We received tons of thoughtful book reviews this summer on the ballots of our Summer Reading Raffles. We thought we would share some so everyone can benefit from the literary insights, and maybe even get some recommendations for fall reading lists (or ones to avoid). Check out the reviews from your fellow library-goers below:
A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
“Smiley and others are sued by children of Cold War spies who were killed in action.” – V.W.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
“A woman’s life of her troubled marriage, different relationships, and with lots of different twits (very good).” – J.S.
The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
“A story about a woman carver in the early/mid 1900s, who helped carve the Vimy Monument.” – M.B.
All Our Wrong Todays by Elon Mastai
“Sci-fi, time travel, and consequences.” – V.W.
The Child by Fiona Barton
“Emma, Angela, and Kate are all connected to a dead baby that was found buried in their town. Kate is a reporter who’s determined to get to the bottom of the crime.” – A.G.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
“This is almost a ‘twin’ story of a concierge and a preteen girl living in the same building in Paris. Both are very intelligent and form a friendship. Lovely reading.” – C.W.
Kickback by Ace Atkins
“Robert B. Porker’s ‘Spenser’ investigates corrupt judges sentencing kids to corporate prisons in a pay-for-pay scheme.” – J.M.
First Snow Last Light by Wayne Johnston
“A fascinating family story in NFL, involving a mysterious disappearance of a couple and their car. Their son never gives up looking for them.” – C.W.
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Johansson
“The character of the 100 year old man engrossed in his black tablet had me laughing out loud thinking of my own father (who is nowhere close to a 100) but has many of the same tendencies. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down.” – J. J.
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
“This was the final book in a trilogy and it didn’t disappoint. The characters are complex and human. The story is written with great attention to detail. Greg Iles is a master with the pen. He is a phenomenal storyteller. This series leaves nothing out: murder, action, history, romance, corruption…you name it, this story has it. A very real ending to a great trilogy.” – R. V.
The Visitors by Catherine Burns
“This book reminds me of the book The Room – I like this book a lot I would have liked to learn more about the girls. The author told us a little but would have liked a little more. I did enjoy the twist at the end did not really see that coming that switched who I thought was the one doing all the “accidents”” – K. E.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
“Girl meets boy on a plane. He’s going to a funeral, she’s going to a wedding. They don’t exchange contact information. They eventually find each other.” – V.H.
The Whiskey King by Trevor Cole
“Bootlegging in Hamilton area, 1920–30s.” – V.W.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
“China, 1940s, 1980s, and 2016. Three generations of a family.” – V.W.
True Betrayals by Nora Roberts
“After being told her mother is dead, a woman finds out her mother is alive and they slowly build a mother/daughter relationship.” – H.K.
Bake with Anna Olson by Ann Olson
“Great tips with each recipe. The essential section is an essential read.” – G.V.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
“Mia Warren and daughter Pearl arrive in Shaker Heights, Cleveland. She is an artist with secrets. They rent a house from the Richardson’s and become entangled in their lives.” – V.W.
Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
“Father tries to pit three daughters against each other for his estate in his Will, but there is an unknown brother who feels cheated.” – H.K.
One Drawing A Day by Veronica Lauslor
“Great ideas for painting and drawing.” – C.B.
Be Ready For the Lightening by Grace O’Connell
“This novel had some interesting turns during the plot, as the beginning was explosive and the ending unpredictable. The middle of the novel ran a little dry at times, but overall was a good read. I liked the Canadian references and how this influenced the main character’s actions.” – J. J.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
“It is a turning pages book. End of the book has really surprised find. Rachel is a strong character even though she is an alcoholic.” – F.A.
Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin
“Good to the very last word.” – V.W.
Outlander by Dianna Gabaldon
“Time travel, Scottish setting, and historic fiction. Read read!” – M.B.
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
“Loved it!” – C.B.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
“Returns to her hometown for work, but more unfolds.” – L.S.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
“WWII, France. Two sisters. The French Resistance. Lots of tears.” – M.B.
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
“Loved all the information about elephants. Storyline was good, too.” – R.D.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyer
“Story about a simple girl, who is taking care of Will, a quadriplegic, and started loving him.” – J.S.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
“So well written and an astonishing, gut-wrenching story.” – H. P.
The Widow by Fiona Barton
“Jean’s husband was accused of killing a little girl, but she couldn’t believe that and stood by him. After he dies, she finally finds out the truth and tells the press.” – A.G.
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
“A girl’s aunt passed away, but she left 13 envelopes with instructions to go on a little treasure hunt adventure around the world to experience different cultures, etc. Great book.” –J.A.
The Shape of Water by Guillermo Del Toro & Daniel Kraus
“Great love story.” – C.B.
Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
“Teen car accident on Nantucket, how it effects the families, and some of their secrets.” – M.H.
The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat
“Funny.” – C.B.
Give Me The Child by Mel McGrath
“Dr. Cat Lupis’ husband has been lying to her from day one. He has another child, Ruby Winter, which turns up on her doorstep one night and tears her whole life apart.” – A.G.
Maggie May by Lyn Andrews
“Daughter who was mistreated by her parents tries to make a better life for herself and her brother.” – H.K.
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
“Her account of events/facts that led to losing 2016 Presidential election.” – J.F.
A Higher Loyalty by James Comey
“A very interesting memoir by ex-FBI Director, James Comey. What an interesting life!” – S.D.
That Summer by Lauren Willig
“I just picked up this book for something to read while camping and could not put it down. A tale of current day and 1800s and a house that links it all together. I’ve already picked up other books by this author.” – L. Z.
The Woman in Cabin Ten by Ruth Ware
“A fantastic thriller involving a small group of adults on a private yacht. Someone goes missing and the group determines who did it.” – M.L.
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
“A great story about life and love!” – S.H.
Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson
“An extremely heartwarming story. Taught me a lot about how we should give everyone a chance and not be quick to judge. This title is amazing and I highly recommend it!” – N.J.
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopalo
“Love, loss, fate, or freewill. All combined to make a beautifully written heart aching novel.” – T.T.
Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery
“Patience still loves her first love, Justice, but this time she is not sure to love him again.” – J.S.
The Switch by Joseph Finder
“Mild-mannered businessman swaps laptops at TSA with a Senator’s laptop, secrets she will kill to get back. Action ensues.” – J.M.
The Bell Between Worlds by Ian Johnstone
“Sylas discovers he is able to travel to another world.” – K.B.
Love You More by Lisa Gardner
“An interesting look at a local police force and how far one of their own will take their oath. Hard to distinguish between what are lies and what is truth.” – C.W.
The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
“Captivating, my favourite so far. So well written!” – D.D.