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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I started this book with much trepidation in light of many lackluster reviews piling up on Amazon. The story centers around the Drowning Pool, a spot on a river that runs through an English town, where troubled women leap to their deaths from the cliff above. It is a spot with a long history of victims dating back to the witch trials.  The crux of the story focuses on the most recent victim, Nel, who leaves behind her teenage daughter Lena.  Nel’s sister, Jules, comes from London to take care of the aftermath.

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Leaving Lucy Pear is the tale of two mothers, one who was impelled to leave her infant to be raised by strangers, and the woman who raises the child.

3 Sherlock Holmes Series to Try

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most enduring characters in literature.  The sight of his iconic hat and pipe bring this fictional detective to mind, even when his name is not used.  In film alone, he has taken many forms, from Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett, Michael Caine, Robert Downey Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch.  But, of course, everyone's favorite detective has also had a very colorful history on the printed page, far reaching the scope that his original author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could possibly have imagined for him.  If he had known that Holmes would be such an enduring character, would he have been so quick to kill him off at Reichenbach Falls--only to resurrect him years later--or would he have had a bit more respect for the eccentric detective who had taken over his life?

In honor of Conan Doyle's 158th birthday (which happens to be today), here are a selection of books written in honor of his most famous creation.  Conan Doyle will never be forgotten, as long as Sherlock Holmes lives on.

Something to Talk About by Beth Donaldson

Something to Talk About is a sweet and sexy romance, from a new author and Northeast Ohio librarian, set in the small Ohio town of Mill Falls where gossip runs amok and wreaks havoc for our couple.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

McEwan works his magic again in a quirky story with an unusual protagonist, a baby in the womb.  Baby is surprisingly aware of what goes on outside of the womb.  His “ear is pressed all day and night…hearing pillow talk of deadly intent,” a self-described innocent “but it

(the other) The Girl Before by Rena Olsen

A little while back I reviewed The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney, a psychological suspense about a death in a mysterious house.  This book, with the same title actually released several months prior to Delaney’s, and if I could only recommend one, it would be this one. 

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

This is a true standout among the many suspense titles currently dominating the fiction market.  It begins with a hit and run accident which kills a young boy and follows the investigation that ensues. The story moves between Bristol, England and a coastal community in Wales, spanning just over a year. Divided into two parts, it reads almost innocuously until you reach the end of the first half. It’s this midstream jolt that sets it apart in a genre notorious for eleventh hour plot twists. The story is told in two parts and from a few different perspectives.  Detective Inspector Ray Stevens is investigating this crime. Jenna is a mother grieving the loss of her child. Part two introduces another character that creates the real suspense of this story.  

Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

An imposter returns claiming to be Rebecca Winter, who’s been missing for over a decade.  While the resemblance is striking, can she really step into the life of a girl she knows nothing about?  So begins a tale told in alternating chapters by the real Rebecca, recountin

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

Another girl title in the same genre as those who’ve come, well, “before”.  A story about an austere home with an aloof and mysterious owner whose tenants are required to adhere to strict guidelines of minimalism.  Jane has just moved in and learns

Disrupted: My Misadventures in the Start-Up Bubble