Allison Public Library Notes 8/10
“PARADISE VALLEY” by C.J. Box . . . When her plan to capture the serial killer she has hunted for three years goes awry, Cassie Dewell loses her job and uses her free time to investigate the disappearance of three Grimstad residents before coming to realize the cases are linked.
“WIRED” by Julie Garwood . . . A beautiful computer genius reluctantly partners with a bad-boy FBI agent to hunt down a cybercriminal in exchange for leniency for her troubled brother, an arrangement that is compromised by their growing attraction.
“LOOK BEHING YOU” by Iris Johansen . . . Cooperating with the FBI when a serial killer begins leaving relics at his crime scenes, Kendra Michaels discovers that the objects are souvenirs from other unsolved murders and that the new killings have been orchestrated to taunt her.
“THE HANDMAID'S TALE” by Margaret Atwood . . . A look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.
“THE LYING GAME” by Ruth Ware . . . In the wake of a woman's discovery of human remains, the members of a once-inseparable clique from a boarding school reflect on their participation in a dangerous game of deception that contributed to the death of a teacher.
“THE ORPHAN'S TALE” by Pam Jenoff . . . Sixteen-year-old Noa, forced to give up her baby fathered by a Nazi soldier, snatches a child from a boxcar containing Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp and takes refuge with a traveling circus, where Astrid, a Jewish aerialist, becomes her mentor.
“GILDING THE WATERS” by Catherine Richmond . . . Wad Hampton Alexander spiffed up his resort hoping investors will build a fashionable new hotel. He surely doesn't need some city girl, even a glowing specimen of woman hood, casting aspersions on his spring water. Delighted with Miss Easterly's investigation, President Roosevelt commissions Wade as her bodyguard on her travels through Virginia. Who will win . . . her stubbornness or his heart?
“WILD SPLENDOR” by Cassie Edwards . . . A hothouse flower in the parched, rugged desert of the Arizona Territory, beautiful, headstrong Leonida Branson isn’t about to waste her youth in a duty-bound marriage to a pompous general. And her resolve only strengthens when she sees Sage, the fierce Navaho chieftan her fiancé has sworn to crush. For the comforts of civilization are no match for the adventurous passion the handsome warrior awakens in her.
“HILLBILLY ELEGY” by J.D. Vance . . . Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“THE SAFEST LIES” by Megan Miranda . . . Living in hiding with a mother who has been a shut-in after a traumatic incident that led to her conception, Kelsey finds herself the subject of media coverage in the aftermath of a dramatic accident that coincides with her mother's disappearance.
“THE GOOD FOR NOTHING BUTTON” by Charise Mericle Harper . . . Yellow Bird shares an ordinary button that does nothing with Red Bird and Blue Bird, and they are delighted to find that pressing it makes them happy, which is something.
“UNI THE UNICORN” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal . . . Uni the unicorn holds steadfastly to her belief that little girls are real in spite of being told otherwise, a conviction that prompts her to look everywhere for a special, magical little girl who will be her best friend.
“GO SLEEP IN YOUR OWN BED” by Candace Fleming . . . Discovering Cow fast asleep in his sty, a tired Pig nudges the intruder back to her own bed, where Hen is found sleeping, in a giggle-inducing story featuring an out-of-place chain reaction of snoozing barnyard friends.
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