I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Fiction , Women's Fiction / August 27, 2017

I Let You Go is a novel that I have mixed feelings about. The writing is excellent and the characters thoughts and dialogue are realistic and convincing. What I question is some of the characters motives, actions, and reliability. The novel starts with a Prologue where the reader witnesses a child dying in a hit and run accident. Then Part One begins with main character Jenna living, if you can call it that, in a nightmare. A young boy is dead and her life appears to be in ruins. As the story progresses we find her taking up residence in a remote coastal town, starting over with a career taking photos, and a couple new friends. Enter Ray and Kate, two detectives trying to solve the hit and run that killed the boy. And enter Part Two, the thoughts and flashbacks of a somewhat mysterious man.  There are a lot of different POV’s/sections to put together, but for me it all flowed well, and I had no problem keeping it straight in my mind. As the book progresses it does go in a couple directions I didn’t predict and the plot takes on more dark elements. It wraps up somewhat quickly, and the end is somewhat violent and emotional but satisfying at the same time.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Fiction / August 17, 2017

Do you enjoy cute, funny, and somewhat quirky novels? Then this one’s for you. In the novel The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend we find Sara traveling from Sweden to stay with her American pen-pal Amy, only to arrive to the news that the woman is dead. Wow, what an opening to a book! The people of Broken Wheel want Sara to stay, as that is what Amy would have wanted, so she does. The format of the book toggles between current time Sara and the recent past of Amy’s letters to Sara. It also has a really fun way of weaving popular novels into the story as Sara tries to match town people with books they might like to read. Finally, the author incorporates many of today’s issues into the novel. She touches on same sex couples, bisexuality, interracial relationships, town rivalries, and so much more, all without seeming to preach at us. I finished this book with a feeling of satisfaction and confidence that almost everyone would enjoy this book.

The Paris Librarian by Mark Pryor
Mystery / August 8, 2017

The Paris Librarian came into my hands as I was shelving and I immediately thought Paris? Library? Wow, what a great combination! And truthfully, I probably enjoyed the comments about shelving and circulation a bit more than the average person, but hey, I like library stuff. The story is a “Hugo Marston” mystery, the first I’ve read, and I have to say it was a good, straightforward, enjoyable mystery.  Author Mark Pryor throws in some unique characters and writes snappy dialogue. I could follow the plot and nothing about the story came across as too outlandish. Finally, the book was a perfect length in my opinion. There wasn’t a huge, dragging section in the middle, instead it moved along and finished up tres rapide!