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Cellar by Minette Walters

Cellar by Minette Walters
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Cellar by Minette Walters begins as a story of enslavement in modern day London that tugs at the heartstrings, then accelerates into a psychological thriller and becomes downright creepy. It’s claustrophobic, taking place primarily within the home of the main characters who hate, detest, and demean one another, yet cannot stop, cannot walk away. The […]

The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes is a split story—past and present, mystery and love story—much in the way of A. S. Byatt’s Possession (1990), but without the nuance, depth, and brilliant ending. It’s October 1916, just prior to battles of Somme and Verdun. The novel opens in a small town in France, […]

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

At the beginning of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, we learn learn that moss is an emblem of maternal love, a bouquet of marigolds represents grief, and a bucket of thistle, misanthropy. This is amidst the protagonist Victoria Jones detailing her dreams of fire (which she’s had for eight years), only to wake […]

The Stargazey

The Stargazey

I was looking for comfort. Easy but smart entertainment. So I turned to what I know. I returned to Martha Grimes. I was taking a walk and stopped at one of the several Little Free Libraries in the neighborhood and came upon Grimes’ The Stargazey, the fifteenth Richard Jury novel. Now, I’ve read 22 of […]

A Woman in White

A Woman in White

When a mystery reader has a Brit fetish and has gorged on P.D. James, Ian Rankin, Reginald Hill, Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters, Sarah Waters, and Martha Grimes (just to name a few), where does she go next? Back to the beginning. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins was published in 1859 and is considered […]

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

It’s England, late 1990s. In the beginning Kathy H., “Kath,” tells us that she is 31 years old and has been a “carer” for eleven years. She is a good carer, she boasts, and even gets to choose her “donors” sometimes. “Carer” and “donor.” It may be the 1990s, but we quickly understand this is […]

The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni

Making a world of “magical things” weave into our idea of reality is a skill. Maybe even more so when this magic is woven into not our present time, but our history, as we have set ideas and an understanding of what has already been. In The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker brings to […]

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Louie started smoking at five years old, drinking at eight, stole anything edible, jumped off a moving train, greased the rails to get back at a railcar conductor, deflated a teacher’s car tires for disciplining him, rigged the bell at a local church rousing the whole area including the police and fire department, rigged a […]

Motherland

Motherland

Motherland follows the trials of a German family during World War II, which springs from the experiences of the author Maria Hummel’s grandfather. The story is fiction, with a backbone of palpable truths. Liesl is a young woman who has married Frank Kappus, a doctor and newly widowed with three boys, the youngest a baby. Before […]

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