The Wanderer in Unknown Realms by John Connolly

The set up is excellent and Connolly really builds the atmosphere and tension. There is an interesting cast of characters and enough mystery to keep you reading and guessing. It often seems like a traditional type mystery only to take a weird and horrifying turn. But as many reviewers have noted, the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. This has the potential to ruin the enjoyment of the rest of the story.

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Stories We Tell Ourselves by Michelle Herman

It is her personality and energy that carries the reader through subjects that might not normally be of interest and through personal details and perspectives that at first blush might seem overly personal or even mundane. Michelle is able to take this problematic raw material and mold it into essays that probe and ponder, explore and discuss in a way that is both relatable and often thought provoking.

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