Welcome to Voracious Bookworms! This is a special place created for families that are raising advanced young readers. I write these book reviews for everyone, but at the end of each review, I always include a special note regarding the book’s appropriateness for younger readers. Feel free to ask me about a particular book; if I have read it, I will be happy to let you know what I think. To all voracious bookworms out there, let’s start reading!
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
It is 1946, and Grace Healey is passing through Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on her way to work when she sees an abandoned suitcase sitting under a bench. In a moment of unrestrained curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase and finds the individual photographs of twelve young women. She takes them. Before long, Grace learns that the suitcase belonged to Eleanor Trigg, the woman in charge of a program that trained young women to be secret agents and deployed them out of London during World War II…. (Continue reading)
13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff
13 Hours is the true story of the terrorist attack on the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound and the Annex, a nearby CIA station, in Benghazi, Libya. On September 11, 2012, a team of six American security operators fought for thirteen hours to drive away the attackers, risking everything to protect the Americans there. 13 Hours is the story as told by the operators themselves, replete with first-hand knowledge of the events and details that can be found nowhere else…. (Continue reading)
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
Yasuko Hanaoka, a divorced single mother, believes she has finally left her abusive ex-husband behind her. But one day he shows up at her door, and the situation quickly spirals out of control until he ends up dead on her apartment floor. Her neighbor, the genius math teacher Ishigami, quickly steps in and offers to help them establish an alibi on the condition that they must follow his instructions to the letter. After the discovery of a brutal murder, the Tokyo Police taps the detective Kusanagi to solve the case…. (Continue reading)