begins in Hollows, a quaint little town near New York City where everybody knows everybody. Or do they? When Charlene, a young local teen goes missing, her disappearance strikes uncomfortably close to home for psychiatrist Maggie and Jones, her policeman husband.
Twenty years ago, when they and Charlene’s mother, Melody, were in high school, Maggie’s best friend, Sarah, was found brutally murdered. Jones and Melody carry a secret from that time–one that involves another former classmate, school bully turned cop, Travis. Now both Maggie and Jones’ son Ricky and Travis’ son, Marshall, are prime suspects in Charlene’s disappearance.
Intrigue is three levels deep in James Patterson’s new novel, Private: Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, London, Chicago, Paris, Frankfort, Tokyo, Rome. Jack Morgan, owner of Private, a renowned investigation company, is searching for the murderer of his best friend’s wife while an NFL betting scandal involving referees is a priority case taking him to Las Vegas. Now another schoolgirl in the area has been murdered making her number twelve and Private is working on the case pro bono in a controversial arrangement with LAPD.
Jack is suffering from demented dreams as he has flashbacks from a helicopter crash in Vietnam. There is something regarding the helicopter crash that he cannot recall that plagues his waking hours.
Action and multiple storylines keep the pages turning quickly in this thriller.
I was recently making up a reading list for a teen when I came across Son of the Mob
by Gordon Korman. If you haven’t ever explored the Young Adult section at the library, you’re missing out. It’s loaded with well-written books ranging from fun and frothy to so serious you need a box of tissues at hand when you read them.
Vince is seventeen and, as if that doesn’t make life difficult enough, the son of a powerful Mafia boss. He does everything he can to stay out of the “family business.” But that becomes increasingly difficult, like when he finds someone in the trunk of his car when out on a date. To complicate matters, he starts falling for the daughter of an FBI agent.
This story has hints of Romeo and Juliet, but without all of the angst. Vince’s plights are full of hilarity and the side characters are delightful. Vince’s mom tries to maintain a happy, healthy home while cleaning up bullet wounds and ignoring the constant wire tapping of their lives. The men that “work” with Vince’s dad are full of fascinating and unexpected traits. Vince himself is funny, but also realistic. He struggles to form his own identity while facing decisions about both the challenges and priveleges that come from being the son of a Mafia boss. This is a great story about a young man trying to do the right thing when he’s not quite sure what that may be.
>Imagine a mysterious plague of sleeplessness is spreading across the land. What is known is that a protein plaque attacks the brain rendering the victim forever sleepless. The afflicted experience memory loss, confusion, and increasing pain. Their faces show detachment and they walk like zombies. The disease take several months to kill and almost 10% of the population are infected. Thousands of people become a subculture of the doomed. Government begins to fail and vast encampments of the homeless, jobless and the infected spring up.
An undercover cop named Parker is the main character. He works for the LAPD and the crisis is personal for him–his wife is infected and he fears for her and their infant daughter. Author Charlie Huston is a popular crime writer who has elevated the genre to social commentary. Sleepless has the gritty feel of Blade Runner and the conspiratorial elegance of Brazil. Huston’s skillful depiction of popular culture and technology lends credibility to the story. Sleepless provides a disturbingly relevent vision by a talented author.
I’ve written about Gist’s great Christian historical romance before, but now, working with crime novelist J. Mark Bertrand, she has branched out with a contemporary suspense novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Rylee Monroe supports herself and her grandmother by walking dogs in Charleston. She loves the animals and the families she works for, but becomes concerned for her safety when a series of local robberies seems to have some connection to her. Logan Woods is a reporter covering the robberies for the local newspaper. He and Rylee team up to try to figure out what the connection is.
Beguiled displays Gist’s expertise with Christian romance mixed with Bertrand’s flair for the mystery to create a satisfying read.