Clown in a Cornfield

Quinn Maybrook and her father just moved from Philadelphia to Kettle Springs, Missouri.  While Kettle Springs has your typical small town feel, there is something sinister brewing beneath the surface.  Frustrated with the actions of the town’s youth, the town’s elders are locked in a philosophical battle as to what Kettle Springs should represent in…

Mexican Gothic

Noemi Taboada receives a letter from her cousin, Catalina, asking for help.  Acting swiftly, Noemi travels to High Place, an old house situated in the Mexican countryside where her cousin lives with her new husband, Virgil Doyle, and his family.  It isn’t long after Noemi’s arrival that things begin to feel… off.  Her cousin doesn’t…

A Head Full of Ghosts

Fourteen year old Marjorie Barrett has been acting strange and her family is worried.  After countless doctor’s appointments leave them without answers, Marjorie’s father turns to religion and the belief that Marjorie’s been possessed by a demon.  The novel’s narrator and Marjorie’s younger sister, Meredith, isn’t convinced but an exorcism by the church is suggested…

The Last Seance

The Last Séance is a collection of spooky and mysterious short stories from Agatha Christie. I feel bad criticizing Agatha Christie because honestly, who am I to do so?  She’s the undisputed Queen of the mystery genre and her work is legendary to say the least!  However, some of these stories just didn’t measure up…

V2: A Novel of World War Two

Set just prior to the end of the Second World War, Robert Harris’ V2 depicts Germany’s last-ditch effort to turn the tide in its favor with the development and deployment of their V2 ballistic missile.  The story follows two main characters – Kay Connolly, an ambitious British solider, and Willi Graf, a fictional colleague of…

The Kingdom

The Kingdom follows two brothers, Carl and Roy Opgard, as they attempt to bring prosperity to their sleepy Norwegian town.  But at what cost?  Carl and his new wife Shannon, have a great idea – construct a picturesque hotel on the beautiful mountainside overlooking the village – but their financing plan and the two brothers’…

Solutions and Other Problems

Solutions and Other Problems, Allie Brosh’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed first book, Hyperbole and a Half, had a lot to live up to.  Like many people, I’ve been waiting for this book for years.  The book had been plagued with delays leaving her readers believing that the book may never actually see the light…