Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FRIEND REQUEST






FRIEND REQUEST
by Laura Marshall

This psychological thriller moves back and forth in time between 1989 and 2016.  1989 is when a new girl,  named Maria came to Louise's school and it seemed like they'd be friends.  However, Louise ended up dropping Maria to run with the more popular crowd.   Fast forward to 2016 and Louise is getting a friend request on Facebook from Maria.  The only thing is, something dark and cruel happened back in 1989.  Something that would keep Maria from sending a friend request.    So who is sending the request and Facebook messenger notices?  Louise must think back to that night in 1989 and try to piece together what happened to figure out what is happening now.
If you like psychological thrillers with plot twists, you will thoroughly enjoy this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE


A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE
By Shari Lapena
 
 
This psychological thriller starts off with a murder.  A sweet, suburban housewife is in a car accident in a rough part of town near where the murder occurred.  Could these incidents be related?  It is hard to know because since the woman suffers a head injury she suffers from amnesia.  As the book continues, the plot twists and turns and keeps you on your toes.  What a surprise ending!  I loved this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Friday, August 25, 2017

THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY





THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY
by Susan Rivers


This historical novel is based on an actual event.  A young woman marries Major Gryffth Hockaday.  Two days later he is called to the front line of the Civil War.  His young wife is left to manage the three hundred acre farm and care for his infant son (his first wife had died) by herself.  Major Hockaday is gone for two years.  When he returns to his home he hears rumors that his wife had given birth to a child in his absence and murdered it.  When her husband asks her to explain herself she cannot because she is protecting someone's life.  He has her arrested but eventually drops the charges after he finds out the truth which was revealed to him by reading her diary.  This book gives a very realistic look at how frightening life could be for women left behind in war torn parts of the country.  It took me only one day to read this book because I was so curious about the circumstances surrounding her pregnancy and subsequent birth.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

SECRET DAUGHTER


SECRET DAUGHTER, A MIXED-RACE DAUGHTER AND 
THE MOTHER WHO GAVE HER AWAY
by June Cross 
 
June Cross was born in 1954 to Norma Booth, a glamorous white woman trying to make it as an actress.  Her father was James "Stump" Cross, part of a two-man, black comedy team who did vaudeville and radio.  Her parents were never married and eventually split up.  Norma took her daughter to live in New York City but in the 1950's racism was alive and well. Norma loved her daughter but  once she realized her daughter could not pass as white, she sent her to live with a black couple in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Norma ended up marrying Larry Storch of F-Troop fame and they moved to Hollywood.  June spent summers in Hollywood and the rest of the year in Atlantic City.  Her mother  had given birth to a daughter with Larry Storch before they were married and before June was born.  Her half sister was given up for adoption.  Her mom also had a son at the age of 18 who lived primarily in foster care.  June also discovered her father had another daughter who was given up for adoption.  This memoir tells of the struggles June Cross dealt with as a mixed race daughter and the feelings she had of never fitting in. She had a white mother who couldn't seem to understand how life was different for her daughter, June.  This book also is a story of race and class.  I found this book to be a good lesson in how race and class affect one's life and how unfair that can be.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Monday, August 21, 2017

REPLACEMENT CHILD

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REPLACEMENT CHILD, A MEMOIR
by Judy L. Mandel
 
 
Judy Mandel would never have been born had her older sister not been killed at age 7.  On January 23, 1952 in Elizabeth, NJ, an airplane smashed into two houses.  Judy's sister, Donna, was killed in the fire and her sister, Linda, was burned over 80% of her body.  Her parents felt having another child possibly would help fill the hole losing Donna caused.  The accident wasn't discussed at home and Linda had to undergo surgeries nearly every year.  This book is how Judy came to understand her place in the family and to try and understand what her parents had endured. Even though Judy was not alive to witness this tragic accident, her life was still profoundly affected by it.  
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"The Grantchester Mysteries: Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love"
 by James Runcie

I've enjoyed watching the Grantchester mystery series on PBS, so thought it was time to pick up one of the books.  This book covers about 5 years (beginning in the early 1970's) in the lives of Sidney and his family & friends.  Sidney has several mysteries or crimes to work through, some with the assistance of his friend, Geordie, and others on his own.  The most shocking event in the book is not a crime at all. The book reminds me of the Sunday Philosophy Club books by Alexander McCall Smith, because the characters have quiet, thoughtful conversations about religion, morality, and love.  While the mysteries will not keep you awake at night, there is a lot to think about.  I was looking forward to the next book in the series to see what was next for Sidney, Geordie et al, but it appears that this is the last in the series, although there may be a prequel.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore Public Library.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A SPEAK IN THE SEA


A SPECK IN THE SEA, A STORY OF SURVIVAL AND RESCUE
by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski


John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski are partner owners of a fishing boat which is how they make their living.  On July 24, 2013 John was on the overnight watch while Anthony and another crew member slept below deck.  John needed to calibrate a new refrigeration system they on the boat to keep their catch alive.  Rather than wake one of the other guys to help him, he decided to do it on his own.  While trying to move to coolers with a long-handled box hook the plastic handle on one of the coolers snapped off sending John tumbling off the back of the boat into the ocean.  He screams as loud as he can but of course is not heard above the motor of the boat by his sleeping crew mates as the boat chugs off into the distance.  This is the harrowing, true tale of John Aldridge's survival.  It was only because of his sheer grit and persistence that he made it.  This is a true adventure tale!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library