Dear Great Book Guru, Now that the Fourth of July week of celebrations has ended, I am concentrating on the music scene here in Sea Cliff. Last night, the acclaimed Roger Street Friedman and Friends performed at Sea Cliff Beach. My friends and I had a delicious dinner there at Jennifer Angliss DeSane’s Beach Hut - love that turkey brie pear wrap! Next week will be Broadway at the Beach and I know there will be time for a good book before the music begins. Any recommendations? Beach and Music Lover
Dear Beach and Music Lover, I just finished A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY by M.T. Edvardsson - a fascinating psychological thriller set near Stockholm, Sweden. Stella - eighteen-year old - has been accused of the violent murder of a corrupt businessman and is awaiting trial. Her parents - Adam, pastor of a large Christian congregation, and Ulrika, a criminal defense lawyer - are horribly afraid she might be guilty and must decide how far they will go to protect her, The story is told from the perspectives of the three family members and we gradually learn many disturbing facts about this so very normal family. Cell phones, encrypted messages, surveillance cameras all come into play as the parents are confronted with information, they find both shocking and confusing. What is justice ….and can it be served? A chilling tale presenting us with an aching moral dilemma - highly recommended!