Monday, June 17, 2019

BLACK EYED SUSANS

 BLACK EYED SUSANS
By Julie Heaberlin


Black Eyed Susans was a really well written novel.  Full of suspense, it kept me on my toes as Tessa, the main character, went back and forth in her mind from her teens to present day.  At the age of seventeen she woke up in a ditch.  Left there by a serial killer along with the body of another victim and the bones of several others.  The problem is, she has no memory of what happened.  Only scars and fear.  I really enjoyed this book.  It's always nice when you cannot figure out the ending before you get there.
Reviewed by Jude @ Genoa Branch Library

Monday, June 10, 2019

THE OTHER WOMAN


THE OTHER WOMAN
By Sandie Jones

Once I started reading this book, I could barely put it down.  It is a twisting, turning psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the climax of the book!  Emily falls hard for handsome Adam and they quickly become engaged.  The only problem?  His mother hates Emily and does everything in her power to turn Adam against Emily. Emily believes she can thwart his mother's scheming ways and live happily ever after with Adam.  If she only knew!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

THE BLINK OF AN EYE


 THE BLINK OF AN EYE
by Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard

Rikke has a PhD in science communication and was an associate professor at Aarhus University. On New Year's Day 2013, Rikke was celebrating New Year's Day with her husband and three young children.  In the evening she suddenly contracted a fever and within hours her organs started shutting down.  She was in a coma for several weeks and given only a 5% chance or survival.  When she awoke, she was completely paralyzed.  Being unable to communicate, no one realized she was conscious until her husband finally saw her eyes looking right at him.  Miraculously, Rikke did recover from her ordeal although she still deals with some health issues. She tells her story in a calm, scientific form and her bravery and fortitude are amazing.  After reading this book, I realized how much I should cherish each day of good health that I have.  You never know when things can change in the blink of an eye.  
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library


Saturday, June 8, 2019

GO SEE THE PRINCIPAL: TRUE TALES FROM THE SCHOOL TRENCHES


GO SEE THE PRINCIPAL
TRUE TALES FROM THE SCHOOL TRENCHES
by Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks is an elementary school principal and YouTube celebrity entertaining school personnel and parents alike.  But behind the humor are practical tips for giving children a successful school year.  He discusses such topics as communication between the school and parents, the way kids learn, and extracurriculars.  He gives common sense tips with a good dose of humor.  This book would be great for teachers and parents alike to read before the new school year approaches.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENTS WHO CHANGED AMERICA







ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENTS WHO CHANGED AMERICA
by Jared Cohen

Eight men, U.S. vice presidents, became presidents upon the death of a president.  In many of these cases the men pushed into presidential roles were ill equipped to take on the great responsibility turned over to them.  This book covers some of our nation's most significant events in regards to these unexpected presidents.  Even today, the Constitution leaves the question of succession largely unanswered.  The author leaves us with two issues to ponder.  One is how we select a vice president.  The other issues is how the country can ensure the vice president is integrated into an administration in case a president should die in office.  This book is well documented and very readable.  I found it quite thought provoking.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND


BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND
By Heather Gudenkauf

Twelve year old Cora Landry is found injured and bloodied near the abandoned train yard by a woman walking her dog. Two of her friends had spent the night at Cora's but were nowhere around.  Who had committed this horrific act against Cora?  A thorough investigation ensues, with everyone connected to the girls going under the microscope.  This is also a story about friendship and what families will do to protect their own.  This psychological thriller keeps you guessing until the last chapter!  
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library




Monday, May 20, 2019

THE TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN


THE TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN
by Cara Robertson

Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby, were savagely bludgeoned to death during daylight hours on a busy street in 1892.  Over one hundred years later, people are still fascinated by this case.  This book follows the arrest, trial, and acquittal of Lizzie Borden.  Most of the evidence was circumstantial.  No murder weapon was ever unequivocally traced to the murder and there were no eye witnesses.  The author researched transcripts of the legal proceedings, newspaper articles, lawyer's journals and letters written by Lizzie.  It is quite a thought provoking case. There were many things that pointed to Lizzie as the guilty party but nothing that could be absolutely proven. Lizzie ended up being acquitted and no one was ever charged in the horrible death of Andrew Borden and his wife.  If you like true crime mysteries, you will be riveted by this book.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library.