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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Title: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Author: Katherine Howe

Call #: HOW

Its 1991 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Connie Goodwin finds a hidden key along with a piece of paper with the words ‘Deliverance Dane’ among her grandmothers possessions in her old abandon house in Salem. Working on her doctorate as a historian, Connie does some academic detective work researching the local archives and finds that Deliverance Dane was a local herbalist and wise woman who became a victim in the dark days of the Salem witch trials. This novel is slow-paced but engaging.

Recommended by: Connie

Love You More by Lisa Gardner

Title: Love You More

Author: Lisa Gardner

Call #:  M – GAR

Boston MA. State Trooper Tessa Leoni, is found in her home beaten and bruised with the body of her abusive husband, Brian Darby, on the kitchen floor.  Detectives D.D. Warren and Bobby Dodge step in to investigate this, what seems to be an open and shut case. But where is Tessa’s six-year-old daughter, Sophie?  Although Tessa confesses to the murder of her husband, she has no idea where her daughter is.  Det. Warren and Dodge feel that her story just doesn’t add up. This is a clever ‘who did it’ story.

Recommended by: Connie

Stay Close by Harlan Coben

Title: Stay Close

Author: Harlan Coben

Call #:  M – COB

Megan is a former Atlantic City stripper, now an SUV driving suburban mom with a new name, Cassie.  Ray was a former respected photojournalist but now is just a drunk photographer.  Det. Broome can’t seem to forget a 17 year old cold case. These characters are brought together in this suspenseful missing person story by the troubling hidden secrets of their past.

Recommended by: Connie

The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd

Title:  The Killer’s Wife

Author:  Bill Floyd

Call #:  FLO

Six years after her ex-husband, Randy, was convicted of viciously killing twelve people across the country, Nina Mosley and her seven-year-old son Hayden, have a new life in Cary N. C.  Living with her new name, Leigh Wren, she thought the future was looking up until someone exposes her identity as the wife of a serial killer. The nightmare continues when a copycat killer picks up where Randy left off.                  

Recommended by: Connie

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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

Author:  Neil Gaiman

Call #:  FANTASY GAIMAN

The 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.

Recommended by:  Connie

Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross

Eyes Wide Open by Andrew GrossTitle:  Eyes Wide Open

Author:  Andrew Gross

Call #:  GRO

 

Brothers Jay and Charlie Erlich are brought together after years of living very different lives, when Charlie’s troubled son Evan is found dead near a cliff in California. Remembering Charlie’s years involved with drugs and a dangerous cult, Jay doesn’t believe Evans’ death was an accident. Jay puts himself and everyone he loves in danger when he leaves his comfortable life as a surgeon and his wife behind, and digs deeper into the case.

Recommended by:  Connie

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

Call #:  FANTASY 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