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Mystic River
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (2000s)
This gritty novel follows the lives of three estranged childhood friends: Sean, Dave, and Jimmy. They have to confront the past while dealing with the present when Jimmy's daughter is brutally murdered. That same night Dave returns home covered in someone else's blood and Sean, a State Police Detective, is brought in to the murder investigation as he deals with his own demons. The story went by quickly, I didn't intend to finish it so fast. Once I got into the meat of crime, I had a hard time putting it down. I hadn't read anything from the author before but had seen some of the movies based on his work. I will be reading more of Lehane's stories down the road. The writing style was something I really enjoyed and the novel was well constructed, polished, and raw. On to the next read, I hope it's as good as this one. -- Added by mwcarlton on 02/01/2014

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This us one of my favorite books! I loved the writing and the story kept me engrossed. -- Barken on 02/01/2014  
Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (2000s)
This was a bit slow moving to start and I'm not sure I love how the character's narrative style is written; however, I did get engaged in the story. I thought the plot was very good and I managed to read this book very quickly. -- Added by brlhudso on 01/28/2014

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Did you see they have a movie out now? Available on-demand, and will be available for rent on iTunes and amazon. A limited theatrical release 2/28 and DVD release 3/25. -- TruBlu on 02/05/2014  
Saying Goodbye
Saying Goodbye by Barbara Okun (Other)
Published by Harvard Medical School, it talks about how to establish a healthier life after losing someone significant in life. Oftentimes people cannot cope well enough to function normally after the loss. To help those, it presents systemic approach to finding renewal and moving forward in life. While it seemed morbid to read about coping with death of family members, the book serves as a roadmap to navigate through loss in the future. -- Added by Lk on 02/07/2014

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I don't think that is morbid at all. Even if somebody has yet to experience it, they likely have somebody in their life who has. Understanding just how profound that impact can be can lend insight into how to best support them during that difficult time. -- tbeattylaf on 02/08/2014  
The Gods of Guilt
The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly (2000s)
Another great Lincoln lawyer edition! -- Added by Alzfighter on 02/17/2014

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Loved the book.It was superb, probably like every other Miichael Connelly book. Harry Bosch makes a fleeting appearance in this book. -- Joy on 02/18/2014  
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920s)
I can't believe I hadn't read this book yet and am afraid the hype from the new movie (which I have yet to see) made me want to read this. I almost gave up on this book about half way through. Mostly because I found the characters shallow and unlikeable. After I got to the midway point, it became much more interesting, almost like it was a different book. The characters had more passion and seemed more real. -- Added by brlhudso on 02/05/2014

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I've never read it, either, but based on your review, I think I will give it a try. Carmel High School is performing The Great Gatsby as a play on February 13-15. CHS always puts on a spectacular show and I am excited to see it! The actors and stage crew have quite a challenge, though. With all the school closings, I would imagine that rehearsals are way behind schedule. -- Nimble Novice on 02/06/2014  
The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (1920s)
The Paris Wife is about the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. The interesting parts were the growth of Hemingway's career, the people they hung out with, Hemingway's affair and deception and dysfunction. I could do without the imagined love-making and conversations, just too imagined for me and some unnecessarily graphic. I guess McLain felt she had to spice it up. -- Added by bookaddict on 02/01/2014

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Such an interesting book - I listened to this one and wondered how much it paralleled the true story. -- Barken on 02/01/2014  
Thorn Queen
Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead (Other)
Second in the series and did not dissappoint. Fun! -- Added by realvamps on 02/01/2014

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Love Richelle Mead!! Have you read her Georgina Kincaid series? -- TruBlu on 02/01/2014