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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library

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A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

Paul Davis was driving home one night when he saw his colleague ahead of him swerving. Paul follows him and almost needs up dying. Eight months later, Paul is still recovering from that night. He has PTSD and is still trying to come to terms with what happened. His wife comes home with an old typewriter, hoping it will get Paul writing. Paul decides to start writing about that night hoping it will help.

One night when everyone is asleep, Paul awakens to the sounds of the typewriter. He goes to investigate but no one is there and no one else heard it. It keeps happening and Paul is the only one who hears it.  Is the typewriter possessed or is Paul losing his mind? Or is there something even more sinister going on?

A book full of twists, this suspenseful novel is a perfect thriller that you won’t want to put down.



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Dog Days

Tara (Vanessa Hudgens) has a crush on the local vet, who comes in for coffee where she is a barista. This leads to her volunteering at a local shelter and realizing that maybe there is more she could be doing with her life. Elizabeth (Nina Dobrev) has just found her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Devastated, Elizabeth throws herself into work. But her dog, Charlie, is depressed. The only way he cheers up is by meeting a new dog, who belongs to a man that Elizabeth cannot stand. Grace (Eva Longoria) and Kurt (Rob Corddy) have just adopted a little girl but she won’t talk. When they find a lost dog, the little girl starts to open up.

This was a cute movie. I enjoyed the different story lines and dogs! Also starring, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally, Tone Bell, Ron Cephas Jones, and Jessica St. Clair.   Rated PG

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David Kim’s daughter, Margot, goes missing one day. She said she was going to be home late and the next morning David assumes that she came home and was now at school. But when she doesn’t come home, he becomes concerned. He contacts her friends but no one knows anything. David goes to the police and is assigned Detective Vick. The detective tells David to search Margot’s laptop and social media. David soon realizes her doesn’t know his daughter anymore. Will he get the chance to reconnect with her or is it too late?

This movie is shown completely through a laptop. This isn’t the first time a movie has been seen this way but it was still really good. The suspense and the twists really make this movie. Starring, John Cho and Debra Messing. Rated PG-13

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Breathe by Carly Phillips

Phoebe Ward is a single mom living in Rosewood Bay. She is a successful real estate agent and enjoys spending time with her family.  Jake Nichols is divorced, single dad working construction. Their paths cross one day when they are both working at the same house. Turns out Phoebe and Jake knew each other as teenagers. They lived in the same foster house and loved each other. They were separated after Jake got kicked out.

It turns out Jake is Phoebe’s son father. She never knew how to find him so Jake never knew. Phoebe and Jake start dating, having realized their feelings were still there. But Phoebe still hasn’t told Jake about their son. When she does, will they have a future together?

This is book number two in the Rosewood Bay series. I am really liking this series. The characters and back stories are well down and interesting. Can’t wait to read book three, Freed.

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Hearts Beat Loud

If you have not yet taken advantage of Plainfield’s new video-streaming service, Kanopy, you’re missing out! One of the many great films that Kanopy has to offer is Hearts Beat Loud, a sincere love story between a father and his daughter, and between humans and music. A single father (Nick Offerman) must say goodbye to his two loves: his record shop and his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) as she goes off to college. The story illuminates the joys and hardships humans must face when confronted with seasons of change in life, while also pairing these feelings with music that will move you. Despite the predictable plot of the film, if you love some great tunes this film is a must-see! Rated PG-13

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You Don’t Own Me by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

This sixth offering in the Under Suspicion series has TV producer Laurie Moran taking on the case of the murder of a NYC doctor, Martin Belle, who was shot as he was pulling into his garage. Martin’s parents are certain that his wife, Kendra, was responsible for his death. There was much tension in their marriage as Kendra suffered from a drug addiction that left her unable to take care of their two children and relied on the help of a nanny.

Laurie originally passed on this case, but Martin’s parents are insistent that Kendra will agree to participate this time. Laurie relents because it actually might be a good option for their show. But when she starts to dig too deep, it’s evident someone wants her to stop. Has her investigating finally put her life in jeopardy?

Meanwhile Laurie and her fiance and recently appointed federal judge, Alex Buckley, are looking for a place to live together. Leo, Laurie’s dad and former cop, and Timmy, her son, make an appearance as usual.

These don’t have to be read in any order and make for a quick, entertaining read. You Don’t Own Me follows the same formula has the others, but at least you know you are in for something good.

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Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

Kin Stewart seems like just your average guy – a family man who works in IT and lives in the suburbs. What no one knows is that Kin used to be a time traveling secret agent, sent from the year 2142. Unfortunately, the mission went bad, and Kin was stranded in 1996. Fast forward 18 years. Kin has a wife and a teenage daughter, and he’s built a life. He can’t remember most of his previous life, but he does get these weird “spells” and headaches, and they seem to be getting worse. Then, an agent shows up in the back yard, part of the rescue team sent to bring Kin back to 2142 and his other family, the one he can’t remember. Now Kin finds himself torn between two lives, but his efforts to stay connected to his daughter puts her in danger.

You know how sometimes when you’re reading a book, you’re thinking wow, this would make a good movie? This is one of those books! It’s got a little bit of everything –  easily relatable characters, action, a love story, and of course, secret agents and time travel! Great for readers who enjoy Blake CrouchAndy Weir and Audrey Niffenager.