The Lost Girls by Heather Young
In the summer of 1935 a six-year-old girl goes missing from her family’s lake house. Though her disappearance sends the town into a panicked frenzy, any efforts to locate her are fruitless. Her mother is a shell of her former self, vigilant in her watch over the woods, falsely believing her daughter will return home. The girl’s two older sisters are also left behind to pick up the pieces of their broken lives, each girl carrying her own guilt.
Sixty years later, the last remaining sister is alone and dying. Knowing her time is coming to an end, she puts pen to paper and captures every heartbreaking moment of the summer that changed her family – before she dies, she leaves the story with her grandniece who, in turn, becomes obsessed with discovering the truth behind the girl’s disappearance all those years ago.
Yeah, does this have my name all over it or what??
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
The summer of 1988, the Gulf of Mexico. Two extraordinary things happen to 12-year-old Maeve Donnelly: she gets kissed by the boy of her dreams and she’s the victim of a shark attack. Nearly twenty years later Maeve is now a marine biologist who travels the world and has become known as something of a shark whisperer.
Though she’s surprisingly comfortable in the water, on land it’s a different story. When she returns to the Florida coast – and her childhood home – she receives horrible news: an illegal shark-finning operation is all but at their doorstep and hundreds of sharks are dying. As she fights to protect her beloved animals, she also wrestles her own demons: her brother is about to make it big as a novelist…using her own love life as its backdrop.
Ann Kidd Taylor is the daughter of Sue Monk Kidd and I loved her most recent novel, The Invention of Wings! I don’t believe I’ve ever read a novel where the main character survived a shark attack – and then went on to fight to protect them! Definitely interested in this one!
Lemons by Melissa Savage
When Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mother passes away, she suddenly finds herself living with a grandfather she’s never met in Willow Creek, California – the Bigfoot Capital of the World. Lem can’t possibly see anything good coming from her new home – until she meets Tobin. Eleven-year-old Tobin Sky is the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives, INC and Willow Creek’s only Bigfoot detective! That summer he asks Lem to be his assistant and as they go off on epic adventures to finally get a photo of Bigfoot, Lem realizes maybe there is some good to be found after all.
Oh, Middle Grade. The death of a parent, a new life in a strange place, Bigfoot. This book sounds excellent!
Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings
Toronto, the winter of 1895. When the body of a servant girl is discovered naked and frozen in a deserted alley, Detective William Murdoch is tasked with uncovering what happened to the girl. When a connection is made to one of society’s most influential families, Murdoch realizes there was more to this seemingly simple girl than she let on.
Back in January I mentioned how obsessed I am with Murdoch Mysteries, a ridiculously fun tv show. The show is actually based on Jennings’ novels and I would love to really get inside Murdoch’s head!