Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


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The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

The People We Keep is a charming, though often heartbreaking, story, of a young woman who raised herself. Both her parents were alive, but her mother left long ago and her dad moved in with his girlfriend, leaving April to... 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 Waiter by Matias Faldbakken

Matias Falkbakken has written two other novels in addition to The Waiter but is the only one translated into English. I mention this because for a moment, I thought it must be the novel that inspired Pete Buttigieg to learn Norwegian so... Continue Reading →

The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

In Laura Powell's The Unforgotten, a flock of reporters descends on the Eden Hotel in the Cornish village of St. Steele after a second young woman is murdered by a brutal killer. Fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent lives there with her mother, Delores,... Continue Reading →

The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert

The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go is one of those stories about family dynamics that are awry and how they succeed or fail at working through the secrets, lies, and conflicts that divide them.  We have four women from three generations... Continue Reading →

Are You Sleeping? by Kathleen Barber

Are You Sleeping? was inspired by Serial, a podcast I have never listened to. Talk radio, documentaries, and audio books – all of that stuff puts me to sleep almost instantly. I have read books by lawyers who have helped free innocent... Continue Reading →

The Heart of Henry Quantum by Pepper Harding

Pepper Harding's strange, funny, comic The Heart of Henry Quantum is a perfect little bon-bon to read. I lay down to read it before fixing dinner last night and read straight through to then end. My supper was a little late.... Continue Reading →

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 is a suspenseful thriller in the amateur accidentally stumbles on a murder or conspiracy tradition. Laura "Call me Lo" Blacklock is a travel writer for a magazine who landed a career-booting opportunity to enjoy the inaugural voyage of the Aurora,... Continue Reading →

Crossing the Horizon by Laurie Notaro

In Crossing the Horizon, Laurie Notaro reaches back almost ninety years to bring to life three of the women who competed with Amelia Earhart to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. In a strange coincidence, Earhart is in the news... Continue Reading →

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