Thursday, August 8, 2013

Reading Ahead: September 2013, part 2

I've mentioned before that when I'm ordering fiction titles for The Trumbull Library System, I keep a running list of not only books I'm going to want to let readers know about via the blog, but also titles that I think will be of particular interest, even if their authors are lesser- or unknown.  September has several such titles, and I think you'll want to take notes.

Help for the Haunted, by John Searles.  Searles is a two-time bestselling author (Boy Still Missing, 2001 & Strange But True, 2004) as well as a book critic with appearances on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show and CNN to discuss his favorite book selections.  It has been much too long since his last novel, in this reader's opinion, and fans of psychological thrillers should absolutely be looking to get their hands on a copy of his newest novel upon release in mid-September.  Following the secretive, tragic and unforgettable story of one unusual family, Help for the Haunted has been likened to greats like Stephen King and John Irving.  Definitely one to watch.

Songs of Willow Frost, by Jamie Ford.  Jamie Ford is another novelist that I'm hoping readers will remember--if not his name, then perhaps the title of his debut novel, 2009's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which spent two years on the bestseller's list.  This latest novel shifts between the Great Depression and the 1920s, following the story of orphaned William Eng and his unlikely connection to film star Willow Frost.  Deep and emotional, this is sure to be a hit among the book club set.

The Wrong Girl, by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Second in the Jane Ryland series after 2012's The Other Woman, award-winning mystery writer Ryan returns to Boston where newspaper reporter Jane Ryland is tipped off that a respected adoption agency may be hiding a terrible secret.  At the same time, detective Jake Brogan is following the trail of a killer and potential baby-snatcher, who might be tied to the same adoption agency.  My advice?  Get in on this series now and be ahead of the curve.

I'll be back next week with more September titles to watch--in the meantime, happy reading!

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