Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Two Stars

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds tells the story of a family broken apart and healed by the Dust Bowl. A childhood illness left Elsa Wolcott sickly and weak, at least in her family's eyes. She was destined to stay single, living with... Continue Reading →

Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher

Faye, Faraway is a fantasy story that features a happily married woman with two children whose one sorrow is that her mother died when she was only eight. While cleaning out the attic she rescues a cardboard box,  a box... Continue Reading →

The Crash Palace by Andrew Wedderburn

The Crash Palace is well-written. The author creates a sense of mystery and urgency. Audrey Cole is obsessed with driving and as the narrative shifts in time, that obsession continues to drive her actions. In the past, she is a... Continue Reading →

The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

The Midnight Bargain is the story of a young woman determined to become a magician despite the custom around the world of collaring women when they marry so that during their child-bearing years they don't produce soulless children, a real risk,... Continue Reading →

Particulate Matter by Felicia Luna Lemus

Particulate Matter is a memoir in the form of poetic fragments. My mother kept a sort-of diary, year in and year out. Every day she noted the temperature with additional observations about the weather such as seeing a bird chasing a... Continue Reading →

Addis Ababa Noir ed. by Maaza Mengiste

Addis Ababa Noir is another edition of the fantastic Akashic Noir collection of anthologies. There are fourteen short stories, though few are what I would normally think of as noir. Maaza Mengiste is a literary writer and most of the... Continue Reading →

The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado

The Cipher features Nina Guerrera, a relatively new FBI agent. She is attacked while jogging and arrests one of the attackers, but a video goes viral and catches the attention of a man who kidnapped, raped, and tortured her when she... Continue Reading →

The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths by Olivier Barde-Cabuçon

The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths is the first of eight French mysteries featuring Volnay, a man who was made the Inspect of Strange and Unexplained Deaths after saving Louis XV from an assassin. He is called to investigate... Continue Reading →

Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards

Mortmain Hall is the second Rachel Savernake mystery. Rachel, her staff, Jacob Flint the reporter, and her favorite Scotland Yard officer return to a very different story. Rachel warns a man he will be murdered but offers to save him.... Continue Reading →

Penance by Edward Daniel Hunt

Penance is a suspense novel that turns the genre on its head. Marie, a young woman who witnessed a murder ten years ago, is in serious jeopardy. She is being sought by her ex-husband, the murderer, his mobbed-up father, some... Continue Reading →

Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

Behind the Red Door is a psychological thriller focusing on Fern Douglas, a woman with serious anxiety issues. In fact, when she sees a woman on the news and is certain she has seen her in person, not even her... Continue Reading →

Everyone Knows How Much I Love You by Kyle McCarthy

Everyone Knows How Much I Love You is the story of friendship that goes back to childhood. Rose and Lacie were inseparable friends until Rose betrayed Lacie. Now they are adults establishing themselves in their careers, Rose as a writer... Continue Reading →

The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luess

The Key to Everything is a sentimental coming of age story. Peyton is fifteen when his father is injured in an accident and dies. All his life he has heard about his father's bike ride from Georgia to Key West.... Continue Reading →

The Second Home by Christina Clancy

The Second Home tells the story of three siblings coming together after the death of their parents. There are two sisters, Ann and Poppy, and their adoptive brother Michael, and they have not been together as a family for eighteen... Continue Reading →

The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

The Extraordinaries features Nick Bell, the best fanfic writer about a new cadre of superheroes. These superheroes are not from DC or Marvel universes, they are real. People with extraordinary abilities like Nick's favorite Shadow Star who can control shadows... Continue Reading →

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