The Girl Who Stopped Swimming – by Joshilyn Jackson
Laurel Gray Hawthorne hasn’t seen a ghost in the 13 years she and her husband have lived in the beautiful gated neighborhood of Victorianna. Keeping her head down, she’s managed to make a good life for her daughter and husband while working on her nationally acclaimed art quilts. But in the dog days of a Florida August, she wakes to find a dead girl standing by her bed. It’s the ghost of her daughter’s best friend, Molly, who leads the way to her own small body, floating lifelessly in the Hawthornes’ backyard pool. Now, with police on her lawn and neighbors peeking over the fence, Laurel’s carefully constructed existence cracks, and her past seeps through.
Laurel and her sister, Thalia, grew up in what appears to be a typical blue-collar home, but the Grays have long been hiding a very literal skeleton in their closet. While Laurel built her pretty, pleasing life in the suburbs, Thalia became an actress with a capital A, about as unconventional as they come. She’s the walking definition of mess, and no longer fits in Laurel’s tidy world. Yet Molly can’t rest until someone learns her secrets, and she has opened a door to the past that Laurel can’t close alone. She turns to her wild and estranged sister, and together they set out on a life-altering journey that will reveal their family’s buried history, the true state of Laurel’s perfect marriage, and what really happened to the girl who stopped swimming.
Unabridged on CD
Stranger in Paradise – Robert B. Parker
The last time Jesse Stone, police chief of Paradise, Mass., saw Wilson “Crow” Cromartie, the Apache hit man was racing away in a speedboat after executing one of the most lucrative and deadly heists in the town’s history.
When Crow shows up in Jesse’s office some 10 years after the crime, it’s not to turn himself in. Crow is on another job, and this time he’s asking for Jesse’s help – by asking him to stay out of the way. Crow’s mission is simple: find young Amber Francisco and bring her back to her father Louis, in Florida. But Amber, now living in squalor with her mother, Fiona, is mixed up with members of a Latino gang. And when Louis orders Crow to kill Fiona before heading back to Amber, he can’t follow through. Crow may be a bad guy, but he doesn’t kill women. It’s up to Jesse to provide protection.
Meanwhile, Jesse’s on-again, off-again relationship with ex-wife Jenn picks up steam as she investigates the gang problem for her TV station. As she and Jesse dig deeper, the danger escalates. The life of a teenage girl hangs in the balance, and saving Amber could be the miracle Jesse and Jenn need for themselves, too.
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Random House Audio
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