Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Penguin Random House

Lucy By the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

Lucy By the Sea returns faithful readers of Elizabeth Strout's novels to familiar people and places. It's 2020 and Lucy's ex-husband William tells her to pack and come with him. Unlike Lucy, he has been paying attention to the news... Continue Reading →

Dead and Gondola by Ann Claire

A stranger walks into a bookstore. Not just any bookstore, though. It's the famed Book Chalet in the ski-town of Last Word, Colorado, a resort town that draws the rich and famous. The man came in during a local book... Continue Reading →

Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett

Emma Starling is coming home after several years away at college and med school. Well, not really at med school, but her family thinks that is where she has been. Born with a healing touch, Emma's mother assumed she would... Continue Reading →

The Lost Kings by Tyrell Johnson

The Lost Kings explores the boundaries of memory, trauma, and family ties. When Jeanie King's mother died in an accident, she and her brother Jamie were raised by their aunt and uncle until their father came home from the war... Continue Reading →

Alias Emma by Ava Glass

Alias Emma is an espionage thriller with the story's central plot taking place during one very long night in London. Emma is a relatively new MI-5 agent when she is assigned to persuade Michael Primalov, the son of Russian defectors,... Continue Reading →

Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera

Neruda on the Park looks at the effects of gentrification and the efforts to combat it. The Guerreros live in Nothar Park, a New York City neighborhood with many immigrants from the Dominican Republic. There's a strong sense of community... Continue Reading →

Ancestor Trouble by Maud Newton

Ancestor Trouble is an intriguing historical detective memoir, though the answers Maud Newton is searching for are more nebulous and more intriguing than any "whodunnit" could be. The nicest thing you can say about her antecedents is that they are... Continue Reading →

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

The Paradox Hotel is a delightful blend of mystery and science fiction. It takes place at a hotel that serves the wealthy who come to time travel. It's beautifully designed with outstanding service and January Cole is hotel security. Part... Continue Reading →

This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel

This Might Hurt¬†tells the story of two sisters estranged since their mother's death. Natalie's sister Kit went off to Wisewood, a retreat on an isolated island, where she was pledged to not contact anyone for six months. But then Natalie... Continue Reading →

The Other Dr. Gilmer by Benjamin Gilmer

The Other Dr. Gilmer was a complete surprise to me. I had not heard the story before even though it was featured on This American Life. I think that made it more enjoyable as I learned with Dr. Gilmer who... Continue Reading →

City of the Dead by Jonathan Kellerman

City of the Dead begins with a bit of misdirection as we follow a couple of movers as they go about their job just long enough to think one of them is going to be the murderer or the victim... Continue Reading →

The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson

The Violence imagines a second pandemic to follow on the heels of COVID, one that causes the infected to erupt in a murderous rage, killing people in a frenzy they do not remember after it passes. The story features three... Continue Reading →

The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz

The Accomplice is the story of Luna and Owen, two friends since they started college. They are resolutely friends, not lovers, and have always been. Both of them are married to other people but remain close confidantes. Their relationship is... Continue Reading →

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

Hell of a Book is a hell of a book. Once upon a time, meta meant self-referential, like a book about a book by an author writing about an author. The central character of this book is an author on... Continue Reading →

Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier

Good Rich People is the story of Lyla, a young woman who married into fabulous wealth, wealth,¬† wealth with a capital B. Her husband, Graham, is unnaturally handsome and she is both in love with and infatuated with him. Sadly,... Continue Reading →

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