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By Guillaume Musso, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780316590969
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 16th, 2021

Alice, a Parisian cop, wakes up from a night on the town to find herself handcuffed to an unknown man in New York City's Central Park. She and the man to whom she is literally attached, Gabriel, race through the city trying to escape from the handcuffs as they figure out how they ended up in New York with no phones, no money, and numbers either written on a palm (hers) or carved into flesh (his). 

The plot of the book climaxes around a huge twist, with memory playing a major role. 

The lies, betrayal, and emotions make this book an exciting and unpredictable psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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ISBN: 9781250301703
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Published: Celadon Books - May 4th, 2021

Alicia Berenson is a well-known painter who loves her husband more than anything else. One evening shots are heard and the police arrive and find Alicia standing over his body with a smoking gun, his arms and legs wired to a chair. She does not offer one word of explanation, and from that moment on, she refuses to speak. She maintains her silence during her arrest and trial. They find her less than competent and instead of prison, she goes to The Grove, which is a secure psychiatric hospital. 

A psychotherapist named Theo Faber is obsessed with her case and accepts a position at the Grove simply to try to uncover her motive for the crime. He is an emotionally fragile protagonist that has personal and professional problems of his own, which he lays out in the first-person narrative and alternates with excerpts from Alicia’s diary. 

A gruesome murder, a woman held captive in her own mind, and a therapist determined to unlock her secrets - what’s not to love about The Silent Patient?

You will be talking about this book months after you read it. 

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ISBN: 9781982132781
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 25th, 2021

This is a page turner that follows a multi-generational group of Washingtonians navigating the complicated waters of social and political survival in the wake of the torture and gruesome murder of Texas oil scion David Banks and his family. 

This compelling story reveals the inner workings of one of America’s most secretive tribes.The reader is offered a glimpse into a world of money, power, and tradition that has for years had an impact on the way the country operates. 

Ideas about family, friendship, belonging, and the nature of influence are tackled—all playing out, during tense meals at stuffy country clubs, at drug-fueled parties at the Russian ambassador’s mansion, and along the avenues of Georgetown.

I hope you enjoy this debut novel.

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By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

Me and White Supremacy is an activist program for confronting white privilege. It is an eye-opening book that will challenge you to take action and look at the privilege within yourself so that you can stop inflicting damage on people of color. We all need to be good ancestors and think deeply about how we act and behave to all people. 

Saad challenges us to look within ourselves to combat racism and help to change the world. 

This book would be a highly useful tool for any discussion of combating racism.

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ISBN: 9780399562495
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Published: Penguin Books - May 4th, 2021

The Giver of Stars is the true tale of the Horseback Librarians. Five women take a remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, delivering books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s traveling library during the depression. 

These women are trying to do an important job against the odds and are the kind of women who make others feel that anything is possible.

This novel is funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, and is destined to become a modern classic--a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp. 

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ISBN: 9781641292580
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Published: Soho Crime - March 30th, 2021

Kate Rees is a young woman that practically saw under her own eyes her husband and young child die because of the German bombings in London. She was then recruited by British Intelligence which sounded like a perfect plan for her revenge, especially when she is sent on a mission to Paris to assassinate Hitler. 

Her training is really basic, and as things don’t go as planned, she has to improvise, and survive with people she is not even sure she can trust. 

This is a historical spy novel that has a great surprise-filled plot. There are vivid scenes, creating lively characters and maintaining pulse-elevating suspense. Black’s knowledge of the city and its people shines through in this mystery.

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ISBN: 9780802158178
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 9th, 2021

In this mystery featuring Venetian policeman Commissario Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon once again invites us to be a part of this charismatic character’s world and family as he goes about solving a crime on the Venetian waterways.

Transient Desires begins when two badly injured young American students are left on a hospital dock. The men who deposited them there did not alert the medical staff and the women were only discovered by chance. Brunetti must discover who the women are, how they were injured and who the men were who dropped them off.

One of the suspects, a young man seen with the tourists earlier that evening, is the son of a wealthy, powerful man, which means Brunetti needs to navigate the politics of social classes. The case also leads him to uncover a sex trafficking operation. This takes the story far beyond the question of the two initial victims.

This is a beautiful read that takes us into the vibrant world of Venice. I hope you enjoy yet another mystery by Donna Leon.

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ISBN: 9781982136352
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Published: Scribner - April 20th, 2021

This thriller is a balance between real life and fantasy, and between love and loss. This balance is maintained in the relationship between two twin sisters, Ellice and Catriona Morgan. 

An event that took place 20 years ago separated the sisters El and Cat on either side of the Atlantic. Now,  it has been reported that El has disappeared on a boat at sea, and putting aside their difficulties Cat goes back to Scotland to look for her sister, certain that despite the evidence, she is not dead.

Being “home” means understanding “home,” and the dark fantasies they enacted there, about pirates, a ghoul called The Tooth Fairy, clowns, and Wild West shoot-outs with their imaginary friends. Although one of them might not be imaginary, and El’s husband – of course – had a fling with Cat before El’s previous suicide attempt. It brings back memories of a distant mother and a rum-sodden grandfather. Of course, everything is not as it seems…

I hope you enjoy this thriller.

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ISBN: 9780062943477
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 9th, 2021

This is a wonderful book that is a mix of historical fiction and mystery. The story is about three women who were codebreakers during World War II.

The book is written between the past and present. In the past, the women are developing a friendship and learning how to break codes. In the present, they have to work together and put their personal differences aside. 

I loved learning about an area of the war effort that I did not know much about. I also liked that one of the characters has a Canadian connection and is lightly fictionalized from the real life Canadian-born codebreaker that was Prince Philip’s wartime girlfriend.

This is an action packed fast paced novel that will leave you feeling as if you have three new friends.

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ISBN: 9780593139134
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Published: Crown - October 20th, 2020

Greenlights is an entertaining, casual, engaging, lighthearted, fun, thoughtful book that also has a profound message. It includes lessons that McConaughey has learned throughout his life and has molded him into who he is today. He talks about his life as an observer and a reflector who is able to take a step back and analyze his decisions, perspectives, and overall views on his life. These lessons and experiences that he shares gives you an interesting perspective on different life situations.

You will be engaged and mesmerized from start to finish. If you are looking for a great book to read, I can’t recommend this one enough.