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A Highly Recommended Terrifying Read: The Devil’s Whispers

22 Jun

Haunted castles conjure an image of long, dark hallways, pillowing curtains, and shadowy figures from the corner of your eye. They are the perfect setting for any gothic novel and even better if one is seeking a little horror as well.

This is what The Devil’s Whispers by Lucas Hault sets up for us. We are introduced to British Lawyer, Gerard Woodward, who is summoned to the dreary castle to attend to the last affairs of the castle’s lord, Ferdinand Elvin Mathers. 

The narrative is provided to us in multiple perspectives, Gerard’s journal, Nathan Connolly’s notes, letters, and diary entries from different characters. They help to set the tone of the book and allow us to see the perspective of each of the characters. It’s one that’s not often used, but one that adds an interesting twist. The one drawback to this, however, is that some of the sections are broken up a bit too short and as a result, some readers may feel pulled out by reading a diary entry that’s only a few sentences long.

Then there’s the tone of the book itself, from the start we are shown first hand the type of story we are in for, the creep factor slowly building up and with a tension that carries itself well through the story, the ghosts and ghouls as terrifying as they are meant to be.

For those seeking a terrifying read, The Devil’s Whispers is one that comes highly recommended. Hoboken residents can borrow an ereader or iPad with The Devil’s Whispers ebook along with titles for our book discussions and many popular bestsellers. The ereaders are great when you are travelling, but still want to bring along a HUGE selection of reading materials. Just stop by the reference desk on the second floor of the main branch to check one out or learn more.

Written by:
Lauren Lapinski
Access Services Assistant

Books Our Patrons Loved in 2021: The Most Frequently Checked Out ebooks from eBCCLS in 2021          

29 Dec

The staff has had a great time sharing their favorites with you throughout the year.  I thought a fun way to wrap up 2021 would be to look at what books were the most popular with our BCCLS library patrons so I looked up the top 10 ebook checkouts of 2021 as of December 21.     

Nine Perfect Strangers: A Novel               
by Liane Moriarty
Nine Perfect Strangers was checked out as an ebook 3,642 by BCCLS Library Card holders who couldn’t get enough of the thrilling tale of a group of people at a luxury health resort in the Australian bush recently adapted as a streaming series.  

The Four Winds: A Novel
by Kristin Hannah
The Four Winds was the number two checkout for eBCCLS and the number one checkout for eLibraryNJ, another Overdrive service our Hoboken patrons have access to.  Hannah’s tale set in 1934 Texas focuses on Elsa Martinelli who must decide whether to continue to struggle to keep the land she loves or to go further west in hopes of a better life.

The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel                                        
by Laura Dave
Hannah’s husband disappears during their first year of marriage, leaving behind only one request that she protects her 16 year old step daughter, Bailey.  Together they uncover a surprising truth in The Last Thing He Told Me!

People We Meet on Vacation                                   
by Emily Henry
Can a friendly flirtation from the past turn in to something more for Alex and Poppy? Lots of you found out with this fun summer read, People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry!

Bridgerton Collection, Volume 1: Bridgerton Series, Books 1-3   
by Julia Quinn
I was one of the many who became a fan of the Netfilix ‘s adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series.  If you can’t wait for the next season of this historic romance, you can checkout like many of our readers the books in the series including the Volume One Compilation of the first three books!

Malibu Rising: A Novel                                  
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Set in the 80’s, Reid’s Malibu Rising delves beneath the waves of surf culture and finds deep family drama.

The Push: A Novel                                          
by Ashley Audrain
Ashley Audrain’s psychological family drama, The Push, explores our culture’s relationship with motherhood.  It was part of The Good Morning America Book Club.

by Harlan Coben
Win, the nickname of the vigilante antihero narrator of the novel, must solve a crime from his family’s past when new evidence turns up.  If you are a fan of Coben’s other thrillers you will want to check out Win.

Golden Girl                                        
by Elin Hilderbrand
After a hit and run an author finds she can still keep an eye on her children and is given three chances to alter events back on earth in Hilderbrand’s touching novel, Golden Girl.  

The Wife Upstairs: A Novel                                         
by Rachel Hawkins
Recently reviewed by one of our staff, The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins is a modernized retelling of Jane Eyre.

What book was your must read in 2021?  Share it in the comment section!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

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