By Sylvie Chartrand
Here is a summary of some of the books I have read so far this year, in order of when I read them, not by favourites. I mostly like mystery novels but hopefully you can find something that appeals to you in the book reviews below.
You Can Run
by Karen Cleveland
Karen Cleveland is a former CIA counterterrorism analyst and the New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know and Keep You Close. Cleveland lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children.
Jill Bailey is a CIA analyst whose job is to vet new CIA sources. One day she gets an anonymous phone call telling her that they have kidnapped her son. In order to get him back, all she has to do is approve a source named Falcon and not breathe a word about it to anyone ever. She must choose between loyalty to her country or her family.
Alex Charles, a Washington Post reporter, gets an anonymous tip setting her on the path for the biggest story of her life. Her investigation leads her to Jill, who must decide to come clean and suffer the consequences or keep quiet. She doesn’t want to hide anymore and teams up with Alex, which leads to devastating results. An edge-of-your seat thriller.
We Begin at the End
by Chris Whitaker
Chris Whitaker lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and three young children. When not writing, he works part-time at a local library, where he gets to surround himself with books.
I loved this book. The characters will stay with you for a long time, especially young Duchess and her grandfather. Duchess, brave and vulnerable, who had to grow up way too fast, loves her little brother and takes care of him as best she can since her mother, Star, has given up on herself. Star’s other daughter, Sissy, was killed by Vincent King. Vincent, Star and Chief Walker, now a police officer known as Walk, were best friends growing up. Vincent, who spent 30 years in prison, is now being released. Walk wants his old friend back, but Vincent can’t live with what he has done.
Gone By Morning
by Michele Weinstat Miller
Michele Weinstat Miller is an attorney who lives in Upper Manhattan with her husband, her 18-year-old twin sons, two cats and a large dog.
A bomb exploded in a Times Square subway, nearly killing Kathleen, an ex-madam. Sharon, who worked for Kathleen many years ago, is killed and soon after that, Kathleen’s apartment building is set on fire. It looks like the past has come back to haunt Kathleen, which puts the life of her daughter and granddaughter, with whom she is trying to reconcile, in danger.
Her Mother’s Grave
by Lisa Regan
Lisa Regan is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master of education degree from Bloomsburg University.
Josie has to face her past when two boys discover human bones buried in the woods behind the trailer park, where she used to live with her abusive mother Belinda Rose. The bones were identified and belong to a girl who was murdered 30 years ago. Her name was also Belinda Rose. Josie hasn’t seen her mother in years but because of this strange connection, she feels she must look for her. Soon, bad things start happening to Josie – a man she knew when she was young is killed, and the reporter who wants to do a story on her is kidnapped. Josie must deal with the buried memories and find out who her mother really is.
I plan on reading more books from the Detective Josie Quinn series.
These books and so many more are available at the Ottawa Public Library!
Sylvie Chartrand is a public service assistant at the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.