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Caroline E. Tew

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‘The Death of Mrs. Westaway’: An Ending that Kills a Good Story

Ruth Ware succeeds in creating a creepy and gothic atmosphere in her latest novel, “The Death of Mrs. Westaway.”

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‘War Storm:’ A Hurricane of Strong Female Characters

Aveyard has provided a satisfying ending for her thought-provoking series.

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‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ Is Neither Restful Nor Relaxing

The prose, just barely, drives along the story even when there is very little story to tell.

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‘The Word Is Murder’: A Mystery that Blends Fiction and Reality

​Anthony Horowitz isn’t afraid to change up the classic mystery, and “The Word Is Murder” is no exception.

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‘Legendary’ is Anything But

Garber takes advantage of the fact that her readers don’t have a complete grasp of the rules of her magical world and, frustratingly, makes the rules up as she sees fit.

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‘Florida:’ Intriguing Characters, Lackluster Endings

Each of Groff’s words feel deliberate, hardening the impact of her stories.

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“Calypso:” Dark Humor, Even for Sedaris

“Calypso” explores personal family dynamics that have only been briefly mentioned in the past, making this collection more tender and more painful than his others.

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Page to Screen: The Handmaid’s Tale

The TV series is a stark reminder that Atwood’s imagined dystopia is not so unimaginable in our current reality, and now, it’s coming back for a second season.

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'10 Things I Hate About You,' Shakespeare, and Anne Tyler

So undo the damage “10 Things I Hate About You” has done, and read Tyler’s “Vinegar Girl” to experience what a real modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s most problematic play should be.

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Jo Nesbø’s ‘Macbeth’ a Gritty Take on a Classic

“Macbeth” is a page-turner, complete with an ominous atmosphere and action scenes galore, but ironically, the scenes that most closely evoke Shakespeare’s original fall flat.

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‘I Have Lost My Way’ Has Lost Its Way

Although Forman has done notable job creating diverse and believable characters, the plot fluctuates between YA cliché tropes and moments that make little to no sense.

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'Every Note Played' Means Well But Fails to Read Well

Genova’s fifth book, describes Richard’s life after he moves back home so his ex-wife, Karina, can care for him.

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‘Stray City’ Strays from the Powerhouse Novel it Could Have Been

An interesting spin on a single-parent narrative, “Stray City” explores some topics while leaving other timely ones high and dry.

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‘Obsidio:’ An Eclectic End to the Illuminae Files

The file format undoubtedly makes the trilogy unique, allowing “Obsidio” to overcome some recurring issues.

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‘Red Clocks’: A World Too Close for Comfort

​In an all too real dystopian world, “Red Clocks” by Leni Zumas explores four women’s lives when abortion, adoption by a single parent, and in vitro fertilization are illegal in the United States.