Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


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Fox Creek by William Kent Krueger

Fox Creek demonstrates that Cork O'Connor does not have to be sheriff for his life to be rife with danger, crime, and suspense. He's retired, cooking burgers, but when a man comes in looking for his wife, his detective's intuition... Continue Reading →

The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon

The Patron Saint of Second Chances seems a perfect novel to turn into a movie which would be perfect because it would become a book about making a movie about making a movie. Signor Speranza, or Mr. Hope, is the... Continue Reading →

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 →

The Family Plot by Megan Collins

The Family Plot begins with the Lighthouse children returning home after their father's death. Dahlia Lighthouse hopes her twin Andy will finally return since he left on his sixteenth birthday. Her older siblings Charlie and Tate are there, the first... Continue Reading →

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 →

Where the Truth Lies by Anna Bailey

Where the Truth Lies operates on two levels. On the surface, it is a suspenseful mystery about the disappearance of a high school girl, her family's trauma, and the determined efforts of her best friend to find out what happened... Continue Reading →

Falling by T.J. Newman

Falling should come with a warning, do not start before bedtime. Seriously, the first sentence has a shoe falling into a woman's lap with the foot still in it. From there, the book never lets up other than briefly giving... 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 →

The Year’s Best Science Fiction by Jonathan Strahan

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Volume 1 is a huge anthology of science fiction short (and not-s-short stories) that was refreshing in its breadth and speaks to a bright future for science fiction. With twenty-eight stories, it's about twice the... Continue Reading →

Vera by Carol Edgarian

Vera is a fast-paced historical fiction about a young girl who is 15 going on 45 in many ways. She is the secret daughter of San Francisco's most infamous madam, Rose of The Rose and is being raised by an... Continue Reading →

The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville

Many of us have seemingly worthless objects we treasure because they hold memories of their owners. A father's hat, a mother's ring, a child's old shoe, we connect with them emotionally. In The Memory Collectors, Kim Neville takes this idea... 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 Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike

The Forgotten Kingdom is the second in a trilogy that takes us back to right before Arthur, telling us the story of Merlin's sister whose existence is suggested by a 13th-century poem of him in dialogue with his sister. Signe... Continue Reading →

Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

Little Disasters is a contemporary novel about what happens when a child is injured and abuse is expected. Lisa is a pediatrician called to the Emergency Room when a child's injuries invite suspicion. She is shocked to discover she knows... Continue Reading →

Ordinary Hazards by Anne Bruno

Ordinary Hazards is a book that sneaks up on you. It all happens one evening at The Final Final, the last bar on the way out of town. It's five o'clock and Emma is parked on a stool drinking whiskey.... Continue Reading →

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