Category Archives: Historical Thriller

The Evening Spider by Emily Arsenault

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

The Evening SpiderArsenault is a favorite author of mine and her new book, The Evening Spider does not disappoint. The book is told from the point of view of two women living more than a century apart.

Abby Bernacki , her husband and infant daughter have moved into an old house in Haverton, Connecticut. When Abby hears what sounds like a voice “shhh” coming from the baby monitor she becomes concerned. When her daughter has unexplained circular bruises appear after being in her crib, Abby begins to notice other odd things that seem to happen in their new house-especially in her daughter’s bedroom. Abby decides to research the house and the Barnett family who lived in it for generations.

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The Incidental Spy by Libby Fischer Hellmann

The Incidental Spy

Reviewed by Teri Davis

How does anyone become a spy? Oftentimes it is not the person that chooses the profession but the profession which chooses the person. Lena became a spy because of who she was, who she knew, and how she could be controlled. Lena was forced to be a spy. She felt that she had no choices.

Being a Jew has frequently been dangerous throughout history in many places in Europe. This was especially true for those families who lived in Europe prior to the Second World War. For Lena, her life is no different than many people of the time, only much more complicated.