What Staff are Reading
Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library are reading? Read the list below to find out!
Maclean’s pick is ‘The Which Way Tree’ by Elizabeth Crook (Adult Fiction Rental, CRO)
Early one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, a panther savagely attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling a young girl named Samantha and killing her mother, whose final act is to save her daughter's life. Samantha and her half-brother, Benjamin, survive, but she is left traumatized, her face horribly scarred.
A story of Samantha’s unshakeable resolve to stalk and kill the infamous panther, rumored across the Rio Grande to be a demon, and avenge her mother’s death. As the members of an unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier with troubled family ties to the preacher and a score to settle.
By turns funny and desperate, it flows so easily I devoured it in two sittings!!
Fanua’s pick is ‘Dark Pines’ by Will Dean (Adult Fiction Rental, DEA)
An isolated Swedish town. A deaf reporter terrified of nature. A dense spruce forest overdue for harvest. A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods.
It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.
This novel is as stylish and chilling as a Swedish winter.
Maxine’s pick is ‘Dog Crazy’ by Meg Donohue (Adult Fiction, DON)
As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan uses a combination of empathy, insight, and humor to help patients cope with the anguish of losing their beloved four-legged friends. Though she has a gift for guiding others through difficult situations, Maggie has major troubles of her own that threaten the success of her counseling practice and her volunteer work with a dog rescue organization.
Everything changes when a distraught woman shows up at Maggie’s office and claims that her dog has been stolen. Searching the streets of San Francisco for the missing pooch, Maggie finds herself entangled in a mystery that forces her to finally face her biggest fear-and to open her heart to new love.
A good but also a sad story!
Kerrie’s pick is ‘Broken Beautiful Hearts’ by Kami Garcia (Young Adult Fiction, GAR)
When star soccer player Peyton receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee and maybe her dream of going pro is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.
With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law. But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.
A suspenseful romance novel that will keep you turning the pages eager to find out the truth
Debbie’s pick is ‘Under the Mountain’ by Maurice Gee (Children Fiction Stack)
While vacationing with relatives in Auckland, twins Theo and Rachel discover that they are endowed with special powers to oppose mysterious giant creatures that are determined to destroy the world.
I read Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee to my ten year old son over the holidays. He loved it!! An oldy, but a goody – it helps that it is a magical but scary story set in New Zealand. These 3 facts alone plus the exceptional writing of the author meant he was riveted from beginning to end.
Zuni’s pick is ‘The Prague Sonata’ by Bradford Morrow (Adult Fiction Rental, MOR)
Pages of a weathered original sonata manuscript, the gift of a Czech immigrant living in Queens, come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury. The gift comes with the request that Meta find the manuscript's true owner, a Prague friend the old woman has not heard from since the Second World War forced them apart and to make the three-part sonata whole again.
Leaving New York behind for the land of Dvorák and Kafka, Meta sets out on an unforgettable search to locate the remaining movements of the sonata and uncover a story that has influenced the course of many lives, even as it becomes clear that she isn't the only one seeking the music's secrets.
An intense, detailed, lovingly-crafted novel about the discovery of an old music manuscript that inspires people to find out who wrote it.
Jean’s pick is ‘Vindolanda’ by Adrian Goldsworthy (Adult Fiction Rental, GOL)
AD 98: The bustling army base at Vindolanda lies on the northern frontier of Britannia and the entire Roman world. In twenty years’ time, the Emperor Hadrian will build his famous wall, but for now defences are weak, as tribes rebel against Roman rule, and local druids preach the fiery destruction of the invaders.
Flavius Ferox is a Briton and a Roman centurion, given the task of keeping the peace on this wild frontier. But it will take more than just courage to survive life in Roman Britain.
A highly recommended read comes with action, plenty of bloody battle scenes and political machinations. Add a flawed hero and the result is an adventure tale that has matchless historic authenticity. I particularly enjoyed the author’s sense of place and vivid description of what it was like to have lived in an isolated military post under threat of warring tribes and sinister druids.