Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 4–8 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
Monday April 4
Fool Me Once, by Harlan Coben
Combat pilot Maya Burkett’s last mission ended in tragedy, with civilians killed during a rescue of stranded soldiers. Now, in best-selling Coben’s latest, she’s settling into a new life with her husband, Joe, and two-year-old daughter, Lily—until she witnesses her husband’s murder. Suddenly a single mother, plagued by nightmares and PTSD, Maya accepts the gift of a nanny cam disguised as a picture frame to help her keep an eye on her daughter while she’s at work.
Tuesday April 5
Wilde Lake, by Laura Lippman
Wilde Lake does not live up to its name (it’s man-made), and the planned community that surrounds it fails in its bucolic mission when violence erupts at a high-school graduation party in 1980. Accused of raping a white girl, an African American student is attacked and left paralyzed. Chased by AJ (who ends up with a broken arm), the son of the much-admired, long-widowed state’s attorney, one of the assailants dies after falling on his own knife.
Wednesday April 6
Makoons, by Louise Erdrich
Makoons, the twin brother of Chickadee (for whom the last book in the Birchbark House series was titled), takes center stage in this fifth installment. But though the preteen is in the spotlight, the story really revolves around his whole Ojibwe family, a multigenerational clan now living on the Great Plains of Dakota Territory in 1866.
Thursday April 7
Barkskins, by Annie Proulx
Barkskins are tree people, which includes not only loggers and foresters but truly all of humankind, given our reliance on these pillars of life. In her copious historical woodland saga, Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winner Proulx tells the stories of those who loved and those who destroyed North America’s vast verdant forests.
Friday April 8
Black River Falls, by Jeff Hirsch
In a letter to his brother, Cardinal Cassidy tries to explain what has happened since October 16, the day a virus spread throughout Black River Falls, wiping out the memories of everyone who contracted it. Although his parents caught it, Card protected himself by escaping into the forest and joining with Greer to protect a group of orphans.