What Staff Are Reading
Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library are reading? Read the list below to find out!
Marina’s pick is ‘The Great Cave Rescue’ by James Massola (Adult Non Fiction/Autobiographies & Biographies, 796.52 MAS)
Fairfax Southeast Asia correspondent James Massola tells the story of how the world came together to save the members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach and how they are coping after their ordeal.
Massola recreates the drama, tension and inspiration of the days in July 2018 when the eyes of the whole world were trained on a remote Thai mountain.
Kerrie’s pick is ‘The Lonely Dead’ by April Henry (Young Adult Fiction, HEN)
For Adele, the dead aren’t really dead. She can see them and even talk to them. But she’s spent years denying her gift. When she encounters her ex best friend Tori in a shallow grave in the woods and realizes that Tori is actually dead -- that gift turns into a curse. Without an alibi, Adele becomes the prime suspect in Tori’s murder. She must work with Tori’s ghost to find the real killer. But what if the killer finds Adele first?
A chilling mystery with a paranormal twist
Zuni’s pick is ‘The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club’ by Katie May (Adult Fiction, MAY)
Only the truly devoted manage to swim every day at Whitstable, because the sea's only deep enough at high tide. So when Deb and Maisie keep meeting on Reeves Beach, they strike up an unlikely friendship based on their love of swimming and their recent divorces. Soon, they are joined by other high tide swimmers, each with a crisis of their own to weather. Ann, a bossy organiser, is caring for her elderly mother at home; Julie has somehow (although she's not quite sure how) managed to produce three children under school age; and Chloe, a bright, brittle girl of fifteen, finds calmness in the water. Quiet, anxious Bill is initially thought to be a peeping Tom, before being welcomed into the heart of the club.
When the swimmers discover plans for their beach to be paved over for a leisure complex, they find a higher purpose that bonds them together, and exposes their fragile worlds to public scrutiny.
A delightful, realistic and a cosy read for the winter evenings
Glenys’ pick is ‘The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol (Adult Fiction, PEN)
With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenage performing community service, Elizabeth goes through the diaries, a journey through time that brings the two women closer together. Entry by entry, these unlikely friends are drawn deep into a world far removed from their own—to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior, where Elizabeth’s father manned the lighthouse seventy years before. As the words on these musty pages come alive, Elizabeth and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are connected to the isolated island in ways they never dreamed. While the discovery of Morgan's connection sheds light onto her own family mysteries, the faded pages of the journals hold more questions than answers for Elizabeth, and threaten the very core of who she is.
Fantastic! An absorbing 24 hour read!
Jean's pick is 'The Scent of Death' by Andrew Taylor (Adult Fiction, TAY)
Manhattan, 1778. A city of secrets, profiteers, loyalists and double agents. Edward Savill is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists. No sooner does he land than he becomes embroiled in the case of a gentleman murdered in the city's notorious Canvas Town. An escaped slave hangs for the crime, but Savill is convinced they have executed the wrong man. Judge Wintour's beautiful daughter-in-law, Arabella, hides a tragedy in her past, while his son plans a dangerous mission into enemy territory. And what of Mr Noak, the enigmatic clerk seemingly bent on a dubious course of his own? One thing is clear - the killing in Canvas Town was just the start of a trail of murder, and it's leading directly to Savill
This is a great read with a well-researched back drop that adds colour and flavour to the murky plot