A Perfect Match
Pocket, May 2002, 25.00, 368 pp.
Nina, Caleb and Nathaniel Frost are the typical happy American family. Nina is an assistant district attorney in York County, Maine. Caleb is a stone worker, happy to let Nina be the main breadwinner in the family. Nathaniel is the poster boy of a contented five-year-old at least he is until the day he stops talking and nobody understands why.
A physical exam shows that the little boy... Change of Heart
A lawyer investigates the murder of her friend and colleague and another victim, which leads her down a gory and dark trail involving underworld connections, secretly sinister upstanding members of society, and helps her find the truth about her colleague, and eventually catch the killer. An interesting and introspective book with religious overtones that some might like and others might not appreciate. There are four main protagonists: Father Michael, a... Handle With Care
The story is about a family struggling emotionally and financially with their second daughter's serious illness, and how it tears them apart after the daughter's hospital scare, and how ultimately they come together as a family again, although only for the reunion to end in tragedy at the daughter's death. An interesting novel following a family dealing with a child with brittle bone syndrome. The child with the condition is 6-year old Willow O'Keefe, wh... Harvesting the Heart
Paige runs away from home at 18, after guilt over an abortion that she kept a secret. She meets Nicholas Prescott, her future cardiac surgeon husband, who has no time for her. When Paige becomes pregnant, and tries to cope with the newborn baby at home by herself most of the time, she eventually cracks up and leaves. ...
Jacob Hunt is 18 and has Asperger's Syndrome, and that high functioning form of autism has given him the habit of listening to police radio and being very detail oriented, so when his tutor winds up dead and he knows more than he should, he is accused of her murder. Jacob Hunt is the older of two sons, who are being raised by Emma Hunt after their father abandoned the family many years ago. His brother, Theo, is the normal child who seems to wind up emot... Keeping Faith
Mariah and Colin White have never exposed their daughter, Faith, to any religious information and yet, as her parent's marriage ends, she talks to a God-like being, experiences symptoms of stigmata and provides acts of healing. Faith White is the only child of Mariah and Colin White, who have recently divorced as the result of his infidelity that resulted in a pregnant for the mistress. Unfortunately, she has seen more than she should of the situation, g... Mercy
Cameron McDonald, police chief of a small Massachusetts town, makes the toughest arrest of his life when his own cousin Jamie comes to him and confesses that he killed his terminally ill wife out of mercy.
Now, a heated murder trial plunges the town into upheavel, and drives a wedge into a contented marriage: Cameron, aiding the prosecution in their case against Jamie, is suddenly at odds with his devoted wife, Allie-seduced by the idea of a man so in... My Sister's Keeper (Literature)
Anna Fitzgerald was definitely not a mistake. She was especially designed from her parents genes to provide a match for her elder sister Kate's rare blood type. Kate has Leukemia, and when Anna was young she donated bone marrow to help with the treatment. Soon however, it was more marrow, blood, stem cells and now, when she is thirteen her parents want her kidney.
The book jumps straight into the story where Anna begins to fight against her parents c... My Sister's Keeper (Science Fiction)
Atria, Apr 2004, 25.00, 432 pp.
Thirteen year old Anna Fitzgerald knows why she was born in vitro with a near perfect genetic match so that her body can serve as spare parts to keep her older sister Kate alive ever since her sibling was diagnosed with leukemia. As Kate suffered numerous relapses, Anna's platelets, bone marrow, and umbilical cord stem cells have been used to keep the older sister alive.
Their parents Sara and ... Nineteen Minutes
A teenage outcast goes on a shooting spree in his high school, and the survivors are left to determine if it was because they provoked him. Peter Houghton didn't fit in at Sterling High, and he knew it. He knew it because the popular kids never let him forget it. He'd been bullied by the same people since kindergarten, and there was never any justice for them. At least, not until Peter delivered it. Peter goes on a premeditated shooting spree in his high...
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Amnesiac, newly pregnant Cassie Barrett is missing but returns to her husband, before she remembers the abuse and after hiding to give birth, she returns to her husband before realizing the abuse will never stop unless she forces it to stop. Cassie Barrett is found, injured and walking around downtown Los Angeles, knowing nothing about her identity. She is taken in by rookie police officer, Will Flying Horse, who attempts to help her find out who she is... Plain Truth
Katie Fisher is an Amish young woman, who has been sheltered her entire life and knows little of the outside world, and yet she is charged with murdering her newborn child and denies ever being pregnant. Katie Fisher is only 18 years old and believes fervently in all that she has been taught in her strict Amish community. She, as most Amish children do, left school in the 8th grade and lives at home, until she marries and moves away. Therefore, the charg... Second Glance
Atria, April 2003, 25.00, 368 pp.
The town of Comtosook in rural Vermont is a quiet, bucolic place while nothing very much ever happening until the day that Rod van Vleet, on behalf of the Redhook Group, buys a piece of land from Spencer Pike. They intend to raze the house and build a shopping mall but the Abenaki Indians are protesting the sale saying that it is on Indian burial ground. From the time Pike's signature is put on ... Songs of the Humpback Whale
This is the story of a woman who is trying to hold her marriage together, but it proves impossible. Jane, a speech therapist is married to Oliver, a scientist who spends most of his time in oceans around the world studying whales. They have a fifteen year old daughter, Rebecca who by now is used to her parents' fights. At three and a half, Rebecca almost dies in a plane crash and is lucky to be one of the five survivors.
As a result of this incident J... The Pact
In a middle class suburb where nothing goes wrong, two teens join in a murder/suicide plot, but only one of them dies. Emily and Chris were teen sweethearts who grew up together. As neighbors in well-off suburbs often do, there were backyard parties, afternoon play-dates and a sense of camaraderie between both families. They seemed to have everything and as teenagers, it made sense for them to date and fall in love. They are actually so close that they h... The Tenth Circle
Trixie Stone wasn't happy when Jason broke up with her. Setting out to get him back had consequences she hadn't considered, however. Rape was not something she could have forseen happening to her, by the boy she had loved for some time. A fifteen-year-old with little awareness of the power of love, jealousy, wanting and needing to be Jason's girl drove her to take risks one night.
The results of that night of risks were rape, ostracism, unleashing ...
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Delia Hopkins seems to have it all. She has a wonderful relationship with her father, Andrew Hopkins, a young daughter and a fiance. She is lucky enough to lover her occupation, which entails using her bloodhound to search for missing persons. Unfortunately, this seemingly perfect life is about to be shattered. After Delia begins to have visions of people and places she can't recall ever seeing before, she appeals to her friend, Fitz, a journalist who fa...