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How many times have you ever ridden a train possibly planning a slower, much awaited vacation or a daily commute that takes you from a suburban community to your workplace in the city a few miles away for a comfortable ride without traffic worries? Rachel is that girl who makes her daily commute on the train to and from London noticing one particular home she sees on the way. The couple living there seems to have the life and marriage she hopes for herself. She fantasizes about this couple--their names, their life story-- and she looks forward to watching them each day. But then one day the fantasy world surrounding "her couple" changes when she reads a disturbing newspaper article. Does Rachel become involved in the lives of these people? Reading this gripping mystery may make you think differently when looking out the window on your next train ride. This is a psychological thriller I couldn't put down, but it will also attract suspense fans of non-thriller mysteries. Reviewed by Carol
If you should ask me to name the best book I have read this February, my answer, hands down, will be
The Nightingale. Sometimes a story grabs me and won't let go and that is the case with this novel which takes place during World War II about a young woman who created an escape route out of Nazi-occupied France for downed airmen, and her sister who saved Jewish children, both women putting themselves in harms way and making choices risking their lives to survive. The author beautifully captures an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. These two sisters, separated by years and ideals, find their own dangerous path toward survival. This is a story of life, the ravages of war, and the toll of keeping secrets--packed with action and emotion. If there is a 10-star given for a recent novel of historical fiction, The Nightingale earns it from me. (St. Martin's Press, $27.99). Reviewed by Carol
Not only has Carol read it once and loved it she read it twice and loved it even more the second time!
Victorian London, 1912. 20-year-old Tilly Harper leaves her Lake District family home and travels to London to become the assistant housemother at the Violet House, one of Albert Shaw's training homes caring for flower girls--orphaned and afflicted children who have lived on the streets selling posies of violets and watercress to survive. Upon her arrival, she discovers a wooden box in her bedroom wardrobe filled with trinkets and a notebook diary with dried flowers pressed between the pages, entries dated from the 1880s written by orphaned Flora Flynn who died of a broken heart after she was separated from her sister Rosie. Moved by Florrie's writing describing the pain and emotional anguish she endured during her young brief life, Tilly decides to make an attempt to discover what happened to Rosie. The story is full of twists and surprises that lead a determined and caring Tilly into unexpected places. Readers who enjoyed The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh won't want to miss A Memory of Violets. I highly recommend this as a possible choice for book clubs. (William Morrow, $14.99). Reviewed by Carol
As always, Larson gives his readers a thriller-nonfiction account of an historical event: the tragic sinking of the Lusitania. Author of previous bestsellers The Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck, and In the Garden of Beasts, Larson's latest narrative is an enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915. Cunard's luxury liner, "a floating village in steel", set sail from New York on May 1, bound for Liverpool carrying almost 2,000 passengers and crew, several hundred prominent Americans among them. The author's vivid description of events puts the reader "on board" the Lusitania, captained by William Thomas Turner, and "into the mind" of the aggressively ambitious German U-boat commander Walther Schwieger and his submarine's "prize-taking" activities, events some say only later left him a "shattered man". How did weather, tides, conflicting wireless messages and other factors contribute to the Lusitania, just a few hours short of reaching its intended voyage-end, becoming the fatal victim of U-20's torpedo when it detonated on May 7, an event that eventually played a part in the U.S. entering the Great War. This remarkable account surrounding the last voyage leading to the sinking of this giant liner deserves the attention of readers that are fans of history. Dead Wake may possibly become my best nonfiction read of the year: writing deserving of a Pulitzer Prize. (Crown Publishers, $28.00). Reviewed by Carol
Genova, a neuroscientist and author of the bestselling Still Alice and Left Neglected, brings readers a powerful novel that explores what Huntington's disease can do to a family. The Irish Catholic O'Brien family consists of parents Joe and Rosie and their four adult children. Joe, a 44-year-old Boston police officer, has always known and displayed discipline; but recently he realizes things are not as usual, at least not physically. He begins experiencing stumbling, bizarre muscle spasms, and involuntary bursts of body movement. He can't imagine why or explain the causes. This can't be about age or his lack of strength can it? Rosie finally gets Joe to agree to see a doctor and he finds that test results come back positive for Huntington's disease (HD), an affliction that can be passed on to his children through an inherited gene at a 50% possibility rate. Genova's sensitive novel shares Joe's experiences dealing with his diagnosis and the reaction his children have when they learn of Joe's illness, and that they too may have inherited the gene for HD. Will they decide to have blood tests and want to know the results? They understand everyone eventually dies, but do they want to be told when and how. HD is commonly a family disease due to its dominant inheritance. This is a deeply emotional story giving the reader a compassionate awareness of what it feels like to live with HD. Highly recommended. (Gallery Books, $26.00). Reviewed by Carol