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Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

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 →

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane is a delightful coming-of-age story about a fourteen-year-old girl from a rigid and sheltered home who enters a completely different world when she gets a summer job as a nanny for a neighboring couple, the Cones, who are... Continue Reading →

Spells Trouble by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Spells Trouble is the first in a new series, The Sisters of Salem. The prologue begins long in the past when the village of Goodeville is founded by a survivor of the Salem Witch Trials, one who was sentenced to... Continue Reading →

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Plot is a suspenseful story about Jacob Finch Bonner, an author who feels he may be a one-hit-wonder. His first book was a New York Times Notable book, his second was a tree falling in a forest. Now he... Continue Reading →

All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis

All the Children Are Home is a story about a family, foster parents Dahlia and Louie, and the four children who stayed long enough to burrow deep into their hearts, Jimmy, Zaidie, Jon, and Agnes. The first three had been... Continue Reading →

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev imagines the reunion show of famed, but aged, couple of rock stars whose partnership was short, but explosive. SarahLena, newly appointed editor of Aural magazine is going to do a feature on their... Continue Reading →

Blue Desert by Celia Jeffries

Blue Desert tells the story of Alice George, a young woman who is abducted after a car accident and becomes a prisoner of some Tuareg tribesmen. She is safe and protected and falls into the rhythms of the desert and... Continue Reading →

Her, Here by Amanda Dennis

Her, Here is the story of Elena who is hired to find Ella, a woman who is missing and presumed dead, by reading her diaries and turning them into a narrative. It seems a dangerous task for a woman who... Continue Reading →

Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen

Land of Big Numbers is an anthology of ten stories by Te-Ping Chen. They are either set in China or feature Chinese emigres abroad. Chen is a journalist who has lived in China and provides an acute sense of place... Continue Reading →

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