Favorites of 2012 – Sharon

Here are Sharon’s favorite books read in 2012!

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie FordTitle:  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Author:  Jamie Ford

Call #:  FOR

Henry Lee, a Chinese-American living in Seattle in 1984, hears that the belongings of Japanese families displaced during World War II have been discovered in the basement of the Panama Hotel.  This bittersweet historical novel then alternates between 1984 and the early 1940’s, when Henry had a forbidden friendship with Keiko, a Japanese-American girl who is sent to an internment camp with her family after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  That friendship developed into a love that Henry could never forget through the years.

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnTitle:  Gone Girl

Author:  Gillian Flynn

Call #:  FLYNN

After leaving New York and moving to her husband’s childhood hometown in Missouri, Amy Dunne disappears under suspicious circumstances on her fifth wedding anniversary.  It doesn’t take long for her husband Nick to become the prime suspect in her assumed murder.  The chapters alternate between Nick’s first-person recounting of events as they are occurring and entries from Amy’s diary, which contradicts Nick’s story and makes her appear to be terrified of her husband.  This page-turner with multiply twists keeps the reader guessing about the outcome to the very end.

Dark Places by Gillian FlynnTitle:  Dark Places

Author:  Gillian Flynn

Call #:  FLY

Seven-year-old Libby Day’s mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in their Kansas farmhouse, but she escaped and survived the massacre.  Her brother Ben was convicted of the crimes and sent to prison based on Libby’s testimony.  Now 24 years later, Libby agrees to meet with the Kill Club, a group of true crime buffs who believe Ben is innocent, in order to make extra money.  As she investigates the crime, she begins to have second thoughts about the events of the night of the murder.  Readers will find it hard to guess the ending of this chilling thriller.

11th Hour by James PattersonTitle:  11th Hour

Author:  James Patterson

Call #:  PATTERSON

Although Lindsay Boxer of the SFPD is pregnant, it doesn’t stop her from working on a case involving a millionaire who is killed with a gun from the SFPD evidence locker of another where two bodiless heads are discovered on display in the garden of a famous actor.  As a nasty reporter writes malicious articles about her and the SFPD, Lindsay’s friends help her with investigating her cases and, also, try to help her put her personal life back together.  This fast-paced thriller is an addition to the Women’s Murder Club series.

Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsTitle:  The Hunger Games

Author:  Suzanne Collins

Call #:  YOUNG ADULT COLLINS

A post-apocalyptic United States has become the country of Panem, which is divided into the Capital and twelve districts.  Each year two tributes, one boy and one girl, from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death.  When Katniss Everdeen’s younger sister, Prim, is selected for District 12, Katniss volunteers to go in her place along with the second tribute, Peeta, the baker’s son.  Once the Games begin, the plot becomes very tense with the fighting and artificially created weather and obstacles making this a real page-turner that can’t be put down.

Recommended by:  Sharon

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