Linda Sullivan recommends two page turners

Susan EspirituOur Town Readers

Our Book Whisperer, Linda Sullivan. recommends two novels this week we won’t be able to put down: a murder mystery and a historical fiction.

Linda recommends The Current, written by Tim Johnston, the mystery Linda calls a thriller and a page turner.

Tim Johnston was born in Iowa City, graduating from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Current is his fourth novel.

Linda teases with a little of the plot: “Two girls leave their college campus in the dead of winter for a 700-mile drive north to Minnesota. The girls and their car are pulled from the icy Black Root River just miles from home. One is dead and the other is barely alive. It wasn’t an accident.”

This week’s second recommendation is a historical fiction novel, Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Jennifer Chiaverini is a bestselling author of several historical novels and the Elm Creek Quilts series that inspired six collections of quilt patterns which have been featured in multiple quilting publications.

About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal writes, “In addition to simply being fascinating stories, these novels go a long way in capturing the texture of life for women, rich and poor, black and white, in those perilous years.”

Linda asks the question, “How did Hitler rise to power and who tried to stop him?”

She continues, “Hitler rose to power while the world practiced isolationism. Not everyone ignored it. This is the story of some of the people who resisted and risked their lives for others.”

Goodreads reviews the book with a powerful analysis: “Inspired by actual events, Resistance Women is an enthralling, unforgettable story of ordinary people determined to resist the rise of evil, sacrificing their own lives and liberty to fight injustice and defend the oppressed.”

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

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