Reviews of the Week: With Lisa Scottoline, Kenneth Oppel, Emma Donoghue and More!

Every Hidden ThingMonday, July 25

Every Hidden Thing, by Kenneth Oppel

In the late nineteenth century, Rachel Cartland and Samuel Bolt meet right before their paleontologist fathers get into a fistfight over a newly discovered dinosaur fossil. Locked in a vicious battle of one-upmanship, the professors, along with Rachel and Samuel, separately follow the same lead to a dig site in the Badlands. But under their fathers’ noses, pragmatic Rachel and impulsive, romantic Samuel fall in love, bonding over paleontological ambitions.


The wonderTuesday, July 26

The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue

In her outstanding new psychologically intense and suspenseful novel, Donoghue (Frog Music, 2014) plunges readers deeply into her protagonist’s confounding situation and its ethical consequences. In 1859, Lib Wright, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale herself, is tasked with an unsettling mission: watching over Anna O’Donnell, an 11-year-old girl in a small Irish village who, so it’s claimed, hasn’t ingested any nourishment in four months.


GoldenhandWednesday, July 27

Goldenhand, by Garth Nix

Lirael reunites with Nick Sayre to battle the creature, after which the pair hopes to study Nick’s strange fusion of Charter and Free Magic. Meanwhile, Ferin, a fierce young warrior from the northern tribes, makes a dangerous journey to the Old Kingdom to deliver the final vision of Arielle, Lirael’s long-dead mother: The Witch with No Face, aka Chlorr of the Mask, has raised an army in the North.


DamagedThursday, July 28

Damaged, by Lisa Scottoline

This is the fourth entry in the Rosato & DiNunzio series (a successor to the Rosato & Associates novels), and the story focuses on Mary DiNunzio. Her wedding to Anthony is just weeks away when a heartbreaking case drops into her lap. A janitor is suing Patrick O’Brien, a 10-year-old boy who is small for his age, severely dyslexic, and suffering from anxiety disorder.



Making of Donald TrumpFriday, July 29

The Making of Donald Trump, by David Cay Johnston

Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Johnston first met Donald Trump in 1988 as he looked into how casinos were managed and regulated. He became curious about the mogul’s operations and blustery personality and has been on the case ever since, amassing an enormous archive of material, which he carefully mines in this steely inquiry.







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Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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