It's not every day you find a literary novel named after your home state. Far less often, it sounds like something you're interested in reading. Idaho is ostensibly a mystery, a story of a murder whose details unfold slowly, keeping us guessing and wondering throughout the book. But at its heart, Idaho is a deep psychological excavation of friendship, grief, ...
Amy Snow | Fefferbooks
When Amy Snow came to me, I really wasn't sure what to think. It's clearly historical fiction, but though the cover art reads romance, it's billed as a mystery. More a gothic novel than anything else, it reads at times a little like Jane Eyre, but after not too long it takes on its own life. Amy is an orphan, found in the snow ...
Every time I’m asked about what my favorite books are, The Woman in White comes to mind immediately. I’m not quite sure how I came across Wilkie Collins in the first place; honestly, I think I might have just seen this book on the shelf and liked the cover, but once I discovered it was being compared to The Turn of ...
I know that there are a lot of adult readers who have strong (and possibly negative) feelings young adult literature. Let me say this: if you read just one YA book in your entire life, may I suggest you consider this one? Jellicoe Road is the kind of book that has teenage protagonists, but they have mature voices and experiences, and ...
I love crime fiction. My introduction to modern adult literature as a young teenager (i.e., things that were written by non-British people after the 1800s) were John Grisham and Michael Chrichton, and I’ve been in love with intrigue and puzzles ever since. The Body in the Woods is my first April Henry novel, and I wasn’t sure what I thought of the idea of ...
I. loved. this. book. Some of you will recognize Ann Brashares’ name from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I’ve never read those, so I came into the experience of reading The Here and Now completely blind, not quite knowing what to expect. I loved it. The basics: Prenna’s family, along with a good chunk of the world’s population, have ...
Truth? I was a little disappointed by Perfect Lies. I loved Mind Games, the first book in this duo. I love these characters, Fia and Annie, and the sisterhood they share. I love their connection to each other, and the way they keep each other sane and moving forward in impossible situations. I adore the premise of the books: ...
Perfect Ruin has been on my “to-read” list for months, now, and even after I bought it, it sat on my Kindle, unread, for a long time. I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to it, but I finally had a break in my schedule long enough to choose my own reading adventure, and ...
I love a good period mystery/romance, but usually when I read them, I prepare myself for a touch of stuffiness from the narrator. I was so pleasantly surprised by the bubbly, energetic voice that greeted me from the pages of Anne Cleeland’s Daughter of the God-King. Hathor (who goes by Hattie; who can blame her?) is so headstrong, so ...
I really loved this book. Variant is a fast-paced psychological thriller with a good bit of meat on its bones. It boasts a wide cast of nicely varied characters and while there’s lots going on, a clear, strong plot line burns right through the middle of the chaos. Wells is a new-to-me author, and I’m thrilled to have come ...