The Farm

From Eileen Effrat

Author:  Tom Rob Smith

Title:  The Farm

The Farm is a psychological thriller that centers around a 29 year old torn between his two parents.  Which one do you believe?  His father claims his mother has had a mental breakdown,  while his mother insists she has unearthed a conspiracy of murder involving his father. The reader witnesses this drama unfold through Daniel’s eyes as family secrets and deceptions are laid to bare.  Ultimately, the plot boils down to how well do we really know are parents. This is a quick read  with a very unexpected twist.

The weight of blood : a novel

From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Laura McHugh
Title: The weight of blood : a novel
I have frequently heard the saying “Blood is thicker than water” and the novel “The weight of blood” by Laura McHugh encapsulates this saying in the actions of two brothers. “You grow up feeling the weight of blood, of family … Now, it ain’t my place to tell you what to think of your own family, but you’ve got to look past what you’ve always been taught and listen to what you know in your bones to be true,” and this is what Lucy does. Lucy’s father, Carl, and Crete Dane grew up in the Ozarks in a small town named Henbane. Carl grows up under the watchful eye of Crete, his older brother and is the one who grows straight and true while Crete, somehow, becomes avaricious and accepting of coloring outside the lines. Lucy, in searching for details of her missing mother, unearths many family secrets, one of which is her uncle’s involvement in human trafficking. A gripping, haunting story told from varied viewpoints, mainly the mother’s and daughter’s but always woven throughout is the value of family. Lucy, in unraveling her family’s past and present, must choose between “the weight of blood” (aka family loyalty) and her own strong moral compass.

The tiger’s wife

From Ellen Druda
author: Obreht, Téa
The tiger’s wife
Natalia, a young doctor on her way to help with inoculations at a children’s orphanage, tells us about her grandfather.  Like her, he was a doctor, and they were very close as she grew up.  She finds out about his mysterious death during her trip and goes off to start an investigation. The author interweaves this story with old folk tales, the encroaching war, and the strange characters Natalia meets, and creates a surreal experience for the reader with a mesmerizing, cinematic flair worthy of Fellini or Bergman.