delving into another story, a reader must wonder, “What’s the point?”
The point is that every now and then, a writer comes along and reinvents a cliche.
Never before has an author intertwined such played-out themes as easily as Joshua Ferris does in his latest novel, “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.”
Here, a close-minded, cynical, stubborn atheist dentist named Paul O’Rourke is haunted by his inability to connect with people and thrive in the modern age. He refers to cellphones as “me machines” and can delete contacts from them as if they were disposable Tupperware.
And that’s all before Paul’s life gets turned inside out when someone begins impersonating him online and spreading crazy religious propaganda that leads everyone to question the dentist they thought they knew.
This is “The Da Vinci Code” meets “The Catcher in the Rye” meets a social media nightmare.
Joshua Ferris is the future of fiction. With “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” Ferris creates something new out of old ideas. He creates a new kind of hysteria for the modern age — a 21st century paranoia.



josh ferrisJoshua Ferris is the bestselling author of three novels, Then We Came to the EndThe Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40”writers in 2010. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.


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SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL (06/2014)




Herman Koch is the author of last year's The Dinner, an engrossing thriller that you either loved or hated. I loved it. There was no grey area...it was that controversial.

Summer House With Swimming Pool is his latest. What could be bad about a "blistering, compulsively readable novel" that deals with a medical procedure gone wrong?


SYNOPSIS


When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.



Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made The Dinner an international phenomenon, Summer House with Swimming Pool is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch.

(Random House)


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NOT TO BE MISSED, SO "THEY" SAY...(06/10/2014)


Who's "They?" In this instance it's reviewers. I'm not a fan of Lisa See although I loved her first book...then disappointment followed.


Reviewers said not to miss this exciting new novel, set in San Francisco in 1938.  Bestselling author Lisa See of Snowflower and the Secret Fan (my favorite) and Shanghai Girls presents China Dolls, labeled as a fascinating story of three women who become a constant in one another's lives. Their voices are strong and dynamic as they face shocking and unforseen circumstances.





CHINA  DOLLS by Lisa See
In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls from very different backgrounds, find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco's exclusive "Oriental" nightclub, the Forbidden City. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family who have deep roots in San Francisco's Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. At times their differences are pronounced, but the girls grow to depend on one another in order to fulfill their individual dreams. Then, everything changes in a heartbeat with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps under suspicion, and Ruby is one of them. But which of her friends betrayed her?


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BLOG READER'S RECOMMENDATIONS..OR NOT (06/2014)



Recently several Blog Readers emailed comments on books they are currently reading. Here's what they had to say....Feel free to add your opinion at the bottom of this page...


BLOOD AND BEAUTY by Sarah Dinant
"An easy read...similar to a Hilary Mantel saga but thankfully scaled down...The Borgias  are transformed into characters full of lust and life...Filled with page turning drama"


FROG MUSIC by Emma Donoghue
"Disappointing, not up to her usual standards, not as engrossing as ROOM..confusing narrative..."


NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD by Leah Hager Cohen
"Beautifully written, had to slog through and then left it unfinished...OY"

 
ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline
Compelling story...great characters...well written"


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SO WHAT'S FOR SUMMER? (06/2014)


Are books called Summer Reads or Beach Reads actually worth reading? In some cases they can be classified as mindless, which is not a bad thing...or they can be fabulous potential prize winners....also a good thing. Are they mostly read in the summer on the beach? Or do they translate well to another season or location? 

Here's a few suggestions that are "seasonless," suggested by Bookreporter.com.

You decide.....


WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart (Fiction)

I read WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart in four hours. For those four hours, I blocked out everything else that was going on. And since I read it in manuscript back in October, I have thought about it and looked forward to sharing it with readers. For those who like taut prose, you have it here.

Our narrator is Cadence Sinclair Eastman, who is 17. She is part of the Sinclair family, which has old money, not new. Their wealth and privilege were born to, not earned. They “summer” --- and yes, they are the kind of people who use that word as a verb --- on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Cady’s mom is one of three sisters, and their father, Cady’s grandfather, is treated like a financial patriarch. But as always, there are family secrets and lots of lies and in-fighting. And Cady sees their family for what it is.



BITTERSWEET by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Psychological Suspense)


On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at her Vermont cottage, Bittersweet, where her family has held court for more than a century. However, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact. Mabel must choose to either expose the secret and be expelled from paradise, or make Ev's dark world her own.




DELICIOUS by Ruth Reichl (Fiction)

Soon after Billie Breslin takes a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine is abruptly shut down. Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II. They provide her with a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires her to come to terms with her fears.


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WHAT'S NEW IN PAPERBACK? (May 2014)




Books


Not everyone reads ebooks, hard to believe...but those who like the feel of a "real book," this paperback list is for you. All three recommendations, especially The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (a Pulitzer Prize winner) received excellent reviews and are memorable reads.

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   THE COOKED SEED: A Memoir by Anchee Min. 

 Her 1994 memoir, “Red Azalea,” Min described coming of age during the cataclysm of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. “The Cooked Seed” picks up in 1980s Chicago, where Min — who has landed at the School of the Art Institute through wheedling and absurd luck — learns English, claws her way out of a bad marriage and takes on the challenge of raising her daughter alone.



THE BURGESS BOYSby Elizabeth Strout. 

Fractious siblings unite to help a troubled relative in Strout’s compassionate novel, her first book since the Pulitzer-winning “Olive Kitteridge.” Jim and Bob Burgess, New York lawyers with little in common, must return home to Shirley Falls, Me., after their sister’s son is accused of committing a crime against the town’s Somali refugees.



THE INFATUATIONSby Javier Marías. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa. 

 Marías’s novel is a murder mystery encased in a metaphysical inquiry. For years his narrator, María, has idealized the lives of Miguel and Luisa, the couple she sees each morning in the same cafe. But when Miguel is killed by a stray madman and María offers her condolences to Luisa, what began as mere observation becomes an increasingly complicated entanglement.

WHAT AM I READING?





Leah Hager Cohen is one of my favorite authors. She's adept at fiction and non fiction. THE GRIEF OF OTHERS was spellbinding and her writing style was crisp and lyrical. I anxiously anticipated her latest book, NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD released this month..

I am halfway through, too invested to throw it aside, although right now that's my inclination...but I'll persevere, hopefully waiting for it to either completely deteriorate or be absolutely brilliant (It could go either way...) I'll keep you posted...


Here's what Amazon said:

At the edge of a woods, on the grounds of a defunct “free school,” Ava and her brother, Fred, shared a dreamy and seemingly idyllic childhood—a world defined largely by their imaginations and each other’s presence. Everyone is aware of Fred’s oddness or vague impairment, but his parents’ fierce disapproval of labels keeps him free of evaluation or intervention, and constantly at Ava’s side.

Decades later, then, when Ava learns that her brother is being held in a county jail for a shocking crime, she is frantic to piece together what actually happened. A boy is dead. But could Fred really have done what he is accused of? As she is drawn deeper into the details of the crime, Ava becomes obsessed with learning the truth, convinced that she and she alone will be able to reach her brother and explain him—and his innocence—to the world.




Leah Hager Cohen brings her trademark intelligence to a psychologically gripping, richly ambiguous story that suggests we may ultimately understand one another best not with facts alone, but through our imaginations.



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A DEFINITE MAY-BE (05/11/2014)





Recently a blog reader recommended THE HIDDEN CHILD by Camilla Lackberg, an author unknown to me. It seems that this "unknown" author has sold over four million books in her native Sweden. She's starting to make her mark in America and according to several blog readers, this Swedish crime writer is an author you'll remember as "The Swedish Agatha Christie."




 

 

THE HIDDEN CHILD by CAMILLA LACKBERG



The brilliant new psychological thriller from worldwide bestseller Camilla Läckberg—the chilling struggle of a young woman facing the darkest chapter of Europe's past.

Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother's possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family's past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother's circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers.

Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedström, Erica's husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother's wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica's past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be . . .



ABOUT CAMILLA LACKBERG


Camilla Läckberg worked as an economist in Stockholm until a course in creative writing triggered a drastic career change. Her novels have all been #1 bestsellers in Sweden, and she is the most profitable native author in Swedish history. She was the #1 bestselling female author in Europe last year and her novels have been sold in thirty-five countries. Her previous novels are The Ice Princess and The Preacher, also available from Pegasus Books. Camilla lives in a suburb of Stockholm with her husband and five children.

MORE INFORMATION

www.camillalackberg.com/



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NEW THIS WEEK (05/06/2014)



Here's some quickie reviews of new releases this week. It's a mix of a little "schmaltz" and some right-on Fiction...Take your pick.

Click on the  book title and you'll be linked to Bookreporter.com for a detailed review.






IN PARADISE by Peter Matthiessen (Fiction)


In the winter of 1996, more than a hundred individuals gather at the site of a former concentration camp for a weeklong retreat. They will offer prayer and witness at the crematoria, while eating and sleeping in the quarters of the Nazi officers who sent more than a million Jews to their deaths. Clements Olin, an American academic of Polish descent, is forced to abandon his observer's role and embrace a history his family has long suppressed. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.


THE GIRL WHO SAVED THE KING OF SWEDEN by Jonas Jonasson (Fiction)


Nombeko Mayeki was fated to grow up fast and die early in her poverty-stricken township. But she finds work as a housecleaner and eventually makes her way up to the position of chief advisor, at the helm of one of the world's most secret projects. South Africa developed six nuclear missiles in the 1980s, then voluntarily dismantled them in 1994. This is a story about the seventh missile, the one that was never supposed to have existed. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.


RUBY by Cynthia Bond (Historical Fiction)


Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, who has suffered beyond imagining, flees Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, 30-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy. Reviewed by Jennifer Romanello.



NATCHEZ BURNING by Greg Iles (Thriller)


#1 New York Times bestselling novelist Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated book yet, and his first in five years. NATCHEZ BURNING is the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies and secrets past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage. Reviewed by Ray Palen.



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