Jane is a dog walker in a ritzy Birmingham subdivision who has sticky fingers and a lot of ambition. She soon catches the eye of wealthy widower Eddie Rochester. But what happened to Eddie's first wife Bea and her friend Blanche? Does this ring any Jane Eyrebells for you?
It's a twisty thriller and great escape reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Parker is a newly minted psychiatrist with a great pedigree who has chosen to practice in a run-down public psychiatric hospital.
Shorly after arriving, Parker sees an orderly have a psychotic break and learns of the suicide of a beloved nurse. That lead him to learn of a string of doctors who lost their lives - or their minds - all while treating Joe - a lifelong inmate of the hospital.
Told as a series of blog posts, The Patientfollows Parker as he determines to be the doctor who can diagnose Joe then cure him once and for all.
I was never sure where this novel was heading - but I can only hope it's not heading straight into my dreams.
This one will haunt you.
Mikel was born into the now-notorious Cult Synanon - begun as an experimental commune which helped people kick addictions, but later morphed into a control group that forced divorces and separated kids from their parents at six months. Mikel and his brother Tony grew up at the cult's school - minded by strangers and only occasionally visited by their mother or father.
His mother eventually ran away with the brothers, but their lives were still filled with poverty, emotional abuse, and addiction. Bouncing between an emotionally crippled mother and an ex-con father, the boys had to raise themselves in an often confusing world.
This memoir is heart-wrenching, but it's beautifully written, so we know that despite the unfortunate and unusual childhood, Mikel overcame. He graduated with honors from Stanford and became the soul-searching front man for the Indie band The Airborne Toxic Event.
He's been an on-air columnist for NPR's All Things Considered, an editor at large for Men's Health and an editor at Filter magazine.
This book is his testament to facing your demons and determining your own destiny, and a love story of sorts for the family we get - for better or worse.
When Karin Slaughter visited us for an event several years ago, we had a life-sized standee made of the author. That thing still lives at the bookstore and I often open my office door and jump out of my skin because Karin is in there, grinning back at me.
And the real Karin Slaughter is good at making you jump out of your skin, too, with her creepy, often-violent crime thrillers. In The Silent Wife, (Slaughter's 20th book) she revisits Grant County with a new story involving her Sara Linton and Will Trent characters.
A young woman has been brutally attacked and there aren't many leads until a prisoner contacts to say he recognizes that M.O. A long, twisty tale ensues that will grab you whether you are a long time Slaughter fan or this is your very first time reading her.
Despite the gruesome nature of her novels and the coincidence of her last name, Slaughter herself is a thoughtful writer who includes realistic details about the long-lasting effects of trauma and are full of survivors, fighters, mothers, sisters, wives, friends, and as she says "rogues".
One of the most intriguing things I remember about her visit to Saturn is that Karin Slaughter is funny. She has that self-deprecating humor that many intelligent people possess that allows her to communicate on so many levels.
Check out The Silent Wife. You'll be glad you did.
Lesley Kagen, a beloved author in our store since she gave us our perennial favorite bestseller Whistling in the Dark, takes us back to small-town 1960 and the high jinks of three eleven-year-old girls. Narrated by Biz, now a 60-something author looking with a wry eye back upon one memorable summer she and her two best friends began with lofty goals in their tree fort and ended as heroes with broken limbs and secrets revealed,Every Now and Thenhits it out of the park with Kagen's trademark folksy vernacular, larger-than-life escapades - witches! - mental institution! - murder! - ooh, la la! - and characters who mix the innocence of their age with a certain grown-up wisdom. If you are a Kagen fan, you'll recognize this winning combination right away. If not, get on the bandwagon! Every Now and Then is for everyone who loves a good story.