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.

ISBN: 9781455583737
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 17th, 2015

Linda says: Why is it that reading about psychiatric wards is so compelling? Is it because we are glad to be able to distance ourselves from the psychoses or is it because, on some level, we are able to relate to them? In Sandra Block's novel, we are introduced to Zoe Goldman, a psychiatric resident-in-training. Although she has real compassion for her patients, she begins to have trouble focusing due to nightmares about her past. As she tries to uncover buried memories about the death of her birth mother, she realizes that her nightmares are not just disturbing her at night. A well-written debut that is equal parts medical treatise and thriller, this will appeal to readers who enjoy surprises and sharp turns.

ISBN: 9780062320476
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 3rd, 2015

Linda says: Jane Shemilt's debut novel is absolutely gripping. It is the story of a close-knit family whose lives are forever altered when 15-year-old Naomi fails to come home after her school play. The police investigation starts out strong, but as the months pass the leads turn cold. Jenny, Naomi's mother, begins her own search and learns secrets about her daughter that she never could have imagined. As we are pulled into her obsessive search we cannot help but ask ourselves, "How well can we really know someone?" A testimony to the fierceness of a mother's love, this book will be one to recommend to your friends.

ISBN: 9780525953500
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Published: Dutton Books - March 24th, 2015

Linda says: Coben never disappoints, and his newest attacks the germane and gripping problem of computer hacking and identity interference. Adam Price is living the dream with his wife Corinne and their sons when a stranger approaches him with a devastating secret about his wife, one that deeply disturbs adam's trust. When he gets deep into his investigation, he finds a conspiracy that might just destroy his family. In true Coben form, this book will have you flipping pages and avoiding responsibilities until the end!

ISBN: 9781611881905
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Published: Story Plant - September 2nd, 2014

Linda says: Peter Seth is a writer living in LA who has written for television shows. This is his first novel and it is a romantic, creepy, psychological adventure from page one. It has been compared to "Endless Love" and "Gone Girl" and is a fast-paced story about the obsession of young love and all that can happen when nothing else matters. Summer love blooms into something deeper between a young man working at a camp the summer before his freshman year at Columbia and Rachel, a beautiful and troubled counselor. Their passion flares beyond what either of them can control and the resulting story is a roller-coaster ride that threatens to careen out of control. An exciting and compelling read with a very likeable narrator, this is a must for fans of fast-paced delicious story telling.

ISBN: 9781594633669
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 13th, 2015

Linda says: This is the most gripping thing I've read in months! Hawkins' brilliant formula kept me zipping through the pages of this thriller at the speed of the bullet train. Fortunately for the reader, the commuter train in this story goes more slowly, allowing Rachel to gaze out the window and imagine the lives of those she sees. Put this on your list if you love to curl up with a good book and lose yourself in it! Hawkins is brilliant!

ISBN: 9780374171339
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - February 3rd, 2015

Linda says: A History of Loneliness is the story of Father Odran Yates, chaplain at a boys' school in Ireland for nearly thirty years. When the scandal of the early 21st century results in his best friend from seminary being removed from his parish, Father Yates is sent to replace him. He begins to feel shunned by the public, people who once venerated him, and he begins to wonder if he perhaps behaved poorly without realizing it. John Boyne has a compelling way of drawing one into his stories. His characters are realistic and flawed and multi-layered, people you really want to get to know, whose histories and thoughts and problems are interesting and relatable.

ISBN: 9781476717777
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Published: Gallery Books - April 7th, 2015

Linda says: Another tenderly-written, illuminating novel by Lisa Genova which centers on a family whose patriarch is diagnosed with Huntington's Disease. As she has done in each of her previous novels, Genova communicates her vast knowledge of neuroscience in a way that deeply touches her readers. Rather than a dry, textbook recitation of the disease, she provides insight into the human spirit in the midst of extreme physical adversity. One does not simply put one of Lisa Genova's novels down when the last page is turned. The greater story, the realization that people experience what she writes about every day, stays with us and, hopefully, makes us more understanding, better people.

ISBN: 9781250041210
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 24th, 2015

Linda says: McBeth's second book is even more compelling than her first, Precious Thing. She has been added to my favorite author list and I plan to recommend to all who come to the shop looking for a gripping thriller. The story is so brilliantly woven that, just when you think you have figured something out, you hit a major bend in the road and you go careening off in another direction. I'm not one to stay up very late reading, but this book made me keep the light on well into the wee hours!