Culture & Criticism Since 2003
This taut thriller not only provides the reader great entertainment, it also intersects a topic overtaking our times – sexual assault. In the story, the man found dead in a burned bar was a sexual predator, while the victims he left in his wake were all Amish women, many of whom were too afraid and ashamed to share what had happened to them. In turn, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is left to find out who killed Daniel Gingerich while trying to reconcile the ghosts from her own past. The characters that Castillo has assembled in A Gathering of Secrets resonate with real-life tension and create an immediate bond with the reader. In the end, this is a novel that reads like the memoir of a thousand women spanning the globe. Read by Kathleen McInerney. 10.5 hours on 9 CDS.
Bring Me Back is a thriller straight from the old Hitchcock series: Finn’s girlfriend Layla disappears at a gas station and can’t be found. In the aftermath, he takes up with Layla’s sister Ellen and the two prepare to get married. That’s when the ghost of Layla revisits him. In Bring Me Back, Paris creates a story with hang-on-your-seat suspense as it grabs tight and refuses to let go. Read by Cathleen McCarron and Kevin Hely. 7.5 hours on 6 CDS.