Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017
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"When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs--the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's upper room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017.
ISBN: 9781508236061
Characteristics: audio file
1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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MissLauraStorytime Aug 09, 2017

This story is a rollercoaster, and I loved the whole ride. Lydia loves her job, and the Bookfrogs, at a busy bookstore in Denver. I knew that something was going to happen to get the plot moving, and that something, and what Lydia found at the scene, propels the rest of the story.
Then, just when I was settling in with Lydia her dad, and her friends and their families, the story is upended again, along with all of their lives, and I spent the rest of this great-to-listen-to Playaway watching Sullivan tie the pieces together. An unusual, creative, and wholly unpredictable read. I am following this author from here forward.

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brigpa1
Aug 02, 2017

I really liked this book. The author is incredibly creative at inventing a puzzle and fitting all of the pieces together in a satisfying way This was read very well and was hard to stop listening to; there was so much mystery to it. Some commenters have said it is "dark". True in spots, but all of the subjects, suicide, secret and dysfunctional adoption, mass murder, abusive family, etc. are things we see and hear about somewhat commonly. The author has managed to put them all together in one place. Each character experiences an overwhelming amount of stress to deal with and that is the darkness of the story.

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