Linda Sullivan recommends mystery and romance

Susan EspirituOur Town Readers

Our Book Whisperer, Linda Sullivan, recommends a mystery and a romance to start our 2024 resolution to read or listen to books daily.

Why make that resolution? Not only does reading entertain us, but it also broadens our knowledge and understanding of history and philosophical topics, plus it is proven to improve our cognitive function by increasing memory retention and critical thinking skills. According to National Institutes of Health, Americans are experiencing some level of cognitive impairment by age 70, so let’s READ!

Linda’s first recommendation, She Started It, is written by Sian Gilbert, a British author who writes contemporary fiction. She Started It is her debut novel; Amazon Editors’ pick for Best Mystery.

Linda previews the novel: “The girl you’ve not seen or heard from in years invites you and your besties to an all-expenses paid bachelorette party in the Caribbean! Odd, but who wants to turn down a first-class vacation? They should have reconsidered. REALLY! Thriller~ Bullying~ Unreliable Narrator.”

What is an unreliable narrator? An unreliable narrator is an untrustworthy storyteller, most often used in narratives with a first-person point of view. The unreliable narrator is either deliberately deceptive or unintentionally misguided, forcing the reader to question their credibility as a storyteller.

Inheritance: The Lost Bride Trilogy Book 1 by Nora Roberts is Linda’s second recommendation. Nora Roberts is an American author of over 225 romance novels and at 73 years old is evidently not slowing down, publishing multiple novels in 2023 under her own name, Nora Roberts, and pen names, J. D. Robb, Jill March and in the U.K. as Sarah Hardesty. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame and her novels have spent years on the New York Times best seller list as well as weeks in the number one spot.

Linda says of Inheritance: The Lost Bride Trilogy Book 1: “It has been a while since I’ve read a Nora Roberts novel, and this novel reminded me why I have always enjoyed her writing. Sonya’s life is changing after ending an engagement with a cheating fiancé and receiving an inheritance that includes a Gothic mansion from an uncle she didn’t know she had. One stipulation: she must live there for 3 years.  That doesn’t sound difficult until she discovers the mansion is haunted. I can’t wait for Book #2!”

Remember: Knox County Online Library to search for Linda’s recommendations each week.

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