What Are We Reading?

A few of the books that library staffers are currently reading:

Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood. Fans of Gone Girl should check out this gritty, psychological thriller. How well can you know anyone? On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two eleven-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it’s the first time they’ve seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives–and unknowing families to protect–will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden? Gripping and fast-paced, with an ending that will stay with you long after you’ve read it.

ocean Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  Returning to his childhood home in the English countryside for a funeral, the unnamed middle-aged narrator of this haunting, lyrical fable finds himself drawn to an ordinary-looking farmhouse that’s anything but. As long-buried memories surface, he recalls events that occurred at Hempstock Farm when he was seven. When the malevolent Ursula Monkton insinuates herself into the fabric of his close-knit family, the farm’s inhabitants, especially 11-year-old Lettie, offer their friendship and later their protection to the lonely, abused boy. However, their aid comes at a price, requiring a sacrifice he’s unprepared to make.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls  by Anton DiSclafani. In the wake of a family tragedy, 15-year-old Theodora “Thea” Atwell is sent to the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, a North Carolina boarding school known for its equestrian program as well as its ability to reform wayward girls. However, the school’s isolation cannot protect Thea from the dangers of the adult world — nor can it protect others from Thea, whose homesickness is complicated by a volatile mixture of grief, shame, and longing, and whose nature compels her to make reckless decisions with the potential to ruin lives. Set in an exclusive, insular community during the Great Depression, this lush, steamy novel examines a vulnerable, but strong-willed young woman’s coming-of-age.

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