Wow. What a brilliant gothic boarding school novel—compulsive reading with many twists and turns. Even though I was hooked from page one, I didn’t race to finish GOOD GIRLS LIE. I wanted to savor the writing and the incredible sense of place. The opening line sets the tone: “The girl’s body dangles from the tall,…

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I’ve recently become a huge Harlan Coben fan, and my world stopped while I tore through an advanced copy of his latest. THE BOY FROM THE WOODS is a fast-paced thriller overflowing with layers and twists, political power games and hits of humor, snappy dialogue and unique characters. (Who will forget the head of the…

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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center is the perfect read to sweep you through the chaos of the holiday season. Despite several disturbing threads, the novel brims with humor and hope, love and forgiveness. It’s unique, it’s quirky; it’s a heartwarming tale of survival with an outstanding heroine. From the first line,…

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Technically, this isn’t a book recommendation, but I need to give a shout-out to a story that stole my heart: The Peanut Butter Falcon. A character-driven movie about kindness and generosity, acceptance and the meaning of family, The Peanut Butter Falcon is set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. (The cinematography, by the way,…

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Cathy Lamb’s October 2019 release, ALL ABOUT EVIE, is gloriously eccentric and full of heart. There’s a full cast of quirky characters, lush garden settings on the San Juan Islands, a touch of woo-woo, a mystery, family secrets, suspense, an impossible romance, a few dark threads, and endless hope. All that plus scrumptious descriptions of…

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How did I run errands, rake leaves, or clean the house before I discovered the joy of downloading audiobooks to my phone? (I use Libro.fm.) I’ve listened to some incredible novels in 2019, including The Silent Patient, The Huntress, Woman 99, Where the Crawdads Sing, An Anonymous Girl, and The Female of the Species, but…

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