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Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

Battle for the Soul by Edward-Isaac Dovere

Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats' Campaign to Defeat Trump is a richly detailed overview of the primary and general election campaign to take back the White House. It begins with the heartbreaking defeat of Hillary Clinton through the... Continue Reading →

A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams

A Dark and Secret Place is a terrifying thriller that begins when Heather Evans returns home after her mother's shocking suicide. Their relationship was difficult and full of conflict so Heather swings between anger, grief, and confusion. Adding to her... Continue Reading →

A Quantum Life by Hakeem Oluseyi

A Quantum Life is the memoir of Hakeem Oluwesi, an astrophysicist who with his own extraordinary mind, hard work, and a few critical teachers went from poverty and crime to working for NASA. It is also an extraordinary example of... 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 →

Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia

It's the Harlem Renaissance, though for young women like Louise Lloyd, scraping by as a waitress, the glamour is superficial while the struggle is real. By day she works at Maggie's Cafe and by night she dances up a storm... Continue Reading →

Finding Tessa by Jaime Lynn Hendricks

Jace Montgomery's wife Tessa is missing and he's the prime suspect. There are signs of a struggle, blood, hair, and broken glass. He seems to be the only one who thinks Tessa is alive, the police and nearly everyone else... Continue Reading →

Don’t Ask My Name by Erika Hecht

Don't Ask My Name is a different sort of Holocaust memoir. Her mother had the entire family convert to Catholicism to protect themselves from the increasing anti-Semitism in Hungary. While her parents were divorced, it was amicable even after both... Continue Reading →

What Doesn’t Kill Us by David Housewright

What Doesn't Kill Us is the 18th installment in the P.I. Rushmore MacKenzie series and a real surprise. Early in the book, Mac is shot and spends the majority of the book in a medically induced coma while his friends... Continue Reading →

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

In The Maidens, Mariana Andros is a group therapist who perhaps should heed Luke's advice as a physician to heal herself. Still mourning the loss of her husband, her group is festering with one patient who clearly has become obsessed... Continue Reading →

Wolf Kill by Cary. J. Griffith

Wolf Kill is the first in what may be an interesting mystery series. I like the setup: a Forest Service wolf expert solves crimes. In Wolf Kill, Sam Rivers goes home to northern Minnesota after he learns his father died. His... Continue Reading →

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Other Black Girl tells the story of Nella, an assistant to an editor at a prestigious publishing house. She is thrilled when another Black woman comes to work there, hoping for some solidarity in her desire to push for... 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 →

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

Too Good to Be True is a domestic suspense novel with three narrative threads woven together to tell stories from the past and the present. The primary thread is seen through Skye Starling's eyes as she falls in love with... Continue Reading →

Thief of Souls by Brian Kingborg

Thief of Souls is the first in a new mystery series featuring Inspector Lu Fei. Set in a backwater in contemporary northern China. Lu is a graduate from China's best police college who could reasonably be expected to be much... 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 →

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