March/April books

April 

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Poppet

Author : Mo Hayder
3/5 stars–I like her mysteries a lot. Oddly I tried reading one and couldn’t get through it but have since read four and liked them all. 

 

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A Friend of the Family

Author : Lauren Grodstein
3.5/5 stars–I felt like I had read this before, and also, it wasn’t THAT great. 

 

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Rise and Shine : A Novel

Author : Anna Quindlen
3.5/5 stars

 

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The Never List

Author : Koethi Zan
4/5 SUPER compelling 

 

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The Witness Wore Red : The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

Author : Rebecca Musser
3.5/5 stars I wouldn’t say the writing was fantastic or anything but still. Fascinating (and terrifying and rage making) stuff. 

 

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The Circle

Author : Dave Eggers
5/5 stars. Some of Eggers I can never get into (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) and some I think are fantastic (Zeitoun). The Circle is funny, wry, smart, and scary. And very, very cynical. 

 

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The Smartest Kids in the World : And How They Got That Way

Author : Amanda Ripley
3.5/5 stars. I wish she had been more critical of some pieces of US ed reform, but an interesting look at three countries. 

 

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The Dinner

Author : Herman Koch
4/5 stars. one of the most genuinely mean books I have ever read. I kinda loved it. 

 

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Firestorm

Author : Nevada Barr
3.5/5. Reread. I love me some Anna Pigeon. 

 

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Hunting Season

Author : Nevada Barr
3.5/5 stars. Ditto. 

 

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I Fired God : My Life Inside—and Escape From—the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult

Author : Jocelyn Zichterman
4/5 stars. Clearly this was a month of creepy religious cults. I liked this one more than Witness. 

 

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Gone

Author : Mo Hayder
3.5/5 stars. She’s good!

 

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Skin

Author : Mo Hayder
3/5 stars. 

 

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The Best of Us : A Novel

Author : Sarah Pekkanen
2.5/5 stars. VERY light reading…

 

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Missing You

Author : Harlan Coben
2.5/5 stars. Very compelling but not as funny as the Myron Boltair novels and god I wish Coben would stop trying to make A Point in his books. They are for fun, buddy. 

 

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Destroyer Angel : An Anna Pigeon Novel

Author : Nevada Barr
4/5 stars. A new Anna Pigeon is always cause for success even if this is  not my favorite. 

 

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The Twelfth Department

Author : William Ryan
3.5/5 stars. Very compelling and I love Soviet mysteries.

 

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New England White

Author : Stephen L. Carter
4.5/5 stars . Reread but not for years. So good. 

MARCH 

The Cuckoo’s Calling

Author : Robert Galbraith
4/5 stars. This is, in case you have been living under a rock, JK Rowlings mystery series. I quite liked it. 

 

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Good As Gone

Author : Douglas Corleone
2/5 stars. Eh. 

 

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The Heroes of Olympus, Book Four: The House of Hades

Author : Rick Riordan
3/5 stars. Listen I like a little YA fantasy as much as the next person. 

 

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The Baby-Sitters Club #47: Mallory on Strike

Author : Ann M. Martin
2/5 stars. I was housesitting, OK?

 

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The Winter People : A Novel

Author : Jennifer McMahon
2.5/5 decent ghost story.

 

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The Shadow Tracer

Author : Meg Gardiner
3.5/5 stars. Reread. Love her.

 

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After I’m Gone : A Novel

Author : Laura Lippman
4.5/5 stars. It’s not Tess, but I still love Lippman. 

 

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The Good Nurse : A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

Author : Charles Graeber
5/5 stars. Fascinating and chilling.

 

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In the Blood

Author : Lisa Unger
2.5/5. Eh.

 

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The Ghost Riders of Ordebec : A Commissaire Adamsberg Mystery

Author : Fred Vargas
4/5 stars. Definitely not as good as some Adamsberg mysteries. But still, Adamsberg!
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