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Every Secret Thing: A Novel
Every Secret Thing: A Novel
by Laura Lippman
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taut, suspenseful and surprising., January 1, 2004
I held my breath through much of this book. What a story. Two young girls (age 11) are imprisoned for killing a baby. The story takes place after they are recently released, although the story goes back and forth between time.
The story centers around a new crime. Another missing child. Apparently, there have been toddlers missing for short periods of time prior to the abduction. Did the girls have anything to do with it?
If you saw or read Dennis Lehane's Mystic River, you know the tragedy that results when young people are damaged by crime. In this book, the girls had problems when the first crime was committed. Now that they have been released, their lack of social skills and complete lack of self esteem lead them into the lair of the detective's noose.
The story focuses on several characters, including the mother of one of the girls and the detectives. It also focuses on the family of the first child who was abducted and killed.
I read this book in a day and a half. Ms. Lippman is a terrific writer. The book had me on the seat of my chair. I burned a meal reading this book. Highly recommend!!

The Boy Under The Bed
The Boy Under The Bed
by Preston McClear
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic. Great Bedtime Story!, August 30, 2003
This review is from: The Boy Under The Bed (Hardcover)
Many kids are afraid of the dark. Many more kids are afraid of monsters, especially in the dark. This instant classic shows kids that monsters are afraid of boys under the bed, and in the dark. My son wanted to know why a monster would be afraid of him. He then acknowledge what he already knew, that monsters were not real.
This is a terrific book for children aged 4-8. The illustrations are glorious and the dialogue is hilarious. It is a wonderful bedtime book that your child will want to read again and again.
A companion book or movie is of course, Monsters, Inc., a story in which wonderfully creative and hilarious monsters scare young children when they are sleeping.
This story will not scare your child, which was a concern of mine. Instead, you and your child can talk and your child will go right to sleep. Highly recommended.

The Lovely Bones: A Novel
The Lovely Bones: A Novel
by Alice Sebold
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will rip your heart out., February 15, 2003
The story is told by Susie, who was murdered by a neighbor. While Susie is no longer a part of the real world, she is able to observe her family and her neighbor. Life truly goes on after one dies, and Susie is able to see how her murder has affected her family.
Is Susie floating around on a cloud with Angels? No. Her heaven is beautiful and I think one reason that this story reasonates with so many, is that we want to believe that there is some kind of after life. Alice Sebold's words and descriptions are absolutely stunning. Some of her prose moved me to tears.
This book is certainly graphic in terms of the murder. However, the remainder of the story is so beautiful that I did not want the story to end. It is not a crime book, where the murder occurs, is investigated and the killer is found. Instead, it is a story about a young girl who is murdered and what happens to her and her family after her death. I have never ready such a moving and unusual book. If you enjoy well written books and beautifully crafted language, this is a book for you.

Reversible Errors: A Novel
Reversible Errors: A Novel
by Scott Turow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.74
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner with excellent character development, February 15, 2003
It is no longer unusual to see a death row inmate receive a reprieve in the days or years before the death sentence is carried out. Usually, it takes a law school class or an attorney like Barry Scheck to pull if off.
In this book, Arthur Raven and his young associate Pamela, are given the unenviable task of representing Squirrel, who is less than 60 days away from lethal injection. Arthur is a typical male attorney....short,under 5'5" and not particularly good looking. At age 38, he is divorced from a disastrous marriage. Arthur has a kind heart, though nobody to share it with. He does have a sister, Susan, who is schizoprenic, and a mother, who took off years ago.
In his investigation of Squirrel's case, Arthur comes into contact with Gillian, the judge who sentenced Squirrel. Gillian has recently been released from prison, though the motive for the crime for which she was convicted (bribery) does not become apparent until well into the book. Gillian and Arthur are from different ends of the stratosphere. Of course, opposites attract, and the attraction is one of the storylines.
Meanwhile, the ambitious tough prosecutor, a woman, of course, has her hands full, as her political aspirations could crumble if Squirrel's case crumbles. Muriel made her name as the prosecutor for this case, and will do anything, to protect her reputation. Muriel and the detective of the same case have a personal history and seem to jump in and out of bed with each other, when the time is right. Will Muriel give up her ambitious husband and several bad marriages to engage in a real relationship with the detective??
Turow explores priorities. Is a career more important than being happy? Is there such thing as true love? If we knew the bad things about our mates, would we still love them? These issues are woven throughout the book.
Did Squirrel actually shoot three people in Gus's diner late one night? Why would he have done it? How do the victims fit together.
There are many, many, twists and turns in this book. About midway through, I thought there were too many twists. However, I ended up reading the book at 3:00 a.m., and by the time I finished the book, I was a satisfied reader.
In my opinion, Turow develops characters with more depth than Grisham. His plot lines are also more intricate and suspenseful. This book is highly, highly, recommended.

The Count and the Confession: A True Mystery
The Count and the Confession: A True Mystery
by John Taylor
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Thriller, I expected, June 21, 2002
Who is the strange Count from Poland, who has so many girlfriends? Who is the sweet Beverly, the woman next door, who confesses to murdering the Count? I had high expectations of this book. If Beverly did not do it, why did she confess? If Beverly did not murder the Count, who did?
This book was about one third longer than it should have been. I read a lot of crime novels, and this one just did not have the pizazz that I expected. Moreover, there is no mystery. The characters and author solve the "mystery" at the end of the book. It really isn't a mystery, so much as botched forsensics. I don't want to spoil the story by telling more. My recommendation is to read the book when it comes out in paperback. I really wanted to love this book. That just did not happen.

Report from Ground Zero: The Story of the Rescue Efforts at the World Trade Center
Report from Ground Zero: The Story of the Rescue Efforts at the World Trade Center
by Dennis Smith
Edition: Hardcover
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allows you to begin to understand..., April 28, 2002
Prior to this book, Dennis Smith was a fabulous writer and editor of Firehouse Magazine. He is a firefighter and was on the scene soon after the WTC Towers collapsed. He knew many of the men who were killed, and he knows many of the living. He knew Chief Ganci and Father Mychal Judge. He also knows the politicians. What Mr. Smith has done is put together a masterpiece of grief. He has taken the firefighters' own words to tell their stories and he has connected the stories, so for instance, if one firefighter talks about Fireman X being lost in the collapse, he then finds another firefighter who was with that fireman, or who last saw him.
I wanted to read a book about the WTC without rubbernecking. Although many books have been published in the months following the attack, this is without a doubt, the definative book. The grief and suffering of the families is so great, that I was not able to read this book for more than 20 pages at a time, without taking a long break to cry for the firefighters, police, EMS workers and their families. Mr. Smith points out to the lay person that Duty and Sacrifice come together for these men women, that the firefighters never questioned their duty. That the surviving firefighters would go into another tower again, after all they say, you cannot leave people in a building who need help, explains their heart and soul. After reading this book, I do not believe that you will ever view a firefighter, policeman or EMS worker the same. There are some very graphic scenes in this book about body parts and this book is not for the squemish. It presents ground zero from the day of the attack until months after and it will probably been one of the books that historians will look to when remembering this tragic and awful attack.

Be A Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment
Be A Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment
by Vladimir Lange
Edition: Paperback
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A necessity for the newly diagnosed woman., November 6, 2001
This is a wonderful book, packed with information, in a very easy to read format. There are 12 chapters:
Facing Breast Cancer; Breast Cancer Basics; Diagnosis and Staging; Surgery; Reconstruction; Radiation; Chemo; Hormonal Therapy; alternative treatments; Clinical Trials; Life after Cancer; A guide for your partner. Each chapter explains what the chapter is about, e.g. What is chemo? How is it given? How it Works. Side Effects. Common Chemo drugs.
This book is unique in that it has testimonials throughout from women, and their partners. It also has terrific drawings. I purchased a LOT of books when I was diagnosed. This was the book that I went to during my chemo and before surgery, to really find out what was going on. It is difficult to know what questions to ask your oncologist or surgeon, when everything is new. This book helps you prepare and should give you the confidence to make treatment decisions about your life. Highly, highly recommended.

Raveling: A Novel
Raveling: A Novel
by Peter Moore Smith
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $22.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taut, tense psychological thriller and very disturbing!, October 19, 2001
Seven-year old Fiona has been missing for 20 years. Her family is still deeply troubled. Pilot and Eric were Fiona's brothers. The book begins with the most realistic journey into mental illness that I have ever read, as Pilot descends into psychosis. Eric, his brother, and a neurosurgeon, seems to want to help Pilot. However, Pilot has a secret, and that is, that Eric is responsible for the abduction of Fiona, or is he?
Complicating matters is an unrealistic, yet readable relationship between Pilot's new psychologist and Eric. This is a whodoneit where the reader believes he knows the answer at the beginning of the book. Like any good mystery, the plot twists and turns. This book was a finalist for the Edgar Award for First Fiction and it is much better than a good mystery. It is however, deeply disturbing. Highly recommended for the reader who loves mysteries and has a strong stomach.

Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
by Karen Lindsey
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Breast Cancer Reference for women who want to know, September 23, 2001
Some women with breast cancer want to know everything about the disease--how it may have been caused, treatment options, prevention and living with breast cancer. Others just want to get through treatment. If you are one of the former, this is the book for you. The 610 volume answers almost every question you may have about breast cancer, and some you did not even think to ask. When going through an initial breast cancer diagnosis, it is very easy to absorb only a little of what the surgeon or oncologist is saying. This book will let you slowly absorb the facts about breast cancer. It is filled with diagrams and charts. It is a clinical reference but certainly written for lay people. For me, reading this book and some of the references, helped me to push for a more aggressive treatment plan, than had been recommended by my physicians. This book is highly, highly recommended!

Blue Diary
Blue Diary
by Alice Hoffman
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling novel, but not her best, September 23, 2001
This review is from: Blue Diary (Hardcover)
Could you find forgiveness if you learned your spouse did something unspeakable? How do you reconcile a relationship that is based on a false foundation? Do you really know your spouse? Alice Hoffman explores these questions, as well as questions of morality, in a story that takes place in a small storybook New England Town called Monroe. Though her attempts to tell the tale through the voice of different characters is interesting, it ultimately fails to give us the true psychological insight into the characters that Ms. Hoffman can usually deliver. This story has no happy endings. It is however very realistic. Had this been a first book from an unknown author, I would have rated it five stars. From Ms. Hoffman, I expect a little better.

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