PositiveThe Minneapolis Star TribuneWare is back to her inaugural theme, women reunited to face the horrors of the past. The story has roots at a second-class boarding school on the gloomy English coast. Our girl chums have all been banished from home for one reason or another and seem to have little in common until a mean-spirited lying challenge pulls them together ... Ware writes with sharp dialogue and rich psychological drama. If you liked her earlier works, you just may love The Lying Game.”
Into the WaterPaula Hawkins
RaveThe Minneapolis Star TribuneInto the Water captures all the suspense and terrifying emotions of the first, but it beams with a maturity in writing and in storytelling that will draw her fans right back over the edge ... Hawkins’ tale is told through so many sets of eyes that it’s sometimes hard to keep the playlist straight ... But the novel also flows with an instinctual understanding of relationships, young love, devoted friendships and dedication to duty, familial faults and small-town paranoia. Every character is believable. The actions seem right and real, even when you don’t see them coming.
The Evening RoadLaird Hunt
RaveThe Minneapolis StarAlmost defying a genre, Hunt’s story is an enticing mix of mystery, historical fiction and fantasy, all wrapped up in a writing style that immerses you in another time. The road in evening is transformed into Some Other Place, where hope and goodness collide with hate and fear ... The book is at once disturbing, highly imaginative and evocative, a tale that is likely to occupy your thoughts well after you close the cover.
The LoneyAndrew Michael Hurley
RaveThe Minneapolis Star TribuneThroughout their travails, the Loney takes on a life of its own, brooding and powerful, becoming the one character in Andrew Michael Hurley’s dark tale that will not be ignored ... This impressive first novel is luxuriously written, with dialogue springing from richly developed characters. The Loney has won awards and accolades from such reviewers as horror master Stephen King and won the Costa First Novel Award, among other distinctions. Nothing about it disappoints.
The Woman in Cabin 10Ruth Ware
PositiveThe Minneapolis Star TribuneWith a churning plot worthy of Agatha Christie, and fresh on the heels of her bestselling thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware twists the wire on readers’ nerves once again. Cabin 10 just may do to cruise vacations what Jaws did to ocean swimming. You’ll be afraid to go out on the water.
The Road to JonestownJeff Guinn
RaveThe Minneapolis Star Tribune...the definitive back story on cult leader Jim Jones' rise to power ... This is so much more than a biography of a minister-turned-megalomaniac. It's a chronicle of the times, when people grasped at hope and happiness in unexpected places. And it's a chilling portrait of a man who, when the curtain was dropping on his slice of heaven, took everyone down with him.
Cruel Beautiful WorldCaroline Leavitt
PositiveThe Minneapolis Star TribuneLeavitt paints her characters with deep flaws and yet hugely redeeming qualities. The writing is rich and real and provocative, with scenes that bring tears of sadness and of joy as we watch America struggle with its growing pains and wonder if our young protagonist will make it through her own.
Small Great ThingsJodi Picoult
RaveThe Minneapolis Star TribuneEvery once in a while, a book comes along that you just can’t shake. It surfaces in dreams and in casual conversation, or it brushes against your consciousness as you encounter the rush of everyday life.
Jodi Picoult’s new novel is one of those stories ... the author manages not to be preachy, instead tackling the complex layers of racial relations with a blunt honesty and disarming humility ... a courageous and important work.
I Will Find YouJoanna Connors
RaveThe Minneapolis Star TribuneReaders come away with a sense that, through researching and writing I Will Find You, Connors has been able to banish some demons and start down a healthy path — one that leads to finding her own new self. Her book is a study in healing and courage and should prove to be a resource for many of those touched by these terrible crimes.