Adult Recommendations

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Dragonscale, a spore-induced, virulent plague, leapfrogs from city to city etching magnificent black and gold markings into people’s skin, causing them to combust when they least expect it. Fires erupt and spread with alarming frequency and speed. With Dragonscale so highly contagious and no cure or vaccine in sight, uninfected people are desperate to remain that way. To protect themselves, vigilante Cremation Squads arise to exterminate anybody they believe to be infected.

Harper Grayson, a volunteer nurse helping with infected hospital patients, learns she, too, is infected; she also is pregnant with her first child. And when she least expects it, a man called The Fireman comes to her rescue. Who is this mysterious man and has he really been driven crazy by his Dragonscale? Can Harper keep from bursting into flames? Can they stay ahead of the Cremation Squads? This exciting excursion into the unknown and what fear can do to people is entertaining and thought provoking. 

The Widow by Fiona Barton

 “It's a strange feeling, owning a secret. It's like a stone in my stomach, crushing my insides and making me feel sick every time I think of it.”

Jean leads a pleasant life. She married a man she loves, lives in a nice house and seems by all accounts to be quite contented. But then her husband is accused of a horrific crime. Her life becomes a nightmare. She begins to doubt the man she loves.

Is he guilty or is he not? Does Jean know the truth and, if so, when did she learn? In this psychological thriller the author wraps each character in layers of truth and half-truths, lies and deceit. As soon as you get through one layer and think you know, you will find yourself pulled in another direction and questioning your previous assumptions.

Queen of the Night, by Alexander Chee

In this sprawling novel, set during France’s Second Empire, an American orphan transforms herself from circus performer to courtesan to opera sensation. Along the way, Alexander Chee’s lush prose transports the reader into the midst of Napoleon III’s court, revealing the hard work—and heartbreak—behind the opulence. Readers with an interest in French history or opera will delight in Chee’s thoroughly-researched characters and settings, and in cameos by real historical figures such as George Sand and Cora Pearl. Those with a taste for intrigue will devour the twists and turns of the plot as princes, empresses, courtesans, and musicians scheme for power, love, and revenge.

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