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###-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


###-EXPOSURE-###
-Fowler-



“Exposure” is thought provoking, beautifully written and gripping. The premise of the book is written appropriately and fitting for 2011. Two teenagers in a consensual relationship choose to text each other inappropriate pictures. The girl's father finds out and takes legal action. Anthony and Amelia's, (who were high school seniors), private and intimate pictures of themselves, not meant to be shared with anyone but the two of them, were misinterpreted as child pornography. This book touches on many typical issues, such as they're typical teens; they are passionate and feel that no one experiences love like they do; they have hopes and dreams for their future together. Their parents are also pretty typical; they want their kids to succeed and have an easy life. Amelia's dad may seem the overly sheltering parent, but he has made mistakes in his past that he was hoping she would avoid.

This book will surely be a book club favorite with the subject matter at hand. It's a representation of everything that is good and bad about our changing culture, including the news media that feeds into the salacious aspect of the story.

Presenting characters that are so real, “Exposure” is a fast-paced, intense read and I enjoyed every minute of it. Exposure: A Novel


Madison Pridgen,
A member of Between the Lines book club


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

Enthralling, atmospheric, powerful, and simply mesmerizing, “Explosion in Paris” is one of the best books I’ve read this year!

I knew very little about this book and author so I entered into the experience with no preconceived notions or expectations. I'll have to say---I thoroughly enjoyed this book! In fact, it may just be my favorite book of 2011 thus far.

Frequently dazzling, “Explosion in Paris” is a book about the interplay of survival, about the stirrings and transformations set unavoidably in motion by a passing coincidence of fate. In a breathtaking array of tones ranging from disappointment and being stuck in a dead marriage to tragedy to uncompromising reinvention, the author captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to. We learn the genesis of Angela’s turmoil, the hidden yearnings and disappointments of her violent marriage.

The characters’ lives and fates claim the story first and foremost, and I was pulled right in. This is a harrowing psychological drama that is as thought-provoking as it is riveting and soon gives way to a suspense thriller. But beyond pleasurable reading, the novel had me questioning what I'd want and do in a similar circumstance. The prose is lush and descriptive. The book made me a believer with its compelling plot and challenging questions. Could I start to rebuild a meaningful life? When is a circumstance so problematic that it becomes insurmountable? The author prods to the very soul of Angela and the other characters as well, and it is fascinating, disturbing, and memorable. The last time I had such a visceral response to a novel was "The Shack". I felt the frustration, anguish, fear, and desperation. Any story that can elicit such a reaction or emotion out of my heart earns my great respect. The journey to the truth is devastatingly heartfelt and fraught with peril and uncertainty. I really loved this book! And for getting inside my mind and heart so completely, I have to give it the highest ranking from a purely emotional level. With a premise as deceptively simple as this, execution is everything. 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 protagonists doing things they shouldn't, acting gloriously, exasperatingly human, in her expert flaying of human shortcomings. Such is the stuff great novels are made of. EXPLOSION IN PARIS


Madison Pridgen,
A member of Between the Lines book club





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The Silent Girl (with bonus short story Freaks): A Rizzoli & Isles Novel (Rizzoli & Isles Novels) - Split Second (King & Maxwell Series) - The Ideal Man - Turn of Mind - The End of Everything: A Novel - Burnt Mountain - Now You See Her -




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Faith: A Novel - Attachments - Please Look After Mom - Breaking Silence (Kate Burkholder) - A Conflict of Interest - One Day (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries) - Caleb's Crossing: A Novel - Drawing Conclusions (Commissario Guido Brunetti, No. 20) - Over the Edge: A Novel - Vicious Cycle (Intervention, Book 2) - The Ridge - Misery Bay: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight Novels) - Skipping a Beat: A Novel - April & Oliver - Already Home - A Rather Charming Invitation - The Kitchen House: A Novel - Best Staged Plans - The Hypnotist: A Novel (Detective Inspector Joona Linna) - Silver Girl: A Novel - The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels) - Fallen: A Novel (Will Trent) - The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris - Carte Blanche - Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Book 6) - Heat Wave: A Novel - Thirteen Reasons Why - One Summer - 10th Anniversary (Women's Murder Club) - Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale (Lowcountry Tales) - Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West - Love You More - Escape - Devious (A Bentz/Montoya Novel) - Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels) - Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum) - The Post-American World: Release 2.0 - Sister: A Novel - Buried Secrets (Nick Heller) - Portrait of a Spy

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