Vanguard Spotlight Book of the Month: August 2017

Monthly Reads from ASU-Beebe Students, Faculty and Staff.

Faculty/Staff/Student Favorites

Each month Abington Library will feature a favorite book from a faculty, staff member, or student. They will give a brief synopsis of their chosen book.

Featured ASU-Beebe Staff Member: Heather Stogner

About Heather

Heather Stogner is Administrative Specialist III at the Provost's office on the ASUB Searcy Campus.

About the Book

    I had to choose a book by Stephen King. He is my favorite author and I am continuously amazed by the stories he tells. I have been a fan for a long time so it was hard to pick a favorite, I have many. I decided on a fairly recent one which is being made into an American detective television series premiering this month.

     I chose Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. It is the first book in a trilogy. It introduces Mr. Mercedes, a psychopath who drives a big Mercedes into a crowd of people waiting outside a job fair. The killer begins taunting Bill Hodges, a recently retired detective, who has been haunted by the unsolved crime that happened on his watch. Renewed with a sense of purpose, Hodges begins a deadly hunt for a madman with a few unlikely friends joining him along the way. The killer always seems to be a step ahead, planning even more menacing deeds as he goes. This page turner will keep you up late because you just have to know what happens next.

     This is a tale of good versus evil, written in classic King style. I was sad when the story ended. Thankfully there are two more books to dive into, Finders Keepers and End of Watch. They continue on with the story adding many new characters along the way, all masterfully woven together. If you are a fan of King or the macabre, I am sure you will enjoy these books.

     I would like to close with my honorable mentions from other genres. Action fans should check out the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. You will not be disappointed. Tess Gerritsen is another favorite bringing forth the Rizzoli and Isles series of medical thrillers. If you prefer romance pick a series by Debbie Macomber, a writer who knows how to pull the heart strings. I am a huge fan of Macomber not only because she imagines characters that we can identify and fall in love with, but also because she has dyslexia. I appreciate her willingness to discuss the topic and the fact that she did not let it stop her from fulfilling her dream of being an author. It is an especially important topic to me as the mom of a child with dyslexia. Happy reading.

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