The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Hang in there, the story picks up and becomes engaging about a third of the way through. The Dutch House, a unique and royally decorated early 1920’s home built by cigarette money is the main character in the story of the two Conroy siblings who have been exiled from it. Loss piles upon loss. Maeve, […]


The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Though he’s been writing and publishing for decades, Colson Whitehead drew major national attention after the success of his 2016 book The Underground Railroad. The book is an excellent must-read, but I definitely feel The Nickel Boys is an absolute masterpiece. This book chronicles the experience of Elwood and the other ‘nickel boys’ during their time in […]


The Whisperer by Karin Fossum

The Whisperer by Karin Fossum

A new psychological mystery offering from one of my favorite Nordic Noir authors. Cool, cerebral Inspector Sejer sits in his office interviewing Ragna Riegel, middle-aged, dowdy perpetrator of a horrendous crime. Ragna is the eponymous whisperer. Her vocal chords were damaged in a botched surgery when she was younger. She lives her life in a […]


The Need by Helen Phillips

The Need by Helen Phillips

I picked this title off of the 2019 longlist for the National Book Award. I am always in the mood for a good psychological thriller – all the more so as the weather starts to cool off. This stunning work by Helen Phillips did not disappoint. Between concern for her two young children and bizarre […]


The Reckless Oath We Made

The Reckless Oath We Made

Zee is a poor, Kansas waitress/petty drug dealer who can’t catch a break. She’s in pain from a motorcycle accident caused by her former boyfriend; her mom is obese and home bound; her sister is a romantic seeking love in all the wrong places; she has memories of visiting her father in prison; and her […]


Evvie Drake Starts Over

Evvie Drake Starts Over

This is a love story with some baggage. Both Evvie and Dean have some serious issues to work through. Evvie’s husband died the day she planned to leave him. Dean is a star baseball pitcher who has famously lost the ability to pitch. So when Dean selects Evvie’s rental apartment, sparks fly. But are either […]


An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

When Jessica Farris sneaks into a psychological study about morality all she’s looking for is some quick and easy extra income. What she finds instead expands and diverts her life in ways she never would have expected, but is the study everything it seems to be? And can the seemingly calm Dr. Shields really be […]


Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Jackson Brodie is back and it seems his biggest challenges these days are maintaining a good parent-child relationship with his moody, teenage son and tending to his beloved, aging Labrador. Settling in to a new home in a quiet seaside village with occasional income from lightweight detecting work–trailing spouses suspected of cheating–Brodie is easily distracted […]


Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Neil Gaiman wrote the scary parts and Terry Pratchett wrote the funny bits but the scary parts are funny and the funny bits are a little scary. Armageddon has arrived and it’s up to Crowley, a demon who has a particular fondness for the world, and Aziraphale, an angel who wants everyone to be nice, […]


A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum

A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum

This combination of thriller, history, romance and physics is a whir of action, danger and close escapes. Miriam Abramov and her brilliant mathematician brother Vanya live in 1914 Kovno. She is the first female surgeon in the Jewish hospital, engaged to another doctor. Vanya is a lecturer at the university. Vanya is working desperately to […]