A story of a family. It begins at the end of a successful career when a young woman asks a question that brings Fiona back to the beginning and her family. She begins to share the story of her family and life and we are transfixed. After losing their dad early, their mom checks out of reality for the years the kids refer to as "The Pause". Four young Skinner kids left to fend for themselves and help each other grow up. Living on the other side of the tracks from where they spent their beginning years is difficult but they meet new friends and lean on each other to survive. Finally, mom comes back to herself and the Skinner family is up and running again. The years spent on their own strengthened them and formed a tight sibling bond. Years pass and the kids seem to be doing alright except for Joe who has left their hometown and now lives in the fast lane of New York. The story is a lovely mixture of joy and heartbreak, sibling rivalry and absolute loyalty. It is also a story about great loves - warm, messy and filled with great moments of hope. For fans of epic family stories and a joy to read.
You begin this book with a knowing little smirk - I have read a lot of thrillers. I know what is going to happen. The story centers on a damaged woman who has killed her husband and is now lays mute in a psychiatric hospital and the ambitious psychotherapist who has just joined the team and wants to save her. As you race through the pages you begin to doubt your instincts - maybe she didn't do it, maybe the therapist is right and he will reach her and save her. This book will twist your insides into little knots trying to figure out who the victim is, who the bad guys are and who is lying. Her silence speaks volumes if you know how to listen. Prepare to put your life on hold until the last page. Solid twisty plot and perfectly paced- this one is going to be the hit of the new year.
Wow! When someone goes out alone in the Australian Outback there are survival rules in place - you never have your radio off, you always have more than you need of water and food and you always tell someone where you are going. Even when you follow these rules, bad things can happen and they do for Cam, the middle brother of a second generation ranching family. Just a few days before Christmas, one of the warmest times of the year, Cam goes off to fix something and is found dead sometime later away from his truck with no supplies and in an area with no shelter from the blistering sun. The whole family gathers for a somber funeral and wants answers. Why was he out there alone and was it suicide? There are more questions than answers in much of the story as you are pulled deeper and deeper into this complex family saga with its many tangled relationships. Jane Harper is a master of suspense and creating tension. This book reels you in from page one - unputdownable!
Time travel that hits a snag. Kin is a secret agent who goes to the past to hunt down bad guys until something goes wrong and he gets stuck. He makes the best of it - starts a new career, falls in love and has a child. Life is good until the future comes back for him. There are rules to prevent complications and it will mean erasing Kin's involvement in the past - everything and his daughter. Even though Kin was happy in his future life before he got stuck, it is still a big adjustment coming back and he can't face the idea of failing his daughter back in the past. Against the laws and what is best for his safety, Kin must find a way to get back to the past and save his daughter. Warning - the ending will have you diving for the tissue box. This is a feel-good time travel book with a big-hearted hero just trying to do right by everyone.
This is Jason Bourne meets Jack Reacher - a fast-paced thriller chock full of dirty Washington politicians faced off against the secret orphan assassins they helped to create. Evan, known as Orphan X, is a smooth-talking nice guy with a big heart and a big gun who must stop the President before he wipes out all trace of his involvement with the secret program and all of the participants. There are an equal number of good guys vs. bad guys action plus some unlikely heroes. This, as in the other Orphan X novels, is a solid thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat rooting for the good guys.
Two young women travel from their southern college back to Minnesota in the dead of winter when they have a tragic accident and their car is nudged into a frigid river leaving only one girl alive. The survivor makes her way only to find herself dealing with the death of her ex-Sheriff dad and her drowned friend. The town is mourning with her but this latest incident brings up a lot of hate and suspicion over an unsolved murder of a young girl years before. This is a slow burn - a frigid conservative Minnesotan town that is suffering from reopened wounds and more questions. There is violence but also great compassion and understanding. Just like the title the swift current carries you along, leaving you no time to take in the scenery because you are too busy looking for something in the river that will drag you under.
Rebecca and Paul have the perfect marriage or did before Paul's construction business went sideways, Rebecca's Pharmaceutical Reps career and her sampling went off kilter and Paul's eyes began to stray - you get the idea. So now after almost twenty years we have the perfect disaster for the perfect marriage. Each spouse is holding back key secrets, each is far from being the perfect partner and each may have a good reason to eliminate the other. Throw in a psychotic jilted lover and a murder or two and you have the perfect plot for an edge of your seat thriller. You won't know what the heck is going on right up until the unusual, but oddly fitting, ending and you can start to breathe again. Perfect for anyone who loves their thrillers full of unreliable witnesses.
Jennie Churchill was a force to reckoned with - a brazen American who could not be tamed by her less than romantic husband nor the British aristocracy. She captivated and shocked people in equal measure and was not the model mother to Winston Churchill or his brother. Stephanie Barron paints a no holds bar portrait of a fascinating woman who may have broken every rule but was fiercely loyal and inspired her wimpy son to achieve greatness. The one thing she craved was the love and attention of the one man she could never have. This should be your next read if you enjoy stories of women whose energy and spirit could not be dampened by convention.
The second book in the trilogy is just as magical and clever as the first. Welcome to a world of magic carpet rides, assassins and political backstabbing between magical beings and humans. The adventure awaits, the pace is frenetic, the danger is so real you can taste it. The world is in unrest and Nahri, forced to marry a prince to save her people must now try to heal political wounds as much as the physical ones inflicted on her friends and people. Fantastic world building with its roots in ancient middle eastern folklore and wings of imagination and some ferocious female characters.
Dorothea Lange, the famous photographer, was lucky her money got stolen that day and she and her friend ended up staying in San Francisco. She went from starting as a portrait photographer to pay the rent to become one of this country's leading artistic activists of the Depression Era and beyond. She wasn't the greatest wife, mother or possible friend but she made up for it in her determination to show the world the injustice in front of them through her stark photos. This is a riveting portrait of a woman ahead of her time, who refused to sit by and make pretty pictures when the poor and ill-treated had nowhere to turn and no one to speak for them.
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