Croixwords: The Five-Star Weekend, Hello Beautiful, The Locked Door, Dream Town

Freida McFadden is one of this week's Croixwords authors. (Mira Whiting)

The Five-Star Weekend
By Elin Hilderbrand; published by Little, Brown and Company; 384 pages
Just as her life seems to be on the brink of falling apart, Hollis Shaw hears about something called a “Five-Star Weekend,” where women organize a getaway weekend with friends from each phase in her life: her teenage years, her twenties, her thirties, and her midlife. Though this seems like an opportunity for reflection and relaxation, this sunny weekend in Nantucket gets complicated when her friends start picking fights and her first love from childhood makes a surprise appearance.

Hello Beautiful
By Ann Napolitano; published by The Dial Press; 400 pages
When William Walters meets Julia Padavano in college, he sees hope for a better life. Her family is chaotic and spirited, bringing light to his days, and embracing his quirks in return. As their days together go on, something in William shifts, and he drifts away from the embrace of the Padavano family, shaking their ties to one another and leaving behind a deafening silence. In this loving homage to Little Women, Napolitano will pull at your heartstrings and have you laughing through tears.

The Locked Door
By Freida McFadden; published by Poisoned Pen Press; 310 pages
Despite a childhood wracked with trauma, Nora Davis has become a successful surgeon who keeps to herself. She doesn’t talk about her life, or her father, or his proclivity to murder women in the basement of her childhood home. When one of her female patients is murdered in a way that is strikingly similar to her father’s handiwork, Nora is struck, convinced someone knows who her father is. Still, there’s no reason to suspect her… As long as they stay out of her basement.

Dream Town
By David Baldacci; published by Grand Central Publishing; 432 pages
It’s the dawn of a new year, and Aloysius Archer is trying to enjoy life in Los Angeles when he’s interrupted by screenwriter and friend of a friend, Eleanor Lamb. Eleanor is convinced her life is in danger, but before Archer can officially take on the case, she vanishes. Despite his missing client, Archer and his partner must search every corner of Los Angeles to find the mysterious and well-connected group that is threatening (seemingly) innocent life.

All of these titles, and more, are available at St. Croix Public Library

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