Me Before You
Synopsis: Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything will feel very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Christy Says: This did not at all turn out to be the cute, light hearted book I thought it would be, but I still fell in love with it. It is not a sappy, romantic love story, although based on the title I had assumed it would be. This is the story of two people who meet by chance and become completely and heartbreakingly intertwined in one another’s lives. It is a thought provoking story that provides powerful lessons on not taking life for granted and living each day as fully as possible.
Call Number: F MOY
The Other Typist
Synopsis: New York, 1924: the height of Prohibition and the whole city swims in bathtub gin. Rose Baker is an orphaned young woman working for her bread as a typist in a police precinct on the lower East Side. Every day Rose transcribes the confessions of the gangster and murderers who pass through the precinct. While she may disapprove of the details, she prides herself in typing up the goriest of crimes without batting an eyelid. But when the captivating Odalie begins work at the precinct Rose finds herself falling under the new typist’s spell. As do her bosses, the buttoned up Lieutenant Detective and the fatherly Sergeant. As the two girls’ friendship blossoms and they flit between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night, and their work at the precinct by day, it is not long before Rose’s fascination for her new college turns into obsession. But just who is the real Odalie, and how far will Rose go to find out?
Donna Says: I recommended this title for readers who enjoyed Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs. It is a 1920’s crime story and mystery with vivid characters and toxic relationships. Repressed Rose works as a stenographer and typist in a less than stellar police precinct and soon becomes obsessed with the new typist, the lovely Odalie. Odalie takes an interest in Rose and soon, Rose lives the dual life of police precinct by day and speakeasy party girl by night. Be prepared to think about this book long after you have read it.
Call Number: F RIN
Synopsis: When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed a property listing for a grand estate that had been unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled into one of the most surprising American stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Empty Mansions is a rich tale of wealth and loss, complete with copper barons, Gilded Age opulence, and backdoor politics. At its heart is a reclusive 104-year-old heiress named Huguette Clark.
Elizabeth Says: At the height of the Gilded Age Huguette’s father rivaled Rockefeller for the richest man in the world. When he died Clark left his daughter an unimaginable fortune. She spent that fortune maintaining houses she would never visit and filling her Manhattan penthouse with priceless art and thousands of dolls. To say this book is fascinating is an understatement. The authors did an excellent job of crafting a highly readable and very interesting narrative.
Call Number: 328.73 DED
The Rossetti Letter
Synopsis: Claire Donovan always dreamed of visiting Venice, though not as a chaperone for a surly teenager. But she can’t pass up this chance to complete her Ph.D thesis on Alessandra Rossetti, a mysterious courtesan who wrote a secret letter to the Venetian Council warning of a Spanish plot to overthrow the Venetian Republic in 1618. But an arrogant Cambridge professor is set to present a paper at a prestigious Venetian university denouncing Alessandra as a co-conspirator – a move that could destroy Claire’s paper and career. As Claire races to locate the documents that will reveal the courtesan’s true motives, Alessandra’s story comes to life with all the sensuality, political treachery, and violence of seventeenth-century Venice.
Megan Says: You will fall in love with the mysteries of Venice in The Rossetti Letter. Venice, Italy is one of the places I have always dreamed of visiting. Phillips creates such strong written images I felt like I was actually there. Furthermore, I was surprised to discover that the teenage character, Gwen, was one of my favorites. I typically do not enjoy teenage characters; however, Phillips has created an adorable and delightfully funny character in Gwen.
Call Number: F PHI
I Hunt Killers
Synopsis: It was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful field. Jazz is a likeable teenager. A charmer, some might say. But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, “Take Your Son to Work Day” was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view. And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lodo’s Nod. Again. In an effort to prove murder doesn’t run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows? From acclaimed author Barry Lyga comes a riveting thriller about a teenager trying to control his own destiny in the face of overwhelming odds.
Nina Says: Imagine Dexter: The Early Years. A fascinating psychological thriller featuring a young man trying to outrun both the fear of his father and himself.
Call Number: YA SER JAS
Bring Me Flesh, I’ll Bring Hell
Synopsis: Vitus Adamson is falling apart. As a pre-deceased private investigator, he takes the prescription Atroxipine hourly to keep his undead body upright and functioning. Whenever he is injured, he seeks Niko, a bombshell mortician with bedroom eyes and a way with corpses, to piece him back together. Decomposition, however, is the least of his worries when two clients posing his most dangerous job yet appear at his door looking for their lost son. Unfolding like a classic film noir mixed with elements of a B-movie, “Bring Me Flesh, I’ll Bring Hell” is an imaginative spin on the hard-boiled detective genre and a new twist on the zombie novel. In Vitus Adamson, you will find a protagonist you can care about and invest in as he takes you through his emotional journey of betrayal and quest for redemption.
Randall Says: Rose’s debut novel is a solid detective story that feels like classic film noir. The twist? Vitus Adamson, the protagonist gumshoe, is a zombie. The plot is complex enough (betrayal and deception abound) to keep you guessing until the end and Rose strikes a good balance between grim humor and horror. A fun, genre mash-up from a new author.
Call Number: HOR F ROS