In this book Lehane has written the best characters I've read in many years. Match that with a gripping tale about the Irish and Black neighborhoods of Boston in the days leading up to forced integration of their schools, and you get a gritty, raw story that crackles with energy from beginning to end. Small Mercies is a true tour de force.
What a story! An astrophysicist psychic who helps the police with murder investigations is apparently right up my alley. Add to this a smattering of forbidden romance, lots of lies and twisted truths, and America's tendency to believe social media big-wigs no matter how far-fetched the conspiracy. This book is an absolute page-turner that will have the reader wide-eyed with anticipation while also checking over their shoulder for creeping danger.
Loved this book! This is the totally engrossing story of a Navajo woman who makes her living as a crime scene photographer, a job that is made even more intriguing since she sees ghosts. Add in the terrific setting on the New Mexico Navajo reservation and in nearby Albuquerque, and this story pops with authenticity and is steeped in the culture of the Navajo people. The crime and mystery aspects of this already solid story make for a fast-paced tale that is unpredictable and entirely captivating.
This beautifully told story is a love letter to books and their readers, to authors and the book business. This story captures the elusive art of writing while also delving in to the hard-lived truths that push each author to tell such stories. I want to be careful not to oversell my love of this book, because the story's simplicity is its strength, and of course is more complex than it first seems. This is a book that will have you rereading passages. It will have you question what this same story would mean to you under different circumstances. It will have you wondering about the isolation and interconnectedness of all of us book lovers scattered around the world. In short, this is a book that invites you to be an active participant in the story. Thank you, Erica Bauermeister for inviting us into your world. I have left a piece of my heart amongst its pages.
This first-person account of life as an autistic woman is wildly entertaining, eye-opening, and heartbreaking all at the same time.
This spectacular near-future, post climate-breakdown tale is told brilliantly through the 3 voices of a father, mother and daughter. The excitement and tension stay solid from start to finish with the story going in unexpected directions that'll make this book a favorite with a wide range of readers.
This research-based deep dive into how the American diet influences American diseases is eye opening. This is a book that I return to again and again for its clear descriptions of health problems and nutrition solutions.
This wildly entertaining story will keep you turning the pages until it's complete and will leave you wanting more. As the author goes from soccer mom to inmate S32179 to famous writer you'll have a front row seat to every bad choice, act of desperation, moment of self-discovery and ultimately the triumph of success through perseverance.
If Demon Copperhead had a Native American brother, this would be his story. The gritty depiction of broken homes and drug abuse is balanced by warmth and humor in a way that grips the reader and keeps you cheering for the characters.
This begs the often-repeated questions from the book: How did we get here? And how do we get out of here?
How many people does it take to change the world? Or perhaps more relevantly, how many people are holding us back from changing the world? This rip-roaring tale answers those questions while introducing us to a strange array of characters doing wild things that will keep you thoroughly entertained while getting to the answer.