Emma in the Night

Sara’s Pick: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker Two sisters vanish one night leaving a car and shoes at the beach. Three years later, one of them returns. Held captive on an island off the coast of Maine and finally escaping, Cass is frantic to have help finding her sister. But forensic psychologist Dr….

The Velveteen Daughter

Sara’s Pick: The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber This biographical novel examines the lives of two extraordinary women. Before the Velveteen Rabbit was published, Margery Bianco Williams’ daughter was more famous as a child prodigy painter than her mother. But it seems that fame at an early age can exact a terrible toll. Told…

Are You Sleeping

Sara’s Pick: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Thirteen years after her father’s murder a podcast by an investigative reporter threatens to unravel the life that his daughter has carefully constructed. Lying to her boyfriend, with a new name and new city, Josie is trying to keep her new life together. When her mother commits…

Final Girls

Sara’s Pick:Final Girls by Riley Sager Ten years ago Quincy was the sole survivor of a massacre at a cottage in the woods has no memory of the actual attack becoming, along with Lisa and Sam, the third member of a club the press dubs “The Final Girls”. Quincy has been doing well with the…

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

Sara’s Pick: A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite Three weeks after their daughter is born, a young woman who’s head over heels in love with her husband discovers he’s having an affair. In this memoir, she looks for answers to her questions of how everything went wrong only to discover that her husband is…

Blame

Sara’s Pick: Blame by Jeff Abbott A young seventeen-year-old girl suffers from amnesia after a car crash that killed her best friend and next door neighbor, David. Jane has lost all her memories from the death of her father when she was fourteen until she awoke from a four day coma after the accident. Everyone…

The Good Widow

Sara’s Pick: The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke When her husband and his mistress, Dylan are killed in a fatal car accident in Maui, Jacqueline “Jacks” is stunned. He was supposed to be in Kansas City at a conference. When Dylan’s boyfriend, Nick, shows up suggesting they go to the island tracing…

Every Last Lie

Sara’s Pick: Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica Clara’s life is upended when her husband, Nick, is killed in a car crash in which her four-year-old daughter, Maisie, is basically unharmed. She believes it is an accident until Maisie begins to have night terrors about a bad man in a black car. As she discovers…

The Scribe of Siena

Sara’s Pick: The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer When Beatrice Trovato, a neurosurgeon in New York, has to go to Siena, Italy to deal with the estate of her historian brother who has been writing about the city during the time of the Plague, she finds her face in the paintings of an artist…

The Question of the Missing Head

Sara’s Pick: The Question of the Missing Head by E. J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen Who stole a frozen head from the cryogenics institute? Samuel Hoenig is glad you asked. He answers questions for a living, his Asperger’s syndrome enabling him to take a unique look at other’s problems (as long as they are presented…

A Robot in the Garden

Sara’s Pick: A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install This is a delightful story of a man (Ben) who finds a broken robot (Tang) in his garden and sets out on a mission to find someone who can fix him. Ben’s life is falling apart and he decides to do something worthwhile by helping…

Magpie Murders

Sara’s Pick: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz Alan Conway is a disagreeable, but popular mystery author whose books are set in the English countryside. A cleaning lady dies in an accident (or was she pushed?), the lord of the manor is murdered, his Roman antique coins and jewelry are stolen … Then Alan dies after…