Book Review The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag

Book Review The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag Review by Dawn Thomas 322 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books Women’s Fiction, Witches, Magic, Fantasy The book follows the lives of several women and a man who are witches. Amandine feels her husband has become distant and fears he is having an affair. Her mother, Heloise, is still grieving for her husband who passed away two years ago. Cosima is a baker whose husband just told her he was having an affair and his girlfriend is pregnant. Cosima is devastated because she wants to have a child but her blood condition makes that next to impossible. Her own mother died giving birth to her. Kat, Cosima’s older sister, has feelings for George but he does not seem to feel the same way. Noa is a student with a strange power – she can see a person’s secret. Unfortunately, she does not have the ability to keep the information to herself. She does not have any friends and tries to keep to herself so she cannot expose other’s secrets. One night, she stumbles upon the witches’ book club and blurts out each of their secrets. Amandine asks…

Book Review Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Book Review Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon Review by Dawn Thomas 368 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Fiction (Adult), Contemporary Women Alex Dale, a freelance journalist, is a functioning alcoholic. After seeing her career plummet, she now writes articles about health. She is interviewing a doctor and his staff at a hospital about the care of brain injury patients. The doctor describes a way to test for brain activity that is different from traditional tests. He asks the patient a few questions and then directs the patient to pretend to play tennis as a way to answer the question. One patient is Amy Stevenson. When Amy was 15 years old, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. Now fifteen years later, it is a cold case and the police never identified a suspect in Amy’s attack. Alex felt a connection with Amy since they were the same age and grew up near each other. She feels bad about Amy’s case being forgotten. Alex decides to look into the story and asks her ex-husband, a police officer, for help. During her research, she discovers one of the patient sitters knows…