Martin's Must-Reads

“Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband. They had been married for seven years. They were both artists - Alice was a painter, and Gabriel was a well-known fashion photographer.”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and those lines begin the first chapter of Alex Michaelides’ thriller The Silent Patient. Many of the chapters, like this one, are in the voice of criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber but some are entries from Alice’s diary that document her life in the months before her husband’s murder.

“Over the course of her hundred years...Stella Fortuna would survive eight near-death experiences - or seven, depending on how you count them. She would be bludgeoned and concussed, she would asphyxiate, she would hemorrhage, and she would be lobotomized. She would be partially submerged in boiling oil, be split from belly to bowel on two unrelated occasions, and on a different day have her life saved only by a typo. Once she would almost accidentally commit suicide.”

“In the early 1900’s, as Russia’s imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings, Ilmari, Matti and the politicized young Aino - are forced to flee to the United States. Not far from the majestic Columbia River, the siblings settle among other Finns in a logging community in southern Washington, where the first harvesting of the colossal old-growth forests begets rapid development, and radical labor movements begin to catch fire.”

Guest Reviewer: Mark Martin

“John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson: eight times a vice president has become the president upon the death of his predecessor—history altered by a heartbeat.  This is the story of how these eight men, neither the voter’s nor their party’s choice, dealt with that power and changed history.”

In 1884, the architect Theodore Camden built the first hotel of its kind where the residents would live year round and have hotel amenities. The apartments are inherited by each succeeding generation. The hotel is called the Dakota, or the Address, and it’s in New York City. 

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and Fiona Davis is the author of this historical fiction book The Address.