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September Reviews

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

This is the 13th Inspector Gamache novel, and I am an unabashed fan. Gamache is now the head of the Surete de Quebec. He and Reine-Marie live in Three Pines, and are thoroughly integrated into village life. One day, a dark figure, masked and gowned in black, appears...

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Louise, a single mom, is a secretary in a psychiatrists’ practice. One night, out at a bar, she meets a man, sparks fly, and they share a kiss. The next day, the man, David, shows up in the practice as her new boss. Meanwhile, his wife, Adele, befriends Louise while...

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The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (August 29 release)

Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school in their small Massachusetts town. Their family lives are very different, and as they enter adolescence, they grow apart. Cassie’s journey to find her biological father and answers about her background put her...

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Based on a true story. New York socialite Caroline Ferriday works at the French consulate at the beginning of World War II and becomes involved in the efforts to help people caught in the war overseas, and with a married French actor. In Germany, Herta Oberhauser is a...

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The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller

This is a thoroughly detailed look into the life of Lizzie Borden and the murder of her parents. Actual black-and-white photographs and reprints of newspaper articles add to the timeless mystery of this crime. I enjoyed the author’s style and recounting of events. I...

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Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton

This is the true story of Ricky Richard Anywar, the founder of the international charity Friends of Orphans. Ricky’s story begins at age 14 when he and his brother are kidnapped by rebel fighters and forced to fight government soldiers in the Ugandan civil war. He is...

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Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

The newly discovered body of a female infant is the opening of Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. This was one of the most stimulating and tantalizing books I have read recently. I loved the authors style of dedicating each chapter to a different character...

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner’s debut novel, “The Serpent King,” focuses on three teen friends in Forrestville, Tennessee – a town named after the founder of the KKK and full of small-minded people. Dillard “Dill” Early Jr. is struggling to fit in after the arrest of his...

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The book is set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a planned community of upper middle-class residents. Elena Richardson’s family is torn apart after Mia Warren and her teenage daughter, Pearl, move into a rental home owned by Elena. Mia has a mysterious past and doesn’t fit in...

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August Reviews

The Gold-Son by Carrie Anne Noble

Montoursville author Carrie Anne Noble has a solid follow-up to her debut book, “The Mermaid’s Sister.” This time, the story takes place in the fantastic world of leprechauns and focuses on 16-year-old Tommin’s curse for gold that has afflicted him since birth....

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The Windfall by Diksha Basu

My brother-in-law is marrying an Indian woman so I have been trying to learn more about Indian culture so I was excited to find this book on many “must-read” lists. This is a story of the Jha family, who for 30 years have lived in a cramped housing complex in East...

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Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

This was a fascinating story about what it’s like to live and die nearly 10,000 times. Milo has had 9,995 times to get it right and “achieve wisdom and become One with Everything.” But he just can’t get it right because he’s in love with Death, or as he calls her,...

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