We received tons of thoughtful book reviews this summer when Grimsby Library patrons like you entered to win our annual Summer Reading Raffles. We thought we’d share some so everyone can benefit from some home-grown literary insights, and maybe even get some recommendations for your fall reading lists (or ones to avoid 😉 ). Check out the reviews from your fellow library-goers below!
The Nix by Nathan Hill
“A college professor tries to find out about his mother’s secret past and why she abandoned him after she is arrested for attacking a politician. Very interesting, disturbing, and humourous novel” – R. R.
Siracusa by Delia Ephron
“An easy beach read – like a summer movie. Kind of predictable.” – L. N.
Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
“15 dogs are given human intelligence! I will never look at my dog the same way again!” – L. K.
The Outsider by Anthony Franze
“Lots of twists and turns. Will read more from this author” – J. K.
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
“My first Atwood novel! An experience not soon forgotten. If it seems too good to be true, it likely is!” – L. K.
The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe
“…The story follows two daughters through their lives after their mother gives them away and their grandmother’s search for them. It is heart-wrenching and sad.” – V. H.
The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
“Couldn’t put it down. Enjoyed how the author weaved the lives of the two main characters who lived 40,000 years apart” – C. B.
Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
“I’ve read a lot of books that this author has written, but this one is so far the best. It keeps you hooked from the beginning to the end. Fast & fascinating book :)” – M. D.
Juliet’s Letters by Glenn Dixon
“This book brought to life the story of Romeo & Juliet. Loved the definition of ‘love’ as well as the description of life in Verona, Italy.” – C. M.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
“It was interesting and had a good start, but the ending was abrupt. The author could have spent less time with the lead up and more time on the ending.” – J. Z.
The Only Child by Andrew Pyper
“Ghost story or psychological thriller? Or international intrigue? Unfortunately what starts out as a slow burn mystery takes on too many twists and turns of the genre. Not quite horror, not quite classic ghost story, more action than necessary, but okay. I liked his previous books more.” – L. G.
In this Moment by Karma Brown
“Meg, the main character, really shows that you can’t escape unresolved issues. To live in peace you have to come to terms with yourself” – J. K.
Chain Mail by Hiroshi Ishizaki
“Four teenagers in Japan begin a group email about a fictional stalker. Eventually one of the girls begins to get stalked and they realize they do not really know each other.” – P. Q.
Come Closer by Sara Gran
“A perfect, all-in-one sitting tale of one woman’s possession. Well written, and so much fun – great summer read.” – L. G.
Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
“A woman needs closure about a past relationship. It causes some problems in her marriage but in the end she figures out who she loves… It was a compelling read; lots of emotion. You didn’t know who she would choose.” – V. H.
Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez
“Wonderful book about a place close by. Poverty and isolation are topics.” – S. D.
The Child by Fiona Barton
“It was a great read! Had a really good story line, lots of interesting twists and a great ending.” – K. B.
You Can Have a Dog When I’m Dead by Paul Benedetti
“A selection of his humourous essays. It was a joy to read from start to finish!” – S. D
Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
“Donna has a very comfortable and delicious writing style. Great history, insight of being human, compelling, satisfying. Could hardly put it down.” – V. W.
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
“Roller coaster of emotions!” – C. S.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
“An amazing recollection of a true Canadian mystery and murder. Loved the poems, the true recounts of the murders, and the story line. Beautifully written.” – K. B.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
“Loved it! Laughed and cried 30 pages in. Cried and laughed, and laughed and cried!” – T. C.
The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys
“I loved the development of emotions of the three main characters. A great read!” – A. F.
The Break by Katherena Vermette
“Good book, tough read. Important for Canadian women to read.” – E. E.
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
“Story of Laura Decter who returns to visit her college boyfriend after years of changing her identity. George gets caught up in her world of lies.” – C. W.
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
“Borrowed the audio book through Hoopla and loved it. Heartbreakingly sad but with a hopeful ending.” – C. W.
Find most or all of these books in the Grimsby Public Library’s collection. Take a look in our online catalogue and place a hold on one that grabs your interest today! Read and see if you agree with the review.