Search Results: "Sarah Rayne"


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SPIDER LIGHT by Sarah Rayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"Rayne (A Dark Dividing, 2006, etc.) writes with impressive authority, moving seamlessly through multiple perspectives, her expertly balanced prose creating sustained suspense."
Menaces past and present haunt a remote mill town. Read full book review >

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SARAH by Marek Halter
Released: May 4, 2004

"Halter fleshes out the scriptural account with rich and credible portraits of contemporary life and history, even if his narration ('There was a quivering in her belly that had nothing to do with fear or anger') occasionally descends to the level of the bodice-buster."
The prizewinning French author re-creates the story of Abraham and Sarah and the unlikely steps that led to their giving birth to both Judaism and the Jewish people. Read full book review >

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SARAH by J.T. LeRoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Not exactly a laugh riot, but not as unrelievedly sordid as a plot synopsis might suggest."
Scary, sad, and way, way out there, Leroy's picaresque debut novel follows a young boy through southern truckstops, where "lot lizards" turn tricks for drivers whose tastes run from women to transvestites to boys in jeans. Read full book review >

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THE SIN EATER by Sarah Rayne
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Rayne's 10th keeps suspense simmering with controlled, intelligent prose and a provocative weave of haunted yarns that sort themselves out in their own eerily attenuated time."
More than a century after some notable evildoing, an old dark house continues to cast frightening shadows upon its new owner. Read full book review >

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DEATH NOTES by Sarah Rayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Rayne, author of the Nell West haunted house books (The Bell Tower, 2016, etc.), kicks off an ambitious new series. The complicated plot may be challenging for readers, but her atmospheric prose and sure-footed instinct for suspense add up to another page-turner."
In investigating the life of a notorious 19th-century Russian violinist, a researcher stumbles on a tangle of disturbing mysteries. Read full book review >

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THE SILENCE by Sarah Rayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2013

"Rayne's third Nell West ghost story perfects the craft of deftly chosen details, simmering suspense and chilling surprises, all woven into a quiet, elegant narrative."
Beautiful music lulls and lures the unsuspecting listener to the brink of danger and the secret of a century-old crime. Read full book review >

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DEADLIGHT HALL by Sarah Rayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2015

"Michael and Nell's fifth thriller is skillfully structured and packed with suspense."
Ghosts from World War II haunt a Victorian mansion. Read full book review >

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PROPERTY OF A LADY by Sarah Rayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2011

"With this eighth novel (House of the Lost, 2010, etc.), which boasts a refreshingly retro flavor, Rayne spins eerie yarns within yarns like a latter-day Isak Dinesen or Wilkie Collins."
A haunted house holds past secrets that endanger present visitors. Read full book review >

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SIMPLY SARAH by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Ink-and-wash drawings add visual appeal. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Naylor continues her series featuring "Idea Girl" Sarah Simpson in a pigeon disaster that takes place outside her Chicago apartment window. Read full book review >

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DIVINE SARAH by Adam Braver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"A journey into the heart of acting that's ever entertaining but at times transcendentally overblown."
Sarah Bernhardt's declining years, as highly fictionalized as Braver's debut, Mr. Lincoln's Wars (2003). Read full book review >

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REMEMBERING SARAH by Chris Mooney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2004

"Mooney (World Without End, 2001, etc.) offers a sympathetic protagonist in a compelling situation, and for some that will be enough to get them through the storm of wildly implausible plotting that blows up toward the end."
A young girl is stolen in a near-miss psychological thriller, Mooney's third, triggering guilt, blame, and violence as bitter by-products. Read full book review >

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SARAH THORNHILL by Kate Grenville
Released: June 5, 2012

"Beautifully written, with sufficient backstory to be enjoyed without first reading the previous two installments, this novel can be read as a dissection of a cultural clash or an allegory for colonialism, but at heart, the novel uses fiction to search for reason within history."
The saga of the Thornhill clan in early-19th-century Australia concludes in the final volume of Commonwealth Writer's Prize winner Grenville's (The Secret River, 2006, etc.) trilogy. Read full book review >