- The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker. 2016 Skyscape. Netgalley.
Anna is literally haunted by ghosts. They hitchhike rides on her. Abandoned as a toddler with a note that said she was possessed, she has been in and out of orphanages ever since. Along the way, she’s befriended another orphan, Deo. When a ghost named Molly attaches itself to Anna and insists she tell Molly’s grandfather who killed her, Anna stumbles into a mystery that just might take her life.
This is a complex but interesting story. A lot going on here. From the ghosts to a secret government agency that hunts supernaturally gifted kids like Anna the twists and turns are many. And even Molly may know more about her murder than she wants to tell.
- The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg. 2016 Random. Netgalley.
This takes place in the early 1800s when a small town is first being settled out west. Lorder Norstrom, founder of the town, doesn’t have a wife to share his life with. The ladies of the town get together and decided he should advertise for a mail-order bride. Katrina, a maid in Chicago, answers the ad. Soon, the two are married and expecting children. As the years go by, more and more people enter the town. And a strange thing happens to Lorder when he dies. He’s still around in the graveyard, still waiting for others to follow.
This was a sweet novel but a little too much telling at time instead of action. I felt like I was reading old diaries or autobiographies of people. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, I just wish it’d been a little more action-oriented.
- The Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber. 2016 Ballantine. Netgalley.
Julia is frustrated with her neighbor, Cain’s rudeness. He’s always grumpy and seems to find her cheery attitude a bother. She decides to kill him with kindness. For twelve days, she blogs about doing kind things for him. He gruffs and huffs and becomes even ruder. Then when she helps play a piano at an old folk’s home, he accuses her of following him when he is there to see his grandfather. Things go haywire when she speaks to the grandfather and discovers Cain may not be at fault for his Grinch attitude.
This is another sweet story. Two people with different attitudes and how they come together.