Looking for a book recommendation? Look no further! Here are a few good books I've enjoyed lately...
Book Review: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
Teenaged sisters Cass and Emma disappeared on the same night. Emma’s shoes, car, and purse were found on a nearby beach, but there were no other clues and the search was eventually abandoned. Our story begins when Cass appears on her mother’s doorstep three years later, having escaped from her kidnappers, and desperate to find Emma.
Told from the alternate perspectives of Cass and Abby, a forensic psychologist with the FBI who is assigned to the case, information is fed to the reader slowly and in deliberate pieces. This is a well-crafted psychological thriller that, like many psychological thrillers, relies on an unreliable narrator. Emma in the Night is also an interesting exploration of narcissistic personality disorder and its effect on family life. A suspenseful page-turner, I would recommend this book to fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.
Book Review: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Just shy of nine years old, Rose Edelstein bites into the lemon cake that her mother has baked and discovers she can taste the emotions her mother was feeling as she made the cake. She is horrified to learn that her mother, who she believed to be just fine, is full of sadness and despair. She is also horrified to realize that this “gift” of tasting emotions is not a one-time experience, but something that will happen every time she takes a bite. Rose’s whole life soon becomes consumed by figuring out how to deal with her “gift” as she is immersed in others’ emotions anytime she eats anything.
As Rose struggles under the weight of her supernatural ability, it becomes clear that she may not be the only one in her family with an unusual “gift.” For readers who like clear-cut explanations and neatly tied up endings, this book will not satisfy, as we never really discover the whats, whys, and hows of the family’s gifts. What we do see is how an emotionally dysfunctional family endeavors to love each other the best they can.
Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Do you ever think about how different your life might have been if you had made a single different choice? What if you had gone to a different college? Pursued a different career path? Bailed on the blind date where you met your spouse? What if you hadn’t fallen out with that friend? Or gotten fired from that job? Life is full of what ifs, and unknowns.
Jason Dessen has an unexceptional life. He’s married, with a teenage son, and teaches physics at the college level. He’s not famous or wealthy, and he’s never accomplished anything spectacular, but he loves his wife and son and enjoys his work. Life is good, but he’s about to discover just how different it could have been.
Through a seemingly impossible string of events, Jason finds himself coming face-to-face with a series of scenarios of what his life could have been and he finds himself frantic to get back to his old life, to save his wife and son, and maybe even save himself.
Dark Matter is a fast-paced thriller with some dodgy science. Great for action lovers, although serious science-lovers may want to give this one a pass.
What about you? What good books have you read lately?
Long before becoming a librarian, Emily was an avid library patron. She enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies, and classic children’s literature. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery.