The Night Child
by Anna Quinn


Overview - Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks--"a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks--"a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora's body--the kind of raw terror you feel when there's no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire--when you think you might die."Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again. Shaken and unsteady, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually, a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered--a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown.This breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781538422373
  • ISBN-10: 1538422379
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
  • Publish Date: January 2018
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.17 pounds


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Audio: High-tech action

Though we never know his name, we have an idea of what makes the bomber tick before we even feel the shock waves from the first explosion in Thomas Perry’s latest standalone thriller, The Bomb Maker, read by Joe Barrett in his deliciously Humphrey Bogart-inflected voice. This bomb maker likes to beguile and outsmart, to trick his quarry into self-destructive acts of bravery. And he seems intent on wiping out the LAPD bomb squad. After one of his clever devices kills 14 members of the squad, they turn to former Captain Dick Stahl, who reluctantly takes the lead on the case. From his first day on the job, he and his team are in the thick of it, preventing one disaster after another while trying to anticipate what might come next. To call this book action-packed is an understatement, though Dick does somehow find time for a steamy affair with a gorgeous sergeant. Perry includes enough insider info about bomb technology to make you feel like an honorary squad member.

FINDING COURAGE
The Night Child, Anna Quinn’s affecting debut novel, has the pace and pull of a good domestic thriller. But we’re not dealing with a murder or even the threat of one in this book. The suspense and tension are all contained in Nora Brown’s deeply disturbing past, which is suddenly trying to surface and threatening to pull Nora back to her childhood and the dark secret buried there. Just before Thanksgiving, as Nora is leaving the classroom where she teaches high school English, she sees the hovering image of a pretty, blond little girl’s face. Which is weird, but it’s even more frightening when the image keeps reappearing. Is Nora dissociating, turning into a contemporary sibyl or losing her mind? Scared, worried about her beloved 6-year-old daughter and unable to talk to her increasingly distant husband, Nora turns to a kind, empathetic psychiatrist who helps her confront the abuse that has ravaged her psyche and her soul. We take the grueling, revelatory journey with her and pray she’ll make it through in one sane piece. Cassandra Campbell’s performance adds depth and nuance to each character and each memory.

TOP PICK IN AUDIO
More gossipy than “Page Six,” J. Randy Taraborrelli’s latest celebrity biography, Jackie, Janet & Lee, compellingly narrated by Ann Marie Lee, brings you up close and personal with the ever fascinating, superrich and superpowerful clan of Janet Auchincloss and two of her daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill. The outlines of this family saga are part of our shared American history—the lives of Jackie and Lee, as well as their family’s, have been documented in news stories, countless magazine features and books. Yet Taraborrelli’s intimate style makes you feel like a fly on those elegant walls as he unfurls his behind-the-scenes take on this famous family’s story, this time with much emphasis on Janet Auchincloss’ formidable role in her daughters’ lives. Though I started listening with a jaded ear, I found myself mesmerized by the intriguing, intricate details of the trials and tragedies in these women’s lives.

 

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