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Each month we receive a magazine called Book Page. The Friends of the Library provide it for everyone who comes through the library. There is always a stack of them in the new books display. Book Page pointed out that July is “Private Eye July” and featured many good mysteries and thrillers for the month. Here are just a few:
Jeanette is reading Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. Maggie was just five years old when she and her family moved into Baneberry Hall. They lived there for only 20 days. When they moved out, Maggie’s dad wrote a book detailing the strange occurrences in that house. The adult Maggie didn’t remember what happened and believed that her dad had just made up the story. She decides to move in and renovate the house. I won’t read this, but if you like to be frightened out of your mind, you’ll enjoy this one.
Paul Tremblay puts his novel, Survivor Song, smack in the middle of a pandemic. This spooky thriller features a new strain of rabies that’s infecting the human population. Those infected with the disease go mad and attack others. A young woman has been infected and is seeking help from hospitals that are already overrun with patients. Survivor Song is a horror narrative and much of it feels real as we go through this Covid-19 crises.
In Megan Miranda’s The Girl from Widow Hills, six-year-old Arden Maynor was sleepwalking when a flash flood swept her away. Thankfully, she was rescued, and on each anniversary following the rescue she and her mother are caught in the media spotlight. The Megan we meet in the story has changed her name to Olivia and is now 26. She finally feels secure, but one horrible night she sleepwalks and awakens with a bloodied body at her feet. This is a creepy portrait of a life warped by unwanted fame.
Ivy Pochoda lets the women do the talking in These Women. Although the book involves a serial killer, he doesn’t get to tell the story. The women he kills and those living around him are the narrators in this new thriller. Five very different women are connected by one man.
Fair Warning by Michael Connelly is number three in the Jack McEvoy series. McEvoy is a reporter whose specialty is homicide. When a woman Jack knows is brutally murdered, he delves into the mystery to find out who did it. The deeper he gets, the more he understands that this murder is just one of many. McEvoy realizes that the killer is ready to strike again and he must stop him.
Jack Ryan returns in Firing Point. While on vacation in Barcelona, Jack runs into an old friend, Renee Moore, in a café. Renee seems distracted and anxious for him to leave. Just minutes after he leaves, the café is blown up by a suicide bomber. Jack looks into the bombing and finds that Renee may have known something that got her killed.
Take the kids to Caldwell Park this week and read Who Am I, the new Story Walk book. Natalie will be there Tuesday at 11 for Preschool Story Time, so please drop by with your little ones. We’ll have new activities for you to pick up all week in the library.
Each one of you who has visited the library in the past few weeks has been so kind and understanding. This is a tough time and we don’t have a map telling us what to do. Thank you for wearing your mask, sanitizing your hands and allowing us to take your temperature.
Stay well and happy reading!
Helen Thompson - Director, Mount Pleasant Library