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Middle of the Night: A Novel By Riley Sager Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593472378
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Published: Dutton - June 18th, 2024

"'Home is where one starts from'

Thirty years ago Ethan Marsh’s best friend Billy was taken from their tent during a backyard camp-out.   Ethan has never gotten over it- the crime still unsolved- he is haunted by his memory (or lack of) that terrible night.  Now living back in his childhood home, Billy’s presence seems to be calling him…and so a quest begins- to solve this mystery of a long lost friend and a fateful night.  Sager’s spooky new novel is so damn good!"


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The Stolen Child: A Novel By Ann Hood Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780393609806
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2024

"The Stolen Child is a gorgeously written book. Part historical fiction, mystery and romance; it is a story of loss that leads to a search with the hope of redemption. A gifted storyteller, Hood delves beneath the surface of her characters uncovering their vulnerabilities and aspirations.  Hood’s poignant tale is a must read for fans of character driven fiction."


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The Guest: A Novel By B.A. Paris Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781250289421
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2024

"Iris and Gabriel return to England from a much needed holiday to find their close friend, Laure, ensconsed in their home.  Laure has fled Paris as well as her husband, Pierre (Gabriel’s best friend) after receiving some devastating news and has seemingly moved in with no departure date in sight.  Try as they might to reconcile the couple, Laure is staying put and the strain is proving too much for her put upon hosts. Something must be done.  B.A. Paris’s latest book is a terrific bit of psychological suspense.  Lies, secrets,and deception abound.  I read it in one go!"


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Seven Empty Houses (National Book Award Winner) By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525541400
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 17th, 2023

"Some stories in this small collection of shorts are elusive, dreamlike, others infused with wry humor, a few unsettling.  All are brief and intriguing glimpses into what is or what makes a home and sense of belonging.  Translated from the spanish by Megan McDowell, this unique compilation showcases Schweblin’s original and thought provoking work."


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My Darling Girl By Jennifer McMahon Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668019061
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - October 3rd, 2023

"Alison and her brother suffered dearly at the hands of their abusive mother, Mavis.  Now living in Vermont and California they have little interaction with her.  When Alison receives a call to say her mother is dying and wishes to spend her remaining weeks living with her and her family, she reluctantly agrees.  Stange things begin happening at the house and while Mavis is cheerful to the rest of the family, Alison is convinced something dark is at play.  A clever and creepy “chiller” fans of supernatural suspense are sure to enjoy."


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The Fury By Alex Michaelides Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250758989
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Published: Celadon Books - January 16th, 2024

"'I’m going to tell you a story' begins our narrator, Elliot Chase, who beckons you to cozy up and pour yourself a drink while he spins his tale - one of murder, of friendship, and of course, love.  Elliot’s closest confidant, famous and beautiful Lana Farrar, has invited him and another friend to join her and her family for a getaway at her remote Greek island estate Aura … a lush yet mysterious place steeped in superstition and curses, where it is said one could go mad from the relentless and wild wind… the Fury.  Michaelides latest book, with it’s (unreliable?) storyteller captures you from its start and keeps you guessing till the final 'scene.'"


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The Quiet Tenant: A novel By Clémence Michallon Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593467862
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2024

"Aidan Thomas is a devoted dad, a sweet suitor, all around good guy, and a serial killer.  Michallon’s debut novel is a clever and captivating read, told from the different perspctives of the women caught in Thomas’s deadly web. Michallon does an impressive job weaving  the contrasting stories together quite skillfully."


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The September House By Carissa Orlando Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593548615
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Published: Berkley - September 5th, 2023

"With September comes cool weather, falling leaves, warm sweaters.  But for Margaret and Hal it brings ghosts…lots of them.  Oh, and blood…lots of blood. Come October it’s gone; at least the worst of it is gone.  Four years ago, they bought the house of their dreams (at such a great price!) now it’s their worst nightmare. Margaret has learned to live with it, after all, Margaret has lived through a lot.  Hal has had enough; leaving one fateful night.  Enter daughter Katherine. Arriving early September! she is determined to find her dad and figure out her mother’s reluctance to help her. Margaret is determined to hide the house’s secrets, and a few of her own, from her daughter.  Funny, poignant, and a bit horrifying, I quite enjoyed The September House."


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Good Bad Girl By Alice Feeney Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781529090284
Published: Pan Books (UK) - April 25th, 2024

"'Sometimes bad things happen to good people, so good people have to do bad things.'  From the author of Daisy Darker comes a bright and shiny new tale of murder and mayhem.  Twenty years ago a baby is stolen from her stroller.  Present day a woman has been murdered in a care home. Somehow there’s a connection.  Patience, a young worker at the home and Edith a clever eighty-year-old resident,  form an unlikley duo determined to solve the mystery.  I very much enjoyed the cast of quirky characters, the rollicking pace and the many twisty turns.  Feeney had me guessing to the bittersweet end."


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None of This Is True: A Novel By Lisa Jewell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982179007
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Published: Atria Books - August 8th, 2023

"This book is instantly addicting!  Londoner Josie Fair is in a serious rut: disgruntled with her life, home, husband, everything.  She decides to celebrate her 45th birthday at a posh café they would normally never try.  There she happens on popular podcaster Alix Summer also celebrating her 45th birthday. “Hi, I’m your birthday twin” says Josie to Alix in the loo, and with that begins a tangled web of stories, deceits and deceptions, when sad Josie convinces sparkly Alix to hear her story of woe and hardship for a new podcast.  And once in for the  'penny'… Alix can’t help but think she might make lots of “pounds”  but at what cost to her and those she loves.  Darkly delectable!"


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The Apology By Jimin Han Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316367202
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 7th, 2024

"Jeona Cha is one formidable centenarian—think Olive Kiterridge in a Chanel suit.  A woman of means, she has lived her long life adhering to traditional rules and customs to ensure, above all else, her family name is in goodstanding .  To maintain this, Jeonga has kept secrets from her three sisters and extended family.  Secrets that will now most certainly upend the future happiness of her great granddaughter and fiance in America.  Han’s novel begins with an end, not ‘”the” end..sweeps back in time, present day, across oceans and onward to the afterlife. Jeonga will go to any lenghts to keep her secrets hidden or die trying.  Witty and touching, a whirlwind of a ride."


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All the Sinners Bleed: A Novel By S. A. Cosby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250831927
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 9th, 2024

"Former FBI agent Titus Crown is the first sheriff of color in his hometown of Charon County Virginia. One year in to his term a former student enters the local high school and kills a beloved teacher and then is shot dead by two local deputies.  The investigation reveals heinous crimes committed in their small town and a deadly serial killer still on the loose.  Sharply written with interesting characters, When Sinners Bleed is an engrossing read!"


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Small Mercies: A Novel By Dennis Lehane Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062129499
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 23rd, 2024

"In his latest novel Dennis Lehane once again taps into the pulse of Boston bringing the city’s past to life.

Small Mercies is a riveting story revolving around school segregation in the ‘70s; centering on  a “Southie” mom whose daughter goes missing the same night a black teen is found dead at the train station.

Not an easy book to read; it is at times sadly still relevant to  present day.

Like his previous books, Lehane’s raw and gritty writing lends itself to portraying this troubled time in our nation’s history."


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I Have Some Questions for You: A Novel By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593490167
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Published: Penguin Books - February 20th, 2024

"I Have Some Questions For You offers a fresh perspective on the typical boarding school novel.  Makkai propels us through this part true crime part high school drama which at times reads like a Kim Barker podcast.  Cleverly written and addictingly engaging;  I inhaled this book!"


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The Night Traveler: A Novel By Armando Lucas Correa Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501187995
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Published: Atria Books - November 7th, 2023

"The Night Travelers is a powerfully rendered story concerning four generations of women caught in the terrible upheaval of war; while also highlighting the strength and sacrifice of all they must endure.  Spanning WW2 Germany, Revolutionary Cuba to Berlin and the demise of its wall…this is Correa’s most ambitious novel yet. 

Part historian and novelist, Correa has written three books based around the voyage of the MS Saint Louis; the ocean liner that set sail in May 1939 from Hamburg to Havana. It's nine-hundred, mostly Jewish passengers all seeking refuge from the war.  Of those, only twenty-eight were allowed to disembark in Havana.  A captivating read for devotees of historical fiction."


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Thank You, Mr. Nixon: Stories By Gish Jen, Gish Jen Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593314098
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Published: Vintage - November 1st, 2022

 "A poignant and often humorous collection of interlinked stories beginning with the opening of U.S.A.- China relations following Presidents Nixon’s historic visit in 1972.  Jen offers the reader wit and insight with these marvelous short stories concerning the Chinese integration into the U.S.- both then and now.  I really enjoyed reading this unique novel." 


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The Kind Worth Saving: A Novel By Peter Swanson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063204997
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 6th, 2024

The Kind Worth Saving revisits the two main characters from Swanson’s previous book: The Kind Worth Killing (an excellent twist on Strangers on a Train).  In this latest novel a former student hires (now) PI Henry Kimball in what seems a straight-forward adultery case  but things soon turn deadly and Kimball seeks help from his old nemesis Lily Kintner to help unravel clues and keep himself out of harm’s way in the process.  Peter Swanson is master of psychological suspense!  I relish his books."


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Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone: A Novel By Benjamin Stevenson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063279032
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Published: Mariner Books - January 2nd, 2024

"So yes, I chose this book by its title but what mystery lover wouldn’t and that is precisely why you, Dear Reader, should too.   Stevenson has written a contemporary novel in “old school” style…dropped clues and red herrings plus a whole lot of fun in the telling. But, don’t worry, there are also gruesome murders, devious characters and the best part: Everyone snowed in together at a past -its -prime ski resort in the Australian mountains. Perfect!!  Pay close attention, Dear Reader, the story moves swiftly.  A family reunion gone dead wrong with not a dull moment to be had.  Cozy up and enjoy!"


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All That Is Mine I Carry With Me: A Novel By William Landay Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780345531865
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Published: Bantam - February 6th, 2024

"Eleven years ago, William Landay gave us the gripping courtroom drama: Defending Jacob. This March, Landay returns with another phenominal book-  'All That Is Mine I carry With Me'.   Set in 1975 and spanning two decades it is a story of a mother's sudden disappearnce, a father's seeming indifference and the children left to endure. What happened to Jane Larkin? 

When her remains are found twenty years later it will reopen the investigation, sides will be chosen, family loyalties tried. Landay takes some time unspooling his latest legal thriller and it’s well worth it to accompany him on this riveting ride."


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Signal Fires: A novel By Dani Shapiro Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593467961
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Published: Vintage - October 24th, 2023

"The book opens with a crash, followed by a lie and an unspoken agreement to never speak of it again.  A profound and haunting narrative of family secrets and memories not shared, Shapiro’s thoughtfully rendered Signal Fires holds the reader in awe of its surpassing beauty.  A story not easily forgotten; to say I loved it would be an understatement."