“The Forgotten Garden”, by Kate Morton

On her 21st birthday, Nell learns that she isn’t who she thinks she is. Her well-intentioned father reveals that he found her abandoned on the dock when she was 4, apparently dropped off there by one of the ships that had made the journey from England to Australia. Thus begins the unraveling of the mystery of Nell’s origins, a process that spans over 100 years. Continue reading

“The Life We Bury”, by Allen Eskens

In “The Life We Bury”, college student Joe Talbert is given an English assignment to write someone’s biography. Not having anyone in his own life that would be a good subject, he goes to a nearby nursing home, where he meets convicted rapist and murderer, Carl Iverson, who has recently been paroled because he is dying. As he learns more about Carl’s life, including the details of his murder conviction, Joe becomes convinced that there’s more to Carl than meets the eye. Continue reading