Librarians in Madison Heights share their summer reading picks

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published July 24, 2020


MADISON HEIGHTS — In the last edition of the Madison-Park News, the staff at the Hazel Park library shared reading recommendations. Now staff members at the Madison Heights library are sharing their own.

The library, located at 240 W. 13 Mile Road, also has options for those who don’t wish to go inside the building. The library is currently circulating material through a curbside service that began in mid-June. Curbside hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m., and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Material can be requested through the library catalog or by phone, and when available, an appointment can be scheduled for pickup.

Books are also available digitally through such services as OverDrive, Hoopla and RB Digital. For more information, call the library at (248) 588-7763.

Here’s what the librarians recommend checking out:

Heather Hames, librarian
Michael Robotham’s “Good Girl, Bad Girl,” a thriller published by Simon & Schuster in 2019, was a finalist for the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

“I fell pretty hard for the dark and brooding forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven,” Hames said. “We follow Cyrus on a case that quickly becomes personal for him, and he fosters a girl who has seen unimaginable things. It becomes clear why he is so interested in helping this young woman as we learn more about his own tragic past.

“Is she good? Bad? What about Cyrus? I read this book last summer, and I still find myself thinking about these characters,” Hames said. “I never wanted this book to end!”

The second book in the series, “When She Was Good,” was scheduled to be released July 28, after press time.

Another book that Hames recommends is Colleen Hoover’s “Verity,” a thriller independently published in 2018.

“Hoover is easily one of my new favorite authors,” Hames said. “We follow a young writer who is hired to finish a series by a famous author, Verity. What she finds when she starts working are equal parts disturbing and captivating. I devoured this book — it is an absolute must-read!”

Priscila Verani, librarian
Verani recommends two books that each feature their share of interpersonal intrigue.

Elin Hilderbrand’s “28 Summers,” a work of women’s fiction published by Little Brown & Co. last month, is the tale of a long-running tryst.

“Set on Nantucket, a couple carries on a ‘same time next year’ love affair over Labor Day Weekend for 28 years. Normally I’m not a huge fan of books where infidelity is a large part of the story, but I couldn’t help but love these characters,” Verani said. “You’ll get caught up in the romance and forget about the world for a little while with this beach read.”

Verani also recommends “The Dilemma,” written by B.A. Paris and published by St. Martin’s Press last month. The same author wrote the 2016 thriller “Behind Closed Doors.”

“A husband and wife are keeping secrets from each other about their daughter,” Verani said. “Both secrets are huge — you will wonder why they are doing this to each other and to themselves, but you will not be able to put the book down.”   

Amanda Gehrke, youth services librarian
“I chose a couple of new picture books that I really like because both focus on individuality,” Gehrke said.

Barney Saltzberg’s “One of These is Not Like the Others,” a new release by Holiday House, is a “concept book (that) has a fun twist, with each page showing three things that look the same and one that is different,” Gehrke said, adding that the book “then celebrates that difference.”

The other picture book is “Octicorn Party!” by Kevin Diller and Justin Lowe, published this year by Balzer + Bray.

“It’s a cute story about Octicorn throwing a party but worrying no one will come,” Gehrke said. “In the end, it all works out, while also sending the message that there is no need to worry, because everyone is different — so just be yourself!”

Roslyn Yerman, library director
Yerman had a couple of quick suggestions herself, including “The Chestnut Man,” a murder mystery written by Soren Sveistrup and published by HarperCollins in September 2019.

“Simply a fantastic, if gruesome, page-turner,” Yerman said. “Think Stieg Larrson’s ’Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ meets the Netflix show ‘The Bodyguard.’”

Another murder mystery also captured the library director’s imagination: “Someone We Know,” by Shari Lapena, published by Penguin Random House in July 2019.

“They’re a nice suburban family — (then) the teenage son is accused of murder. But what really happened? This page-turner will keep you guessing,” Yerman said. “I can’t wait for (Lapena’s) new novel.”

That book, “The End of Her,” was scheduled to be released July 28, after press time.