‘The Deceivers’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the second in the ‘Greystone Secrets’ series

Margaret Peterson Haddix is truly the queen of series writing. It's tough to write a second book in a series that has more than two books. You can't write the ending, but there needs to be some kind of closure, and yet you have to make sure that the readers are involved enough to want … Continue reading ‘The Deceivers’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the second in the ‘Greystone Secrets’ series

“Lockdown”: Disgustingly Superb Short Stories

“Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic” is a set of twenty excellent short stories dealing with the terrible effects of pandemics and lockdowns on both normal and abnormal human beings — and on normal people who become abnormal as the result of attempting to cope with viral plagues. The editors, Nick … Continue reading “Lockdown”: Disgustingly Superb Short Stories

‘Don’t Turn Around’ by Jessica Barry is a thrilling road trip with two women dealing with a mysterious threat and their pasts

"Don't Turn Around" by Jessica Barry is this author's second novel under this pseudonym. Her first, "Freefall" was a huge success (film rights were sold), and this novel has just as much action and intrigue. At first blush, it wouldn't seem to be a thriller. After all, the plot centers around two women taking a … Continue reading ‘Don’t Turn Around’ by Jessica Barry is a thrilling road trip with two women dealing with a mysterious threat and their pasts

‘Catalyst’ by Sarah Beth Durst is just the middle grade summer fantasy adventure your kids need

Sarah Beth Durst loves fantasy, and she loves cats. In "Catalyst," she combines those loves to create a kitten that grows and grows and grows. When almost twelve-year-old Zoe finds the tiny kitten, she knows her mother won't let her keep it. She knows because she wasn't able to keep any of the other animals … Continue reading ‘Catalyst’ by Sarah Beth Durst is just the middle grade summer fantasy adventure your kids need

‘The Wife Stalker’ by Liv Constantine is a twisted tale of treachery

"The Wife Stalker" by Liv Constantine is a suitable second book for the authors who created the thrilling "The Last Mrs. Parrish." Like the first book by the two sisters who write together under the name Liv Constantine, this one features alternating narratives and stories that appear to lead in one direction only to completely … Continue reading ‘The Wife Stalker’ by Liv Constantine is a twisted tale of treachery

‘Buzz Kill’ — yes, Buzz kills

David Sosnowski's "Buzz Kill" is a brilliant novel, a stunning demonstration that all comedy is a skewed perception of tragedy. Sosnowski also presents extraordinary evidences of several inconvenient truths: (1) The moment we're born, we start to die; (2) We and our babies, our creations, are ourselves the deadly viruses that lead us inexorably to … Continue reading ‘Buzz Kill’ — yes, Buzz kills

‘Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes’ by Kathleen West: a must read; especially now

Reading "Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes" by Kathleen West was a perfect way to escape from staying at home and remembering days gone by when our children actually went to school and adults were able to meet in person. Here we meet several people -- each of whom is imperfect in some way -- and … Continue reading ‘Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes’ by Kathleen West: a must read; especially now