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Staff Pick
s -  May 2020

Are you interested in what some of the QWPL staff are reading, watching or listening to? Here is a sampling of staff reviews of materials available to library users in our community. We hope that you find these informative and entertaining.  Look for new reviews each month. 

The Family Upstairs
By: Lisa Jewell
Recommended by Yvonne

“I love a good dysfunctional family drama. This book focuses entirely on that and boy is it a doozy! It delves into some dark stuff and we find out just what happened at this house so long ago. And because of the dual timelines, we sometimes get dual revelations happening, where we are finding out things from "What Happened 25 Years Ago" and the "Today Plot" almost side by side. It really helps to add to the suspense and tension, propelling things forward.”  (Kristin@Alwayswithabook.blogstop.com) 

Prologue: It would be inaccurate to say that my childhood was normal before they came. It was far from normal, but it felt normal because it was all I’d known. It’s only now, with decades of hindsight, that I can see how odd it was.
I was nearly eleven when they came, and my sister was nine.
They lived with us for more than five years and they turned everything very, very dark. My sister and I had to learn how to survive.
And when I was sixteen, and my sister was fourteen, the baby came.

After reading that prologue, it was impossible for me to not read this book.
I love when an author unfolds the story alternating interesting characters as well as time lines, being unclear how the characters would interconnect kept me interested in what would be revealed. 

This title is available in Regular Print, Large Print and Downloadable Audiobook formats.

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The Golden Hour
By:  Beatriz Williams
Recommended by Krista

The Golden hour follows two amazing women through significant times of their lives. Lulu’s story begins as she newly arrives in the Bahamas to write a column on the recently dethroned King and his wife Wallis. Elfriede’s begins in the Swiss Alps at a retreat where she meets another convalesce. Their stories are intertwined.  I became engrossed with the character from the very beginning.The book is a great read offering romance, intrigue, royals with tropical and European settings that are spun together beautifully.  

This title is available in Regular Print, Large Print, Sound Recording, Downloadable eBook and AudioBook formats.

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The Boy from the Woods
By: Harlan Coben 
Recommended by Kim

In the shocking new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away, a man whose past is shrouded in mystery must find a missing teenage girl before her disappearance brings about disastrous consequences for her community . . . and the world.

The man known as Wilde is a mystery to everyone, including himself. Decades ago, he was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. After the police concluded an exhaustive hunt for the child's family, which was never found, he was turned over to the foster system.

Now, thirty years later, Wilde still doesn't know where he comes from, and he's back living in the woods on the outskirts of town, content to be an outcast, comfortable only outdoors, preferably alone, and with few deep connections to other people.

When a local girl goes missing, famous TV lawyer Hester Crimstein--with whom Wilde shares a tragic connection--asks him to use his unique skills to help find her. Meanwhile, a group of ex-military security experts arrive in town, and when another teen disappears, the case's impact expands far beyond the borders of the peaceful suburb. Wilde must return to the community where he has never fit in, and where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions . . . secrets that Wilde must uncover before it's too late.

This title is available in Regular Print, Large Print, Sound Recording and downloadable eBook formats.
This review is from www.goodreads.com.

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
By: Kim Michele Richardson
Recommended by Marilyn

In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.

Along her dangerous route, Cussy, known to the mountain folk as Bluet, confronts those suspicious of her damselfly-blue skin and the government's new book program. She befriends hardscrabble and complex fellow Kentuckians, and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give to those who have nothing, a bookly respite, a fleeting retreat to faraway lands.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a powerful message about how the written word affects people--a story of hope and heartbreak, raw courage and strength splintered with poverty and oppression, and one woman's chances beyond the darkly hollows. Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek showcases a bold and unique tale of the Packhorse Librarians in literary novels — a story of fierce strength and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere — even back home.

This title is available in Regular Print, Large Print, Downloadable eBook and Audiobook formats.
This review is from www.goodreads.com.

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The Other Mrs.
By: Mary Kubica
Recommended by Pauline

She tried to run, but she can't escape the other Mrs.... 

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie. 

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.   

This title is available in Regular Print, Sound Recording, Downloadable eBook and Audiobook formats.

  

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