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###-GHOST STORY-###
-Jim Butcher-


Butcher’s Ghost Story is the thirteenth installment in the Dresden Files. The story begins with Harry quite well and truly dead; Or is he? With many twists and turns Harry's adventures as a dead man made this an exciting and unusual tale. Harry has been sent on a mission from God…or is he? He is set on the quest to name his own killer, in order to save the people he loves. There is plenty of action while Harry tries to help a friend, battle unfriendly spirits and an old enemy all while trying to solve his own murder. This is a wonderful book filled with subtle messages and introspection. This is just my kind of book!Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13)

Madison Pridgen,
A member of Between the Lines book club




###-RULES OF CIVILITY-###
-Amor Towles-


In Rules of Civility the setting is Manhattan in the late 1930's. I enjoyed the history of what New York City was like during that era through the eyes of a young woman surviving on her own in the city. The description of the culture of the carefree young in an exciting city was exciting to me. Kate, the main protagonist, is a smart, sassy independent girl who takes charge of her own life and if she isn’t happy about something she fixes the problem. Frankly, I was surprised at the freedom women had from the perception I’ve always had before women’s lib. I enjoyed the penetrating storyline so much, of its setting and the bigger ideas that are presented in the mix of people and social organizations, introspection, question of civility in all things. It was a much more social time when technology seems to limit the necessity. Rules of Civility: A Novel

Madison Pridgen,
A member of Between the Lines book club



###-LOVE YOU MORE-###
-Lisa Gardner-



"Love You More” is a thriller and loaded with suspense as Tessa Leoni faces time in Hell trying to prove her innocence. She has been a Massachusetts state trooper for four years and has a beautiful six-year-old daughter, Sophie, and a husband, Brian Darby of three years. Brian has been shot to death and Sophie is missing. Detectives on the case soon suspect Tessa of cold blooded murder, having killed her husband and little girl. The forensic evidence is puzzling, and Leoni, who is less than cooperative, has a battered and swollen face, apparently, from a beating. The situation becomes more complicated and ambiguous, and it is suspected that Tessa has been lying to them from the beginning. This one is just plain intriguing from the beginning and the writing impeccable. Love You More: A Dectective D. D. Warren Novel

Madison Pridgen,
A member of Between the Lines book club




###-EXPLOSION IN PARIS-###
-Pirrung-




GREAT PLOT; FIRST-RATE WRITING, “Look Inside”; NO DISAPPOINTMENT HERE!

Enthralling, atmospheric, powerful, and simply mesmerizing, "Explosion in Paris" is one of the best books I've read this year!''I knew little about this book and author so I entered into the experience with no preconceived notions or expectations.
'Frequently dazzling, "Explosion in Paris" is a story about the interplay of survival, about the rousing and transformation set inescapably in motion by a transitory coincidence of fate. In a breathtaking display of tones ranging from disappointment and being stuck in an empty marriage to tragedy to uncompromising reinvention, the author captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or surrender to. We learn the origin of Angela's turmoil, the hidden yearnings and disappointments of her violent and troubling marriage. A modern day Knight in Shining Armor innocently comes out of nowhere and enters Angela's life as if a gift from God. Ross opens Angie's eyes to the fact that she has choices and that she needs to take back her power to see love, to see well-being, to see joy and to see the good in what life has to offer. The "explosion in Paris", a jealous Mitch had planned, is the catalyst that turns the tale to terror. A rented touring schooner is blown to bits with an unconscious Angie left on board. After her "death", the grieving Ross and Angie's sister take steps to prove that Mitch is a murderer. Strange things begin happening that add yet another dimension of wonder and humor to the already multi-layered narrative. ''The characters' lives and fates claim the story first and foremost, and I was fascinated and pulled right in. This is a compelling psychological drama that is as thought-provoking as it is riveting and soon gives way to a top-notch suspense thriller. But beyond pleasure reading, the novel had me questioning what I would want and do in a similar circumstance. The prose is lush and descriptive. The book made me a believer with its gripping plot and challenging questions it instigated in my ever curious mind. Could I start to rebuild a meaningful life? When is a circumstance so challenging that it becomes impossible to conquer? The author digs to the very soul of Angela and the other characters as well, that makes it fascinating, disturbing, and memorable. The last time I had such a heartfelt and to-the-soul response to a novel was "The Shack". I felt the anguish, fear, and desperation, the physical, painful fight for survival, and then the absolute triumph. Any story that can elicit such a response, such passion from my heart earns my great respect. The journey to the truth is devastatingly heartfelt and fraught with peril and hesitation. I really loved this book! And for getting inside my mind and heart so completely, for allowing me the luxury of the treat to my reading pleasure I have to give it the highest ranking. I thought the pacing was pitch perfect and breathtaking to keep the reader at full attention. It had substance, credibility and incredible flow. This is an author with a deep commitment to character, about whom you come to care deeply as you watch the characters doing things they shouldn't, acting gloriously, exasperatingly human, in her expert flaying of human shortcomings. This is a first-rate novel, delicious and smart, impeccably written and perfectly paced. The reader is held in a tight, breathless grip as good and evil match wits and do battle, revealing a talent for peeking into the human psyche. The author paints a charming, enchanting picture with humor and great appreciation of the much celebrated Provence and Paris, France, so perfectly picturesque, so sumptuous. The setting plays a significant function in the characters lives.

We live vicariously through Angela Briann Scott's exciting journey. We learn to celebrate our lives with significance; we choose wisely; we let go of illusions; we learn from the lessons life has taught us; we are entitled to begin again with a renewed sense of values, humility and compassion. Among many considerable strengths, full of warmth, wisdom, and humor, "Explosion in Paris" inspires as well as entertains. Such is the stuff great novels are made of. EXPLOSION IN PARIS


Madison Pridgen,
A member of Between the Lines book club



###-BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP-###
-Watson-



“Before I Go to Sleep” is a brilliant and profound piece of fiction, a psychological thriller that will captivate the reader about a traumatic brain injury that when the main protagonist wakes up she can’t remember anything about herself. I can’t imagine too many things as frightening as that! The premise was different from anything I've read before. This is a remarkable job of taking us through Christine's mind as she learns about events and people in her past and the frustrations involved in not being able to remember. She keeps a journal, at the suggestion of Dr. Nash; the idea being that she progressively remembers her life before the accident that caused her amnesia. The first part of the book tells about her meeting her husband and her psychiatrist calling her, telling her that she needs to read the journal she has been keeping. He gives it to her and tells her to contact him if she wants to continue her treatment. What a pulse-pounding thriller! It’s suspenseful throughout and the pacing is brilliant. The thriller ending is not predictable so don’t bother. Profound and completely captivating, yes, but the intrigue will keep your eyes glued. Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

Madison Pridgen,
A member of Between the Lines book club




The Lantern: A Novel, This Beautiful Life: A Novel, The Long Goodbye: A memoir, A Young Wife: A Novel, The Story of Beautiful Girl, Eyes Wide Open: A Novel, Back of Beyond, Afraid of the Dark (Jack Swyteck), I Gave My Heart to Know This: A Novel, The Language of Flowers: A Novel, The Buddha in the Attic, The Borrower: A Novel, Model Home: A Novel, Next to Love: A Novel, Close Your Eyes: A Novel, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero, The Family Fang: A Novel, Domestic Violets: A Novel, The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel, Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon, If She Only Knew, Shut Your Eyes Tight (Dave Gurney, No. 2): A Novel, Dog Tags (Andy Carpenter), Blankets, Tony and Susan, The Lantern, This Beautiful Life: A Novel, The Long Goodbye: A Memoir, A Young Wife: A Novel, The Story of Beautiful Girl, I Gave My Heart to Know This: A Novel, The Language of Flowers: A Novel, The Buddha in the Attic, The Borrower: A Novel, Model Home: A Novel, Next to Love: A Novel, Close Your Eyes: A Novel, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero, The Family Fang: A Novel, Domestic Violets, The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel, Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon, If She Only Knew, Shut Your Eyes Tight (Dave Gurney, No. 2): A Novel (A Dave Gurney Novel), Dog Tags (Andy Carpenter),

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###-RULES OF CIVILITY-###
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###-LOVE YOU MORE-###
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###-BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP-###
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