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House on Endless Waters: A Novel by Emuna Elon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982130237
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 1st, 2020

This is a hauntingly beautiful story written as a novel within a novel. A noted Israeli writer visits Amsterdam on a book tour, where he comes across a photograph of his mother, his sister and an unknown infant during Amsterdam’s occupation in WWII. As he searches to uncover the infant’s identity, he comes to learn the truth of not only the city’s dark wartime history and the fate of its Jews, but also comes to understand his mother’s pain and begins to understand the question that had always plagued him, Who Am I? This gorgeously written story is incredibly insightful, evocative and explores in depth how the past and present are incapable of being disentangled and forever intertwined. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


This Tender Land: A Novel by William Kent Krueger - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476749303
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Published: Atria Books - May 26th, 2020

For lovers of Where the Crawdads Sing or Before We Were Yours, this marvelous, exquisitely written novel has echoes of Dickens and Twain. Set during the Depression in the summer of 1932, the story follows 4 orphans one summer on an epic journey from Minnesota to St Louis along the Mississippi and its tributaries. They cross paths and connect with lost souls of all kinds, from struggling farmers to displaced families to traveling faith healers. All 4 children experience growth, heartache and ultimately find what they are searching for. This is the best of historical fiction, where you not only experience time and place, but you also come to know the hearts and souls of those in the story. I did not want it to end!! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Silent Wife: A Novel (Will Trent #10) by Karin Slaughter - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062858108
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Published: William Morrow - August 4th, 2020

The latest in the Will Trent series does NOT disappoint. Will and Sara must face demons from the past as well as in the present in order to solve a series of gruesome murders. Be forewarned, however, the story is real, gripping, terrifying and at times extremely violent towards women. However, the love portrayed between characters and the overriding theme of survival and hope through the worst of traumas redeems the storytelling. A dark, dark read, but highly recommended for all crime and thriller readers. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Mountains Wild: A Mystery by Sarah Stewart Taylor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250256430
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 23rd, 2020

A series debut that fans of Kate Atkinson or Tana French would like and set in Dublin and New York. When new evidence appears in Dublin Detective Maggie D’arcy findsand the re-opening of the investigation into the disappearance of her cousin 23 years which occurred earlier. This is an interesting story meshing both an active and a cold case, in the windswept and brooding terrain around Dublin. The writer conveys the scenes perfectly and grabs you from the very beginning, all the way to the surprise ending. A must read! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Vanishing Sky by L. Annette Binder - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635574678
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 21st, 2020

This book of historical WWII fiction looks at the war from the German point of view, showing a harrowing tale of normal citizens being caught up in a nightmare war they didn’t want. Taking place at the end of the War, it follows the lives of Etta and Josef, who are at home whilst their elder son Max is fighting at the front and their 15 year-old Georg has been conscripted into the Hitler Youth a hundred miles away. Max returns a broken man, and Josef himself is at emotional odds with his feelings about patriotism. Etta must find a way to bring back together her splintered family and hold them in the face of an uncertain future. Heartbreaking. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


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