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The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

The Tenth Circle is metaphoric journey through Dante's Inferno told by a cast of characters dealing with one night of  violence against a 14 year old teenage. Some could argue that Trixie the 14 year old is the main character of this story but I disagree and say that it is her father, Daniel.  Daniel tells his story of rescuing his daughter by drawing a comic in which he enters Dante's Inferno and walks the different levels of hell searching for his daughter and a way to save her.

Daniel, Trixie and Laura each have their own secrets, some darker and more devastating that another.
Pretty, smart, popular, Trixie goes to a party and her life and that that of others changes due to an act of violence.  Trixie reports that she has been raped by her ex-boyfriend, evidence points to her story being true and then he is found dead. It is initially thought to be a suicide but then Trixie and Daniel becomes suspects.  The story unravels until the truth is presented.

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It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

It's Always the Husband by Michelle Campbell Will be available May 16, 2017 Aubrey, Kate and Jenny's life was fated the moment they met as college roommates. They attended the prestige's Carlisle College in New Hampshire. They were as different as three people could be.  Friendship bonds were formed, lies were told, drugs became an escape. They were the best of frenemies .  A tragedy of epic proportions binds them together for life. It's twenty years later and all three women find themselves living in the same town once again. More lies surface, infidelity becomes common place and then one of the 3 is found dead. Her death is suspicious in nature and more than one person is considered suspect. Campbell debut novel flips back and forth between the past and present. Characters tell their own story but there isn't a moment of confusion on the time frame or character "speaking". This book is brilliant and I can usually figure it out but Campbell kept me on m…

Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot

Every now and then you come across a book that resonates with you. A book that makes you realize your own eating “quirks” aren’t something to be ashamed of or something to hide. I have a bit of a secret that only a few people know about.Around the time I started Middle School until late into High School I refused to eat ANYTHING after 6:00 p.m. and when the time changed I would refuse to eat anything after 5:00 p.m.My fear was based upon getting sick from my stomach. I was convinced that if I ate after that time I would get sick and the few times I tried it. I did get sick.
I would go to sleep hungry, the hunger pains keeping me awake but the fear of what would happen if I at a simple piece of toast was too much for me to handle. No amount of cajoling or begging could get me to eat. My eating habits impacted my family because they had to work around my eating habits and they knew that if a change in plan caused a meal to be late, I simply wouldn’t eat.
My grandmother who raised me was …

Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

Delia Hopkins works search and rescue with her dog, Greta. She is engaged and has a young child. Her father is a widower who raised her alone. Her fiancĂ© is a recovering alcoholic and her best friend (and fiancĂ©) have been in her life since childhood. Life seems idyllic but that's about to change.

A knock on the door turns her life upside down, secrets unravel and life for Delia Hopkins is forever changed along with the lives of those she treasures most.

The first time I read this book, many, many years ago, I was neither impressed or unimpressed. It was just another read this time around I found myself much more emotionally vested. Delia captures the relationship between a daughter and father perfectly (or my version of it at least). I had compassion and understood both sides of the stories this time around when previously I took sides and formed opinions quickly.

I did feel that the ending broke down some characters personalities and their reaction would not have been what was …

The Nearness of You by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Nearness of  You by Amanda Eyre Ward Will be released, February 21, 2017 Suzette and Hyland Kendall have been childless for 15 years. Suzette's childhood was less than stellar and she has no desire to pass on the genetics that were responsible for her mother's mental illness that  eventually landed her in a mental institution. Suzette agrees to using a surrogate to carry a child with Hyland's genes. It's a whirlwind of emotions and choices but the finally find the "right" candidate. Dorrie is young and goes into the surrogacy naively but the tides change and she realizes she can't give up the child. She disappears without a trace, leaving Suzette and Hyland heartbroken and searching for their child until a seemingly ordinary day, when a knock on the door changes their lives once again. This book is full of emotions and the characters narrate their own stories. They each have their own voice and their passages are easy to follow. I related to Suzette …

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect was recently released and Sophie Kinsella once again wrote a book that kept me turning the pages and loving the characters! The female characters are strong, intelligent and hilarious.

Katie Brenner is living in London and projecting a life of glamour in her social media but things aren't exactly what they seem. Katie isn't quite living her dream and her job isn't exactly what she's striving for. Her flatmates are odd at best and office politics just aren't her thing.

Life picks up, she meets a potential romantic partner and then.... she is fired. Katie is struggling to put the pieces of her life together but isn't getting any job offers. She begrudgingly returned to her family farm to help her father and step-mother get their new endeavor off the ground.

Unexpected guests arrive at her families new business and the truth begins to unravel.

Expect to laugh out loud and be charmed by this little book! This has become my favorite Kinsella bo…

Lisey's Story by Stephen King

Stephen King wrote this book after a brush with death (being hit by a Van) and while recovering from pneumonia. It is a story about living, grieving and the women behind the man.

Lisey's story is about a widower named Lisey. Her husband Scott Landon was a famous author who has passed away. Lisey is left alone, childless and grieving. Her story is told in current day and flash back memories.

Lisey is finally forcing herself to revisit memories, many of them via stories Scott shared with her from his frightening childhood. They haunt her and then Zack McCool enters the picture and the horror notch is turned up.

There is a lot going on in this story. It starts off slow, then speeds up rapidly. I would say this is the closest thing to a love story with a generous heap of horror you will get from King.

Overall an enjoyable, entertaining read.