An undercover cop reluctantly returns to the Irish neighborhood where he grew up when a discovery in an abandoned house forces him to reconsider the event that changed his life over 20 years ago. Though technically part of the Dublin Murder Squad series, this novel functions perfectly well as a standalone. Tana French takes a… Read More Faithful Place by Tana French
Standard psychological suspense with a few clever tricks.
A 5-year-old boy is struck and killed in a hit-and-run. Detective Inspector Ray Stevens of the Bristol police puts his team on the case. Kate, new to the Criminal Investigation Department, is already proving to be smart and dedicated to the job. With few leads, however, the investigation is going to be difficult. The… Read More I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Maybe it matters which Mary Kubica book you encounter first but I found this one to be lacking compared to <i>Don’t You Cry</i>. The plot is not as compelling or well-planned and the characters are all unlikable to a degree. The narrative is told from several perspectives but each chapter is clearly identified and their… Read More Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
A private plane crashes shortly after taking off from Martha’s Vineyard. Only two of the eleven people on board survive – a child and Scott Burroughs. Scott was flying to New York in the hopes of turning his paintings, an outlet for his personal demons, into a source of income. Instead, he becomes a media-created… Read More Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Eskens’ competent thriller starts off slowly as he builds his characters’ backgrounds and personalities. The story is compelling – Joe Talbert, a college student dealing with an autistic brother and an irresponsible mother, is on deadline to complete a writing assignment requiring him to interview a stranger and the subject he is forced to accept… Read More The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
The house on Long Island Sound is deteriorating but librarian Simon Watson can neither afford to repair it or bear to sell it. Memories of his deceased parents linger and it’s the only home to which his wayward sister Enola might someday return. Simon’s thoughts are consumed with this dilemma when he receives an old,… Read More The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman– a freed slave who doesn’t even have a familiar– as their Sorcerer Royal,… Read More Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho