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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library

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I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan

With the recent suicide of man convicted of murdering two young children twenty year earlier, filmmaker Cody Swift has always questioned if Sidney was really the killer. Sidney, a man with a development disability, was an easy target for DI Fletcher and had been in prison doing the time.

Cody was close friends with the slain boys, Charlie and Scott, but wasn’t out with them the evening they were killed. Now Cody has started a podcast to see if he can get the real killer to come forward after all these years.

Jessie Paige, Charlie’s mother, was just a teenager when she had Charlie and has rebuilt a new life for herself with a husband and daughter. Cody is determined to interview Jessie for the podcast even though she is trying to leave the past behind. There is a small time period where Jessie was unaccounted for the night her son was murdered. Did the cops miss looking at Jessie as a suspect?

I’ve really liked Macmillan’s previous thrillers, but this one was just okay for me. There is enough here to keep you interested, but I felt like the ending fell flat.


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Leave No Trace

Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) and her dad (Ben Foster) are living off the grid in the forest outside of Portland. Perfectly content in their forest idyll, they spend their days foraging, playing chess, and with Tom’s schooling. When their camp is found by the rangers though, their lives are turned upside down as the two are brought into the system, and placed in a home. After struggling to adjust to their new lives, the two make an escape back into the wilds of the forest, only to meet with more difficulties.

Shot in the forests of Oregon, this character driven movie is breathtakingly beautiful. Tom and Will are portrayed very well as they struggle to make sense of their situation, and the difficult decisions they each must make. Based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. Rated PG.

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Halloween Watching with hoopla

Make some popcorn, because hoopla’s got your pre-Halloween scary movie binge watching covered! With over 750 horror titles, the collection includes not only classics but also enough ghosts, vampires, zombies, slashers, and monsters to keep you busy and scared for a while. Find your favorites here!

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The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Monica is starting junior year and she should be excited. But after a rough summer, Monica is just trying to survive. The one thing she can’t let go of is the suicide of her older sister five years ago. The anniversary is coming up and Monica still doesn’t know why Jen killed herself. But the other thing that happened five years ago was five cheerleaders all died with in a month of each other. Two in a car accident, two were murdered by the next door neighbor, and Jen killed herself.

It never sat well with Monica, how all these girls died. So with the help of a new friend, Ginny, Monica starts to investigate. She finds her sister’s phone locked up in her stepfather’s desk. There she reads the last text sent to her. It turns to be a boy from Jen’s class, who was an outcast. Monica tracks him down and finds out that maybe she is right. Maybe what really happened is different from what she was told. Monica will do anything to find the truth, even if it puts her in danger.

I really liked this book. It kept me guessing until the truth came out. I will be checking out the author’s other two books, The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters.

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Foe by Iain Reid

Henrietta and Junior live a quiet life on their remote farm where Junior tends to their fields and chickens. One evening Junior is surprised to see headlights coming down the drive. In the car is a man who introduces himself as Terrence. He works for a private firm contracted by the government, and he’s there to inform Junior he made the long list of people being considered for the “installation.”

If Junior is chosen, he will spend several years living far away where they are experimenting with life on other planets. And Junior doesn’t have a choice in the matter.

When Junior makes the short list, Terrence returns to live with them to help him prepare. What’s most distributing is that they will be creating a clone of Junior for Henrietta so she won’t miss him while he is away. And Terrence is determined to learn everything about Junior to create his replacement.

Strange and odd yet somehow engaging, Foe will leave you feeling uneasy much like Reid’s first novel I’m Thinking of Ending Things

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Believe Me by JP Delaney

Claire is a struggling actress from England. It is hard for her to get work here in New York since she doesn’t have her green card.  To make ends meet while attending acting classes, Claire works for a law firm trying to get unfaithful men to pick her up and then telling the wives what happened. The newest client for the firm seems almost scared of her husband when Claire meets with her. When Claire meets Peter she interacts with him but he doesn’t fall for it. Later that night, his wife is found dead.

Claire is questioned by the police and soon recruited to interact with Peter to find out if he killed his wife. Claire soon falls for Peter and believes he is innocent. But everything isn’t as it seems. Is Claire really the suspect and Peter trying to trap her? Or did Peter really kill his wife? Or is there a totally different explanation?

This had a good story but sometimes it moved a little slow for me. It did keep me guessing except I figured out the twist, which was a good one. If you like psychological thrillers, definitely check this one out. Also, check out JP Delaney’s previous book The Girl Before.

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Truly Terrifying Reads

Looking for a spooky read to celebrate the scariest month of the year? Here are some of our  all time favorites!