"The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult, Emily Bestler Books, Atria, 460 pages, $28.99.
Sage Singer is a baker. She hides from people because she suffered a facial scar in an accident. The bakery, Our Daily Bread, was started by Mary DeAngelis, a former nun.
Weber, who is in his 90s, taught German at the high school and coached baseball. One day he asks Sage for a favor — he wants her to help him die. He reveals that he was an SS guard at a concentration camp. Sage calls the police who refer her to the FBI.
This is Jodi Picoult's 21st novel. It is told from multiple points of view, in current time and during World War II. The underlying question is if you can ever be right to kill someone if it is not during combat or in self defense. The plotting and characters are all good and the novel's twist at the end makes it very satisfying.
"The End of the Point" by Elizabeth Graver, Harper, 352 pages, $25.99.
The Porter family summers at Ashaunt Point, a tiny finger of land that juts into Buzzards Bay, Mass. Things have changed in 1942: There is an Army base on the point.
Helen and Dossie Porter are teenagers. Jane is the youngest. Their brother Charlie is in training for the Army Air Corps. Bea, Jane's nurse, falls in love with a soldier.
The story continues through the years. In the 1960s all three sisters are married. In the 1970s Helen returns to Ashaunt Point with her son, Charles, who was damaged by a dose of LSD.
While this is an interesting family saga that goes through years, it is very slow-moving, especially at the beginning. There are good descriptions.