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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: The Switch by Joseph Finder

The Switch A Novel by Joseph Finder
Joseph Finder did it again with his political thriller The Switch. It was action packed from the very start to the very end. Set in Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., The Switch alternates between the two main characters . . . Michael Tanner and Will Abbott. 

I loved the fact that you go to see both sides of the story instead of just one side. Characters were well developed with complex relationships. There were characters that I absolutely loved (Michael Tanner and his wife Sara), ones that I detested (Will Abbott), and ones that I didn't like at first but then grew on me (Earl).

Another thing I loved about The Switch is some of the little details about Boston . . . the orange and green lines of the train were mentioned. Different locations within Boston were mentioned as well . . . the South End and North End, Back Bay, and more. It made me want to go on vacation yet again to Boston.

With the exception of not returning the laptop to Senator Susan Robbins once Tanner realized whose it was, I found the events of The Switch to be very plausible in the post 9/11 world of the United States. A definite must read book. (And, I hope there are plans to make it into a movie.)

Synopsis:  After going through airport security at LAX, Michael Tanner picks up his computer out of the bin only to find out that he picked up the wrong one when he arrives home in Boston, Massachusetts. Wondering whose laptop he has, Tanner finds a sticky note stuck to the computer with the password, and he logins into it. Much to his surprise, he finds top secret documents and inadvertently puts himself into jeopardy with the NSA (National Security Agency) and the owner of the computer, Senator Susan Robbins. Tanner goes on the run for the fight of his life.

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