Review: A heartfelt story about finding confidence in yourself and friendship helping to overcome impossible odds. Also, a look at loneliness and expectations being a burden, and trying to find ways to be happy in your life.
Rayburn is a monster, meant to be terrorizing the town his hilltop cave overlooks. However, for quite a few years, Rayburn has lost his confidence in being a monster. His motivation is non-existent and he questions why he even has to scare the townsfolk. Meanwhile, the citizens of Stoker-on-Avon are angry and disappointed that their monster is a dud. Monsters mean big business for these Victorian towns, the scarier the monster, the better the tourism dollars.
The town fathers decide to enlist (read pigeon-hole) Dr. Wilkie in to finding out what is wrong with the village monster, with the bonus that he may regain his license to practice medicine and regain his lab.
Review: A thrilling ride through a realm of monsters, fairytales, and darkness. Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault is an imaginative and immersive read.
Perrie (pronounced Perry) is celebrating her birthday, but her town is suffering from a slew of unexplained disappearances. Her cousin, Maisie, is determined to go detective, while Perrie is just determined to avoid her ex, Neven, and figure out her feelings for her best friend, August.
When Neven and Maisie go missing, Perrie and August team up to find them. Starting at Maisie's new place of work, a museum that showed up overnight (and only some can see), Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault. It's mysterious, unnerving and unexplainable.
Review: Once again, Susanna Kearsley deftly weaves a story connecting past and present. Her vivid imagery and poetic words immerse the reader in 1759, specifically Long Island (while still the North American colonies) while the Seven Year's War is drawing to an end. Two French lieutenants, captured by the British, are billeted in the Wilde family home.
After the recent loss of the matriarch of the Wilde house, the family is in turmoil. The older brother has returned after surviving a horrific battle with the French, his mind fractured. The younger brother is searching for adventure, to make a name for himself (and in the future he is the famous brother that the museum is being erected for). While the sister, Lydia, the only daughter, is the only force still holding this fragile family together.
Review: It has been a while since a book has affected me so deeply. Ernshaw's storytelling is captivating, intense and heartbreaking.
The novel begins with a tale of three sisters (Marguerite, Aurora and Hazel Swan), outsiders, arriving in a small harbour community (Sparrow, Oregon). Due to their independence, differences, sex appeal and magnetism, the town declares them witches and drowns them in the sea.
There is a switch to the present, where the same harbour community has experience two centuries of drownings that occur yearly, around the summer solstice. The curse returns each summer, in the form of the three Swan sisters taking control of three young women and using them to seek revenge, by drowning young men in the waters of Sparrow harbour. Claiming the lives of the sons, or ancestors, of those who so callously took their lives.
Review: What a trippy novel. So different from the usual detective novel. First off, our detective Daniel Hawthorne is completely unlikable, a hard man who knows he is always right, but gives nothing to anyone. Not only that, but the author (Anthony Horowitz) has immersed himself in the novel as the narrator/bumbling sidekick who makes several mistakes due to trying to out think Hawthorne. The two quip and banter, while coming to form a mutual respect and sort of unbreakable bond.
Written as though a true crime novel, with real life occurrences and characters. This novel continuously makes the reader question reality versus fiction. A gripping story of a woman murdered after arranging her own funeral. From there, we follow Horowitz around London, chasing after a story years in the past about a crash that killed one young boy and caused severe brain damage in his twin.