June Book-o-scopes: What Thriller Should You Read this Summer?

June 22nd, 2018

Your next read is in the stars! Let book psychic Allie suggest titles based on your sun sign. For June, pick up a thriller to read by the pool!

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
The Power of the Dog
by Don Winslow
You hate anything dull, so you’ll love Winslow’s large cast of characters in this sweeping, action-packed epic about the drug trade.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
The Water Knife
by Paolo Bacigalupi
You dislike mulling over the past, so face the future with Bacigalupi’s dystopian thriller about an extreme water shortage in the American West.   

Aries: March 21 – April 19
Night Film
by Marisha Pessl
When a daughter of a legendary director commits suicide, an investigative journalist suspects there may have been foul play. Aries, you’ll like this book’s unique format—it’s full of case notes and photos between chapters.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Social Creature
by Tara Isabella Burton
Brooklyn resident Louise has champagne taste but a beer budget. When she becomes friends with socialite Lavina, she adores the lifestyle. How can she maintain this friendship? The answer may be a bit more ominous than “get a promotion.”

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
Sometimes I Lie
by Alice Feeney
Sometimes you can surprise people by acting like two different people. Let yourself get surprised with Feeney’s twisty tale about Amber Reynolds, who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
The Woman in the Window
by A.J. Finn
You tend to be paranoid, Cancer, so you’ll fall into this Hitchcockian story of agoraphobic New Yorker, Anna Fox, who believes she’s witnessed a crime across the street.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
Fierce Kingdom
by Gin Phillips
Joan and her son are about to leave the zoo when she sees a man with a gun at the exit. You’ll be drawn to Joan’s quest for survival.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
by Agatha Christie
You’re drawn to strong main characters. Read a classic Hercule Poirot mystery, one of the most recognizable detectives in mystery, and the book that made Agatha Christie a household name.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
The Kind Worth Killing
by Peter Swanson
You like asking yourself tough questions. Pick up Swanson’s modern re-imagining of Strangers on a Train, which asks the question: do some people deserve to be murdered?

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
You’re a scholar at heart, Scorpio, and will love this twisted tale of an eccentric classics professor and five students at an elite New England college who test the confines of morality.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
The Passenger
by Lisa Lutz
You move quickly through life, so you’ll love the character of Tanya: shedding identities while she travels across America, trying to escape both the image of her dead husband’s body at the bottom of the stairs—and the police.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
The Child Finder
by Rene Denfeld
Capricorn, you love getting caught up in a crime and losing sleep alongside the detective in the book. Meet Naomi, a private investigator with a knack for finding lost children.

If you want more personalized picks, try our reading recommendation service Book Mate! Fill out a short form about your likes and dislikes and one of our book experts will choose 3-5 titles for you. Who knows? They might suggest your next favorite book! Try Book Mate online or stop by any branch and pick up a form there!

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You Still Need Eyes in the Back of Your Head

May 15th, 2012

No need to hack his texts…yet.

My son now has a record.  Not unlike Cool Hand Luke, he recently spent a few hours pulling weeds in the middle school courtyard while others watched a movie in the gym.  A repeat offender, his rap sheet boasts multiple gum chewing incidents and one broken cafeteria broom.  Not unlike his father who once set off a bottle rocket in an empty school hallway, my honor roll son just can’t seem to consistently tow the line.  Repeatedly praised for his polite manner, good grades and generous spirit, I’ve tended to minimize his detentions as they seem to present harm only to the bottom of someone’s shoe.  But should I?  After reading these recent thrillers, paranoia becomes an option.

Defending Jacob by William Landay defendingjacob
A 14-year-old boy is accused of murdering a classmate.  The original district attorney assigned to the case, his father must now sit on the other side of the bench, helping to defend his son.  When questions involving heredity come to light, the boy’s mother comes to her own conclusions.  The ending made me gasp and grapple with choices I hope never have to be made.

The Good Father by Noah Hawley
Paul thinks nothing of his son dropping out of college to “see the country” until the Secret Service knocks on his door.  His gentle, Greenpeace-loving son has assassinated a leading presidential candidate.  Re-married with young children, Paul must come to terms with his part in his first son’s choices.

Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton afterwards_800
Comatose after saving her daughter Jenny from a devastating fire, Grace searches for the arsonist, her daughter’s potential killer, in overheard conversations and out-of-body experiences.  Her son is accused of the crime, and Grace must learn more about the hidden lives of her daughter and family and friends in order to rest in peace.  In the style of “The Lovely Bones”, but with a twist.

We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
When her son kills seven in a school massacre, Eva attempts to apportion blame.  Was Kevin born a killer or was her inability to love a “difficult child” the deciding factor?

Given that my son once carried a stray dog around three local developments looking for its owner, I highly doubt I need to reserve him a place in maximum security at this point.  But, I should probably notify the school that pulling weeds on a beautiful sunny day rather than watching Ice Age in the stuffy gym was not much of a deterrent to the mid-day need of a sugary snack.  Not, that is, until he had to pull them again from the flower beds at home.  Now that’s what I call “character building.”

What reads or movies have scared you into being a better parent?

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