Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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Title: And Then There Were None

Author: Agatha Christie

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: November 6, 1939

Number of Pages: 301

Publisher: Harper

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Classic

Synopsis:

“Ten . . .”
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U.N. Owen.”

“Nine . . .”
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

“Eight . . .”
Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . one by one they begin to die.

“Seven . . .”
Who among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

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Book Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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Title: The Couple Next Door

Author: Shari Lapena

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: July 14, 2016

Number of Pages: 352

Publisher: Penguin Books

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary

 

Synopsis:

It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family–a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

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Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Title: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: March 30, 2021

Number of Pages: 388

Publisher: William Morrow

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis:

Lucy Hutton has always believed that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone. Everyone except sarcastic, cynical, and intimidating Joshua Templeman. Her nemesis.

Josh is the dark and brooding to Lucy’s light and cheery, the crisp pressed suit to her retro outfits and bright red lipstick. And he gets under her skin like no one else can. Trapped in a shared office together five days a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, never-ending game of one-upmanship.

When a new executive position is announced, Josh and Lucy are top contenders for the promotion, but the idea of working for the other is so unthinkable that they strike a deal: whoever doesn’t get the job will walk away. The stakes have never been higher and as the competition heats up and the barriers between them begin to fall down, Lucy starts questioning just who her opponent truly is and whether this man she’s hated all this time is even the real Josh.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either.

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Book Review: Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson

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Title: Sundays at Tinffany’s

Author: James Patterson

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: June 1, 2009

Number of Pages: 305

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Mystery

Synopsis:

America’s #1 bestselling author, James Patterson, brings us a magical story about a love that transcends boundaries . . .

Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany’s. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He’s perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can’t stay forever, though. On Jane’s ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she’ll soon forget him.

Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone-a handsome, comforting, funny man. He’s perfect. His name is Michael . . .
This is a heartrending story that surpasses all expectations of why these people have been brought together. With the breathtaking momentum and gripping emotional twists that have made James Patterson a bestselling author all over the world, Sundays at Tiffany’s takes an altogether fresh look at the timeless and transforming power of love.

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Book Review: Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

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Title: Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

Author: James Patterson

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: August 1, 2003

Number of Pages: 289

Publisher: Vision

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary

Synopsis:

Beautifully captures the joys of a new family as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.

James Patterson has written a love story!–a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope.

Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He’s a writer, a house painter, an original thinker–everything she’s imagined she wanted in a partner. But one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read.

This diary is a love letter written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby son, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about how she and the boy’s father met, about her hopes for marriage and family, and about the unparalleled joy that having a baby has brought into her life. As Katie reads this touching document, it becomes clear that the lover who has just left her is the husband and father in this young family. She reads on, filled with terror and hope, as she struggles to understand what has happened–and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving.

Written with James Patterson’s perfect pitch for emotion and suspense, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas captures beautifully the joys of a new family as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.

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Book Review: On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning by Haruki Murakami

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Title: On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning

Author: Haruki Murakami

Format: Epub

Publication Date: 1981

Number of Pages: 4

Publisher:

Genre: Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Cultural, Romance

Synopsis:

One beautiful April morning, on a narrow side street in Tokyo’s fashionable Harujuku neighborhood, I walked past the 100% perfect girl.

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Book Review: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet, #2) by Kazu Kibuishi

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Title: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet, #2)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

Number of Pages: 220

Publisher: Graphix

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Synopsis:

A MYSTERIOUS WORLD FULL OF NEW ALLIES… AND OLD ENEMIES!

Emily and Navin’s mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod’s poison, and there’s only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is looking for trouble…dangerous trouble.

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Book Review: The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

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Title: The Five People You Meet In Heaven

Author: Mitch Albom

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: September 23, 2003

Number of Pages: 196

Publisher: Hyperion

Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Adult Fiction

Synopsis:

From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it’s an answer.

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It’s a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?”

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Book Review: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1) by Kazu Kibuishi

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Title: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: January 1, 2008

Number of Pages: 187

Publisher: Graphix

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Synopsis:

There’s something strange behind the basement door…

After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin and their mother move to an ancestral home to start a new life. On the family’s very first night in the mysterious house, Em and Navin’s mom is kidnapped by a tentacled creature. Now it’s up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother’s life!

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Book Review: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

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Title: Love, Rosie

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: December 1, 2006

Number of Pages: 512

Publisher: Hachette Books

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Synopsis:

Rosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S.

She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She’s pregnant by a boy she’d gone out with while on the rebound from Alex.

Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn’t done with them yet.

Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way…

From the bestselling author of PS, I Love You comes a delightfully enchanting novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can’t seem to get it right.

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