Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Two Stars

Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis

Eight Perfect Hours is a light-hearted romance that begins when Noelle Butterby is stranded on the freeway with a dead cell phone. She asks the guy in the next car over, Sam Attwood, if she can charge up her phone... Continue Reading →

Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian

Half Sick of Shadows is a historical fantasy that centers on Elaine, the Lady of Shallot, but a far more consequential Lady of Shallot than the passive victim of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem. She is a seer, blessed or cursed... Continue Reading →

I Don’t Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson

I Don't Forgive You presents us with Allie Ross, a professional photographer, mother, and new resident of an exclusive D.C. suburb. Her life seems to be falling into place, but her past is waiting for her. Allie is so ashamed of... Continue Reading →

Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love by Josephine Caminos Oría

Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love is the memoir of a woman who founded a company that sells dulce de leche based on her grandmother's recipe and has created a business around it. She also provides business consulting to... Continue Reading →

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 →

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