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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

JacketIrish immigrant Niamh Power’s  journey on an “orphan train” and through successive foster homes in 1929 is intertwined with Molly Ayer’s, a modern day “juvie.”  Their paths cross when Molly has to perform community service by cleaning out Niamh’s (now Vivian) attic.  Though separated by nearly 80 years, they soon come to realize they have more in common than they could have expected.   Heartwarming and heartbreaking from beginning to end.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

JacketHere you go, Gone Girl fans!  Treat yourself to a suspenseful, thrilling page turner (pun intended).  Rachel rides the commuter train every day and may be the witness to a missing person case.  But is she reliable?  A gem from debut novelist Paula Hawkins.  I couldn’t put it down!

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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

BradleyWelcome back Flavia!  The much anticipated (by me at least) latest installment by Alan Bradley delivers as always, though I did miss Dogger, Feely and of course, Gladys.

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail

JacketCheryl Strayed intertwines memories of family and flaws with her observations as she hikes alone on an 1,100 mile insightful journey.  It hits the big screen this month with Reese Witherspoon.  If you read it and see the movie, post your comments!

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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

KingI know what you’re thinking….Stephen King, no way, he’s too scary!  Before you skip this review, know that this is NOT a horror story.  Did you know Stephen King wrote short stories that would later become hit movies like The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me?  Here’s a thriller, the first in a trilogy centered around retired cop Bill Hodges.  Hodges is racing against time (and a heart attack) to catch the “perk” who drove a stolen Mercedes through a crowd of early morning job seekers, killing several of them.  Good suspense and compelling characters.

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The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue

Donohue10 year olds Jack Peter Keenan and Nick Weller nearly drowned three years ago.  Jack never leaves the house but spends much of his time drawing and playing with Nick.  Soon his mother Holly hears strange noises in the house and his father Tim sees frightening creatures on the dark roads.  One or two well placed twists make this an unsettling page turner reminiscent of Rod Serling.

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Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

HealeyDementia patient Maud is convinced that her friend Elizabeth is missing.  As she collects seemingly insignificant items she feels are clues, we are brought back to her post WWII days when her sister disappears without a trace.  Healey intertwines two touching stories skillfully, reminiscent of The House on Beartown Road by Elizabeth Van Pelt.

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