Fiction

The Dinner: a novel

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Herman Koch
The Dinner: a novel

The events in this book take place in the course of one evening and the discourse is between two Dutch families in the Netherlands - brothers and their wives, along with their respective children who are middle-school aged boys.  The one brother is an unemployed former teacher, married to a seemingly complacent wife; the other brother is paired with "Babette" and this brother has political aspirations and exhibits an outgoing, friendly demeanor one would expect from a politician.  The commonality  between them is their sons and as the dinner progresses from one course to another, details of the horrific events that have taken place at the hands of both sons begin to emerge.  The parents continue to exhibit a nonchalant attitude as they gracefully meander through dinner and each forkful of food brings forth more disturbing details of the evening in which the sons have played a part.  The police have been brought in concerning this "act" to investigate and as the couples continue to eat, the subject finally comes up that needed to be discussed...how is each couple going to respond to the shattering accusations levied upon the boys.  



Their seemingly ordinary lives begin to unravel as the parents discuss the incident and it is revealed how far some parents will extend themselves in order to protect not only their son but themselves as well.  It is unimaginable that there are parents in this world who would go to such far extremes to cover for their children.  The subject is compelling and the different scenarios that play out point to the darker side of human nature. Check our Catalog

Sue H., Reference

Back Spin

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Harlan Coben
Back Spin



When Myron Bolitar, MB Sports Rep. goes to the U.S. open to try to recruit new clients he ends up with so much more.  He is asked to help find the kidnapped son of Jack Coldren, the lead golfer.  While keeping everything hushed, Myron uncovers family secrets and past hatreds. This is a fast paced "who done it" book that will keep you guessing until the end.  Myron is also witty and full of one liners which will keep you laughing too.  I will definitely read more of the Myron Bolitar series.

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Jan H., Tech. Services

Finding Jake

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Bryan Reardon
Finding Jake

We hear too many times about school shootings and this book  goes into depth with the parents of the boy who may or may not have done the deed. Jake is missing and the police have not been able to find him. Simon is a stay at home dad and his wife is a lawyer and Jake loves staying home and raising Jake and Laney.   Chapters of the book show Jake's personality at different ages and other chapters tell what is happening days and even weeks after the shooting.  A great character study and a gripping book. Check our Catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

Stay

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Victor Gischler
Stay

David Sparrow is a stay at home dad and his wife Amy has just been  promoted to Deputy District Attorney. A major case with a crime lord comes close to home for them and David has to uncover some skills which he had put aside and about which his wife does not  know. 

The book has some humor with David and the playdate neighborhood but it is also a thriller and one with a great plot and characters. Check our catalog.

Sue N., Youth Services

The Same Sky

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Amanda Eyre Ward
The Same Sky

Two strong women make this book very hard to put down. Alice is struggling to have a baby without success. Carla, a  young girl who cares for her brother in Honduras,  tries desperately to get her and her brother to Texas. The book tells about the many children who try to get into the United States. I knew nothing about what these people go through and it was a real eyeopener. The book is "about courage through struggle, hope amid heartache and finding strength to follow a dream." Excellent novel.  Check our catalog.

Sue N., Youth Services

Sister : a novel

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Rosamund Lupton
Sister: a novel

Rosamund Lupton has written two novels, Sister: A Novel and Afterwards. They are not a series but each is a stand alone novel of mystery and  suspense. In Sister Beatrice returns to her home town of London, after living in New York, when she finds out that her younger sister, Tess, is missing.  The body is found and police are calling her death a suicide. Beatrice is unwilling to accept that her sister would take her own life. Beatrice becomes an investigator and the story becomes a real page turner. It is also a story of the closeness of sisters. Check our Catalog

Jan K., Youth Services

The shadow cabinet

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Maureen Johnson
The shadow cabinet

I read Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson recently and it has me anxious for the next book to be released! It is the third book of the Shades of London series. It is mysterious and makes you wonder about the world we live in. Shadow Cabinet is a wild adventure about the supernatural world. I strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in mysterious stories. Check our Catalog

Bree K., Circulation

Touch the brightest star

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Christie Matheson
Touch the brightest star

The pictures and text take you on an interactive journey on the magic that happens at night.  A young child will be engaged and mesmerized  by a  gentle pat to the deer, a touch to the brightest star and a whisper  to the moon.  There isn’t an electronic device that can replace the connection the reader and listener experience with this book.  The last page of the book tells you how the magic happens.  I loved the book!

Another great book by this author is Tap the Magic tree.   Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

The Island of Dr. Libris

Monday, July 6, 2015
Chris Grabenstein

After reading the highly entertaining Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, I was excited to read Grabenstein’s latest book The Island of Dr. Libris.  This story takes place in current times with Billy spending the summer in a cabin with his mother, who is working to earn her PhD.  Billy discovers Dr. Libris’s library where books literally come to life on a nearby island.  Billy meets Hercules, Robin Hood, The Three Musketeers and other famous literary characters.  It is his hope that he is able to find a great treasure on the island that will solve his parent’s financial troubles that seem to be getting in the way of keeping his parents in a happy marriage.  This story was filled with wonderful imagination and would be enjoyed by upper elementary and early middle school students.   

Because all of the print copies of this book were currently checked out, I enjoyed listening to the audio version that was available.  The narrator had a pleasant voice and read at a good tempo.

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Footsteps in the Snow

Monday, July 6, 2015
Charles Lachman
Footsteps in the Snow

The book jacket describes the book as "One shocking crime. Two shattered families. And the coldest case in U.S. history". I found this book on the new book shelf and it was 500 pages of fascinating reading. A seven year old girl is kidnapped and murdered by a neighbor teen and with great police investagations and after many dead ends, the killer was apprehended 55 years later. He had changed his name but his mother on her deathbed said he was the one who committed the crime. The search for him and two trials (one for child molestation) finally landed him in prison for life. It was a long read but hard to put down. Check our catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

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