You know those rundown motels that you pass on road trips, the motels where you can park right at the door to your room? The ones with the buzzing signs that blink vacancy and cable TV? The really creepy ones? Welcome to the Sun Down Motel, located in Fell, a small town in upstate NY.
Viv Delaney was just passing through in 1982. Running out of money before she could reach New York City, with dreams of becoming an actress, she takes a job as the night clerk at The Sun Down. Something isn’t right at the motel, but Viv is compelled to investigate...and then she disappears...
In 2017, Viv's niece Carly is drawn to Fell, NY after her mother's death. She wants to find out what happened to Vivian and ends up following in her Aunt's footsteps.
She too takes a job at The Sun Down as a night clerk, some things never change...
With a badass heroine, dual timelines, ghosts, a creepy atmosphere, and layers of backstory that build and build, this book is rich with chills and suspense.
It is one of my favorites.
By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent over a decade in Berlin, where his son lives with his mother. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as World War II approaches, he faces having to leave his son as well as his girlfriend of several years, a beautiful German starlet.
When an acquaintance from his old communist days approaches him to do some work for the Soviets, Russell is reluctant, but he is unable to resist the offer. He becomes involved in other dangerous activities, helping a Jewish family and a determined young American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the murky world of warring intelligence services.
This is a powerful and compelling novel that is full of intrigue and suspense.
The Better Liar is about a woman named Leslie who came from a troubled and dysfunctional family. Her father has passed away, and Leslie and her sister Robin can claim his inheritance together. Unfortunately, she has just found out that her younger sister, Robin, is dead.
Leslie ends up meeting and befriending a woman named Mary, who could be a dead ringer for her sister. The two women end up working together to come up with a scam that Mary will go back to the hometown of Robin, claim the money with Leslie, and the two women will split it.
As Mary becomes more involved with the life that Robin had left behind, Leslie soon realizes that her little plan might not have been as clever as she thought, especially when old, dark secrets long buried rise back up.
This is an unpredictable mystery/thriller told in multiple points of view. There is suspense, emotion, curiosity, and plenty of bombshells to keep you interested. Just when you think you have things figured out, you don’t.
This is the first book in a new middle-grade series that I just could not put down. Here are some reasons that this is the next book you should read, no matter what your age.
- 12-Year-Old Girl Genius as the heroine
- Albert Einstein
- Code Breaking
- Plot Twists
- Saving the World
This action-packed adventure has an ideal hero for a new generation. Charlie Thorne is great at deciphering the clues hidden by Albert Einstein, and the adventure unfolds until the final answer is uncovered.
When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for 'kidnapping' the white child she's babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with a 'personal brand' and the best of intentions, resolves to make things right.
But Emira herself is aimless, broke and tired of Alix's desire to help. When she meets someone from Alix's past, the two women find themselves on a course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, each other, and the dynamics of privilege.
This is a fresh, funny, and insightful assessment of how one young African American woman navigates her life between white privilege and inherent racism.
Dune Dragons is about a colony of dragons that shared a peaceful co-existence with humans until some members of that species wanted to use the magical creatures to fight in battles. The dragons fled across a vast ocean, settling in peaceful Northern Michigan, far away from meddling humans, they thought.
The book tells the story of a pair of young dragons and important lessons that they, and their elders learn.
Gretchen is an excellent storyteller. She tells a tale that will bring smiles to reader’s faces with its unexpected, yet happy conclusion.
Grown and Flown helps guide parents through the ups and downs of junior and senior years in high school and on to freshman year in college. With insight, humor and expertise, here is a look at everything from how the teen brain works to dorm shopping to successfully graduating in four years. There is a special emphasis on the painful transition families face as their kids move from high school to college. Any parent who is facing this wonderful, heart breaking change in their family's life with a host of mixed emotions and a list of questions will find this book helpful.
There are tips on saving money, what to do for that first birthday away from home and how to get ready for parents weekend on campus. You will also learn how to help your teen decide which college to attend, what professors tell their own families are the keys to success and how to tell if your kid is ready for college.
The book is organized by topic: family life, mental health, academics, college admissions, separating and letting go, college life, and more. The unique chapter topics make it easy to decide what you want to read, depending on your current parenting stage.
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.
Cilka’s Journey is a work of historical fiction that is based on the life of Cilka Klein.
The book traces 16-year-old Cilka’s path beginning with the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1942. When the war is over, the camp is liberated, and she is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy. This is when Cilka is sent to the Siberian gulag.
This is an emotionally charged period of history, and it is approached with sensitivity and depth.
Cilka’s story is one of a remarkable woman who has more courage than I could ever imagine to endure so much evil and abuse. It is a story with heart, hope, and her will to survive and help others is remarkable and inspiring.
The story begins with a seemingly normal interaction: a man meets a beautiful woman in an airport, they share a few drinks and a passionate kiss, and he thinks it's the start of a beautiful romance. But then she disappears, and the next time he sees her is on TV — apparently, she's a missing person. What's going on, exactly? And can he help find her?
I enjoyed this tense thriller. What could have been a fleeting moment between strangers, turns into a whirlwind story of secrets, regrets, and sacrifice.