–Read It!– Nicole Says…Read These Books

By Nicole McManus

The Runaway, by Hollie Overton

How far will one woman go to protect her foster daughter? This is the question posed in The Runaway. Becca Ortiz is a well-known forensic psychologist with the LAPD, who has fostered Ash for a few years. However, when Ash seems to disappear into her old life, Becca risks everything to find her. Will Becca be able to find her daughter, or will she lose her job and everything else in the process?

Told from alternating points-of-view, readers gain an inside track into both Ash and Becca’s mindsets. As secrets unfold, readers will begin to question what is best for each of these characters. This is a very quick read, perfect for a free afternoon.

It is no secret that I love psychological thrillers, as well as books that address difficult topics. This one does both. It is a fast-paced thriller that brings readers’ attentions to many issues including homelessness and the foster care system. I have not read Hollie Overton’s other books, but I look forward to diving into Baby Doll soon.


The Favorite Daughter, by Patti Callahan Henry

Lena Donohue left South Carolina, after a day that should have been the happiest day of her life. She loves her new life; however one phone call from her brother changes everything and Lena returns home to help care for her father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Forced to confront her sister, the two must find a way to set aside their anger as they try to cherish what memories their father still has, before it is too late. Going through family history, some secrets come to light. Will Lena discover what truly defines home and family?

This is the second book set in Watersend, South Carolina, but it is not necessary to read the first one in order to appreciate the powerful meanings in this story. Readers will need to prepare for an epic emotional roller coaster before reading this book. The messages of love, memories and family are so powerful readers will be thinking about this family for months after reading the final page. This is one of Patti Callahan Henry’s best novels to date.

Patti Callahan Henry is one of my favorite authors. Her books are always a delight to read, whether they are set in South Carolina, or based on historical figures. Her books always seem to live on in readers’ hearts. This book hit very close to home for me… my family has a history of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Did you know that November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month? Now is the perfect time to read books like this one, fiction or nonfiction, and educate yourself on this illness. This Thanksgiving, be grateful for your family and friends and cherish each day.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at ariesgrlreview.com.

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