This story, told in first person, is about a young woman, Rachel, who takes the train every day back and forth into London. While looking out the window of the train, she sees a happy young couple on their terrace. Over time, Rachel fantasizes about these two people, giving them names and creating a love story about their lives, which she truly believes. Hawkins expertly uses flashback as a technique to tell this intriguing story of love, jealousy, betrayal, and murder. This psychological thriller will keep you wanting to know what happens next...a real page turner!
A boy, Paul, born in a noble family, moves to a desert planet. Paul and his mother were the only survivors of an attack by a rival family. They go on a journey around the desert planet, "Arrakis" or "Dune," to get revenge for his family. I liked the book because even though it was confusing at times, the plot was very good. The story shows how much a planet affects people's beliefs and political views, along with how they live.
This murder mystery is about a girl on a commuter train, who enjoys seeing the neighborhoods each day through the window. The train always stops at one light, allowing Rachel to watch a couple having their breakfast every morning. When she sees something shocking, she eventually tells the police and becomes entwined in what happens next. I liked this book because it is suspenseful and unexpected.
This true story talks about Jeannette's life from childhood to adulthood. Her early life started out with non-conforming parents who moved from place to place, not having much money to live on. The family ended up in West Virginia, where her parent's became more dysfunctional. Jeannette gradually developed the strength and resources to leave home. She was able to create a life for herself on her own terms.
Each summer, the Sinclair family gathers on their private island. This story is about these reunions, especially during the summer that Cadence, the protagonist, is unable to remember. Cadence suffers a mysterious accident and spends the next two years—and the course of the book—in a haze of amnesia, migraines, and painkillers, trying to piece together just what happened. This book kept me engaged. I couldn't put it down.
Astronaut Mark Watney is one of the first people to walk on Mars. However, after a dust storm, his crew, thinking Mark is dead, evacuate the planet, leaving Mark to figure out how to survive. With his ingenuity and determination not to quit, will he be able to overcome the odds of staying alive?
This paranormal thriller takes place in London. While Rory Deveaux attends English boarding school, there is a series of murders in London, similar to Jack the Ripper. Rory is the only one who has seen the suspect, and now she's the next target. This book is intense and thrilling with mystery and murder.
The main character in this book is a teenage girl named Ree, who lives in a poor neighborhood in the South. Ree has two younger brothers, a mother who is strung out most of the time, and a father who skips bail on charges he ran a meth lab. In order to save her family and the house they live in, Ree has to find her father, who has disappeared, and make sure he shows up to court for his hearing.
League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth, by Mark Fainaru-Wada & Steve Fainaru
League of Denial is about concussions in the NFL and how they are more serious than people thought. It's a bit scary to know about concussions and their severity because I play football. However, it was good to know that doctors and coaches are now much more cautious about head trauma injuries.
This classic science fiction story is about an alien invasion in London during the 19th century.