April Adult Picks

Here’s what we’ve been reading lately. What about you?

Inside the O'Briens Inside the O’Briens
by Lisa Genova
Joe O’Brien, a veteran police officer, is just not acting the same. His wife Rose finally convinces him to go to the doctor where he is diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. They have four children and each child has a 50/50 chance of coming down with HD. The children rally around Joe, supporting him as his symptoms worsen, each trying to decide if they want to be tested for the gene. A heartbreaking, heartwarming story of love and commitment and family. -Debbie

Girl On the Train Girl On the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Brings back memories (in some ways) of Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but with a more in depth psycho-emotional plot. The plot, by the way, is quite good. I do not believe you will figure it out until the end. Good read, but pay attention to details. -John

Station Eleven Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
“Station Eleven” tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Reading this inspired me to read The Passage by Justin Cronin, which I’m currently enjoying. -Serena

NYPD Red 3 NYPD Red 3
by James Patterson
NYPD Red is the elite, highly trained task force assigned to protect the rich, the famous, and the connected. And Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald-the woman who broke his heart at the police academy-are the best of the best, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to deliver justice. -Crystal

Never Knowing Never Knowing
by Chevy Stevens
“Never Knowing” is a fast-paced, riveting, and adrenaline-filled psychological thriller. You will not want to put this book down! -Sara

Outcast Outcast Vol. 1 – A Darkness Surrounds Him
by Robert Kirkman
741.59 KIR
Well-crafted tale of a man seeking to understand why he is haunted by demonic possessions. For fans of Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” or horror comics in general. -Mike

Lessons of History Lessons of History
by Will and Ariel Durant
901 DUR
Haven’t gotten around to reading Will and Ariel Durant’s 10-volume Pulitzer-winning “The Story of Civilization” yet? Try their concise and insightful “best parts” version instead. -Mike

March Adult Picks

Squeezing in at the end of the month, here are our adult favorites for March:

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hookby Gary Vaynerchuk
658.872 VAY
Social media expert Vaynerchuk’s “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” is a brilliant analysis of what works and what doesn’t on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Packed with examples, this is a must read for anyone desiring to improve their business’s social media strategy.

The Sculptor The Sculptor
by Scott McCloud
741.597 MCC

Thanks to a deal with Death, artist David Smith gains the ability to mold anything he can imagine, but with only 200 days to do it. With so much power of choice and the complication of a new romantic relationship, the pressure to create weighs heavily on David. Scott McCloud, best known for “Understanding Comics” and its sequels, has produced a beautiful graphic novel with a powerful, emotional resolution.

Crash & Burn Crash & Burn
by Lisa Gardner

Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.

Private Vegas Private Vegas
by James Patterson

Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin–and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he’s witnessed before. “Private Vegas” brings James Patterson’s Private series to a sensational new level.

Obsession in Death Obsession in Death
by J.D. Robb

In her newest murder mystery, Robb once again hurls the reader into the world of crime fighting in the year 2060. This time, Lt. Dallas is the target of an obsessed fan murdering people in order to gain her affection. Readers are kept guessing the identity of the murderer right up until the end in a climax that put Dallas’s friends in mortal jeopardy. Fans of the Dallas/Roarke love story won’t be disappointed in this combination of romance and suspense set in the future.

January Adult Picks

We have some more Adult Fiction and Nonfiction picks for you:

The Boston Girl The Boston Girl
by Anita Diamant


This book is narrated by Addie Baum, an 85 year old woman who is telling her life story to her granddaughter after being asked “How did you get to be the woman you are today?” It starts in 1915 and ends in 1985 and is a simple story of courage, hardship, love….life. I wish I had asked my grandmothers that question.

Mistletoe Promise Mistletoe Promise
by Richard Paul Evans


Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful. Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple.

Still Life With Bread Crumbs Still Life With Bread Crumbs
by Anna Quindlen


Rebecca, 60 and divorced, was once a successful photographer whose work provided a very comfortable lifestyle. Expenses rise and income dwindles. In order to save money, she moves from her luxury NYC apartment into a “cottage” in the country. Read this in one sitting and really enjoyed all the characters. Descriptions of the cottage and the country surrounding it made me feel like I could actually see it.

Landline Landline
by Rainbow Rowell


Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go.

A Fine Summer’s Day A Fine Summer’s Day
by Charles Todd


Fans of Todd’s Ian Rutledge character won’t want to miss this pre-World War I story of his last case before joining the fight in France. A series of murders throughout England are suspiciously similar, and the inspector is caught up in an effort to rule them as suicide. As Britain readies for war, Ian struggles to see that justice is done while keeping his sister and fiancé safe from the murderer. Well-written, with an interesting plot set against a historical background, Todd has crafted an excellent mystery appropriate for the anniversary of the start of World War I.

Clean Eats Clean Eats
by Alejandro Junger

641.563 JUN

Discover what hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have experienced—the incredible life-enhancing benefits of the Clean program. New York Times bestselling author of Clean and Clean Gut and leader in the filed of integrative medicine Dr. Alejandro Junger makes living clean easier than ever before. Clean Eats has everything you need to enjoy delicious, nutritious, life-enhancing food every day.

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
by Roz Chast

741.569 CHA

Roz Chast’s graphic memoir of caring for her elderly parents and coping with their personality quirks is dark, humorous, and heartbreaking.

December Adult Picks

The Lincoln Myth The Lincoln Myth
by Steve Berry


Retired CIA operative Cotton Malone is called away from his quiet life as a bookstore owner in Denmark to rescue a kidnapped agent and an informant from a rogue Mormon cult. At stake is the very sovereignty of the United States government, based on an agreement between Abraham Lincoln and Brigham Young that saved the Union during the Civil War. Berry’s plot twists at every turn and provides a glimpse into some of the history and practices of the Mormon religion. Historical fiction lovers will not be disappointed.

Visions of Sugar Plums Visions of Sugar Plums
by Janet Evanovich


If you want a little holiday fun with easy going mystery, this book is for you. Janet Evanovich enlivens the characters of the Stephanie Plum mysteries series with holiday cheer and holiday humor. Watch out for Stephanie’s grandmother’s classic antics and lots of Christmas trees blowing up. Enjoy the story’s twists and turns, the introduction of Evanovich’s new character “Diesel”, and the holiday magic.

First Days The First Days
by Rhiannon Frater


If you like the Walking Dead, this is your book! Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.

Skipping Christmas Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham


Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree… where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they’ll skip the holidays.

The Monogram Murders The Monogram Murders
by Sophie Hannah


Poirot returns in this authorized continuation of Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective. Set in 1920s London, Poirot experiences a troubling encounter with a frightened woman at a restaurant where the detective is eating dinner. Soon after, Poirot is called in to help solve a triple murder at a posh hotel where the victims were found with a monogramed cufflink in their mouths. Are the events connected? Hannah makes a noble attempt at continuing the legacy of Christie but falls short with an unnecessarily-complex plot. Still, classic mystery lovers thirsting for more will want to make their own comparisons.

Rosarito Beach Rosarito Beach
by M. A. Lawson


Kay Hamilton is a tough, gritty DEA agent who lets no one get in her way, including her higher-ups. Filled with colorful characters and action-packed scenes, “Rosarito Beach” flew by at a break-neck pace that left me anxious for the next in the series.
– Mike


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Patrons have free access to eAudio at home, in the library, or on the go. Titles are multi-access, so multiple users can check out a given title at the same time, eliminating holds. OneClickdigital is compatible with all popular listening devices, and mobile apps are available for the iPhone®, Android™, and Kindle Fire. OneClickdigital features an easy-to-use interface with streamlined navigation, fast downloads, and automatic software updates.

The library also offers several other sources of free downloadable audiobooks, music, and video including North Carolina Digital Library, Hoopla, and Zinio. Links to these services can be found on the library’s webpage: MooresvilleLibrary.org.

November Adult Picks

The Troop The Troop
by Nick Cutter


Stephen King said it scared him and it also scared me!

In the Woods In the Woods
by Tana French


As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

The Painter The Painter
by Peter Heller


An artist who seeks peace in his painting and fly fishing is forced on the run in the aftermath of a violent encounter. Heller compares favorably to Cormac McCarthy, and may have even topped his debut “The Dog Stars” with this intense novel.

Somewhere Safe Somewhere Safe with Someone Good
by Jan Karon


Excellent new novel about Father Tim Cavanaugh back from Ireland to begin his retirement in Mitford. Only retirement doesn’t come easy when you have Father Tim’s expertise dealing with the population of this small town. The people’s trials and tribulations need Father Tim’s prayers and solutions. Of course there is laughter and good heartedness along the way with Mitford’s familiar and beloved characters. This book is one of Karon’s best, and an excellent read.

The Bone Clocks The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell


Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

One More Thing One More Thing
by BJ Novak


A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself, and a vengeance-minded hare.

Burn Burn
by James Patterson


Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York City – and to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career. At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good.

October Adult Picks

Wondering what to read next? We’ve got you covered!

Supernatural Enhancements The Supernatural Enhancements
by Edgar Cantero


I loved this bizarre modern take on the epistolary novel. The mix of riddles, ghosts, mysterious societies and hidden rooms had me highly entertained to the very end, and I look forward to Cantero’s next!

Long Lost Long Lost
by Harlen Coben


Sports agent Myron Bolitar answers a call for help and soon finds himself on the run from among others, Homeland Security, the French police, and a terrorist organization.

Those Who Wish Me Dead Those Who Wish Me Dead
by Michael Koryta


The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind. It took all my self control not to read the last ten pages to see what happened! Glad I resisted the urge–it was worth the wait.

The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent
by Susan Elia MacNeal


In the fourth Maggie Hope novel, MacNeal once again tosses our heroine into the mystery and intrigue of World War II. Three young ballerinas, including Maggie’s best friend, become deathly ill due to a mysterious poison. Teaming with MI-5, Maggie works to track down the source of the deadly ailment before more people become sick. Accident, or murder?

Big Little Lies Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty


Hooked by the first page! Even though you know someone dies at the very beginning, you don’t know who it is until the end. Laugh out loud funny in spots!

Private Down Under Private Down Under
by James Patterson


With the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors.

An Unwilling Accomplice An Unwilling Accomplice
by Charles Todd


Bess Crawford returns from France nursing soldiers at the front only to find she has been summoned to Buckingham Palace to tend to a wounded hero while he receives a medal from the King. Shortly after, Sergeant Wilkins disappears, leaving a trail of mystery and murder while Bess is blamed for shirking her duties. To clear her good name and reputation, Bess and family friend Simon Brandon must find the Sergeant and solve the murder. Todd’s Bess Crawford mysteries immerse you in the terror and hardship of Britain and France during World War I without being gory or romantic. Fans of Downton Abbey will find this series very enjoyable.

September Adult Picks

We picked out some more must-reads for the Adult Fiction lovers out there:

One Kick One Kick
by Chelsea Cain


Tough 21-year-old Kick Lannigan battled her post-abduction trauma by training as a martial arts and weapons expert. Now, she puts those skills to use tracking down a new series of child abductions. First in a action-packed new series.

Missing You Missing You
by Harlan Coben


It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Top Secret Twenty One Top Secret Twenty One
by Janet Evanovich


Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum.

One Second After One Second After
by William R. Forstchen


The novel deals with an unexpected electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States as it affects the people living in and around the small American town of Black Mountain, North Carolina. Great, thought-provoking book.

One Plus One One Plus One
by Jojo Moyes


A struggling single mom, her math genius daughter and introverted goth stepson get a ride to a math contest with Ed, who is being investigated for insider trading. Four days in Ed’s fancy car together makes for an interesting journey. Throw a big, smelly dog into the mix and I was hooked.

The Unexpected Waltz The Unexpected Waltz
by Kim Wright


This is a story of a 50ish woman who has to move on after her husband dies. Loved the characters because none of them are perfect! It almost made me want to take dance lessons… almost. I put the first book this author wrote on my “to read” list.

August Adult Staff Picks

We rounded up some more fantastic titles to keep you reading!

Room Room
by Emma Donoghue


Jack has spent his life in a small space his mother calls Room, and while Jack uses his imagination to create fantasies to entertain himself, his mother finds a way for them to escape.

Phantom Instinct Phantom Instinct
by Meg Gardiner


In Edgar Award–winning author Meg Gardiner’s new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists.

Mr. Mercedes Mr. Mercedes
by Stephen King


There are no scary clowns or paranormal activity in this Stephen King book. This time it is the man driving the car that is terrifying, not the car!

The City The City
by Dean Koontz


Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences.

Defending Jacob Defending Jacob
by William Landay


When his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, assistant D.A. Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light.

Rockefeller Suit The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter
by Mark Seal

364.163 SEA

“The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” is the incredible page-turning true story of the German-born scam artist who rose to wealth and prominence with a progressive line of false identities.

Bento Everyday Bento
by Wendy Copley

641.53 COP

Your kids will look forward to lunch every single day with the delightful collection of recipes in Everyday Bento! The bento food movement teaches us that foods can be attractive, nutritious, fun and delicious all at the same time. Kids love to try foods that bring a smile to their faces, and will often eat things they wouldn’t otherwise try.

Manual The manual to manhood : how to cook the perfect steak, change a tire, impress a girl & 97 other skills you need to survive
by Jonathan Catherman

646.7 CAT

There’s a lot a young man in the making needs to succeed as he grows up and prepares to make his way in the world. Many of the most important skills and character traits he should acquire he might not be quick to ask how to do because, well then, people would know he doesn’t know what he is doing, yet For all the guys who want some great advise from world class experts about getting life together, Jonathan Catherman offers this collection of one hundred step-by-step instructions on almost everything a guy needs to know.

A Long Way Gone A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah

966.404 BEA

Difficult and heartbreaking to read because of the graphic descriptions of war and the lives of the child-soldiers of Sierra Leone, but definitely worth it.
-Jennifer S.

July Adult Staff Picks

Squeezing in on the last day of the month, here’s our list of Adult Staff Picks for July:

Walking on Water Walking on Water
by Richard Paul Evans


In this fifth New York Times bestseller in the Walk series, Richard Paul Evans’ hero Alan Christoffersen must say some painful goodbyes and learn some important lessons as he comes to the end of his cross-country walk to Key West.

Various Haunts The Various Haunts of Men
by Susan Hill


From the passages revealing the killer’s mind to the final heart-stopping twist, The Various Haunts of Men is an astounding and masterly crime debut, the first in what promises to be a magnificent series featuring Simon Serrailler.

Invisible Invisible
by James Patterson


Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes and can she get anyone to believe her?

Cop Town Cop Town
by Karen Slaughter


Relentlessly paced, acutely observed, wickedly funny, and often heartbreaking, Cop Town is Karin Slaughter’s most powerful novel yet—a tour de force of storytelling from our foremost master of character, atmosphere, and suspense.

The Martian The Martian
by Andy Weir


A modern day Robinson Crusoe fights for his life after his crew mistakes him for dead and strands him on Mars. Though sometimes too technical for its own good, the story is an inventive take on the survival genre.