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Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Brilliant
Good close to series

Faster than "Catching Fire" and nice close to the series

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Unconvincing
Improbable, but funny

This is a very quick, beach read, but like watching James Bond movies, you have to suspend reality and logic for a bit.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fun
Witty and light

An amusing, quick read

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Good English Gothic Novel

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Romantic

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow, Dark
Interesting discussions to be had

This would make a great "quick" book to read and have an active discussion of the topics raised within the book

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Inspiring
Good summer read

This book is simply written and can get a bit slow through the middle portion, but it manages to capture some of life in institutions without being overly depressing.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Dramatic, Difficult
Keep reading...

This book is great once you get beyond the first section - the characters are well developed and the mystery is captivating, but able to be solved if you're paying attention. The discussion points raised by the book also make for great book club conversations.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting
Great way to explore forensic pathology and toxicology

This is a well written, fast moving book through some of the struggles and triumphs of early forensic pathology and anthropology in the early 20th century. Although I cannot speak to those who enjoy CSI, this is a facinating read for someone with a bit of a science background who is interested in forensics.

The Lock Artist: A Novel by Steve Hamilton
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dark
A fast paced, easy read

Another great beach book, this story moves quickly and maintains the reader's interest by intertwining a love story with the protagonist's dark past and illegal activites.

 
Book Club Recommended
Graphic, Scary
Good campfire stories

If you are a fan of his father, Joe Hill doesn't disappoint - these stories are great for a quick, creepy read.

The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson
 
Boring
Generic murder mystery

This was a quick read and a fine free book, but I wouldn't want to pay anything for this very generic serial killer book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic
Great mystery

Although many of Lisa Gardner books surround similar themes, this book is well written, fast paced and has enough twists to keep you suspicious of every character until the end. An excellent mystery with many discussion points for book clubs.

 
Book Club Recommended
Confusing, Graphic, Difficult
Love it or hate it, but read it once

Neil Gaiman is clearly a gifted writer and researcher and, in my humble opinion, is perhaps his best. It is an excellent mixture of philosophy, mystery and mythology told in a compelling way; however, the book is very dense and the reading, while rewarding, does take a bit of time. While it may not be Crime and Punishment (where I recall being told to only read 10 pages at a time), it does take committment, but its worth the read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Graphic, Interesting
Excellent for people who "don't like Stephen King"

I often find people who have never read Stephen King dismissive of his novels based on the thought that they are "cheap horror books" or bad simply based on the horrible movies often made (for-tv no less) from them. Although I'm biased, those people should try some of his "less horrific" novels before judging - like Bag of Bones, Lisey's Story or Dolores Claiborne before judging. Many of these books center on the loss of a loved one (wife, husband, daughter respectively) and the haunting related to that loss which is beautifully and hauntingly written.

Blood Harvest by S. J. Bolton
 
Dark, Interesting, Dramatic
Dull

This book was slow and hard to finish. There would be few topics of discussion here for book clubs.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dark, Fantastic
Not for children, but excellent for adult readers

As stated in other reviews, this book is very dark, but a wonderfully written, witty and dark coming of age story of a young boy following changes in his family structure. The themes as well as the play on classic fairy tales will provide many book club discussion points.

Cell: A Novel by Stephen King
 
Graphic, Dark, Pointless
I love Stephen King, but read some of his other works instead

I hate putting bad reviews, but I prefer many of his other books to this one - this has a plot line similar to his other books, like The Stand, but is not as entertaining or complex. A better book club selection would be Bag of Bones, Lisey's Story, The Stand (but long...), etc.

Christine Falls: A Novel by Benjamin Black
 
Slow, Dramatic
Good mystery, but slow

This was a book I read independently and while the mystery was intriguing, it was slow reading and there are likely other books that have better discussion points for a book club.

 
Adventurous
Quick read, but not a lot of discussion

This is a great summer mystery novel that is a fast read, but beyond that, not much. I enjoyed the Lock Artist more and that would spur more discussion.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
An interesting, thought provoking read

A good balance of the subplot mother-daugher relationship and the main narrative makes this book interesting, with a wealth of information for book club discussions.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Interesting
Excellent read!

It has been quite a bit since I've said "I can't put this book down," but this book is so intriguing that I simply couldn't put it down. This book will provoke excellent book discussions related to marriage, gender roles, etc.

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