Welcome Tess Gerritsen!

We’re pleased to welcome Tess Gerritsen on Thursday, October 5 at 12:00pm!

Tess will talk about her new novel I Know a Secret and sign copies of her book following the event. I Know a Secret will be available for purchase from Eight Cousins Bookstore.

The event will be filmed live by FCTV.

Ticket Information

Pick up your free ticket at the Main Library beginning on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00 am. No library card required. Tickets will be available at the Info Desk on the main level in the Reference Room. There are 125 tickets available. Tickets are strongly encouraged, but not required. The general public will be invited to find their seats in the Hermann Meeting Room beginning at 11:45 am on the day of the event. Ticket-holders are strongly encouraged to arrive before 11:30 am on the day of the event to find their seat. Seats will not be held for ticket-holders if they arrive after 11:45 am.

If you pick up a ticket and can no longer attend the event, please contact us and let us know. You will not be asked to return your ticket.

What else do I need to know?

  • Tickets cannot be held at the library. You must pick up your ticket on or after Saturday, September 30 if you wish to have a ticket. If you cannot pick up a ticket on September 30, please feel free to contact us to see if there are any tickets left on Monday, October 2.
  • Ticket-holders are strongly encouraged to find their seats by 11:30 am. Seats will not be reserved for them.
  • If you have a ticket, you will be able to access to the Hermann Meeting Room between 11:00 am – 11:45 am. After that time, the general public will be able to gain admission. Entrance to the room will not be allowed before 11:00 am.
  • Limit of 2 tickets per person.
  • Overflow seating will be available in the Bay Meeting Room for those who cannot find seats at the time of the event. A live broadcast of the event will be shown in the room.
  • The event will begin promptly at Noon. Please arrive on time.

Tess Gerritsen: Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake (2008; UK title: Keeping the Dead), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place), The Silent Girl (2011), Last To Die (August 2012), Die Again (January 2015) and Playing With Fire (2015). Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world. Follow her on Twitter @tessgerritsen and on Facebook.


I Know a Secret

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Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles–the inspiration for the smash hit TNT series–continue their bestselling crime-solving streak, as they pursue a shadowy psychopath keeping secrets and taking lives. Two separate homicides, at different locations, with unrelated victims, have more in common than just being investigated by Boston PD detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. In both cases, the bodies bear startling wounds–yet the actual cause of death is unknown. It’s a doubly challenging case for the cop and the coroner to be taking on, at a fraught time for both of them. As Jane struggles to save her mother from the crumbling marriage that threatens to bury her, Maura grapples with the imminent death of her own mother–infamous serial killer Amalthea Lank. While Jane tends to her mother, there’s nothing Maura can do for Amalthea, except endure one final battle of wills with the woman whose shadow has haunted her all her life. Though succumbing to cancer, Amalthea hasn’t lost her taste for manipulating her estranged daughter–this time by dangling a cryptic clue about the two bizarre murders Maura and Jane are desperately trying to solve. But whatever the dying convict knows is only a piece of the puzzle. Soon the investigation leads to a secretive young woman who survived a shocking abuse scandal, an independent horror film that may be rooted in reality, and a slew of martyred saints who died cruel and unusual deaths.

Tess Gerritsen’s clever plotting and medical knowledge give her thrillers that extra edge. Expect a white-knuckle ride to very dark places
—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“Suspense doesn’t get smarter than this.” – New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

“Gerritsen has a knack for creating great characters and mysterious plots that seem straightforward but also dazzle with complexity and twists.” – The Associated Press

“One of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today.” – The Providence Journal

Holly Fitzgerald

We’re pleased to welcome Holly Fitzgerald on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm to celebrate her new memoir Ruthless River.

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Holly and her husband, Fitz—married less than two years—set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turned into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.


Excerpt

The only explicit advice Juan had actually given us was “Don’t ever swim in the water.”

“Why?” I had asked, taken aback. We’d watched the children splashing in the harbor, enjoying it with high squeals. “I thought the caiman are dormant during the rainy season.”

“They are. It’s the candiru you have to watch out for,” he’d said solemnly.

“The who?” Fitz had asked.

“A minuscule saw-toothed fish, downriver. They’ll swim up your butt and latch on to your intestines, suck your blood until you die.”

Fitz and I had stared at each other and then at him.

“You’re kidding?” I’d gasped. We’d seen piranha and knew that when in a frenzy they could strip prey to the bone within minutes, but mainly if the prey were already bleeding.

“You don’t have to be bleeding. Candiru are parasitic. They’ll find you if you’re swimming.”

“Okay, we definitely won’t be swimming,” Fitz had agreed.


Advance Praise

“Both travel memoir and shocking adventure story, like a real-life Survivor or Naked and Afraid . . . A powerful story about survival, love, and faith in the face of impossible odds . . . Unputdownable . . . absolutely fascinating.”
—Katie Lawrence, Library Journal

“Vivid and consistently compelling . . . An absorbing tale of survival, love, and the generosity of people who helped save their lives.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A detailed, high-stakes debut memoir . . . FitzGerald weaves in the stories from their past with palpable, evocative details of their daily struggles with starvation, strong currents, and despair, all while the couple’s love, self-knowledge, and faith deepen . . . Recommended for fans of survival narratives, coming-of-maturity stories, and travelogues from off the beaten path.”
—Louisa Whitfield-Smith, Booklist


Holly Fitzgerald was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. She graduated from Lake Erie College and received a master’s degree in counseling from Suffolk University. She lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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Event Information

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time: 6:30-7:30pm (Book purchases and signings beginning at 7:30pm)

Location: Main Library (300 Main Street, Falmouth)

Room: Hermann Meeting Room

 

 

No advance registration required. To receive a reminder a few days before the event, please sign up for our Books & Authors Events Newsletter.

Upcoming Fall Authors

The summer is nearly over, but things are going to be heating up soon with an exciting round of authors visiting the library this Fall. Free tickets are encouraged for Tess Gerritsen on Thursday, October 5. Registration is required for Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Publishing Your Essay with John D’Agata on Saturday, November 18.

Subscribe to the Books & Authors Newsletter to receive reminders and updates about upcoming author events. We look forward to having you!

Fall 2017 Schedule

Falmouth Reads Together Presents Atul Gawande

Date: Monday, September 25, 5:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Bestselling and acclaimed author Atul Gawande will talk to us about the importance of community as we age. Join us on Monday, September 25 at 5:00pm for a live simulcast with the author of Being Mortal. The author will not be visiting the library in-person; this will be a live simulcast event.

Request your copy of Being Mortal


Ruthless River with Holly Fitzgerald

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 6:30pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Holly Fitzgerald and her husband were on their honeymoon when their plane crashed in the Peru jungle. Hear about their adventure-turned-survival saga on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm.

Request your copy of Ruthless River


I Know A Secret with Tess Gerritsen

Date: Thursday, October 5, 12:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen recently released the 12th book in her Rizzoli & Isles series. Don’t miss Tess’s talk on Thursday, October 5 at noon. Pick up your free ticket at the Info Desk at the Main Library beginning on Saturday, September 30 at 10am. Limit of two tickets per person.

Get a ticket

Request your copy of I Know a Secret


Using What You Know to Write a Mystery with Sisters in Crime: Frances McNamara, Barbara Struna & Lea Wait

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 6:30pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Three sisters in crime, Frances McNamara (Death at the Paris Exposition), Barbara Struna (Old Cape Hollywood Secret), and Lea Wait (Tightening the Threads) will visit the library on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30pm to help you find the clues to a novel only you can write. Been a housewife? Single parent? Lived in a creepy old house? You think your life’s been boring–but exciting plots are buried in your own expertise.


In Conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan & Hallie Ephron

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 7:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Hank Phillippi Ryan (Say No More) and Hallie Ephron’s anticipated return to the library is on Tuesday, October 17 at 7pm. Hank will interview Hallie on her new book, You’ll Never Know Dear, and answer questions from the audience.

Request your copy of You’ll Never Know Dear


New England’s General Stores with Ted Reinstein

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 7:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Explore the fabric of America over hot coffee and penny candy. Step through the wooden doors of a New England general store and step back in time, into a Norman Rockwell painting and into the heart of America with Ted Reinstein on Wednesday, November 1 at 7pm.

Request your copy of New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic


In Conversation with Jessica Keener and Anne LeClair

Date: Thursday, November 16, 3:30pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Jessica Keener, the author of Night Swim and a new historical thriller, Strangers in Budapest, visits the library on Thursday, November 16 at 3:30pm. She will be interviewed by Anne LeClair (The Halo Effect)

Request your copy of Strangers in Budapest


Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Publishing Your Essay with John D’Agata

Date: Saturday, November 18, 3:30-5:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Join John D’Agata for a creative nonfiction workshop that intentionally combines different forms of the genre—personal essays, travelogues, biographies—and encourages exploration in the genre. Participants will examine and discuss short 1-page essays, as well as receiving feedback on their personal essays. There will be also be some discussion on finding an agent and publisher, giving a reading, and surviving as a writer in the world.

An innovative essayist (Halls of Fame, 2001) and dynamic anthologist, (The Lost Origins of the Essay, 2009) John D’Agata is the author of Halls of Fame, About a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact, as well as the editor of the 3-volume series, A New History of the Essay, which includes the anthologies The Next American Essay, The Making of the American Essay, and The Lost Origins of the Essay.

Registration is strongly encouraged; 15 seats available. Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 18.

Finding Your Center with Dr. Sang H. Kim, PhD

Nationally renowned author and mindfulness expert Sang H. Kim, PhD will lead a workshop at the Falmouth Public Library on Wednesday, October 4, at 6:30 pm.  The workshop, “Finding Your Center,” aims to help participants discover and experience inner calm through movement, meditation, and breathing. In this two-hour workshop, participants will learn practical strategies for centering themselves as a means of stress buffering and building stress resilience, and practice with Dr. Kim the essential components of inner balancing.

Dr. Kim has published over 20 books on motivation, mindfulness, fitness and martial arts. Over the past thirty years, his work has focused on the development of self-care strategies which he has used in a federally funded program at the University of New Mexico Medical Center in finding the curative effects of mindfulness-based stretching and deep breathing on PTSD. For the past four years, he has taught his system of mindfulness and meditation to over 40,000 individuals in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. “The goal,” says Dr. Kim, “is to help participants create inner harmony and balance, develop gentleness and strength, and explore the inner wisdom and spirit of mind and body through movement and stillness, mindfulness and openness.”

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and preregistration is required. To register, please call the Reference Dept. at Falmouth Public Library, 508-457-2555 x 6, register online, or stop by the reference desk.

Movies & Popcorn

Need a break from the heat? Come by and join us for a matinee movie beginning this month in the Hermann Meeting Room! The Page to Screen Film Series will continue through the end of the year and will held on select Thursdays at 2:30pm.

2017 Showing Soon Schedule

DateTimeMovie
Thursday, September 72:30pmThe Sense of an Ending (2017)
Thursday, September 142:30pmArrival (2016)
Thursday, September 212:30pmThe Martian (2015)
Thursday, September 282:30pmSilence (2016)
Thursday, October 192:30pmLive by Night (2016)
Thursday, October 262:30pmMy Cousin Rachel (2017)
Thursday, November 22:30pmThe Girl on the Train (2016)
Thursday, November 92:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 72:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 142:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 212:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 282:30pmTBA

Celebrate Thoreau on Wednesday

In celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s Bicentennial, we are happy to welcome Geoff Wisner, editor of two books: “Thoreau’s Wildflowers” and “Thoreau’s Animals” to the Hermann Meeting Room at the Main Library on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:00pm.

In his lecture, Wisner will present Thoreau’s profound spirituality and belief in the earth-human connection as revealed through his explorations of Thoreau’s best nature writings. Wisner has contributed to publications including the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, and Wild Earth. A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in New York City.

Many of the most vivid writings in Henry David Thoreau’s journals were inspired by the plants and animals that inhabit the sprawling fields, forests, and wetlands of Concord and nearby communities. An inveterate year-round rambler and keen and thoughtful observer, Thoreau wrote frequently about these creatures, faithfully recording each sighting or encounter with the accuracy of a scientist and the deep spirituality of a transcendentalist and mystic.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration encouraged.

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@ the Library: Summer 2017

@ the Library: Things to Do

Summer is here and skies are blue, and we have a lot of free fun activities for teens and adults this July and August! Check out the Build a Better World program schedule for kids, too.

Kids!

Build a Better World: Programs for Kids!

Teens! (Grades 6-12)

Teen Summer Programs Brochure

View our Teen Brochure above to see the full list of programs we’re offering. Some activities are open to adults as well. Visit the Registration Page to register for our programs. If a program encourages advance registration, you may sign up one month in advance.

Wednesday, August 9: Escape Room: Escape the Wizard’s Tower [more information] Two sessions: 3:00pm or 6:00pm

Saturday, August 12, 3:00pm: iPhotography for Beginners [more information] Open to ages 12 to adult.

Tuesday, August 15, 6:00-7:30pm: Studio Art with Marika McCoola [more information]

Wednesday, August 16, 6:00-7:30pm: Mini-Figures with Marika McCoola [more information]

Thursday, August 17, 3:30-5:00pm: Mixed-Media Creations with Marika McCoola [more information]

Monday, August 21, 3:30-5:00pm: Art Cards with Green Art Workshop [more information] Open to ages 12 to adult.

Tuesday, August 22 – 25, 1:30-4:00pm: Get Your Act On: Theatre Camp [more information]

Movies and Popcorn

The Teen Movie Club is meeting this August. Join us for a PG-13 movie with free popcorn in the Hermann Meeting Room.

Friday, August 4, 2:30pm: Before I Fall [watch trailer] based on the bestselling novel by Lauren Oliver. Reserve the book.

Friday, August 18, 2:30pm: Everything, Everything [watch trailer] based on the bestselling novel by Nicola Yoon. Reserve the book.

Adults!

2017 Books & Authors Festival

Page to Screen Film Series: Thursdays at 2:30pm beginning on July 27

Visit the Registration Page to see a full list of our programs for adults.

iPhotography for Beginners with Lori Cooney [more information]

Art Cards with Green Art Workshop [more information]

 

Friday Reads: Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read

“Friday Reads” is a weekly blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work.    Blogs may be about new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read.  Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things.  Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too.  No matter the source, good reads are featured here. 

 

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of noted Massachusetts author, Henry David Thoreau.  In honor of his birthday, several Massachusetts organizations have banded together to create the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read, a celebration lasting throughout the whole year in which every Massachusetts town is encouraged to offer an event “that brings community member together to read and contemplate a work by Thoreau.  This is the first Statewide Read in the commonwealth that will focus on one author. The Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read is part of a global celebration that highlights the continued relevance of Thoreau’s writings and philosophical contributions, even 200 years after his birth (July 12, 1817). His ideas about the significance of nature, civil disobedience, the power of individual action and deliberate living have influenced millions over the past two centuries.”1

Inspired by Thoreau’s custom of taking long walks in nature minutely observing plants and animals, this week, the Falmouth Public Library and the 300 Committee co-hosted a 3.5 mile nature walk around Long Pond in Falmouth lead by a member of the 300 Committee.  It was followed by a reading of Thoreau on Freedom and refreshments at the main library.  Walkers, and non-walkers who came for the reading portion, all enjoyed the opportunity to take a metaphorical walk in this great man’s shoes on the lovely first day of summer.

The Long Pond walk was so appreciated that there are some murmurings about possibly organizing another one in the fall at another time of the week so more people can come.  Keep your eye on our website or sign up for our newsletter to keep abreast of our programming.

On August 2, we are delighted to present a second Thoreau event with author, editor, book reviewer and contributor to publications, Geoff Wisner of the Boston Athenæum.  Wisner, who edited two new books, Thoreau’s Wildflowers (2016) and Thoreau’s Animals (2017), will discuss Thoreau’s spirituality and man’s connection to nature, drawing from Thoreau’s journals and other writings.

Until that time, if you would like to familiarize yourself with Henry David Thoreau, check out this list of selected titles we have at our library:

The Annotated Walden or Life in the Woods Together with Civil Disobedience

Cape Cod

Collected Essays and Poems

Journal

The Maine Woods

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

A Thoreau Gazetteer by Robert F. Stowell (a geographical guide to the writings of Thoreau)

 

1 “Lincoln Library Hosts Statewide Reading Event to Reflect on Thoreau” by Whitney Retallic, director of education for the Walden Woods Project, posted on Wickedlocal.com Feb. 1, 2017 and viewed on June 22, 2017.

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Teens Meet the Author

Join us for a reading, signing, and Q&A with YA authors Meagan Brothers and Cristina Moracho on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 3:30pm. Meagan will be reading from her newest novel, Weird Girl and What’s His Name about two close friends Lula and Rory. A 2015 Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book, this fresh LGBT YA novel speaks to anyone who has ever felt unwanted and alone, and who struggles to find their place in an isolating world. Cristina Moracho’s new book A Good Idea is about murder, betrayal, and a town with too many secrets.

Registration encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided free of charge.

Meagan Brothers is the author of the young adult novels Supergirl Mixtapes, which was a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination, and Debbie Harry Sings in French, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, won a GLBT Round Table ALA Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. A native Carolinian, Meagan currently lives in New York City. You can find her on Twitter @meaganbrothers

Cristina Moracho is a native New Yorker who received her M.F.A in fiction from Brooklyn College, where the first chapter of Althea & Oliver was awarded the Carole and Irwin Lainoff Award by acclaimed author Jim Shepard. She’s been a fellow at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, where she did not hear the Taos Hum but did attend a party at a solar-powered radio station. She writes about bad decisions and does all her own research. She lives in Brooklyn, where she works as a freelance writer and editor, is teaching herself to play the guitar and writing her next novel. You can find her on Twitter as @cherielecrivain.

Reviews of Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers

They are called Weird Girl and What’s His Name Lula because she is from L.A. (an oddity in their small North Carolina town), and Rory because he is a self-described big fat guy who is easily made-fun-of-able. They are also obsessed with The X-Files. And did I mention they are best friends and that Rory is gay? The two are each other’s only friend, in fact, and they tell each other everything. Or so Lula thinks until she discovers that Rory hasn’t told her about his affair with Andy, his 40-something boss. Devastated, Lula runs away from home and toward, she hopes, a long-absent mother who abandoned her when she was 3. Will she find her mother? Will she return home? Will she and Rory reconcile? Answers are found in the book’s two halves: Rory tells the first half and Lula the second. Lula’s half drags, and the book is generally overlong, but the characters are wonderfully likable, the story is smartly written, and what’s this? there’s a possibility for a happy ending? Read and find out.– Booklist

 

Gr 6 Up-Rory and Lulu share an affinity for all things geek: The X-Files, Buffy, and conspiracy theories. When Lulu discovers that underage Rory had an explicit relationship with his divorced boss and hid it from Lulu because of her crush on him, she begins to question her own sexual orientation. After she is rebuffed by her favorite teacher, Lulu decides to hunt down the skeletons in her family’s closet. This buddy/misanthrope novel explores the difficulties in LGBTQ relationships, as well as teen angst in general. While the narrative is uplifting, some readers may have a hard time with the slow burn pace and minimal plot movement. The overuse of The X-Files as a metaphor for character complexity may keep some of the core audience at arm’s length. However, Brothers’s pitch-perfect dialogue and well-polished prose make her an author to watch. VERDICT Recommended for fans of realistic fiction with relationship drama and an LGBTQ focus.-Brian Hoff, Elmwood Park High School, IL, School Library Journal

Reviews of A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

Gr 9 Up-When her parents split right before she started high school, Fin moved with her mom from the coastal Maine town of Williston to New York City. Now that she’s graduated, she’ll spend the summer, as she does every year, back in small-town Maine with her dad. This summer promises to be nothing like the others, however. Betty, Fin’s best friend since childhood, disappeared the previous fall, and Betty’s ex-boyfriend, Calder, confessed to drowning her but was let loose on a technicality. Soon after arriving in Maine, Fin discovers that everyone acts as if Betty never existed. Everyone, that is, except Serena, a teen who is trying to assuage her pain with pills and alcohol. With Serena, Fin finds both a sexual relationship and a partner to avenge Betty’s erasure. Together with Owen, an older local guy, they try to uncover what happened-and make Calder pay for it. While Moracho’s narrative offers elements of a murder mystery and a psychological thriller, it is not an edge-of-the-seat read. The novel’s real strength lies less in a suspenseful plot than in its subtle look into the dark places that minds, particularly those of teenagers on the brink of adulthood, can go and the different factors that can drive them there. VERDICT While this title will appeal to mystery fans, its best audience will be older teens seeking a well-written tale of a summer of downward spirals and small-town characters. -Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ, School Library Journal

Calder Miller confessed to the murder of Betty Flynn. Yet, as a minor without a present lawyer and the son of Williston’s manipulative mayor he walked free. But Finley Blake, Betty’s best friend, is ready to settle the score. Slitting tires, sparking fires, and doggedly interrogating classmates and locals alike, Finley demands nothing short of the truth: why did Calder do it? While her perilous ploys successfully bring Betty, a mercurial force with a long tarnished reputation, to the forefront of Williston’s clouded memory, they also unearth a series of startling secrets. Finley soon finds herself and those she cares most about haunted not only by danger but also boundless uncertainty. Finley’s brooding first-person narrative, precocious and often deluged with drug use, doesn’t always accommodate deep secondary-character development. Still, Moracho’s setting, a sleepy coastal town swathed in superstition and sea, shines. Edgy, atmospheric, and sometimes steamy, this is a thoughtful portrait of grief and an engaging examination of the risks we take for the ones we love. Ideal for mystery enthusiasts and noir newcomers.– Booklist