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    Here to Stay by Mark Edwards

    Summary After a whirlwind two-month romance results in marriage, Gemma asks Elliot if her parents can stay with them for a couple of weeks. Wanting to impress his in-laws, Elliot obliges and invites them to stay in his home. The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s younger sister, Chloe, who seems to be mute and won’t leave her room. Elliot begins to feel like something isn’t quite right. When the in-laws outstay their welcome and destroy Elliot’s beautifully restored Victorian home, he becomes desperate to get rid of them. But to do so, he must uncover the family’s darkest secrets and risk losing everything. How far will he go to save his…

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    Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen [Review]

    Summary After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah–blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish–finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can’t attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass, befriend the daughter of a key scientist, and steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. With years of training…

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    P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern [Review]

    BLURB Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed. REVIEW P.S. I Love You follows Holly Kennedy through her most difficult moments as she tries to process the all-consuming…

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    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng [Review]

    BLURB Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents…

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    Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman [Review]

    BLURB No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.  Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.  But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And…