The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb


The Haunting of Brynn Wilder, Wendy Webb, 2020 My favorite quote: “Reading for pleasure with nothing more important to do. What a delicious idea.” — And let me say upfront: I received no pleasure from this book. None. For me, the whole thing was a dull gray blur of meh. That said, proceed at yourContinue reading “The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb”

Christine by Stephen King


Christine, Stephen King, 1983 My favorite quote: “If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.” Notable characters: Dennis Guilder, a high school jock; Arnie Cunningham, a high school geek … with a killer new car; Christine, the killer new car Most memorable scene:Continue reading “Christine by Stephen King”

The Private Practice of Michael Shayne by Brett Halliday


The Private Practice of Michael Shayne, Brett Halliday, 1940 My favorite quote: “The moon had not yet risen, and stars studded the dark velvety blue of the tropical sky, casting an illusively perceptible sheen through the still night.” Notable characters: Mike Shayne, the PI; Larry Kincaid, his friend; Harry Grange, the crooked lawyer; Phyllis Brighton,Continue reading “The Private Practice of Michael Shayne by Brett Halliday”

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides, 2019 My favorite quote: “…we often mistake love for fireworks – for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It’s boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm – and constant.” Notable characters: Alicia Berenson, a famous painter who shootsContinue reading “The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides”

Affinity by Sarah Waters


Affinity, Sarah Waters,  1999 My favorite quote: “Your twisting is done–you have the last thread of my heart. I wonder: when the thread grows slack, will you feel it?” Notable characters: Margaret Prior, a woman recovering from a suicide attempt; Selina Dawes, a mysterious spiritualist imprisoned for a seance-gone-wrong which left one woman dead anotherContinue reading “Affinity by Sarah Waters”

Die a Little by Megan Abbott


Die a Little, Megan Abbot,  2005 My favorite quote: “The hardest thing in this world is finding out what you’re capable of.” Notable characters: Lora King, a schoolteacher; Bill King, her brother, a junior investigator with the DA’s office; Alice Steele, a Hollywood wardrobe assistant with a sketchy past … and Bill’s new wife MostContinue reading “Die a Little by Megan Abbott”

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, 1861 My favorite quote: “I am what you designed me to be. I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt.” Notable characters: Pip, an orphan who dreams of one becoming a gentleman; Mrs. Joe, his hot-tempered older sister; Joe, her husband; Miss Havisham, a wealthyContinue reading “Great Expectations by Charles Dickens”

Red Harvest by Patrick C. Greene


Red Harvest, Patrick C. Greene, 2018 My favorite quote: “‘For, you see, come Halloween, Ember Hollow becomes Haunted Hollow, Halloween Capital of the World.’” That, or, “‘What is this? The Waltons? I thought men were supposed to go all corpsy after sex.’” Notable characters: Stuart Barcroft, an Ember Hollow Junior High School student; Candace Galeens,Continue reading “Red Harvest by Patrick C. Greene”

The Obsession by Nora Roberts


The Obsession, Nora Roberts, 2016 My favorite quote: “You put something behind you, Nome, it’s got its eye on your back. I’d rather keep it in front of me, so I can see where it’s going.” Notable characters: Naomi Bowes/Carson, a photographer and daughter of a serial killer; Xander Keaton, the Nora-Roberts-style sexy car-mechanic-love-interest whoContinue reading “The Obsession by Nora Roberts”

The Blackstone Chronicles by John Saul


The Blackstone Chronicles, John Saul, 1997 My favorite quote: “The dark figure cradled the doll, gazing into its porcelain face in the moonlight, stroking its long blond hair, remembering how it had come to be here.” Notable characters: The truth is, they’re all notable. Seriously. This is some of the best work Saul has everContinue reading “The Blackstone Chronicles by John Saul”

Blackmailed by Annamarie McKenna


Blackmailed, Annamarie McKenna, 2006 My favorite quote: “‘No sane man would whore his daughter for the sake of an heir.’” Spoiler alert: He does  Notable characters: Brianna Wyatt, a virgin who’s blackmailed into reproducing with an obscenely rich sex god; Cole Masters, the obscenely rich sex god; Tyler Cannon, his friend with whom he sharesContinue reading “Blackmailed by Annamarie McKenna”

Icebound by Dean Koontz


Icebound, Dean Koontz, 1976, 1995 My favorite quote: “Politics was an illusion of service that cloaked the corruption of power. It was lies, deceptions, self-interest, and self-aggrandizement: suitable work only for the mad and the venal and the naïve.” Also, “In the end, no lamb could escape the slaughter.” Notable characters: Harry Carpenter, a scientist;Continue reading “Icebound by Dean Koontz”