Better World Book Challenge 2 – An Independently Published Book
Pocketful of Bones
In Pocketful of Bones by Julie Frayn, while trying to hide evidence, Finnegan MacGillivray finds a burial ground in the garden of the home he shares with his mother. He becomes obsessed with finding the secrets behind the bones and is forced to move away when his compulsion crosses several lines. When he returns many years later will Finnegan discover that he was living with a killer? Continue reading Pocketful of Bones by Julie Frayn
In Goody One Shoe by Julie Frayn, Billie Fullalove lost her parents and her leg all on her eleventh birthday. As an adult, she’s working in a publishing house and trying to get an editing freelance career off the ground. All around Billie injustice runs rampant but a vigilante is watching and ready to take action. Can Billie find the vigilante? Does she want to find the vigilante?
In Mazie Baby by Julie Frayn, Mazie Reynolds married one man but is living with another. She covers herself head to toe to hide the bruises and has a plan to escape knowing that each outburst has the potential to be the last she endures. When Cullen turns his anger toward their young daughter, Mazie knows it’s time to run. Can she keep ahead of Cullen and save herself and her young daughter?
Three short stories addressing death, child abuse and strength in the face of incredible odds. The stories contained are “Samburger and Flies,” “Eli and Ralph” and “This is Me.” These stories are difficult to read, powerfully written, emotionally draining and awesome. Frayn’s writing is flawless. There is nothing with which I can find fault. Frayn gives us a glimpse into a world that might seem bleak but is not without heroes.
In It Isn’t Cheating if He’s Dead by Julie Frayn, Jemima Stone’s fiancé Gerald has been missing for four years. She’s been going about her life, feeding the homeless in the park and hoping that one day she’ll see Gerald. Her weekly updates with Detective Finn Wight give her the confidence that someone is looking, and he might be found. Sadly, he is found. Dead in Montreal. Gerald’s mother blames Jem for his mental illness and to some extent, she blames herself for his leaving and feels as though she’s sullying his memory when she and Finn give into their mutual attraction. Can she cleanse her soul by helping a newcomer to the park reunite with his family? He won’t talk to her, but she knows someone is looking for him as she looked for Gerald and she, with Finn’s help, is determined to return him to his loved ones.
August Bailey is a 16-year-old living by the rules of an old-fashioned society — one where she has to wear hand-me-downs and her mother won’t let her date. When her mother slaps her face during an argument, August knows that it’s time to head into the world and make a life for herself. When August discovers that the big city isn’t quite what she thought it would be, Reese finds her. He’s sweet and handsome and wants to take care of her and build a general affection. But life on the streets isn’t all August thought it would be. Living in a society of kids who sell their bodies for enough money to live for a day, and where drugs flow like water, can she survive with them or will every day simply lead her further from home? [easyazon-link asin=”0991851013″ locale=”us”]Suicide City, a Love Story[/easyazon-link] is a Young Adult novel, but more suitable for older readers.