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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling)

I admit, I read Cuckoo’s Calling because I knew it was by Rowling.  On merit of cover art and synopsis alone, I wouldn’t have bothered with this novel by unknown Robert Galbraith.  I felt like I’d read plenty of what … Continue reading

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Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Hannah is haunted.  Her best friend Lillian—still thin and wasted from the anorexia that killed her—follows Hannah around, commenting on her fake friends, her occasionally grisly job processing police photographs, and especially Finny Boone, a seemingly dangerous boy with a … Continue reading

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

This sometimes drawn-out tale revolves around the life of Dorothy Nicolson and her family.  It moves between present day, 1959 and 1942.  Chapter headings help the reader keep track of the time frame.  Dorothy is dying and her daughter, Laurel, … Continue reading

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Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet

A modern English cozy, Wicked Autumn is set in the village of Nether Monkslip. Everyone you expect is there along with some new friends: There’s the retired Major; the flamboyant owner of the antique store; a New Age wiccan; the … Continue reading

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds has everything you want in a dystopian book and more: psychic powers, anti-government organizations, rehabilitation camps and constant struggles for survival.  Ruby is days away from turning 10, and in her society when you turn 10 you … Continue reading

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Dare Me by Megan Abbott

In Dare Me, Megan Abbot delivers a dark insider’s peek into high school cheerleading. But more than cheers and stunts, the real story is in the relationships developed, manipulated, and reconciled as the characters vie for control. For the most … Continue reading

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Prague Fatale by Phillip Kerr

This rambling mystery moves from Berlin to Prague as Bernie Gunther, recently on the Eastern Front with the German army, resumes his work as detective.  While investigating the death of a Dutch railway worker he becomes involved with a local … Continue reading

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Broken Harbor by Tana French

“Scorcher” Kennedy, top detective in Dublin’s Murder Squad, has been assigned a high priority, high profile case.  His bright and innovative partner is a rookie to the squad and eager to prove he is worthy.  Broken Harbor, now known as … Continue reading

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The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey

The man desperately fought his way onto the deserted beach and heaved the salt water from his lungs.  Only then, when he was done retching and had filled his lungs with air, did he notice the cold.  And only then, … Continue reading

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Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

Light Yagami is a bright young man, so when he finds the notebook of a death god that will kill anyone whose name is written in it, he’s understandably skeptical.  It doesn’t take much experimentation to find out that it … Continue reading

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