Mark O'brien The book started strong, with interesting characters and up-to-date issues even though it included every Southern stereotype. But then it tails off into some bizarre recreation of long-ago events, gives us a one-dimensional villain and you have to wonder why Elliot keeps chasing the heroine, a grown woman acting like a dithering teenage girl at times. Sorry, but I gave up two-thirds of the way through the book.
Carmen Slaughter In a nutshell: A woman dies and her two daughters are given the task of spreading her ashes in a small Georgia town. One of the daughters is unsettled in her career and her relationship so she goes to the town to try and figure out why their mother left those specific wishes. That's when she discovers they never really knew their mother at all.