Thursday, June 7, 2012

Reading Ahead: July 2012, Part 2

If you missed part one of July's list of up-and-coming fiction releases, scroll on down and peruse Tuesday's post.  I'll wait here.

Done?  Excellent.  Let's move on to part two, shall we?

Close Your Eyes, by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen

Creole Belle, by James Lee Burke

Fallen Angel, by Daniel Silva

The Next Best Thing, by Jennifer Weiner

The Great Escape, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

15 Seconds, by Andrew Gross

Gold, by Chris Cleave

The Nightmare, by Lars Kepler

I know a few of you are looking at the second half of this list and going, "Meg, who are these people and why are they on your list?"  Lemme 'splain.  

If you're not familiar with Andrew Gross, he is one of the co-writers who worked with James Patterson, most notably on Judge & Jury and Lifeguard.  Gross himself has been publishing solo for about five years now, and if you missed last year's Eyes Wide Open, you are really missing out.  15 Seconds is definitely highly anticipated.

If Chris Cleave isn't ringing bells for you, perhaps you remember the his 2009 bestseller, Little Bee.  This summer's Gold is particularly timely, as it is set in the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.  I really, really don't have enough ways to say that I am looking forward to this book.  Is it on your list, too?

Finally, The Nightmare, by Lars Kepler.  Kepler, a Swede, is one of the best thriller writers you aren't reading.  I'd actually go so far as to put him up with other popular imports like Jo Nesbo and  Stieg Larsson.  Last year's The Hypnotist was a total sleeper hit, and if you are looking for an engrossing thriller, all my money's on Kepler this summer.

Happy reading!  I'm back with the final installment of July's new titles next Tuesday!

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