Adult Recommendations

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. 

Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly

Caroline Ferriday, Herta Oberheuser, and Kasia Kuzmerick’s lives couldn’t be more different. Caroline, a New York socialite and former Broadway actress, volunteers at the French consulate in New York. Herta, an ambitious young German doctor, seeks to leave her dreary life by taking a government medical position in northern Germany. Kasia, a Polish teenager, leads a typical carefree teenager’s life focused on boys and her best friend. Their lives change abruptly, however, with Germany’s invasion of Poland and France. Kasia is arrested for being a courier for the underground resistance and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women, where she struggles to survive.

This captivating and powerful novel by a debut author is based on the true story of women subjected to the gruesome reality of the Ravensbrück concentration camp and those who sought to help them.