Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce
Feb08

Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce

Pull Me Under Pull Me Under starts with a premise we can all imagine in today’s world. A 12-year-old Japanese-American girl, bullied relentlessly by a classmate “releases her inner black organ” and kills her tormenter with a letter opener. (I haven’t given anything away—we are told this on the first page of the book.) I noticed at a young age—four years old, five—a dark presence in my chest, a blackness, clinging to the back of my...

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Aug03

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall My fear of flying seems to get worse with each flight I take. I keep trying to trace back to when this all began. As a child I traveled with family, thrilling in the excitement of being up in the air. I went to college far from home and flew back and forth many times a year. There were no direct flights between Providence, RI and Richmond, Virginia, so each trip required two takes off and two landings, yet I barely...

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The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Jul06

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

The Life We Bury This suspense novel starts out with University of Minnesota college student Joe Talbert seeking an elderly person to interview for a biography assignment in his English class. He heads to a local nursing home and after a little back and forth about what his intentions are, the receptionist suggests Carl Iverson, a recent parolee from the Department of Corrections. Mr. Iverson was paroled because he’s dying of cancer...

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All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
May25

All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

All Things Cease to Appear Apparently, quotation marks around dialogue in fiction have become optional. This is a trend that I thought would be really hard for me. I like rules. And I especially like grammar. Is anyone else with me when I say that diagramming sentences was one of my favorite parts of middle school? Before reading All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage, I found it hard to imagine that I could ever enjoy a...

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Dec09

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman Until I read Bird Box, I would have told you that I didn’t like to read horror. And then all that changed with the reading of one small story written by debut author Josh Malerman. I had heard mention of this book a lot and the premise interested me but knowing it was horror, I avoided it. I’m not sure what finally pushed the over the edge but I am really glad I went there. Bird Box tells the story of a world...

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The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
Aug19

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne I almost stopped reading The Ice Twins by S.K.Tremayne three separate times. That said, when people ask me which book they should bring on their beach vacation, I consistently say The Ice Twins. I am not a fan of the supernatural or fantasy at all with the very big exception of all things Harry Potter. Therefore, when I thought The Ice Twins turned in to a ghost story, I became annoyed. And I thought it...

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Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason
Dec10

Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason

  THREE GRAVES FULL by Jamie Mason   If there is one thing I love above all else in the world of story it’s an opening line that reaches out, grabs you by the throat and pulls you in. Some books have it, some come close, but some miss by a long shot. Not Jamie Mason, she nails it in her debut THREE GRAVES FULL. “There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.” Mason’s story introduces us to Jason...

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