The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides



Paperback, 250 pages

Published: 2002 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1st published 1993)

Setting: Michigan (1970)


The five Lisbon sisters — Mary, Therese, Bonnie, Lux, and Cecelia — were a subject of endless fascination for the neighborhood boys. Carefully guarded by their stern, religious mother, they rarely left the house except to attend school. To the boys, they were beautiful and enigmatic, and their home — full of brassieres, tampons, and girls’ clothes — was a treasure trove of feminine mysteries. During what came to be known known as The Year of the Suicides, the boys — who fantasized about the girls and hoped to save them — bore witness to the disintegration of the Lisbon family and the sisters’ tragic deaths.

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Mystic River (2003)

Mystic_River_posterDirected by: Clint Eastwood

Written by: Brian Helgeland, based on the novel By Dennis Lehane

Sean, Jimmy, and Dave grew up together in an Irish working class neighborhood in Boston, roaming the neighborhood and playing ball in the street. Their friendship was shattered when Dave became the victim of a horrific crime. He returned home, but the bond among the boys dissolved under the weight of their unspoken fear, guilt, and shame.

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White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

indexDirected by: Gregg Araki

Written by: Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Laura Kasischke

Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) has a difficult relationship with her emotionally unstable, unhappily married mother, Eve (Eva Green). Forty-two years old, gorgeous, and desperately lonely, Eve yearns to be admired and desired, and she shows nothing but loathing for Kat’s affable, passive father, Brock (Christopher Meloni).

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The Blight Way by Patrick F. McManus


The Blight Way by Patrick McManus

Series: Sheriff Bo Tully #1

Kindle Edition, 288 pages

Published: March 2, 2006 by Simon & Schuster

Setting: Idaho


When Bo Tully, sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, is called to a murder scene at Batim Scragg’s ranch, he takes along his father, “Pap” Tully, the former county sheriff. After all, it’s Pap’s 75th birthday, and he can think of no better present than a good murder.

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Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves


Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves


Series: Lizzie Snow #1

Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Published: January 6, 2015 by Bantam Dell

Setting: Maine


Homicide detective Lizzie Snow reluctantly leaves Boston for a position in the small town of Bearkill, Maine. She’s struggling to heal after a painful break-up, and she is seeking her dead sister’s missing daughter. She hopes this move is a step in the right direction.

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Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

51ScjP6jr0L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Directed by: Rowan Joffe

Written by: Rowan Joffe, based on the novel by S.J. Watson

When Christine wakes up, she finds herself in bed with a stranger and living in a body that seems to have preternaturally aged. The stranger introduces himself as Ben, her husband of 14 years. After he leaves, a phone call from a man identifying himself as Dr. Nasch prompts her to search the wardrobe for a camera. She finds a video of herself explaining her predicament

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