Jason Dessen made a life-altering decision when he chose to forego his research in a cold, sterile lab to marry Daniela, the woman of his dreams, and have a son with her. He gladly pursued a career as an ordinary college physics professor, reveling in the time spent with his family. Before he’s knocked unconscious by a masked abductor one night while walking home, he’s asked, “Are you happy with your life?” Jason gains consciousness in a room where he’s strapped to a gurney and surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. They know him but he doesn’t know them. And, his life is not the one he knows—he’s a renowned genius who has achieved something remarkable but he has no wife and son. Which of these lives is real and how can Jason return to the family he loves? This immensely entertaining book is “for anyone who has wondered what their life might look like at the end of the road not taken.”
Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Mike Noonan is a very successful author who unexpectedly loses his wife. Widowed and grief stricken he returns to their vacation cabin in Maine looking for peace but instead he is haunted by his wife’s memory, voice, and a few ghostly spirits.
Shortly Mike finds himself embroiled in a custody battle with the town's wealthiest resident, Max. Max is fighting against the mother of his three-year-old granddaughter and Mike is drawn to protect both mother and daughter. Even though Mike is over his head in emotional situations, his writing ability returns. But the more time Mike spends writing in the cabin, the further his psyche falls under the power of the ghostly inhabitants.
A deeper read than it appears, Bag of Bones is more than a ghost story but it is a tale of loss, despair, and let us hope, redemption.
Water Hazard by Don Dahler
Paradise can turn upside down in a second. While waiting to tee off on the 17th hole at the Waialae Country Club in Hawaii, struggling professional golfer and part-time detective Huck Doyle took a break from his practice round and looked out toward the ocean to enjoy the view. When Doyle looked back, his golf partner, sponsor, and banking billionaire Sing Ten Wong was lying on the ground—apparently shot through the heart. Who would want to kill this generous and jovial CEO? And where in the world could the shooter have been?
While doing his best to win a golf tournament, Doyle attempts to find out why his friend’s father was murdered. Throughout his investigation he finds some shady business deals and questionable financial practices. The more clues he uncovers, however, the less the Wong family cooperates. This quick and easy read is very entertaining.