Adult Recommendations

Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell

To meet one’s Waterloo” has become a phrase in popular culture meaning a decisive defeat. It's fitting this term has endured because The Battle of Waterloo is considered a history-changing battle. In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba, where he had been exiled. He immediately headed to France to reunite the French army, which was always fiercely loyal to him, and to expand the French Empire. Although considered one of the greatest military minds in history, the author indicates Napoleon made some questionable moves and interesting assumptions at Waterloo.

Bernard Cornwell artfully sets the stage for this epic battle and details the events as they unfold. The author’s use of primary sources (letters from the soldiers) gives the reader a vivid account of the brutality of the battle that cost the lives of over 65,000 people. This is an exceptional account that will satisfy anybody with an interest in the Battle of Waterloo.


The Searcher: A Novel by Simon Toyne

A plane mysteriously plummets to earth near Redemption, Arizona, disrupting a local man’s grave-side service. A tall, pale man with no memory runs barefoot down the road away from the crash site. The man discovers his name, Solomon Creed, is sewn into a label in his handmade suit jacket and written in the inscription in the book he’s carrying. Creed senses he’s come to Redemption for a reason—to save a man he doesn’t know. Unfortunately, the man was being buried when the plane crashed. Faced with one dangerous situation after another, Creed draws upon an eclectic knowledge of the world around him, most particularly how to survive in it. But he has no idea how he came by it. Bit by bit, he moves closer to understanding the nefarious underpinnings of this town, bringing him closer to an untimely demise. If you’re looking for fast-paced, page-turning suspense, this first book in a planned five-book series more than fits the bill.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

As a journalist writing for a travel magazine, Lo Blacklock has just received her first big professional break. She’s covering a new luxury cruise ship that has a handful of cabins while it travels around the Norwegian fjords for a week. Things get off to a rocky start when Lo meets a woman in cabin 10, which is next to hers, who’s less than excited to meet her. Then in the middle of the night after something awakens her, Lo hears a loud splash—like a body hitting water. She stumbles to her private balcony in an alcohol-induced haze and sees a dark, oily smear on cabin 10’s glass safety barrier. It looks a lot like blood. Lo’s attempts to have this mysterious event investigated while at sea leads nowhere, largely it appears, due to her self-medicating with alcohol—witnessed by many on board. It doesn’t help that word gets out she also takes anti-anxiety medication and has for years. Is something going on here or is it all in Lo’s mind? Filled with surprising twists and turns, this book will keep you guessing until the end.