Alison’s Book Reviews

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At Headingley Library, we want to make sure you get your hands on all of the talked about books this summer! That’s why we are reading ahead to make sure we can recommend only the best titles! To be placed on the holds list for any of these upcoming releases, email the library at!  Thank you to Net Galley for providing us with advance readers copies of all of these titles.


chalk man

If you’re going to pick up only one mystery this year, this is the one – The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor! I haven’t had to read with the lights on in years but this intricately woven psychological thriller had me jumping at noises and looking over my shoulder. It has inklings of King’s Stand By Me, for sure, but it stands on its own as a compelling and expertly-crafted novel. To give away too much of the plot would spoil this one so I won’t say much other than: you’ll never look at chalk drawings the same way again! If this is the author’s debut novel, I simply can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.

Coming June 20!

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.. It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them… Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.