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Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

All students at Hailsham meet a grim fate: Once they reach a certain age, they must donate their vital organs to those in need. In essence, they are harvested. Never Let Me Go is the story of three Hailsham students- Ruth, Tommy, and Kathy. Narrated by Kathy, the novel takes us through their childhood and eventual release from Hailsham (to lead normal lives until their donations begin).  

Ishiguro doesn't hit you over the head with his anti-cloning, fear for the future theme; rather, he presents you with Kath's haunting story and lets you feel how you feel. I really enjoyed reading this novel and felt invested in what happened to its characters.

If you enjoy Never Let Me Go, be sure to check out the movie! The book was recently made into a film starring Carey Mulligan as Kathy and Keira Knightly as Ruth.

Sep 27, 2010
Faithful Place
Tana French

If you're familiar with Tana French's other works (In the Woods, The Likeness), you may recognize the protagonist, investigator Frank Mackey.  Try as he might, he cannot quite manage to break free of his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, where his parents and siblings still live in the neighborhood of Faithful Place. Mackey is summoned back to Faithful Place when a twenty year old mystery of the disappearance of his teenage sweetheart Rosie Daly resurfaces, opening old wounds, feuds, and plenty of family dysfunction and suspense.

As in her other literary mysteries, French's writing is quality; dialogue is only occasionally difficult to follow with its Irish slang. Recommended for those who enjoyed Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Sep 11, 2010
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Karen Marie Moning

This urban fantasy is the first in a five title series (the last one is due out in January 2011). The world of MacKayla Lane, a Southern girl whose favorite things are tanning and the color pink, gets turned upside down when her sister Alina gets brutally murdered while studying abroad in Ireland. After receiving a cryptic message from her sister sent hours before her death and with the Dublin police unable to explain what happened to her, MacKayla decides to go to there herself in search of answers. While wandering the streets of Dublin, she ends up just finding more questions as she realizes that she can see ghastly creatures posing as human beings that everyone else appears to think look perfectly normal. The only person who can explain what she is seeing is an extremely mysterious and morally ambiguous bookshop owner named Jericho Barrons. Moning spins a rich tapestry of characters and delicious plot twists as MacKayla tries to solve her sister’s crime and understand the dangerous world of the Fae. Sorry romance fans, there isn’t any in here but there is plenty of tension and great banter. Also be prepared for a cliffhanger which will send you in search of the second book: Bloodfever.

Sep 1, 2010

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