Week of 23 Jul 2017
Camino Island: A Novel
How all these little threads join up is a pleasure for Grisham fans to behold: there’s nothing particularly surprising about it, but he’s a skillful spinner of mayhem and payback.

Camino Island

by John Grisham

The Woman in Cabin 10
Despite this successful formula, and a whole lot of slowly unraveling tension, the end is somehow unsatisfying. And the newspaper and social media inserts add little depth.

The Woman in Cabin 10

by Ruth Ware

The Identicals: A Novel
A compelling read, slowed down somewhat by the name dropping of places and goods, it tends toward the ostentatious, yet the sentiments and disparity of the well-developed characters carry the plot to a satisfying conclusion.
NY Journal of Books

The Identicals

by Elin Hilderbrand

Use of Force: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series Book 17)
Read “Use of Force” for great entertainment. But also listen carefully to the alarm the author is sounding for our country.
Washington Times

Use of Force

by Brad Thor

The Duchess: A Novel

No Critic Review

The Duchess

by Danielle Steel

The Bone Bed (A Scarpetta Novel)

No Critic Review

The Bone Bed

by Patricia Cornwell

Everything I Never Told You: A Novel
The surprising answers lie deep beneath the surface, and Ng,..keeps an admirable grip on the narrative's many strands as she expertly explores and exposes the Lee family's secrets...Ng's emotionally complex debut novel sucks you in like a strong current and holds you fast until its final secrets surface.

Everything I Never Told You

by Celeste Ng

A Man Called Ove: A Novel
"A Man Called Ove" is a tale of a sourpuss who is trying to commit suicide - hardly the theme for a delightful story. Backman's debut novel, though, is truly an amusing and entertaining novel.

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

Overall, a few computer glitches won’t detract from this pleasing romance in which finding out the truth leads to finding true love.


by Julie Garwood

Dr. Death
Given that the cast of characters introduced here would number among the more memorable that I have encountered recently, it would be a shame not to utilize them further. Hopefully Patterson and Roughan do so, again and again.
20Something Reads

Dr. Death

by James Patterson

Atwood, to her credit, creates a chillingly specific, imaginable night-mare. The book is short on characterization--this is Atwood, never a warm writer, at her steeliest--and long on cynicism--it's got none of the human credibility of a work such as Walker Percy's Love In The Ruins. But the scariness is visceral...


by Margaret Atwood

The Hard Way (Jack Reacher, No. 10
The inevitable showdown, on a farm outside a tiny English village, ranks as one of Child's most thrilling finales.
Publishers Weekly

The Hard Way (Jack Reacher, No. 10

by Lee Child

Into the Water: A Novel
...even after you’ve managed to untangle all the willfully misleading information, half-baked subplots, and myriad characters, you’re going to have a tough time keeping it straight.

Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins

milk and honey
This book is perfect for getting you through any breakup. Some poems hit you with the power of two lines, while others need two pages to sink in.

milk and honey

by rupi kaur

Lilac Girls: A Novel
Despite some horrific scenes, this is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly’s vivid depiction of history and excellent characters.
Publishers Weekly

Lilac Girls

by Martha Hall Kelly