Allison Public Library Notes 3/22
“FIFTY FIFTY” by James Patterson . . . Violating protocol in her efforts to defend her brother against murder charges, Detective Harriet Blue is forced to relocate to a virtual ghost town in the outback, where a diary found on the roadside reveals shocking plans to massacre the community's few remaining residents.
“THE BAD DAUGHTER” by Joy Fielding . . . Estranged from her family because of her complicated relationship with her stepmother, Robin returns home after her family experiences a brutal home invasion, only to uncover horrible family secrets that may have led to the attack.
“ONLY CHILD” by Rhiannon Navin . . . Surviving a horrific school shooting, a six-year-old boy retreats into the world of books and art while making sobering observations about his mother's determination to prosecute the shooter's parents and the wider community's efforts to make sense of the tragedy.
“WINTER SISTERS” by Robin Oliveira . . . When the two young daughters of friends killed in a blizzard in 1879 vanish without a trace, former Civil War surgeon Mary Sutter launches a rescue effort that is challenged by a community that believes there is no hope.
“POISON” by John Lescroart . . . When the steely owner of a successful family business is murdered, attorney Dismas Hardy doubts the guilt of a chief suspect and instead combs through a maelstrom of dangerous secrets and gold-digger agendas to identify a killer among the victim's numerous heirs.
“MRS.” by Caitlin Macy . . . Successfully navigating the gossip-fueled culture of New York's Upper East Side, a powerful banker's wife finds her carefully cultivated life thrown into chaos by an explosive revelation that connects her to a prosecutor's criminal investigation.
“GLORIOUS” by Jeff Guinn . . . Cash McLendon has always had an instinct for self-preservation, honed by an impoverished childhood with an alcoholic father on the streets of St. Louis. He eventually builds himself up to become the son-in-law and heir apparent to industrial mogul Rupert Douglass. But when tragedy strikes and his life falls apart, his instinct for survival kicks in and he flees St. Louis before Douglass and his enforcer can track him down. Given in memory of Bob Roelf.
“TRUE TO YOU” by Becky Wade . . . Genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford throws herself into her work following a heartbreak, until she meets former Navy SEAL John Lawson, who seeks her out when he suddenly needs to find his birth parents.
“WILD ABANDON” by Cassie Edwards . . . Orphaned by the Civil War, shy, sheltered Lauralee Johnston is irresistibly drawn to Joe Dancing Cloud, a handsome and proud Cherokee, despite the prejudice, hatred, and evil Yankee villain that threaten to separate them.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“I SURVIVED THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD, 1888” by Lauren Tarshis . . . Eleven-year-old John Hale has already survived one brutal Dakota winter, and now he's about to experience one of the deadliest blizzards in American history. The storm of 1888 was a monster, a frozen hurricane that slammed into America's Midwest without warning. Within hours, America's prairie would be buried under ten feet of snow. Hundreds would be dead, thousands terrified and lost and freezing.
“DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE” by Tad Hills . . . The enduring bond between Duck and Goose is challenged by a high-achieving newcomer who Duck thinks is fantastic but who Goose perceives as a rival.
“WE NEED MORE NUTS!” by Jonathan Fenske . . . A little squirrel counts as he tosses nuts, one at a time, into a bigger squirrel's mouth until he discovers that it is possible to have enough.
“THE RABBIT LISTENED” by Cori Doerrfeld . . . After Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals try to help in different ways, but Taylor finds relief from the rabbit that quietly listens to how he is feeling.