Beartown and Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Susanne’s Reviews: Beartown Fredrik Backman: You’ve left me drained, almost completely bereft of words. This is a novel, unlike any of your others, yet it’s so full of heart and emotion that we the readers know emphatically that it is yours. And after the last words have sunk into my soul, I can emphatically say,Continue reading “Beartown and Us Against You by Fredrik Backman”

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

Susanne’s Review: What does it take to find your true self?  Life-Changing Events. Susan is a 45 (forty-five) year-old woman who is prickly as a pear or rather as prickly as cactus if I’m going to get technical. Friendly isn’t exactly her forte. Set in her ways, Susan prefers routine and likes to be alone.Continue reading “The Cactus by Sarah Haywood”

Writers and Lovers by Lily King

Susanne’s Review: Just call it Love, Pure and Simple. “Writers and Lovers” by Lily King is the story of Casey Peabody, a 31-year-old woman who knows pain and defeat and knows it well.  A waitress and a struggling writer, Casey recently lost her mother and is $73,000 in debt due to exorbitant college loans thatContinue reading “Writers and Lovers by Lily King”

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Susanne’s Review: Atmospheric, Dark, Eerie, Fantastical and Mystical. When Alex Stern arrives at Yale University in New Haven, CT, her past is just one of the many things she simply cannot escape. The Grays are the other. Alex is quite special you see and that is why she is recruited. Alex has a very uniqueContinue reading “Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo”

Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

Susanne’s Review: Absolutely Unreal. Affecting, Enthralling, Tragic, Traumatic. In a quiet picturesque community on Long Island, new residents from Brooklyn move in. As soon as they arrive, it’s immediately clear to the current residents of ‘Maple Street’ that the Wilde’s simply don’t fit in. Gertie is a former Pageant Queen and her husband Arlo, isContinue reading “Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan”

The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher

Kaceey’s Review: Well, I certainly wasn’t expecting that! Juno is a former therapist, married with a family. Then she lost it all. Down on her luck, she finds the perfect solution by moving in with Winnie and her family.    Juno doesn’t take up much room and does her best to be as unobtrusive as possible.Continue reading “The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher”

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Susanne’s Review: Is it possible to come of age in a mere summer?  For fourteen-year-old Mary Jane, the answer is a resounding yes. The year is 1970, the place is Baltimore.   Mary Jane Dillard is a teenager whose life is filled with singing in her church choir, cooking with her mom every day, and listeningContinue reading “Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau”

When these Mountains Burn by David Joy

Susanne’s Review: Drugs run rampant in the mountains of North Carolina.  Such that addiction is the norm and times are troubled.   When Ray Mathis’s son, Ricky gets himself into yet another pickle, Ray does the only thing he can, he rescues his son, just like always.  Ricky, of course, is an addict, therefore a savior,Continue reading “When these Mountains Burn by David Joy”

The News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Susanne’s Review: The year is 1870.   Now that the Civil War has ended, widower Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd has become a News Reader, traveling throughout the land reading the “News of the World.” Then the unthinkable happens.  While in Wichita Falls, Captain Kidd is offered $50.00 to take on an orphan girl, who was kidnappedContinue reading “The News of the World by Paulette Jiles”

The Survivors by Jane Harper

Susanne’s Review: Eerie, Atmospheric, and Taut. Out at Sea, “The Survivors” can be seen off the caves; three life-size statues, standing guard facing the Mary Minerva which sank over a century ago. In the newest novel by Jane Harper, the past and the preside collide for Kieran Elliott upon returning home to Evelyn Bay, Tasmania,Continue reading “The Survivors by Jane Harper”