LitStack Review: The Race by Nina Allen

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The Race Nina Allen Titan Books Release Date:  July 19, 2016 ISBN 978-1-785650-36-9 Originally published in 2014 by NewCon Press and rereleased in 2016 by Titan Books, Nina Allen’s novel The Race is hard to describe – but wonderful to read. On the surface, the five sections of the book are linked – sometimes directly, [….]

LitStack Review: Slow River by Nicola Griffith

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Slow River Nicola Griffith Ballantine Books Reissue date:  July 29, 2003 (released 1995) ISBN 978-0-345-39537-5 In 2014, I read a remarkable book by Nicola Griffith, entitled Hild.  It is the fictionalized account of the early years of Hilda of Whitby, later to become Saint Hilda, and is set in medieval Britain (Hild was born in [….]

LitStack Review: The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

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The Gates of Evangeline Hester Young G. P. Putnam’s Sons Release Date:  September 1, 2015 ISBN 978-0-399174-001 It’s a compelling story. A woman is haunted by the sudden death of her young son.  That it was from “natural causes” does not assuage mother’s grief, ease the sudden emptiness, blunt the pervasiveness of memories.  She tries [….]

LitStack Review: Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

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Truth or Dare Jacqueline Green Poppy/Little Brown and Company First Edition: May 14, 2013 ISBN 978-0-316-22036-1 Beautiful spitfire Tenley Reed has returned to Echo Bay, Massachusetts just in time for the start of her senior year.  Her mother has remarried – this time to insanely rich Lanson Reed, who just happens to own much of [….]

Lake Country by Sean Doolittle

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Lake Country Sean Doolittle Initial Release: July 31, 2012 Bantam Books ISBN 978-0-345-53392-0 Crime and/or suspense novels aren’t really my thing.  Not because they aren’t potentially great reads, but I tend to like my literature at least one step removed from reality – sometimes the setting and situations in these works hit too close to [….]

Bloodline by James Rollins

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Bloodline James Rollins William Morrow 464 pages ISBN-10: 0061784796   — ♦ — There’s a very fine line that exists between competent appeals to a reader’s fantasies or nightmares and ones full of affectation. The former is grounded in substance and reason; the latter is generally all flash, more like the prose equivalent of gratuitous [….]