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.
Linda says: Powerful and gripping, this book whisked me into its current and kept me enthralled. Four long-time friends have agreed to a trip for five days of whitewater rafting in the Maine wilderness. The trip downriver becomes fraught with danger, violence and the real possibility that they will never find their way back to civilization.
Wendy Walker has written a fierce and unforgettable thriller about young Jenny Kramer, who is attacked at a party and then given a controversial drug by her doctor so that she might have no memory of the horrific attack. Is that really all it takes to be released from awful experiences? Can such a drug be used to help victims of rape, PTSD, the death of a child? Or is the emotional memory that lingers the more powerful aftermath? Can that be manipulated? As the family tries to cope with what has happened in their own ways, the psychiatrist has his own motivation for trying to control Jenny's memory. This psychological thriller will keep you engrossed to the astounding conclusion.
One vote of excellence is not enough for this scintillating and riveting thriller. It deserves at least a 5 heart rating. Sarah Pinborough's writing caused my jaw to drop, my head to pound and my heart to race. This is a thriller like no other, with characters that are alternately sympathetic and malevolent. Each has the opportunity to tell their side of the compelling story, and the reader is drawn willingly into their version of events each time they speak. More than a whodunnit, this is a psychological tour de force that must not be missed.
Linda says: This is a taut and tantalizing thriller set in the Bronx of the 1960's. Emma Flint is gifted in describing the people and atmosphere of the tenements and closely-knit neighborhoods where everyone looked out for (and knew everything about) each other. Little Deaths is based on the true story of a wife and mother in New York City accused of a crime based not on any evidence against her, but on her lifestyle. She was pilloried for her looks and her behavior as a femme fatale who dressed scandalously, showed little emotion and was especially flirtacious with men other than her husband. The press and law enforcement focused on her non-emotive personality and unconventional behavior. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a multi-layered psychological story with strong and engaging characters.
Linda says: Silvis' characters are incredibly vivid and relatable, and from the moment I met Ryan DeMarco, I recognized him as a good guy, a caring human being and a driven detective. His search for the truth about what happened to Thomas Huston's family goes deep from the start; and though he knows Huston, you get the feeling that this is how he does what he does: 100% committment, full on focus, and a determination like a dog with a bone...
Linda says: Reading Tana French is one of my greatest pleasures. I am mad for her moody, compelling stories. Her way with the dialect of the area and the vernacular of the Dublin Murder Squad never fails to transport me to the time and place about which she writes. Her characters loom large and realistic in my imagination as I am swept away by her prose.
The Trespasser is another impeccably crafted tale of murder and intrigue. When called to the scene of a dead woman, Detective Antoinette Conway believes it to an open-and-shut case of a domestic argument gone wrong. Disappointed in having to work yet another run-of-the-mill case and tired of being harassed and pranked in the squad, she and her partner, Stephen Moran, approach the case less than enthusiastically. Before long, however, they realize that there is a lot more to the case than meets the eye, and it begins to be hard to discern the good guys from the bad.
Linda says: Livesey has written an intriguing novel of family, emotion and our tendency to neglect what we should appreciate. This compelling story is of a couple who do not realize that their marriage is in crisis until it's almost too late. Livesey's incisive prose plumbs the layers of their lives and reveals emotions and behaviors that are ultimately relatable to all of us.
Linda says: Elizabeth Lesser has succeeded in touching the deepest, most human emotions in this beautiful autobiography of herself and her sister in the face of a bone marrow transplant. When she writes, it is as if she is speaking to you, almost as though she is writing about you. Her poignant prose shares the experience as the two rediscover each other, affirming, supporting and experiencing life.
Linda says: A woman newly single after her husband leaves finds solace and friendship in a book group. Ava's perspective on love, family and life is altered as she reads the books chosen by each member as the one that has mattered most in their lives. Another thoughtful and thought-provoking novel by the wonderful Ann Hood.
The Learned Owl's Wise Readers Club
One of the things we at The Learned Owl Book Shop enjoy most is recommending books to our customers and talking with them about books they have enjoyed. We are always happy to direct them to bestsellers and highly-anticipated new releases, as well as the classics and much-loved children's books. In keeping with this favorite activity and just in time for the start of your holiday shopping, The Learned Owl Book Shop proudly introduces our Wise Readers Clubs!
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