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Library Corner by Gloria Kinley & Library Lines by Andrea Trembath

Library Corner July 6th

From John Connolly who has few equals in either horror fiction or the mystery genre comes a gripping thriller starring private investigator Charlie Parker called The Woman In The Woods. When the body of a woman - who apparently died in childbirth - is discovered, Parker is hired to track down both her identity and her missing child.
In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child...someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she'd found a kindred spirit in her fiance, Heath. Both very private people, they've kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath's escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees - even though the past is the last place she wants to go. The retreat's isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor's rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they'll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they're never to socialize with the other guests.   One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room...and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems - and that whatever's crying out from Heath's past isn't meant to be heard. It's meant to be silenced. A complex, riveting novel called Every Single Secret, by Emily Carpenter is a psychological suspense that holds a mirror to the darkest human impulses.

One August afternoon, as single mother Maggie Daley prepares to send her only child off to college, their world is shattered by news of a mass shooting at the local mall in rural Maine. As reports and updates about the tragedy begin to roll in, Maggie, an English professor, is further stunned to learn that the gunman had been a student of hers. Nathan Dugan was an awkward, complicated young man whose quiet presence in her classroom had faded from her memory-but not, it seems, the memories of his classmates. When a viral blog post hints at the existence of a dark, violence-tinged essay Nathan had written during Maggie's freshman comp seminar, Maggie soon finds herself at the center of a heated national controversy. Could the overlooked essay have offered critical red flags that might have warned of, or even prevented, the murders to come? As the media storm grows around her, Maggie makes a series of desperate choices that threaten to destroy not just the personal and professional lives she's worked so hard to build, but-more important-the happiness and safety of her sensitive daughter, Anna. Engrossing and provocative, combining sharp plot twists with Elise Juska's award-winning, trademark literary sophistication, If We Had Known is at once an unforgettable mother-daughter journey, an exquisite portrait of a community in turmoil, and a harrowing examination of ethical and moral responsibility in a dangerously interconnected digital world.

The daughter of a meth kingpin faces the most difficult choice of her life: family loyalty, or freedom. Set in a harsh and insular rural community reminiscent Barbed Wire, by Tess Sharlpe, is a remarkable novel with a deep emotional core, and seamlessly blends page-turning suspense with a multilayered and unflinching portrayal of a poor, rural community where family is everything.
Never cut the drugs--leave them pure.Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded. Family is everything--betray them and die.Harley McKenna is the only child of North County's biggest criminal. Duke McKenna's run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley's been working for him since she was sixteen--collecting debts, sweet-talking her way out of trouble, and dreading the day he'd deem her ready to rule the rural drug empire he's built. Her time's run out. The Springfields, her family's biggest rivals, are moving in. Years ago, they were responsible for her mother's death, and now they're coming for Duke's only weak spot: his daughter.
With a bloody turf war threatening to consume North County, Harley is forced to confront the truth: that her father's violent world will destroy her. Duke's raised her to be deadly--he never counted on her being disloyal. But if Harley wants to survive and protect the people she loves, she's got to take out Duke's operation and the Springfields. Blowing up meth labs is dangerous business, and getting caught will be the end of her, but Harley has one advantage: She is her father's daughter. And McKennas always win.

Krista Law