April 4, 2017: Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg


young girl’s perspective
moorland commune disaster
before & after

strange residuum unfolds
in darkly compelling ways


March 21, 2017: The Cutaway by Christina Kovac, c2017

The Cutaway

Washington, DC
young TV news producer
ruthless ambition

author’s insider knowledge
enriches the first-rate plot


February 7, 2017: Always by Sarah Jio


‘90s Seattle
a lucky unlucky girl
finding her true love

seamlessly woven timelines:
Which fiancé does she choose?


November 1, 2016: Faithful by Alice Hoffman


Awful Accident
trying to destroy herself
fateful night’s burden

she’s Guilt surrounded by Love
a lost soul’s coming-of-age


June 28, 2016: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All The Missing Girls

a small, Southern town
destroying the living to
find the dead at last

cleverly told in reverse:
How far would you go for love


May 16, 2016: The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

The After Party

Houston’s River Oaks
chasing grown woman’s secrets
devotion . . . or obsession

exquisitely formed tension
great 1950s details


April 26, 2016: Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown

Tumbledown Manor

Aussie countryside
buying back her heritage
not over-the-hill

little bit of everything
somehow works — cute, fun beach read


April 5, 2016: The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith

The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

threads intersecting
Dutch artist & her forger
centuries apart

showcasing art’s power in
brilliantly rendered layers


March 1, 2016: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger

life on the run outrunning
her identity

dark thriller -- could not put down
knock-your-socks-off surprises


February 2, 2016: Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart by James R. Doty, MD

Into the Magic Shop

memoir and science
energy of mind & heart
making dreams come true

bold, exceptional primer
to shape your life step-by-step


October 20, 2015: The Lake House by Kate Morton

The Lake House

lovely Cornwall home
past & present intertwine
a baby missing

well-plotted mystery with
threads tied up amazingly


September 8, 2015: Drowning Is Inevitable (YA) by Shalanda Stanley

Drowning Is Inevitable

bold bonds of friendship
lives spiral out of control
How far will they go?

emotionally wrenching
beautiful gem of a book


June 30: Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec (c2015) translated from the German by Sorcha McDonagh, c2015

Death in Brittany

croissants & sea air
caught in a web of silence
curious murder

good old-fashioned mystery
dipped in the French countryside


June 16, 2015: Every Last Word (YA) by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word

hidden room mismatched
teen swimming in OCD
listen, clap, and breathe

quirky cast discovering
friendship through shared poetry


March 10, 2015: Nightbird (Juv Fic) by Alice Hoffman


two hundred year curse
a shadow being revealed
we are who we are

magical story of friends,
family, & hope . . . Charming!


February 24, 2015: The Third Twin (YA) by CJ Omololu

The Third Twin

dates turning up dead
twin sisters blame it on her
twisted mystery

lots of red herrings pepper
this whodunit page-turner


February 10, 2015: The Last Good Paradise by Tatjana Soli

The Last Good Paradise

island get-a-way
all pursuing happiness
caught up in dramas

serious absurdities
highlighting realities


January 27, 2015: Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm


web of deception
clever title tells all twice
cultivating lies

psychological twister
with velocity & verve


November 11, 2014: Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory

Wakening the Crow

consuming coldness
with musty little secrets
tinged by a nightmare

gloriously different
pure Poe-inspired creepiness


October 29, 2014: The Tone Poet by Mark Rickert

The Tone Poet

living symphony
music-based mysticism roots
all searching for Light

very creative piece where
Echoes of horror rise high


September 16, 2014: Sway (YA) by Kat Spears


college town high school
the guy with what people want
dealing with his life

sharp humor and hard-core haps --
Hooked from the start.  Fantastic.


May 6, 2014: The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert

The Memory Garden

lush scents & secrets
aged friends daring to look back
scattered forgiveness

sweet wisps of witchcraft bound with
botanical beginnings


March 1, 2014: How Sweet the Sound by Amy K. Sorrells

How Sweet the Sound

Southern 'seventies
burdened by swirling sadness
searching for ladders

serious issues addressed
through gentle, lovely writing


February 11, 2014: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter People

in the Devil's Hand
bringing the dead back to life
loose ends; however . . .

multiple timelines converge
pure creepiness through and through


January 28, 2014: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (Juv Fic) by Karen Foxlee

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

vast, old museum
one brave enough to believe
good versus evil

modern Snow Queen, unique twist
suspense-filled, harrowing fun


August 30, 2013: This Song Will Save Your Life (YA) by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

school hierarchies
disc jockey in the making
trying to fit in

realistic portrayals
teen problems matched to music


August 6, 2013: Listening for Lucca (Juv Fic) by Suzanne LaFleur

Listening for Lucca

old beach house of dreams
sees through time, collects the lost
a presence whispers

softly paranormal tale
seizes your heart from the start


July 2, 2013: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Whistling Past the Graveyard

'sixties' turbulence
spunky southern nine-year-old
trouble seeking home

look behind all that happens
to find the gifts tucked inside


June 11, 2013: Far Far Away (YA) by Tom McNeal

Far Far Away

in darkest darkness
girl, boy, and Grimm ghost-buddy
evil is revealed

spunky, whimsical fun mixed
with some modern derangement


June 4, 2013: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

Depression era
isolated; obsession
lay claim to your life

selfish main character but
the gentle prose is brilliant


April 15, 2013: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

One Step Too Far

nightmare of a twin
running away to forget
trains of tragedies

journey through twist after twist
to unearth the catalyst


April 9, 2013: The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnes

The Perfect Ghost

Cape Cod's infamous
biographer blending lies
broken beads of facts

a wicked weave of deceit
cloaked in smoky, slow suspense


March 12, 2013: Poison (YA) by Bridget Zinn


Kingdom of Mohr
a teenage assassin with
passion for potions

fun romp peppered with witches,
fiends, and a really cute pig


January 29, 2013: Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder


cruel life shadows
interconnectedness spins
sad desires' dark knot

simple, effective writing
unusual and unique


January 15, 2013: The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black

The Drowning House

Galveston Island
consequences sidestepping
clouded memories

impressive focus on rich
symbolic details. Bravo!


January 1, 2013: The Dead and Buried (YA) by Kim Harrington

The Dead and Buried

a new home possessed
no one listens, a dead teen
haunted by their pasts

a could-not-put-down ghost tale
Spectacularly Spooky


December 1, 2012: Chojun: A Novel by Goran Powell


War, Okinawa
art, caught between two giants
true karate's way

history and fiction blend
skillfully transcending all


November 13, 2012: Refuge (YA) by Carole Rummage


red wolf safe haven
youths suffering immense loss
a strange malady

refreshing teen love story --
no over-the-top teen angst


October 30, 2012: Babycakes: A Cupcake Club Romance by Donna Kauffman


island bakery
likable cast, turtles too
new relationships

sweet story and recipes
oh la la! . . . a bit naughty


October 14, 2012: Ashen Winter (YA) by Mike Mullin

Ashen Winter

volcanic snowscape
teens brook both land and minds warped
rescue family

from cannibal gangs amok
a full-on blast of action


October 2, 2012: A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins

A Working Theory of Love

San Francisco fog
son lost, dad computerized
all seeking true paths

relationships delved into
a timely and timeless gem


September 25, 2012: The Assault (Recon Team Angel, book 1) (YA) by Brian Falkner

The Assault

earth now alien
teenage soldiers in disguise
to save humankind

abundant combat action
and one traitor in the mist . . .


September 4, 2012: Blackwood (YA) by Gwenda Bond


hundreds missing, trapped
she is the freak, curse-bearer
the alchemist's void

authentic teen voices lead
swift action right from the start


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