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A Novel Idea!: Fiction 2018

 by Beanbag Amerika.  No changes made.  Used under Creative Commons license permission.


Death By Water


Phryne Fisher is an Australian heiress who is quirky, fiercely intelligent, deeply kind, fearless, and possessing a keen eye for both a perfectly-cut dress and a perfectly-cut set of male abdominals.  While her behavior might raise a few eyebrows in today’s day and age, her behavior and morals set lots of eyebrows flying into the stratosphere and tongues wagging in 1920s Melborne, which is the time and place of this delightful book series by Kerry Greenwood.  

Gone Girl

One summer evening Amy Dunne mysteriously disappears. It is her and Nick’s fifth wedding anniversary. Nick soon becomes the one to blame for his wife’s disappearance although he claims he has no idea what happened to her. Nick begins to search for his wife on his own and begins to find clues she left for him. Is Nick Dunne really the killer everyone suspects or did Amy plan her disappearance and death?

The Talk-Funny Girl


"The Talk-Funny Girl" by Roland Merullo (author of "Breakfast with Buddha") is a riveting story of a teenage girl’s survival and coming of age in backwoods New Hampshire. She talks the way her parents speak with a broken English dialect that invites teasing among her peers and curiosity from adults. Marjorie (or Majie as her parents call her) is tough both physically and mentally. She is a loner isolated from the world until she’s allowed to attend school starting at age 9 and does well in school despite her poor communication skills. She practically raises herself since her mother seems incapable of parenting. Her saving grace is finding a job assisting a young man who is designing and constructing a cathedral in a small town not far from where Marjorie lives.

Definitely Not Mr. Darcy

A single mom, in the throes of a custody battle with her ex, leaves the US for England in an attempt to win money to save her failing business. What she thought was going to be an extensive Jane Austen trivia competition turns out to be a version of the reality TV show The Bachelor, set in 1812.

The Longest Ride

An elderly couple, Ira and Ruth, have their life story told in flashback fashion after Ira runs his car off the road during a snowstorm and becomes stranded. His wife, who has passed away years before, appears to him in the car and through multiple "conversations" imparts to Ira the will to survive.

In a Dark, Dark Wood


















When an invitation to spend a weekend away to celebrate the upcoming marriage of an old friend arrives, lonesome writer Leonora is reluctant to accept.



Whoa! This Young Adult novel, written from the viewpoints of identical twins in poetic prose, was an intense story of lives gone horribly wrong. Sixteen year old twins Kaeleigh and Raeanne are exact opposites, one a far too compliant favorite of Daddy’s, the other a self-destructive rebel. Mother is a politician, and absent. The only support for the girls is their abusive father. Raeanne turns to sex and drugs to fill the void. Kaeleigh works at a senior citizens’ center, and prays every night that Daddy’s footsteps walk past her bedroom door.


Recurring character Bennie Rosato, lawyer extraordinaire, is convinced to take on a juvenile case in a nearby town during the days of no tolerance. She is fired for developing a relationship, within a weekend, with the victim’s bully’s uncle (say that three times fast) and the kid she was hired to defend needlessly languishes in jail incurring all kinds of mental problems and a future on a wrong path. She forever feels guilty.

Shattered Mirror

Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan books are a very intriguing series. While basically mysteries, there are elements of magic, psychic forces, and other unexplainable manifestations sprinkled throughout the novels. Shattered Mirror is the 23rd book in this series. There is plenty of forensic reconstruction ( a staple of all Eve Duncan novels), danger, intrigue, criminal activity, and close calls in this book! It certainly keeps one involved and captivated until the successful conclusion is reached.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Whether a male or female teen, each would find this a great book, especially part two. Avi has written a book that girls could relate to just for the sheer joy of reading about a strong willed girl. It is also a book full of imagination about seafaring that a boy would love.

Ship of Theseus

With notes marked within the margins of the text, the reader must dissect not only the traditional story narrative of “Ship of Theseus,” but understand the often out of place margin scribblings between a discouraged grad student and hopeful senior as they write notes back and forth to one another in this university library book.

An American Marriage

I feel this book is an instant classic, right beside 'The Great Gatsby" and 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'

Dreamland Burning


















We don't know that we always have biases until something happens which opens our eyes. If a person has some good in them, they will most certainly examine their conscience. Two main characters, Rowan and William do just that.

She Is Not Invisible

Laurenth knows that her father is missing, even if the rest of her family isn't convinced. He's taken off to New York City in pursuit of proper research for his newest novel and back home in England, Laurenth begins to gather evidence and put the pieces together.


Robert Langdon is back in what is possibly Dan Brown’s most thought-provoking novel yet. In true Dan Brown fashion, Origin wonders aloud whether God will survive science and sends the beloved Harvard professor on another trail of symbols, clues, and heart-pounding danger...

Me Before You


















Me Before You is an enticingly heartbreaking novel that captures readers interest from the very beginning and holds it all the way through the epilogue...

The Poet X

Xiomara, also known as X, is no stranger to anger or frustration. Her big hair and curves draw unwanted attention. Her mother’s Catholic routine and father’s strict expectations don’t work for her. She’s consistently a target for slurs and slander her Afro-Latina heritage makes it difficult to fit in at her Harlem school. Her only saving grace from her growing defeat is the leather journal gifted by her twin brother so that she can express her emotions with her words, rather than with her fists.

The Fix

Decker is a member of an FBI team who uses his special abilities to help solve cold cases. However, in this book, he is called on to solve a current case with a short time frame for resolution. This mystery thriller involves a leading Defense contractor who shoots an unknown woman directly in front of the Hoover Building, and then shoots himself. The task is to find out why these people were involved, and why it occurred in the first place. Espionage is suspected but proves difficult to pin down.

The Daughters of Mars

Don't let the title fool you. This is a tale that spans the entire European theater during WWI. Two young women from Australia volunteer to be nurses. They sail from Australia to Egypt up to France and England. Their personal and connected experiences create an epic tale. The sisters, Sally and Naomi, share a secret...

The Woman In The Window

The Woman in the Window was written for readers who enjoy thrillers, plot twists, and interesting characters. It has 100 chapters in all, but each are very short, making for an easy read. The novel is slow to get started, but once you get to "the good part," you truly can't put it down.

Schindler's List

I had seen a least parts of the movie, Schindler's List, but I never knew what became of Oskar Schindler or those he saved. The image I had of Mr. Schindler was of Liam Neeson who played the part in the movie, probably a good fit for the role. I was fascinated by how Oskar operated during WWII. He wasn't the only person who worked diligently to rescue Jews from the camps in Poland, but most likely the most opportunistic.

A Bend In the Road


It may be one of Nicholas Sparks’ few books that have not been adapted into a movie, but A Bend in the Road is still great nonetheless. It grabs your attention immediately in the prologue because it is written in italics by a mystery speaker; somehow, this person is going to recall a story between Miles Ryan and Sarah Andrews, and somehow, they also play a role in all that happened.

All The Light We Cannot See


I have just finished another book. A wonderful tale of love, lost love, living and dying.

If You Come Softly

First penned in 1998 by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, this twist on Romeo and Juliet is years ahead of its time, touching on topics and events that so often make their way into the news today.

Secrets of a Charmed Life

Two half sisters, Emmy and Julia are raised by their mother in London during the German Blitz of WW II. Somehow these two sisters are separated and spend a long time searching for one another.

The Girl On The Train

The Girl on the Train is a must read for anyone interested in thrillers. I really enjoyed and appreciated how Paula Hawkins chose to write this novel because we get a first-person perspective from three different characters.

Lost And Found


Lost and Found is a tale about a little girl who lives in Australia. She is left in in a department store by her mother and told not to leave. Her mother would be right back. As anyone can see, the future of this little girl is not going to be the same. She is inquisitive, endearing and lovable.