Lakeland Regional Library
new books.png

Reviews

Library News by Gloria Kinley & Stacey Shackel

Library Corner April 19th

New Fiction 

Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust?  30 years ago you believed you were telling the truth about a missing friend. But now the body's been found - and it's murder. Maybe it's time to stop believing your own lies . . .Because everyone remembers that night differently. And only one person knows the truth. 'An atmospheric thriller that takes the idea of six friends with a dark place in their past and gives it a series of fresh, chilling twists. A novel that literally makes you hold your breath then gasp out loud' by author Gytha Lodge called She Lies In Wait.

Sixteen years ago, Sylvie's sister Persephone never came home. Out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found - and years later, her murder remains unsolved. In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained "Dark Days" even before Persephone's death, Annie's once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss, making for an uncomfortable reunion all these years later. Worse, Persephone's former boyfriend, Ben, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Annie is being treated. Sylvie's always believed Ben was responsible for the murder - but she carries her own guilt about that night, guilt that traps her in the past while the world goes on around her. As she navigates the complicated relationship with her mother, Sylvie begins to uncover the secrets that fill their house - and what really happened the night Persephone died. As it turns out, the truth will set you free, once you can bear to look at it. The Winter Sister, by Megan Collins, is a mesmerizing portrayal of the complex bond between sisters, between mothers and daughters alike, and forces us to ask ourselves - how well do we know the people we love most?

Divorce lawyer Leigh Huyett knows all too well that most second marriages are doomed to fail. But five years in, she and Pete Conley have a perfectly blended family of her children and his. To celebrate their anniversary, they grab some precious moments of alone time and leave Pete's, son Kip, a high school senior, in charge of Leigh's 14-year-old daughter, Chrissy, at their home. Driving back on a rainy Friday night, their cell phones start ringing. After a raucous party celebrating his college acceptance to Duke and his upcoming birthday, Kip was arrested for drunk driving after his truck crashed into a tree. And he wasn't alone - Chrissy was with him. Twelve hours later, Chrissy is dead, and Kip is charged with manslaughter. Kip has always been a notorious troublemaker, but he's also a star student with a dazzling future ahead of him. At first, Leigh does her best to rally behind Pete and help Kip through his ordeal. Until he changes his story and claims that he wasn't driving after all - Chrissy was, and he swears there is a witness. Leigh is stunned that he would lie about such a thing, while Pete clutches onto the story as the last, best hope to save his son, throwing his energy and money into finding this elusive witness. As they hurtle toward Kip's trial date, husband and wife are torn between loyalty to their children and to each other, while the mystery of what really happened that night intensifies.This richly conceived and tightly plotted exploration of family and tragedy, by bonnie Kistler called House On Fire, will have you racing toward its shocking and thought-provoking conclusion.
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child return with their series, called Verses For The Dead confronting FBI Special Agent Pendergast with the one challenge he never expected: a partner.  After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them - along with cryptic handwritten letters - at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way: all belonged to women who committed suicide. But the seeming lack of connection between the old suicides and the new murders is soon the least of Pendergast's worries. Because as he digs deeper, he realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: a conspiracy of death that reaches back decades.  

New Non Fiction 

Modern Macrame, by Emily Katz, is the ultimate guide to creating and decorationg with modern macrame. Macrame-the fine art of knotting – is an age-old craft that’s undergoing a renaissance. This book is a stylish, contemporary guide to traditional art and craft of macrame, including thirty-three projects for the home, from wall hangings, and bohemian light fixtures to baskets, rugs, and chairs that will inspire novice and experienced crafters with easy-to-follow layouts.

Krista Law