When these women disappear the police write it off to their being on the streets where they shouldn't have been. But, to the mother whose daughter didn't come home, a female vice cop that cares too much about the connections and a young artist trying to make a name for herself - those women are important and the killer needs to be found. The backdrop of the tough street life on these streets in Los Angeles proves to be the perfect setting to tell these women's point of view. The murder victims as well as their saviors all have a say and the choppy, rough sentence structure only accentuates the fear, distrust and feeling like they have no other options. When their lives are all tied together the ending will blow you away. 4 stars
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A young singer is booted out of a rock band right before they get their big break becoming the newest find of the musical world. Dejected she becomes a singer for hire for well off mommies and their precious babies. The mom's group embraces Claire and she starts to wonder how they keep looking so good and have so much energy for new moms. Secrets begin to come out, the group begins to unravel and with it, Claire and then the mommies get ugly. Perfect for new moms who are feeling less than perfect and fans of all those mean girls getting their due.
What if Hillary didn't marry Bill Clinton and instead pursued her own political career early. This insightful fictional story offers us a bit of biographical tidbits into what is already known about her life early on and meeting/dating the charismatic Bill Clinton. There are laugh out loud moments when Bill, Hillary and Donald Trump meet. Politics, love and ambition don't always make for the perfect marriage but they do make for a terrific look at what might have been. It is clear that the author is a fan of Hillary and has not as much respect for Bill or our current President. This will appeal to readers of strong political female-driven stories as well as those that enjoy historical fiction with a twist. 4 stars
A well seasoned trial attorney, Sandy Stern knows this is his last trial. He also knows it isn't a case he would have taken except that it is defending an old friend who gave him a life changing cancer drug, ironically the same drug that the friend is now accused of altering data on. Dr. Patko is on trial for having hidden sudden death data related to his drug, insider stock trades and murder of those that suddenly died while on the drug trials. This is not only a top notch trial drama but there is an interesting tie into the case that shows Sandy may have gotten mixed up in learning more secrets than he bargained for. I enjoyed the family influence of Sandy and his daughter being law partners and his granddaughter as an investigator/office assistant. A must for readers of Grisham, Dugoni and of course, other Scott Turow books.
A creepy tale that covers all the "ives" - secretive, manipulative, possessive and absolutely addictive.
Ines is on the run from her life that is out of control and with the help of a high school teacher, lands a spot in an avant-garde college program located in a very rural area. The upside is that it gets her away from home and is fully funded. The downside is that she will be there for three years giving up her tech gear and cut off from everyone. What the real goals or purpose of this school is anybody's guess but it starts to get weird with the group chanting and sensors. Is Catherine House a great social experiment to nurture creative thought or is something more sinister going on? Gothic mystery meets THE HANDMAID'S TALE - this is one clever and scary debut.
Way up in the mountains of West Virginia far from civilization live the hill people. They live by the old ways, they believe in right and wrong and nothing in between and they don't betray their own.
Wren lives in a small cabin further away than most with her snake-handling preacher father and her once spirited mother. After a healing gone wrong leaving Wren's mother without her best friend, life on the mountain changes dramatically for all of them. Growing up without things isn't easy but living there after you know the truth is impossible. This quietly told story is as deadly as a snakebite but also a paradox of love and hate, religious faith and modern medicine, miracles and madness.
A group of adults and their tribe of unsupervised kids ranging in ages are on an extended holiday along the coast. The adults spend all day drinking and laying around while the kids have the run of the estate to the ocean beyond. The kids are perfectly happy to not have their parents looking out for them and seem to be taking care of things just fine. That is until the hurricane hits and then the parents seem more like chickens with their heads cut off with no practical way to keep them all safe. A transition of power takes place and the kids take control. The narrator is a teenage girl who is practically the only parent her young brother has ever known. Evie's brother and his deaf friend, both budding naturalists, spend the time reading a children's bible and relate these religious stories to nature and what is going on around them. It is a book of juxtapositions - the kid's wisdom vs. the parent's ineptitude, nature's beauty vs. nature's wrath and fighting for what you believe in vs. self medicating and giving up. Lydia Millet's brilliant prose speaks about so many key issues that it is difficult to shelve it into one genre. Family relationships , coming of age, climate change and post-apocalyptic survival and religion are all represented and dissected.
A concise history of an ancient misunderstood people who migrated all over Northern Europe setting up trade as far east as Asia, as far west as North America and as far south as the tip of Spain. Both seafaring and farmers, the Vikings are often dipicted as savage and brutal barbarians but this book shows that their craftsmanship, boatbuilding and other innovations were shared with other cultures. While some of what we know from tv and other books did leave me with a violent first impression of my ancient relatives, Neil Price helps us understand the intricacies of their religion, government and exploration that made for interesting reading and gave me a new perspective of this amazing culture.
A mother looks at her grown children, grandchildren and her own life as she searches for truth. Astrid's husband is dead, her grown children are scattered and she has agreed to house her teenage granddaughter but she doesn't feel fulfilled until the day she admits that she is in love with a woman. Female focused look at her roles as mother, wife, caregiver and friend. Other women in the book find their voice as single parents or friends being brave and standing up for individuality. There is nothing earth shattering about this novel, but it is a sweet story for fans of introspective family relationships. I just recently listened to the audio and highly recommend it as well.
A Jewish Viennese family whose talent for the musical arts can't even save them from being persecuted under Hitler's regime. Mother, father and young daughter find themselves on a boat to Bolivia hoping that their 15 year old son will join them soon from Switzerland. They must begin their lives all over again not speaking the language and dealing with the new reality of altitude sickness, new foods, finding work and losing touch with family. Orly, their daughter must leave her best friend behind and even though she makes other friends, she can never forget her soulmate. There are the stirrings of Orly searching for her sexuality and the life in South America that sets this book apart from other WWII refugee stories.
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