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Joanne’s Pick
Memory Man
David Baldacaci (2015)
Amos Decker’s life changed forever – twice.

Sharon’s Pick
The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society
January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

Joanne’s Pick
Blind Faith (Caitlyn Tierney FBI Thriller #1) by C J Lyons, published in 2012.
When her husband and son are murdered, she thought she’d lost it all. But for Sarah Durandt the nightmare is just beginning…
Sarah has just witnessed the execution of the man who confessed to killing her husband and son, among others. She leaves with no closure as the killer has refused her repeated requests to reveal the site of her family’s graves.
Sarah returns home to her small town of Hopewell in the Adirondacks Mountains and vows to search until she finds Sam and Josh. Her hunt leads her to a trail of lies and unearths a new killer.
In a race to save everything she holds dear, Sarah is forced to place her faith in the man who betrayed her…her husband.

Joanne’s Pick
MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten, published in 1997.
The title is derived from the ancient Megalodon species that has survived while being trapped in the Mariana Trench due to a barrier of cold water. Jason Statham will star with Chinese actress Fan Bingbing in the movie version of the book which comes out in March 2018.

GOLIATH 2002.
Commander Rochelle “Rocky” Jackson is aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan when the “unsinkable” naval vessel and its entire fleet are attacked from the depths and sunk. As Rocky struggles to stay alive, a monstrous mechanical steel stingray surfaces, plowing through the seas it now commands.

A U.S. Navy-designed futuristic nuclear stealth submarine the length of a football field in the shape of a giant stingray. Simon Covah, a brilliant scientist whose entire family were the victims of terrorism has hijacked the sub. Believing violence is a disease, Covah aims to use the Goliath and its cache of nuclear weapons to dictate policy to the world regarding the removal of oppressive regimes and nuclear weapons. Could the threat of violence forge a lasting peace?

But there is another player in this life-and-death chess match. Unbeknownst to Covah and the Goliath crews, Sorceress, the Goliath’s biochemical computer brain has become self-aware. And that computer brain is developing its own agenda.

The LOCH 2005.

Marine biologist Zachary Wallace once suffered a near-drowning experience in legendary Loch Ness, and now, long-forgotten memories of that experience have begun haunting him. The truth surrounding these memories lies with Zachary’s estranged father, Angus Wallace, a wily Highlander on trial for murder. Together the two plunge into a world where the legend of Loch Ness shows its true face.

 

 

Sharon’s Pick
Child 44
Tom Rob Smith (2008)
Stalin’s Soviet Union is an Official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful State. Defending this system is idealistic security office Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer kills at will and Lea dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where “crime” doesn’t exist.

The Secret Speech
The Soviet Union 1956: after Stalin’s death, a violent regime is beginning to fracture. It leaves behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. Stalin’s successor Khrushchev pledges reform. But there are forces at work that are unable to forgive or forget the past.