Staff Reads: What our Librarians are reading

Oamaru Library Staff Reads February 2021

Ever wondered what the staff at the Ōamaru Library are reading? Well here's your chance!

Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading and their reviews for this month.


Fanua's pick is The Lost Lights of St Kilda by Elizabeth Gifford
(Adult Fiction Rental, GIF)

A sweeping love story that rosses oceans and decades; One man meets the love of his life on a small desolute Island, but must both are seperated during the evacation before they and the community is wiped out all together. Years later, as is a prisonaer of war, he tells his love story to get him thrugh the hellish life, prompting a daring escape to find his way back to his true love.

Beatifully written and descriptive...The characters are desperately romatic!!


Jean's pick is The Glass House by Eve Chase
(Adult Fiction, CHA)

Outside a remote manor house in the idyllic wood, a baby girl is found. The Harrington family take her in and their disbelief soon turns to joy. They're grieving after their own terrible tragedy and the beautiful baby fills the dark, dusty corners of their home into bright hope once more. Desperate not to loose her to the authorities, the family keep her in secret, but their hopes are shattered when a body is found in their grounds. Years later the mystery will be put together piece by piece.

I thoroughly enjoyed the author's previous book 'The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde'. 'The Glass House' did not disappoint either! Eve chase specialises in family mysteries, spread over more than one time period and focused on a substantial country house. 'The Glass House' provides the reader with tantalizing clues but it is only right at the very end of the story that all pieces fit together. I recommend both books to lose yourslef in and forget the outside world.


Kerrie's pick is Lore by Alexandra Bracken
(Young Adult, BRA)

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for past rebellion, nine Greek Gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.

A gripping revenge story with a contemporary Greek mythology backdrop.


Marina's pick is In the Shadows of Vesuvius: A Lady Emily Mystery by Tasha Alexander
(Adult Fiction, ALE)

When Emily discovers a body hidden in plain sight amongst the ruins of Pompeii. she sets in motion a deadly chain of events that ties her future to the fate of a woman whose story had been lost for nearly two thousand years.

I really enjoyed this book and it enhanced the reality of the tragic events at Pompeii. We visited Pompeii in 2015 and this made the story even more realistic in picturing the terrain and structures.


Fiona's pick is Hitching for Hope: a journey into the heart and soul of Ireland by Ruairí McKiernan
(Adult Non-Fiction, Countries and Travel, 306.094 MCK)

In the wake of Ireland's worst economic recession and a period of personal burnout from years of relentless social campaigning, Ruairí McKiernan, sets out to hitch hike the country of Ireland to find an answer to the citizen's views on their community.

Although this book is set in Ireland, the theme of hope is universal and made me think about our local community and the future directions we may be heading in.


Linda's pick is Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
(Adult Fiction Rental, JEW)

An insecure housewife, a misunderstood man, a missing girl, and a fox. Invisible Girl centers around the disappearance of 17 year old Sapphyre Maddox, and the events that lead up to her suspected abduction and murder through the narratives of three ordinary people whose private lives are more connected than they know. The narrative follows Cate, a loving mother who has overcome her obsession that her husband is having an affair; Sapphyre who cannot let go of the trauma she experienced when she was 10 years old; and Owen, a lonely and socially awkward - borderline creepy - college teacher, whose life is ruined when he is accused of sexual attacks on young women that he cannot remember.

A thought provoking psychological crime mystery, which will leave you thinking how well do you know the person you trust the most? And how we are quick to judge those who do not fit into societal norms, while the real predadtors roam free


Linda Robertson