Thursday August 6th at 5:30 Jenny Milchman presents her latest, As Night Falls by Jenny Milchman has lots of action, suspense, and some very plucky characters. Sandy lives in a spacious new home in the Adirondacks; it is her husband Ben’s dream home located in a secluded remote setting that feels peaceful. It is a peace that will shatter on an October evening. Harlan and Nick have been doing hard time, finally getting put on road work detail outside the prison walls gives them a chance for freedom, a chance Nick is not going to miss. Sandy is living the life she wants, a prized thing to be doing in life what gives you joy. She adores her husband, has a teenage daughter, Ivy, she loves, and work as a psychologist she finds fulfilling. This careful life she cherishes will shatter when Nick and Harlan burst into her world. Now she is captive in her own home, with no one to help, and secrets from her past that have come due. One of the aspects I like best about Jenny Milchman is her portrayal of young people. She gets the voice of Ivy just right, a teenage girl full of confusion, contradictions, and hope. Ivy is a pivotal part of the story, the way she faces evil is brilliantly told.
Ruin Falls, Jenny's last book is another good story too. Liz thought she knew her husband well, a rock solid guy, uber smart, and used to being in control. Until the day her two children were snatched and everything she relied on is in question. The family had been off on vacation, taking 8 year old Reid and 6 year old Ally to visit their grandparents and spend time on the farm where Paul grew up in western New York. The grandparents have not been a big part of the children’s lives, Paul and his parents were estranged long before he met Liz. They spent a long day on the road, tiring as only a road trip with small children can be when it is hot, there are many miles to travel, and the landscape lacks the kind of roadside attractions to keep the children interested. Liz sank into her hotel bed exhausted, waking ready for another day in the car only to find her children gone. Panic sets in; Liz is ready to do anything to find her son and daughter. As time wears on, she realizes the man she trusted more than anything, may be her betrayer. There are so many secrets between them, Liz will have to be clever and pay close attention to find her children. One of the aspects I liked most about this book is the way the children were involved in their situation and took an active part in the story, plucky kids. The pace is fast, there is adventure, a bit of romance, and a unique plot.
Her earlier novel, Cover of Snow, is also a fast paced, engrossing story. Nora husband is a copy, steady and brave. On a snowy morning she awakes to find he committed suicide. Everything she counted on and believed in changes. No note is left explaining why this man who loved his family, his job, his community would take his own life. When Nora begins to search for the reasons behind her husband’s death, people get nervous.
Both books are set in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Nature and the landscape are enhance the stories.
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