Night Film is a must read second book from the author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics. This non-stop story of a journalist who becomes obsessed with the death of the daughter of a reclusive filmmaker will have you on the edge of your seat. It felt like reading a Hitchcock story with a bit of Stephen King mixed in.
Set in Tokyo during World War Two, you will be rooting throughout this epic novel for its 15 year old protagonist, Yoshi Kobayashi. Yoshi and five different characters experience a harsh journey through the time surrounding the firebombing of Japan in 1945. The beautifully developed characters and the far reaching impact their decisions have on each other’s lives will stay with you long after you have set this book aside.
George Saunders’ collection of short stories has a real-life quality to its story telling. Each one pulls you in and gives a small glimpse of a seemingly ordinary moment, which, after further reflection, reveals itself to hold much greater importance. I am normally not a fan of the short story format but this collection was an exceptional example of the genre.
When Ben Constable receives a letter from his best friend, Tomomi “Butterfly” Ishikawa, telling him that by the time he reads it she will be dead, it is just the beginning of a string of clues to an intricate scavenger hunt from Paris to New York. As Ben works his way through the many puzzles, he begins to question how well he actually knew his friend and what type of illicit activities she might have been involved in. This is a completely unique story that you will want to go back and start again as soon as you finish reading the last page.
This story of two doctors trying to save a little girl takes place in a small Chechnyan village over the course of five days. It is hard to believe that this is Anthony Marra’s first novel. It is a heart-wrenching and poignant story written with exquisite prose. I was constantly stopping to mark phrases that beautifully conveyed the emotion of the moment so I could read them aloud to my husband. It is the story I loved more than any other this year with characters that are bound to stay with me for a long time to come. Be sure to pick it up in the New Year if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet.
The latest in the series featuring Mossad agent Gabriel Allon. Gabriel is brought back to work to help with the kidnapping of the mistress of the British Prime Minister. Enjoyable thriller by a great author.
An historical mystery with Nathan Heller, a Chicago P.I. working on the fallout of the J.F.K assassination, filled with real figures, such as Bobby Kennedy, Carlos Marcello and many more.
3.)Highway by C.J.Box
A very intense and often disturbing mystery about missing persons and long haul truckers. Fast paced, a true page turner.
The prequel to the best selling Savages. This book tells the reason of how Ben, Chon and Ophelia become a threat to the Mexican drug cartel. Action packed, violent , funny even, with great characters.
1.)Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
Interesting novel about the explosion of people being born with special talents known as the gifted. A look at how a special government agency lead by a gifted agent struggles to deal with a growing group who are having a huge impact on society.