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While You are Waiting: The Witch Elm

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Witch Elm

Tis the season to find a good book to warm you up.  Tana French’s new novel, The Witch Elm, is a captivating psychological thriller.  In this standalone novel, Toby is taking care of his sick uncle and recovering from a serious beating from burglars. Toby's nephew finds a skull under the elm tree, which leads Toby to realize his past may not be what he thought it was. The Witch Elm asks what we become and what we're capable of when we no longer know who we are.

While you are waiting, be sure to check out Moonglow by Michael Chabon.  Like French’s novel, this book is about family and unraveling secrets kept through generations.  This book is a great read that will keep you occupied as you wait.  Another great family mystery is Proper Goodbye by Connie Chappel. It's about a homeless woman who is misidentified.  The cemetery keeper must find a way to tell her father that the homeless woman is actually the mother and wife who abandoned them so many years ago.

In the novel The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon, a son returns home to reconnect with his family and finds that both his parents have passed away. “What follows is an extraordinary journey as Justin struggles with issues of his own identity and pieces together the complex and heartbreaking truth about his family” (Goodreads.com).  In The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding, Robin also finds herself estranged from her family and only comes home when her family is attacked in their home. Was this a random robbery gone bad or does her family have secrets that coming back to haunt them?

Be sure to check out the recommendations page to find other great books to help get you through the cold season.