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Suspense Central Selections for
2019

*2019 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 meetup site.
Recaps, comments
Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen
Thursday, J
anuary 17, 2019 - 8p
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, 10 Triangle Plaza (Route 17 North) · Ramsey, NJ

Full line-up of 201
9 titles is listed below - please scroll down

This group meets on the third Thursday of each month to discuss a specific mystery,
horror, or intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss this month's featured
selection.

Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen
“When you look at her, what do you see?”

“She’s my daughter. Of course I think she’s perfect in every way. But…”
 “But?” My throat
chokes to a whisper. “I’m afraid of her now.”

Imagine if you were home alone and your three-year-old daughter violently attacked you.

Julia doesn’t understand what is happening to her daughter, but she thinks she knows

what’s causing it. She is terrified for Lily, and for herself, but what scares her more is that
no one believes her.
If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone,
embarking on a search that will take her half way around the world, to Venice.
There, Julia
uncovers a heart breaking, long buried tale of tragedy and devastation – a discovery that
puts her in serious danger. Some people will do anything in their power to
keep the truth
silent . . . whatever the cost.
August
Talon of God by Wesley Snipes, Ray Norman
12/20/18 recap

AM
Talon of God by Wesley Snipes - aka Blade - and Ray Norman was a pleasant surprise. We weren't sure
what to expect, but Talon of God was a good read that all enjoyed! Action, humor, great characters,
plot that moved along with purpose - we can't wait to this see this in a movie version. The story
centers on Talon, a warrior of God and Dr Lauryn Jefferson fighting an evil plan to release demons
through a drug in Chicago. This is an urban fantasy with cinematic flair. Solid A scores across the board
and we are hoping for a sequel.

Thanks to Aurelia for a great 2018 and looking forward to an even better 2019!
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
10/18/18 recap

AM
Fledgling by Octavia Butler was the October selection. Sadly, this was Octavia Butler's final work. All
agreed we would've liked to delve deeper into this world of vampires with a twist. Ms. Butler's vampires
are experimental gene spliced vampires created to find the "perfect" vampire - can walk in sunlight, etc.
The story opens with main character Shori, who for all appearances looks to be 10 or 11 years old, but
is actually 53. That turns out to be very young for a vampire. Shori has no memory when she awakens
amongst charred ruins of buildings, with burns covering her body and head. No memory of anything. As
the story progresses, we follow Shori as her memory returns in dribs and drabs and she encounters
both friend and foe. The book received solid A-/B+ scores. Chris commented on the brutal nature of the
elders and a particular vicious scene near the book's end. Kathleen and I both were creeped out by
another scene but for very different reasons.  If you're a fan of Ms. Butler's work you will enjoy the
read. If you've never read Octavia Butler - here's a good intro.
September - 2019