Connie’s Best of 2013

Ocean at the End of the Lane by neil GaimanTitle:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author:  Neil Gaiman


The unnamed fifty-something narrator returns to his childhood home in the English countryside.  He takes a drive through the country and finds himself at the Hempstock Farm where he begins to remember things long forgotten; the haunting events that occurred there when he was seven.  His friendship with a girl named Lettie Hempstock who tries to protect him from a deadly spirit who disguised herself as a housekeeper and took control of his mother, father and sister.  This story has a low-key fantasy element with magic, compassion, loyalty and memories; where lost innocence can still be restored as long as someone is willing to pay the price.

Shelter by Harlan CobenTitle:  Shelter

Author:  Harlan Coben

Call #:  YA COB

After the death of his father, and his mother in rehab, Mickey Bolitar is now living with his estranged uncle Myron.  While adjusting to a new high school, he makes friends with Emma and Spoon (the odd ones) and the cool girl, Ashley is his girlfriend.  Ashley suddenly disappears and strange things begin to happen.  Mickey, with the help of his new friends, is determined to find her.  What he finds is everything he knew about Ashley was false and thus he begins to learn the secrets of those closest to him.  Action filled with interesting, likable characters.  This is the first book in the series.

The Obituary Writer by Ann HoodTitle:  The Obituary Writer

Author:  Ann Hood

Call #: HOOD

In 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her missing lover who disappeared in the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.  In her grief she imagines him having amnesia because she cannot accept that he may be dead.  In 1960, Claire, an unhappy wife and mother (with one on the way), is obsessed with the glamor of Jackie O. and struggles to stay in a loveless marriage or leave with the man she loves.  This novel blends two stories that merge secrets of the past and the truths of the present with an emotional ending.

Recommended by  :  Connie


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