Renshaw’s new novel is an intricate affair featuring an attorney who delves into the world of extrasensory experiences.

A reader of Renshaw’s earlier books (Science, Remote Viewing and ESP, 2009, etc.) might be prepared for the emphasis on psychic phenomena in the present work. For the uninitiated, however, this novel provides a persuasive primer on channeling, remote sensing, space-time perceptions and other brain functions beyond our physical reality, in addition to a skillfully crafted first-person drama. In fact, the theme of psychic activity powers every aspect of the action, including a love story that gains momentum as the narrator’s logical skepticism fades. Dave Willard is a successful Los Angeles patent attorney and a sailplaning enthusiast. Tina, his companion on weekends in the desert, where he keeps his plane, is a teacher whose enthusiasm for channeling and her apparent ability to “read” his thoughts keep skeptic Dave from commitment. Yet, when he impulsively (and implausibly) agrees to take on the prosecution of a case in which a psychic will be the chief prosecution witness against a small-town sheriff and prepares his case by interviewing scholars and practitioners of ESP, he soon accepts the validity of extrasensory experiences and concomitantly realizes he is in love with Tina. The affair flourishes despite sabotage attempts, convoluted security activities as the trial date approaches, an air of suspense in courtroom scenes and the fast pace of events. But this novel is not a thriller; it isn’t even what one might expect of a love story. There are no steamy scenes, just a lot of hugging and kissing and occasionally kittenish mock-seductive behavior as Tina leads her lover to the bedroom. In fact, their dialogue sometimes lacks the spontaneity of other exchanges and takes on a pedantic tone when Tina expatiates on the work of regional artists. That said, this novel will hold the reader’s attention because the plot is clever; the remote-sensing experiences riveting, particularly for a skeptic; the sailplaning episodes invite envy; and the characters exhibit a breezy California outlook that is refreshing. Renshaw’s novel practically vibrates with the relentless activity of several interconnected plot-threads moving to a highly satisfactory end.


Pub Date: Nov. 4, 2011

ISBN: 978-0985273101

Page Count: 250

Publisher: Constellation

Review Posted Online: Feb. 11, 2012

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A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that’s perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.


In Walsh’s American debut, a woman desperately tries to find out why the man she spent a whirlwind week with never called.

Sarah has just separated from her American husband and is visiting her hometown in England when she meets Eddie. He’s kind and charming, and although they only spend one week together, she falls in love. When he has to leave for a trip, she knows they’ll keep in touch—they’re already making plans for the rest of their lives. But then Eddie never calls, and Sarah’s increasingly frantic efforts to contact him are fruitless. Is he hurt? Is he dead? As her friends tell her, there’s a far greater likelihood that he’s just blowing her off—she’s been ghosted. After trying to track Eddie down at a football game, Sarah starts to become ashamed of herself—after all, she’s almost 40 years old and she’s essentially stalking a man who never called her. But as Sarah slowly learns, she and Eddie didn’t actually meet randomly—they both have a connection to an accident that happened years ago, and it may have something to do with why he disappeared. The tension quickly amps up as the secrets of Eddie’s and Sarah’s pasts are revealed, and the truth behind their connection is genuinely surprising and heartbreaking. The barriers between Sarah and Eddie seem insurmountable at times, and although their issues are resolved in a tidy manner, the emotions behind their actions are always believable. Walsh has created a deeply moving romance with an intriguing mystery and a touching portrait of grief at its heart.

A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that’s perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.

Pub Date: July 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-525-52277-5

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Pamela Dorman/Viking

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page.

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A withdrawn graduate student embarks on an epic quest to restore balance to the world in this long-anticipated follow-up to The Night Circus (2011).

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a typical millennial introvert; he likes video games, escapist reading, and drinking sidecars. But when he recognizes himself in the pages of a mysterious book from the university library, he's unnerved—and determined to uncover the truth. What begins as a journey for answers turns into something much bigger, and Zachary must decide whether to trust the handsome stranger he meets at a highflying literary fundraiser in New York or to retreat back to his thesis and forget the whole affair. In a high-wire feat of metatextual derring-do, Morgenstern weaves Zachary's adventure into a stunning array of linked fables, myths, and origin stories. There are pirates and weary travelers, painters who can see the future, lovers torn asunder, a menacing Owl King, and safe harbors for all the stories of the world, far below the Earth on the golden shores of a Starless Sea. Clocking in at more than 500 pages, the novel requires patience as Morgenstern puts all the pieces in place, but it is exquisitely pleasurable to watch the gears of this epic fantasy turn once they're set in motion. As in The Night Circus, Morgenstern is at her best when she imagines worlds and rooms and parties in vivid detail, right down to the ballroom stairs "festooned with lanterns and garlands of paper dipped in gold" or a cloak carved from ice with "ships and sailors and sea monsters...lost in the drifting snow." This novel is a love letter to readers as much as an invitation: Come and see how much magic is left in the world. Fans of Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab, Kelly Link and Susanna Clarke will want to heed the call.

An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page.

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-385-54121-3

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Aug. 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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