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”

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”

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”

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”

Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout

Susanne’s Review: Actions and Reactions. Secrets and Lies. Mothers and Daughters. Husbands and Wives. Isabelle Goodrow is a prim and proper woman. To her, appearances are everything.  As a mother, she is quite reserved. Her daughter Amy longs for something more. When Amy finds it, she becomes, shall we say, unfettered. Amy, entangled with someoneContinue reading “Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout”

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Kaceey’s Review: Long Bright River has been sitting quietly and lonely on my shelf for well, let’s just say too long! Not sure why. Just never felt like the right time to read it. Once the audio version became available I knew it was the perfect opportunity to dive in and enjoy both the written andContinue reading “Long Bright River by Liz Moore”

The Searcher by Tana French

*Susanne’s Review “The Searcher”: A novel you feel in deep recesses of your bones, kind of like changes in the weather. “The Searcher” is a character driven novel, first and foremost. The characters are brilliantly plotted, and written to absolute perfection. They are rich, dynamic, difficult and stubborn. Having undergone life’s trials and tribulations, they areContinue reading “The Searcher by Tana French”