Weekly Book List: Week 16: Water on the Cover

One Way or Another / Elizabeth Adler

Ellen is enjoying a summer’s eve on a yacht when she’s discreetly stabbed and pushed into the water, as everyone on board stands around acting oblivious. Even as she fights the waves, she plots revenge. (FIC ADLER)


The Adventuress / Tasha Alexander

Emily and husband Colin have come to the French Riviera for what should be a joyous occasion – the engagement party of her lifelong friend Jeremy, Duke of Bainbridge, and Amity Wells, an American heiress. But the merrymaking is cut short with the shocking death of one of the party in an apparent suicide. Not convinced by the coroner’s verdict, Emily must employ all of her investigative skills to discover the truth and avert another tragedy. (FIC ALEXANDER)

The Far End of Happy / Kathryn Craft

After enduring years of a struggling marriage, Ronnie Farnham has decided to divorce her husband and is beginning to hope for a happy future–until the morning Jeff is supposed to move out, when he locks himself in their barn with a rifle. When a massive police presence arrives to control the 12-hour stand off, the women in Jeff’s life are pushed to their breaking points. (FIC CRAFT)

Shelter / Frances Greenslade

The relationship of two daughters with their missing mother is traced through family stories. (FIC GREENSLADE)


Snow Falling on Cedars / David Guterson

Presents a tense courtroom drama, a poignant love story, and a haunting reflection on the delicate balance between the mind and heart. (FIC GUTERSON)


Swimming / Joanna Hershon

When Aaron Wheeler brings his girlfriend, Suzanne, home for the weekend to meet his family for the first time, Suzanne unleashes a fierce conflict between Aaron and his brother, Jack, a clash that has tragic long-term repercussions for the entire family. (FIC HERSHON)


People of the Whale / Linda Hogan

Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. Whenhe returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind. (FIC HOGAN)

The Rocks / Peter Nichols

Two honeymooners, Gerald and Lulu, abruptly split in 1948, and despite residing on the same island for more than sixty years, they live separately, never interacting until children from their rivaling families fall in love. (FIC NICHOLS)


Pretty Girls / Karin Slaughter

After Claire Scott’s millionaire husband of almost 20 years is killed by a mugger, she’s devastated. Paul was her rock, and the happiness she felt with him was unlike anything she’d ever known. When an attempted burglary during the funeral brings cops and an FBI agent to their house, Claire discovers Paul may have been hiding something. (FIC SLAUGHTER)

Starlight on Willow Lake / Susan Wiggs

Working as a caregiver for a sharp-tongued woman to rebuild after a painful loss, Faith McCallum unexpectedly falls for her client’s charismatic son, who questions his fast-paced lifestyle in the wake of a chilling revelation. (FIC WIGGS)

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