Matthew and Patch become friends as teens when Matthew defends Patch from constant bullying.
Patch is in awe of the slightly older, wiser teen as are all the other kids trying to get his attention especially Hannah. Patch and Matthew become best friends until one adventure they include Hannah and it ends in tragedy and Matthew carted off to jail. Years later Patch and Hannah meet again and marry. Life seems pretty good until Matthew resurfaces bringing up all the old memories. The tension builds to a crescendo as the reader must decide who is telling the truth about what really happened on the mountain. Patch, Hannah and Matthew's story present day story alternates with the past. This is a superior crafted thriller that you should be prepared to put your life on hold until the last page is read.
Think of the boys on their bikes hunting for their lost friend in "Stranger Things" or the group of pre-teen friends making their grisly discovery in "Stand By Me" and you have the underlying plot of "The Chalk Man". Coming of age mystery that left all of them with adult problems. The killer who left his mark in chalk drawings in their childhood left them with fear and nightmares until the supposed killer ended his life. Fast forward and the boys and girls are now adults trying to forget about what happened but then a note and chalk drawing starts it all up again. Full of twists and turns, this will keep you up well into the night until the explosive ending. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
Meet the ex-wife, the new girlfriend soon-to-be wife and the caring man in their life. The ex-wife is obsessed with her replacement and the replacement is worried about the unstable ex-wife and that she won't be able to live up to her fiance's expectations. They all have secrets. This is another one of those unreliable witness, twisted plot, what-the-heck is really going on thrillers that we latch onto just like the last piece of Halloween candy in the bag. Vanessa is so messed up, Richard is caught between his ex and fiance and Emma is the sweet preschool teacher who has found her Prince Charming - You know nothing (Jon Snow). Don't be fooled by the slow pace of the beginning, this is a race car finish.
Anna is the most unreliable witness there is - she is a child psychologist who is currently an agoraphobic who spends her time alone spying on her new neighbors and talking on the phone to her estranged husband and daughter. Since she can't go outside without having a full panic attack her new young tenant helps her out as does her therapist but really she relies on wine, sedatives, old movies and online chat rooms to get her through. While spying on the new neighbors she sees something horrible and her life spins out of control. Did she really see what she thought she saw? Are her new friends really who they say they are? What is real and what is floating around in Anna's head keeps the reader guessing til the smack you in the face ending. This one will mess with your head - a one night, stay up late read. And, just like Anna with another glass of wine, you know you should put the book down but you can't help yourself because you are hooked.
As two brothers journey back to their home they are met with the worst horrors of all - thousands lay dying or dead after the Black Plague has swept through. They are given an unusual choice, one that John accepts, to travel forward in time almost 100 years each day where he must look for the good in mankind and do good works so that he may redeem his soul. This is the thinking man's guide to time travel. Historically accurate and painstakingly researched this is a story of Man's inhumanity to Man.
It is more a philosophical journey and historical journal than fantasy.
I don't usually enjoy the second or third book in a series as much as I did the first but in this case, it just keeps getting better. Vasya cannot stay in her small village now that her father is dead and the villagers have branded it her fault and her a witch. She refuses to marry or enter the convent which seem to be her only options so she takes to the road along with her stallion after visiting Mr. Cool himself, the Frost King. Along the way Vasya becomes a boy and ends up helping a village that has been raided and their children taken by strange bandits. Her bravery is noted by the prince and she gains notoriety which does not help in keeping her identity a secret. Even her beloved brother and sister cannot keep Vasya down for long as she gets swept up in political intrigue and the inner workings of court. This is the classic battle between good and evil, the gods of old and the Mother Church mixed into a glorious glimpse of the fascinating Russian fairy tales. Part forbidden love story, fairy tale and adventure all in one!
Laura Ingalls Wilder amazed and delighted generations of children and adults with stories of her childhood. Caroline Fraser gives us a comprehensive look not only at her life but what was really going on in the world around her. She takes us from the beginning in Minnesota to the prairie and from the easy times, which there weren't many of, to grasshoppers, fires, crops going under and Pa's big dreams. Laura had to work at an early age especially after Mary went blind and was the family's major breadwinner for years. This pioneering upbringing pushed her on later in life when her family had it's share of hardships. Meticulously researched, this is a comprehensive guide to life on the prairie. It is a first hand look at the myth, the child, mother, wife and writer of books that continue to draw our attention still.
Jasmine "Jazz" Bashara is a Saudi Arabian native who has grown up on the moon with only her dad to raise her. Just making ends meet, Jazz works as a porter (read smuggler) and is soon over her head when she takes on a job not to smuggle but to take out some machinery so another business can take over. Jazz is already one small moon step away from getting caught and deported and her machinist dad is not exactly over the moon with Jazz's life style and career choice. When her employer ends up dead and Earth thugs get involved, Jazz knows that she needs to make things right or die trying. Thrill a minute, non-stop dry wit and non-stop adventure all add up to another giant hit for Weir. Like "The Martian" this book has just enough technical science to make rocket science nerds weep for joy but not enough for non-tech readers to cry in frustration.
Cedar has been raised by a nice Midwestern couple but when she goes searching for her birth mother she finds out that she is Native American. Something weird is happening to the birth rate and soon everyone is on the verge of hysteria. This affects Cedar because she has a secret that she tells her birth mother - she is pregnant. As the government begins rounding up all the pregnant women supposedly so that they can help what will be difficult pregnancies, Cedar tries to flee and is caught.
With the help of all her family she breaks out of the center and must go into hiding to keep her baby safe. Will her baby be ok? Will she be ok? Will the world be ok? This frightening account "a la Handmaid's Tale" is written in a journal Cedar writes for her child. The scariest thing about this book is that we seem to be dangerously close to a world in which women have no choice about what is best for them or their unborn child.
Nahri is a con artist in 18th century Egypt who doesn't believe in magic but she is the first one to use it to make a buck. When a con goes wrong and a smoking hot djiin is summoned and they both end up in pursuit ,Dara takes her to the magical city of Daevabad - the City of Brass. Nahri will soon realize that she indeed does possess magic in the healing arts but she will find herself needing to trust for the first time in her life and once again, her life will depend on taking the right gamble. The city is due for major upheaval and Nahri could be used as a political pawn. Aside from the magical hot desert sands, a lush new world of sights and food, witty banter and the quintessential love triangle - S.A. Chakraborty does for middle eastern folklore what Deborah Harkness did for witches and vampires. You will find yourself as I did, in breathless anticipation for the next book.
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