Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Pt. 5)

booksIn what has become a tradition here at Syosset R and R, we will be running a series of blog posts throughout the month of December telling you about our staff’s favorite reads for this year.  The books mentioned were read during 2016 but not necessarily published in 2016. Here’s the fifth installment:

Pam. S., Reference Librarian:

Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson

saving-sophieOn the run after becoming the main suspect in an embezzlement case, Jack Sommers races to save his daughter Sophie from her grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine, teaming up with Liam, Catherine, and a new CIA operative who hopes to thwart a terrorist attack in Hebron.

“A great legal thriller with lots of twists and turns.”

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

what-she-left-behindTen years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

“A story about how someone could be identified as mentally ill when they were perfectly fine – very frustrating but a beautiful book using two characters at two different times to bring out the story.”

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

echoLost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caughtup in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.

 “This YA novel is a story of a harmonica and how three different lives intersected by way of this harmonica!  – beautiful stories.”

Ed, Head of Reference Services:

passengerThe Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Changing her name and appearance to flee town after leaving her husband dead, a fugitive woman forges an uneasy alliance off the grid at the side of a female bartender with whom she races from city to city to escape her past.

“Tanya Pitts Dubois comes home one day to find her husband, Frank, lying at the base of the stairs, quite dead, with a big gash on his head. She decides that if she notifies the police and remains at the house until they arrive, she will be the most likely suspect. For various reasons, she concludes, this would not be a brilliant idea. So, she packs her bags and leaves.”

freedoms-childFreedom’s Child by Jax Miller

Living in witness protection to hide from her late husband’s violent family, Freedom Oliver risks her life in order to save the kidnapped daughter she gave up for adoption.

“The prologue, which you should go back and read again after you finish the book, begins ‘My name is Freedom Oliver and I killed my daughter. It’s surreal, honestly, and I’m not sure what feels more like a dream, her death or her existence. I’m guilty of both.’ “

 when-the-musics-overWhen the Music’s Over by Peter Robinson

The case of a poet claiming she was assaulted decades earlier by a revered public figure and the murder of a girl found on a remote roadside leads to an exploration of a more innocent time and an unexpected suspect.

“Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks series never fails to please and When the Music’s Over is no exception. Like most (all?) books in the series, it tackles both a current case and a cold or older case. In this particular instance, Robinson also tackles the ethnic hatred that currently seems to be running rampant throughout our ‘civilized’ world.”

(All plot summaries from the publishers.)

Tell us in the comments what your favorite 2016 reads were and keep checking in with Syosset R and R for more of “Our Favorite Reads of 2016”!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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