Cover: Knoll

Review: Knoll

Knoll by Stephen Hillard SelectBooks, 2017.  Hardcover, 256 pages. Knoll is a novel that reexamines the John F. Kennedy assassination in a more contemporary context.  There are two different modern storylines.  The more cryptic and shorter one is that of Banner McCoy, a NSA agent who discovered her project is meant to destroy anyone remotely…

Cover: Refuge

Review: Refuge

Refuge by Dina Nayeri Riverhead Books; 2017. Hardcover, 336 pages. In this novel, Niloo is an Iranian girl who escaped with her mother to America as a child while her father remains behind.  This novel follows the experiences of both father and daughter as their lives take different paths and examines the relationship between the…

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Review: The Wildling Sisters

The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase G.P. Putnam and Sons, 2017.  Hardcover, 384 pages. Eve Chase’s sophomore novel features Applecote Manor as a character shared between two timelines.  The first, set in 1959, the four Wilde sisters leave their London flat for a summer in the Cotswolds with their aunt and uncle.  None of the…

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Review: The Little French Bistro

The Little French Bistro by Nina George Crown, 2017.  Hardcover, 336 pages. Despondent, Marianne decides to commit suicide rather than to continue living in a loveless marriage with a man who treats her wrong.  When she is saved from drowning, she is taken to a hospital where she finds a hand-painted tile that calls to…

Review: Where the Light Falls

Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki Dial Press, 2017.  Hardcover, 384 pages. Where the Light Falls is the brainchild of collaboration between bestselling historical fiction writer Allison Pataki and her brother, Owen, a former Army officer.  It draws on Allison’s rich storytelling skills while using Owen’s idea and military knowledge.  Set…

Review: The Last Days of Night

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore Random House, 2016. Hardcover, 368 pages. I remember hearing about the battle over electricity back in my high school science classes.  It came up more than once.  Later, when visiting Niagara Falls, it was touched on again thanks to the statue of Nikola Tesla erected on the…