The Boy in the Suitcase – Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis

When Nina Borg, a nurse, agrees to do her friend Karin a favour and pick up a suitcase from a locker in the Copenhagen train station, she thought it would be a simple errand. The errand turned out to be far from simple and extremely dangerous. When Nina opened the suitcase, she found a small boy, naked and drugged. Should she call the police and turn the child over to the authorities?  I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout and I was sure I knew how it was all going to end. The realization as to why the boy was in the suitcase was genius, what a great twist.  The writers did a great job of releasing just enough information throughout to keep the reader intrigued and addicted. Highly recommended! (submitted by JF)

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The Whole Truth – Kit Pearson

This booked really stuck with me.  Nine year old Polly must come to terms with yet another life change; this one the hardest yet.  Not only does she face a new life with her grandmother in British Columbia without her older sister Maud, who will be at boarding school; most difficult of all is the secret that she must never tell.  I highly recommend it. (submitted by CDB)

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The Firm – John Grisham

He is a very captivating author, who introduces his characters and setting well.  It’s a bit of a slow start to his books, but incredibly interesting and unique.   Immediately begins with ominous atmosphere: Mitch is a young lawyer fresh out of law school, and he is approached by this mysterious firm.  They are not quite telling him everything about the firm, and readers get a sense that it is corrupt.  Still a very popular book after all these years and now a new TV series. (submitted by ND)

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Divergent – Veronica Roth

I was left wanting more after reading the Hunger Games series and I came across this book. Right away, I was drawn in by the similarities with the post-war/post-apocalyptic setting. Beatrice is coming upon her sixteenth birthday. Her society is divided into five classes, each with their life-long calling and role. Every member of society chooses which group they wish to belong to at the age of sixteen; but should that choice be different from their family, they will never see them again.   I was ecstatic to find such an intriguing, exciting and adventurous story. I know you’ll love it too! (submitted by SMC)

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The Psychopath Test: a journey through the madness industry

It’s a topic that I’m interested in, and I really enjoyed Jon Ronson’s adventures through this particular slice of humanity – well-written, entertaining, cogent, and holistic.  He really does examine the extremes and the subtleties of the madness continuum.  I didn’t learn a lot, per se, but I very much enjoyed reading it…and I suspect that you will too. (submitted by JF)

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender

As a foodie, I was attracted to the cover art on this book featuring a big slice of lemon-chocolate cake, and quickly intrigued by the title and cover image revealing a girl in the shadow of the cake. On the cusp of her ninth birthday, Rose takes a bite of her birthday cake and discovers that she can taste the emotions of the person who made it—her cheerful and creative mother is hiding an underlying sadness that overwhelms Rose. Soon, Rose discovers that she can taste the moods and emotions in every food she eats and resorts to eating bland factory-made food and happy dishes from the lady in the cafeteria to avoid these unpleasant emotions and insights. As Rose grows, she learns the reasons behind the bizarre behaviours of her mother, father, and brother and discovers that she is not the only one with a bizarre “gift.” An intriguing tale with a fantastical element about family, love, food, and their daily intricacies. (submitted by MR)

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