The Reckoning, by John Grisham -
Pete Banning was Clanton Mississippi's favorite
son - a decorated Word War II hero, the
patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer,
neighbor, and faithful member of the Methodist
church. Then one cool October morning he
rose early, drove into town, walked into his
church, and shot his pastor and friend,
Reverend Dexter Bell. Pete's only statement
about it was: "I have nothing to say."
Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan -
George Washington Black, an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar
plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his
surprise, Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and
abolitionist. Soon Was is initiated into a world where two people, separated by an
impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a
bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything and
flee. What follows is a tale of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and
asks the question, What is true freedom?
Holy Ghost, by John Sandford -
Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of seven hundred souls, for which the word
"moribund" may have been invented. Nothing ever happened there and nothing ever
would - until thye mayor of sorts and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on
the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned
the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousand of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims
needed food and shelter, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong?
When the dead body shows up, they would find out, and that's only the beginning of
Every Breath, by Nicholas Sparks-
Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she's been dating her boyfriend for six
years. With no wedding plans in sight she decides to use a week at her family's cottage
in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some
difficult decisions about her future.
Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a
letter from a man claiming to be his father. When the two strangers cross paths, their
connection is as electric as it is unfathomable...but in the days that follow, their feelings
for each other will give way to choices that pit family against personal happiness.
The Witch Elm, by Tana French -
Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating
with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two
burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. He takes refuge at his family's
ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of
an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the
possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.