Reviews by Maggie Boyd

B-
The Other Mrs.

Sadie and Will have left their prosperous lives in Chicago behind in order to care for Will's teenaged niece Imogen, whose mother has died unexpectedly. Sadie, whose background is in emergency medicine, isn't thrilled to be living and working on a small island off the coast of Maine, but she and Wil ...

A
The Sun Down Motel

Completely addictive, riveting, and engaging, The Sun Down Motel is the latest supernatural thriller from Simone St. James. A dual timeline tale of two women thirty-five years apart looking for answers to a series of disappearances, it contains the eerie, haunted tone I expect from this author’s w ...

D
Above the Bay of Angels

A weak mystery and problematic history made Above the Bay of Angels my most difficult read of 2020 (so far). While I’ve loved previous novels by Rhys Bowen, this book was an absolute struggle to get through. Bella (Isabella) Waverly’s childhood is idyllic. Her father is an aristocrat estrange ...

B+
Of Curses and Kisses

Sandhya Menon breathes new life into the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with her diversely cast Of Curses and Kisses. The author’s humor creates a nice balance to her look at serious issues like teen loneliness and parental expectations in this fun YA novel. The Emersons and Raos  are the Eng ...

C-
The Light After the War

The Light After the War is  the author’s first novel under the name Anita Abriel although she has been published previously as Anita Hughes.  Based on  her mother’s life, the book is the story of two young Jewish-Hungarian women who miraculously survived the purges of WWII and in the aftermat ...

C-
The Stars We Steal

Persuasion meets The 100 in Alexa Donne’s The Stars We Steal. Earth is a frozen wasteland. What’s left of humanity circles the planet in a flotilla of spaceships, waiting for it to thaw, but as on earth, rank and wealth still mean a great deal. The descendants of those who had money and powe ...

A
Deathless Divide

Deathless Divide is the eagerly anticipated sequel to the bestselling, engrossing Dread Nation. Picking up immediately after the events of the first novel, this story (and therefore this review) contains serious spoilers for that book. After escaping the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene, Kate (Ka ...

A
When You See Me

There is nothing quite like the experience of becoming completely absorbed and involved in a good book, and When You See Me, with its riveting characters and thrilling, non-stop plot is a very good book. You will want to clear a few hours of time to read this, since putting it down will not be an op ...

B
The Words I Never Wrote

Set during the tumultuous era encompassing WWII, The Words I Never Wrote is an interesting take on how easily we can misunderstand those we love. Our story begins with an elderly journalist receiving yet another award. Cordelia Capel already has a Pulitzer, has previously been honored with the Wh ...

B+
All the Ways We Said Goodbye

Powerhouse authors Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Willig have teamed up for their third collaboration, a triple timeline story about three women whose lives are inexplicably bound up in the somewhat tragic history of Paris' Ritz Hotel. The sweeping tale spans fifty years, introducing read ...