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March 2018 LibraryReads

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Let Me Lie

by Clare Mackintosh

Published: 3/13/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451490537

“For readers who enjoyed Mackintosh’s I Let You Go and I See You, you most certainly will enjoy her latest suspenseful thrill ride. Anna has been struggling to get on with her life after her parents’ suicides when she starts to receive clues that maybe her parents did not carry out the heinous act that everyone believed they committed.”

KC Davis, Fairfield Woods Library, Fairfield, CT

The Broken Girls

by Simone St. James

Published: 3/20/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451476203

“Parallel narratives, one set in Vermont 1950 and the other in Vermont 2014, are woven together in this intricate mystery. Timely themes of violence toward women and abuses of power resonate throughout. A well-crafted and unsettling tale for fans of Gothic horror and female centered thrillers.”

Kate Currie, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN


The Flight Attendant: A Novel

by Chris Bohjalian

Published: 3/13/2018 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385542418

“Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant with a drinking problem. Rock bottom comes when she wakes up in a hotel room in Dubai with a dead man next to her. Warning: do not read this on a plane!”

Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library,
Commerce Township, MI


Sometimes I Lie: A Novel

by Alice Feeney

Published: 3/13/2018 by Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250144843

“For fans of the recent psychological thrillers, The Woman In the Window and The Wife Between Us, comes another one that will keep you on your toes. I felt like I needed a whiteboard to keep track of the twists and turns.”

Robin Beerbower, Salem Public Library, Salem, OR


Burn Bright

by Patricia Briggs

Published: 3/6/2018 by Ace
ISBN: 9780425281314

“The latest installment in the Alpha and Omega series. The tension between humans and werewolves is ramping up and Charles and Anna are becoming more deeply involved in Pack business. For readers who enjoy Ilona Andrews and Kelly Armstrong.”

Shana Harrington, Las Vegas Clark County Library District, Las Vegas, NV


Sunburn: A Novel

by Laura Lippman

Published: 2/20/2018 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062389923

“Polly leaves her husband and child while on a beach vacation and winds up in a small town in Delaware with almost nothing. She gets a job at the local bar and starts a relationship with Adam, someone who seems to have landed in the town by accident as well. As the novel progresses, we learn of Polly’s past and soon you won’t know what to believe. Sunburn is a twisted novel that will suck you in.”

Annice Sevett, New Hanover County Public Library, Wilmington, NC


Every Note Played

by Lisa Genova

Published: 3/20/2018 by Gallery/Scout Press
ISBN: 9781476717807

“Richard is a successful concert pianist who has contracted ALS and now his right arm is paralyzed. His wife Katrina takes on the role of reluctant caretaker. Theirs is a marriage filled with secrets, blame, loneliness and disappointment. The book is beautifully written and visceral in its description of the progression of ALS. Most moving to this reader was both characters’ impassioned relationship to music.”

Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleborough, MA


Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel

by Shobha Rao
Published: 3/6/2018 by Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250074256

“A beautiful tale of survival despite overwhelming destructive forces all around. After her mother’s death, Poornima is left to care for her siblings and father until her arranged marriage. When a free spirited Savitha enters, Poornima begins to imagine a different life. Told in alternating perspectives, the girls’ ambition keeps them going through unimaginable trials.”  

Darla Dykstra, Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO


Alternate Side: A Novel

by Anna Quindlen

Published: 3/20/2018 by Random House
ISBN: 9780812996067

“This book really captures contemporary New York, the increasing disparity between the wealthy Manhattanites and those who work for them and live in the outer boroughs, and the obsessive search for parking. The title hits exactly the right tone as “alternate side” has several meanings in this novel.”

Rosemarie Borsody, Lee Library Association, Lee, MA


Tangerine

by Christine Mangan

Published: 3/27/2018 by Ecco
ISBN: 9780062686664

“This novel brings to mind Hitchcock. This is the story of two women, friends in college, until an accident drives a wedge between them. Years later, Alice is living in Tangier with her husband when Lucy shows up. A twisted tale told in alternating points of view.”

Terri Smith, Cornelia Habersham County Library, Cornelia, GA


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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry:
A Novel

by Gabrielle Zevin

Published: 4/1/2014 by Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616203214

“A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.”

Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

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Frog Music: A Novel

by Emma Donoghue

Published: 4/1/2014 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316324687

“Donoghue returns to historical fiction in this latest offering, based on the unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet, a cross-dressing frog catcher with a mysterious past. Set in 1870s San Francisco, this brilliant book includes impeccable historical details, from a smallpox epidemic to period songs.”

Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, IL


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And the Dark Sacred Night: A Novel

by Julia Glass

Published: 4/1/2014 by Pantheon
ISBN: 9780307377937

“Four stars to Julia Glass for this, her best work since Three Junes. We become reacquainted with old characters Malachy, Fenno, and Walter and learn more about their life stories. The individuals are imperfectly human, and perfectly drawn. A wonderful, highly recommended novel.”

Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN


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Silence for the Dead: A Novel

by Simone St. James

Published: 4/1/2014 by NAL Trade/Penguin
ISBN: 9780451419484

“A young nurse working in an isolated hospital for WWI veterans finds herself in over her head. Are the patients in the mysterious estate haunted by their wartime experiences, or something more malevolent? St. James is an up-and-coming author with a flair for combining horror and romance. A great choice for readers of either genre.”

Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA


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By its Cover: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

by Donna Leon

Published: 4/1/2014 by Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802122643

“In the 23rd book in this delightful series, Commissario Guido Brunetti is brought in to investigate the theft of pages and maps from rare books. Brunetti is a great character with warmth, style and elegance. Leon’s book enlightens us about Venetian customs and delivers a solid mystery.”

Joanne Genovese, Smithtown Special Library District, Smithtown, NY


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The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller

by Shane Kuhn

Published: 4/8/2014 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781476733807

“How did Shane Kuhn pull this off? He’s written an action-packed, twisting thriller about professional assassins, and–guess what?–it’s funny and romantic, too! In a totally quirky way, of course. You have to read it to believe it.”

Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH


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Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home

by Nina Stibbe

Published: 4/22/2014 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316243391

“With a unique voice, Stibbe brings 1980s literary Camden back to life in this delightful epistolary memoir. The letters that Stibbe writes to her sister are a hoot, featuring unexpected cooking advice from the great Alan Bennett, and droll commentary on just about everything from Mary-Kay Wilmers.”

Jennifer Estepp, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY


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The Axe Factor: A Jimm Juree Mystery

by Colin Cotterill

Published: 4/15/2014 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250043368

“I love this sharply-written and quirky cozy mystery. Jimm Juree is a wonderful character, slyly funny and insightful, with an oddball cast of family and friends to back her up. Set in coastal Thailand, this is a laugh-out-loud funny mystery with plenty of great twists and turns that will keep readers guessing.”

Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA


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Family Life: A Novel

by Akhil Sharma

Published: 4/7/2014 by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393060058

“The Mishras move from India to New York City in the 1980s in order to give their two sons better educational opportunities. When tragedy strikes, the family tries to recover the optimism and hope that propelled them to America. Beautiful, clear-eyed and compelling, this book packs a powerful punch.”

Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ


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On the Rocks: A Novel

by Erin Duffy

Published: 4/22/2014 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062205742

“After her fiance dumps her on Facebook, Abby retreats to her apartment until her best friend invites her to spend the summer in Newport. This book is for every woman who’s been determined to put things back together after finding herself on the wrong side of social media, in the aftermath of a bad breakup, or elbow deep in Ben & Jerry’s when things fall apart.”

Sara Grochowski, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Alpena, MI


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