Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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I Was Anastasia

I've long been fascinated by the story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, and so, when Ariel Lawhorn’s I Was Anastasia came up for review, I was thrilled to get a chance to read it. I had really high hopes for this book, but, because of some quirks in the storytelling, I found myself quite disapp ...

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Not That I Could Tell

If you read and loved Sally Hepworth's The Family Next Door, you won't want to miss Not That I Could Tell, the latest novel from Jessica Strawser. The two books, while not identical, share similar themes, and neither one was at all easy to put down. Five neighborhood women gather around a backyar ...

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Sister-in-Law

I'm a voracious reader, and as such am always on the lookout for new authors to try. After all, there's nothing quite like discovering a new and talented writer. So, when I read the blurb for Sister-in-Law, the first novel by M.R. Morgan, I decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately however, I won’t ...

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Every Note Played

For the past ten years or so, I've been in awe of Lisa Genova's ability to dig into a medical issue and accurately, sensitively portray its effect on a family. In her latest novel, Every Note Played, Ms. Genova turns her attention to ALS, and spins a heartbreaking story of redemption, love, and loss ...

B-
The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James: A Roundtable Discussion Simone St. James is well-loved by the staff here at AAR, so we have been eagerly anticipating her new book. The Broken Girls is a dual-timeline story centered around a boarding school for the teenaged girls society has turned its back ...

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The Family Next Door

Author Sally Hepworth stole my heart in early 2016 with with the beautifully rendered The Things We Keep, and I've been a devoted fan ever since. Her latest novel, The Family Next Door, isn't as poignant, but I loved it just as much as I hoped I would. Pleasant Court is the closest thing to idyll ...

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The Day She Disappeared

The Day She Disappeared is the latest offering from author Christobel Kent. It's the story of one woman's search for the truth about the disappearance of her best friend, but while the synopsis sounded great, the novel's execution left something to be desired. Nat is struggling to get her life to ...

B+
The Flight Attendant

Although I've been a fan of Chris Bohjalian's novels for a number of years, his last few books have lacked that certain something that made the rest of his work stand out. Fortunately with The Flight Attendant, he's back at the top of his game, and I couldn't be happier. For flight attendant Cass ...

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The Neighbors

I picked up Hannah Mary McKinnon’s The Neighbors without really knowing what to expect and I love it so much when a book takes me completely by surprise. The premise intrigued me, so I figured it would be a good way to pass a few hours, but, once I started reading, I realized the book was so much ...

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The Echo Killing

The Echo Killing is the first novel in a new series featuring crime reporter Harper McClain. It takes place in Savannah, Georgia, but the city portrayed here isn't the genteel, graceful place you've read about in so many historical novels. Instead, author Christi Daugherty shows readers a completely ...