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The President Is Missing

By Bill Clinton and James Patterson, An engaging political thriller that's not entirely cohesive but still manages to entertain and elucidate

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson opens with the President of the United States testifying before a congressional committee. A military counterattack he ordered has resulted in the death of a CIA operative, and his decision-making is in question. But right when he’s dug himself into a hole, it’s revealed to …

                       

The Prisoner of Heaven

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, A gothic adventure set in Barcelona

I thought I’d take a dive into my ever-expanding TBR backlog since I haven’t been particularly enthused by any new releases lately. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón has been high on my list for a while, given that The Shadow of the Wind has been one of my favorites for years. My …

              

Sharp Objects

By Gillian Flynn, A brisk, dark and twisty psychological thriller

With the impending Sharp Objects finale coming up soon on HBO, I thought I’d go ahead and review the book by Gillian Flynn which the show was adapted from. I ended up reading the book a few weeks back after the first few episodes had aired since I was impatient to find out the ending. …

              

Spinning Silver

By Naomi Novik, A compelling and imaginative retelling of Rumpelstiltskin

Naomi Novik’s newest novel, Spinning Silver, is a loose retelling of the Brother’s Grimm version of Rumplestiltskin — it borrows just enough elements from it to be recognizable while spending most of its time spinning a vivid and original tale. Plot Summary Miryem lives in a small town in the kingdom of Lithvas and comes …

              

Magpie Murders

By Anthony Horowitz, An inventive mystery-within-a-mystery

Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz, offers up a premise that’s almost sure to pique the interest of most lovers of classic mystery novels. It’s a very Agatha Christie-esque mystery wrapped up in another mystery involving the publication of that manuscript. It’s an especially compelling setup for a mystery novel, since two mysteries means double the …