Reading Recommendations from "My Librarian"
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood , The Woman in Cabin 10 , The Lying Game , and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes Ruth Ware's highly anticipated fifth novel. When Rowan stumbles across an ad for a live-in nanny, she's looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss--with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten--by the luxurious "smart" house fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What Rowan doesn't know is that she's stepping into a nightmare--one that will end with a child dead and Rowan in prison awaiting trial for murder. Writing to her lawyer from prison, Rowan struggles to explain the unravelling events that have led to her incarceration. It wasn't just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn't just the children, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn't even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant. It was everything. Rowan knows she's made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn't always ideal. She's not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she's not guilty--at least not of murder. Which means someone else is. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time. whitehots.com
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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
It is hard to argue that we live in a crazy time when the Presidential candidate who boasts that “he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and people would still vote for him” – actually gets elected. Barbara Kingsolver uses fiction to weave together issues that are particularly relevant at the moment, but which are perhaps not so unique after all. The idea that history repeats itself is not the only theme, but it certainly prevails.
Centering on the lives of two families who live in the same unstable old house – one that was built with no foundation - the author goes back and forth through time between the 1870’s and 2016. The two story lines reflect similarities as the author alternates between a young science Professor called Thatcher Greenwood who faces the fanatical beliefs of Charles K. Landis (and his followers) in the real-life Utopian town of Vineland, New Jersey, and Willa Knox, a writer and mother who deals with a series of calamities, including a house that is literally falling down around her, and other every day struggles that many of us might expect to face today, in this ridiculous time of Donald Trump.
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