Linda recommends

Linda's first go-round at the Owl was fall 2005 - winter 2007. After a hiatus for other work, she came back in January of 2011, and she's loved every minute of it! Her favorite genres have been legal suspense and books with well-defined, many-layered characters. Since reading Devil in the White City and Unbroken, she's become a big fan of historical writing as well. She feels privileged to be able to work with the wonderful staff at The Owl and to have the opportunity to interact with the faithful and neophyte customers who walk through our door.

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ISBN: 9781476761114
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 3rd, 2016

Linda says: Though difficult to read due to its subject matter - the widespread problem of rape on college campuses - this is a grippingly realistic story of a missing young woman and the attack that led to her disappearance. With biting realism, you will hear from the accused, an entitled, privileged young man who seems to be Teflon-coated. You'll meet his father, and the parents of the victim, and the determined and highly-motivated detective, Anna Curtis, who is like a dog with a bone. Leotta's former experience as a prosecutor makes this a realistic and thrilling read.

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ISBN: 9780062083456
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 3rd, 2016

Linda says: Lu Brant is the first female state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland, the job for which her father was famous and well-respected. She is eager to make her own way and forge her own path in the office, and seizes the opportunity by trying a mentally disturbed man accused of murder. The more she prepares for the trial, the more Lu is reminded of her own past and the actions of her brother AJ, whose behavior one night in his youth saved his best friend but resulted in another man's death. The deeper she delves into the case, the more she realizes that what she believes she knew about the event may not be the whole truth, and that the law does not and cannot hold all of the answers to life's questions.

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ISBN: 9780312380366
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 3rd, 2016

Linda says: I really do love a fabulous but flawed protagonist, and that is what John Hart has written in his new thriller. Elizabeth is a detective, and a good one, but she is under investigation for the death of two drug dealers, even though she saved the life of a young woman in the process. Adrian Wall is also a detective, but he hasn't been on the job for 13 years. Convicted for the murder of a woman with whom he was having an affair, he spent 13 years in prison and has just gotten out on good behavior. Gideon is the son of the woman who Adrian was convicted of killing, and he tracks Wall down his first few hours out of prison with a gun to kill him. This tightly woven novel draws us into the lives of all of these characters as they try to rid themselves of their demons, and leads us into the deep, dark secrets of the town and its residents.

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ISBN: 9781250092144
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 3rd, 2016

Linda says: This stand alone mystery/thriller by Kelley Armstrong is well worth your time. Casey Duncan is a strong and independent woman detective whose friend, whose safety is threatened by an abusive ex-husband, tells her about a city in Northern Canada set up exclusively for people who need to disappear for a few years. Rockton is off the grid, a tiny town surrounded by a forest and natural beauty but it doesn't take long for Casey to learn that it is not the idyllic enclave she imagined. Several people have been found dead and she has been accepted into the town due to her homicide experience. This is a big old beefy bear of a book, and you will find yourself picturing it on your nightstand and hurrying through your to-do list to get back to it. A must read!

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ISBN: 9780062356383
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 8th, 2016

Linda says: Holly Brown is a practicing marriage and family therapist, and that career has obviously afforded her excellent fodder for her gripping novels. Her newest is about a couple who are desperate for a child and turn to adoption when they are unable to conceive themselves. After being bilked by one birth mother, they find a young woman they believe to be perfect, and reach out to her. What starts out as an uplifting and hopeful story quickly deteriorates into one that illustrates how quickly people's good intentions can be derailed for something they want.

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ISBN: 9780062359094
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Published: HarperCollins - May 3rd, 2016

Linda says: Another good read by Kimberly McCreight, author of Reconstructing Amelia. This one took a bit longer for me to get into, but once I got used to the ride, I was all in. The subject is emotional intelligence and Wylie, the protagonist, is a young woman who suffers from agoraphobia and anxiety. Her mental health worsens after the death of her mother; but when her best friend finds herself in danger and reaches out, Wylie has no choice but to try to find her and help her. Things are not what they seem, and as the plot thickens, Wylie learns things about her father, her mother's accident and herself that change everything.


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ISBN: 9780062409324
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 29th, 2016

Linda says: An abandoned cottage in the English countryside, a new start for a couple mired in grief, and the lives of the family who lived in the cottage over a hundred years ago all feature prominently in this wonderful thriller by Julie Myerson. Drawn to the cottage by its quaintness and its lovely big garden, Mary and Graham try to move forward in their lives after a personal tragedy. It doesn't take long for Mary to sense that there is something lingering in the cottage, something sinister. Is she going mad, or does she have a sensitivity to the past? We are immediately pulled into the lives of Mary and Graham and the family who came many years before them. This is a story that will keep you enthralled and chilled from start to finish.


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ISBN: 9780425278109
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 5th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780399174124
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 9th, 2016

Linda says: With her debut, Eve Chase is firmly on my list of favorite authors. She has woven a most delicious gothic tale of mystery and romance (as in the dictionary definition as "a remoteness from everyday life"). From the very first sentence I was transported to another time and place, to the world of Amber Alton and her family at their estate on the Cornwall coast, where summers are perfect and lazy. The children know that every day spent at Black Rabbit Hall will be glorious and happy and comforting. Then one summer everything changes and neither she nor her siblings will ever again be the same. Chase seamlessly weaves in the story of Lorna, a young woman determined to be married at the estate, formally known as Pencraw, three decades later. Though her fiance is less than convinced as to its character, she feels a strong connection to the dilapidated house and grounds. The more she learns about the family, the more she learns about her own history and family. The story and writing are reminiscent of Daphne DuMaurier, whose books I often lost myself in when I was young, snuggled in for the afternoon on our wonderfully comfy couch, impervious to what was going on around me for hours. I cannot wait to see what delight Eve Chase has for us next!