|Suspense Central Selections for
*2018 selections for Suspense Central are
listed below by month. If you have difficulty
seeing a title and/or author, all selections are
listed on our Yahoo site and our meetup site.
|Book Choice/postponed discussion of Martian's Abroad
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 8p
Barnes & Noble, 765 NJ-17 South, Paramus, NJ 07652
This group meets on the second Monday of each month to discuss a specific mystery,
suspense or intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss the month's featured
*The 2018 line-up of titles can be found below, after the recaps/comments.
This month we will discuss the postponed Martian's Abroad selection from March then
discuss/choose titles for the upcoming months. Attendees will browse thru store, bring
titles of interest back to table, then we'll choose for upcoming months.
|Crestwood Lake by Mark R. Vogel
Crestwood Lake by author Mark R. Vogel, SFSNNJ guest speaker at our January New Year Dinner, was
the April selection and a great choice! The book was extremely well done - good story, well developed
characters and invoked a sense of foreboding that made the story that much better. Crestwood Lake
is a fictional small town in Vermont. One of those lovely, picturesque little towns, near a lake with
beautiful fall foliage and quaint shops. Crestwood Lake has a dark past and an even darker secret.
Many of the locals happen to be descendants of the witches that escaped from the Salem with trials.
The 300 year anniversary of an event the witches want revenge for is approaching. Things are
happening in the quaint little town, scary things. A sheriff determined to protect his town and his close
friend who knows the history must face the devil himself in this well-written Gothic tale that at times
invokes Poe and Stephen King for a truly satisfying read. The book was unanimously enjoyed - we
hope there's a sequel - with solid B+/A scores given.
|Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
Sandman Slim had a host of criminals carrying on all sorts of nefarious deeds that started with a not
very nice guy sending the main character - James aka Sandman Slim - to Hell mostly because he was
jealous of James talent with magic. When the Sandman escapes Hell, he is going home with plans to
look up some old friends. Sandman Slim is gritty, dark and often hilarious. James, Sandman Slim, is
irreverent, battle scarred, steals cars constantly, cannot stop destroying all of his clothes and doesn't
play well with others. He makes anti-heroes look like angels. An assortment of side-kick characters are
richly written and help keep things interesting. There is not one boring character in the book. Some
found the strong language a bit much but in keeping with the characters. Sandman Slim received strong
scores from the majority - B/B+ - with Liz giving it an incomplete (didn't finish). If you're looking for
urban fantasy done dark with humor pick up this series.