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Descent by Tim Johnston

July 30
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Descent by Tim Johnston is a nail-biter that you won’t be able to put down. When Caitlyn disappears on an early morning run in the mountains, the lives of her mother, father and brother are replaced by anguish, sadness, guilt and grief. Unable to dig deep enough to console each other, they resort to whatever they have to in order to cope.

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The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos

June 12
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The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos is a fun and flirty book about first loves, dysfunctional families, and second chances. It’s easy to connect with the characters, and the writing makes them come alive. High entertainment value!

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

June 5
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is deliciously suspenseful. It is fascinating and fun to follow Rachel as she seemingly lives without a conscience and acts on every impulse.

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The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless

May 25
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The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless is supposed to give us insight into how her brother Chris could desert his family and walk off into the Alaskan wilderness, where he would eventually die, in Into the Wild. While Chris is interwoven throughout the book, Carine is mostly writing an autobiography about her life, which she seems most qualified to do.

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The Abominable by Dan Simmons

May 8
The Abominable by Dan Simmons

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with The Abominable. Despite being fiction, I loved the excitement and adventure on the mountain and all of the research that went into the book. I would have preferred, however, that it had stopped there, and not taken the twists and turns that carried the focus so far away from the climbing.

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Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald

May 1
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Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald failed to capture my attention and pull me into the story. While there was a lot going on, it felt chaotic and unorganized and lacked any intrigue or tension.

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Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

April 27
Not My Father's Son Book Cover

Alan Cumming, who plays Eli Gold in The Good Wife, wrote the autobiography called Not My Father’s Son. It is an in-depth look at how he was abused by his father throughout his childhood, and how that experience shaped him into the man he is today.

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The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

April 17
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In The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, eighty-five year old Addie recounts the rather dull story of her life to her granddaughter Ava. At times, the story slows to a snail’s pace.

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Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

April 13
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Drowning Instinct piled on the intrigue until nothing was as it seemed. This is the type of story where it’s the responsibility of the reader to provide their own interpretation.

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The Purchase by Linda Spalding

April 2
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The Purchase by Linda Spalding had me excited at the prospect of learning about a little piece of history – about Quakers and slavery. Sadly, the plot never seemed to reach any depth that could satisfy my curiosity, and the characters were boring and emotionless.

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