Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nevermore: Midnight Sun, Small Great Things, How Will I Know You, and One Foot in Eden

 Reported by Kristin

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo was then praised as one of the author’s best books.  Ulf is hiding from a most dangerous drug lord called the Fisherman.  In the frozen far north, Ulf is taken in by a family deep in the woods.  The family allows him to stay in their cabin, gives him food, and even a weapon so that he may go out to hunt.  Our reader particularly liked the book because the story was communicated without showing a lot of graphic violence.

Nevermore continued with another novel:  Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  As usual, Picoult tackles difficult social issues in this gripping story of a labor and delivery nurse who saves a baby’s life when the child goes into cardiac arrest.  Most parents would be eternally grateful, but these parents are white supremacists who are not willing to have Ruth, the African American nurse, touch their baby.  The parents press charges, leading to a breathtaking trial.  Our reader said of Picoult, “She always has a zinger at the end.”

How Will I Know You? by Jessica Treadway takes place in a small town in New York where a high school senior is found dead.  What first appears to be a case of accidental drowning turns into a murder investigation when it’s discovered that she was strangled.  The local police chief suspects an African American graduate student who was having an affair with the girl’s mother.     The story is told from several different perspectives.  Our reader thought it was an okay book.

Last was One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash.  An Appalachian tale of crimes of passion set against a beautiful landscape, this Southern gothic murder mystery tells of love gone wrong.  Opening in the 1950’s but carried through to the 1973 dam construction and the subsequent flooding of the town, the story is told by various narrators.  Rash’s lyrical words created a strong story that our reader enjoyed very much.

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