Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Reading Ahead: September 2015, part 1

I know this post is going to get some mixed reactions. This time of year always does. So let me say this. If summer is 100% your time of year, I'm sorry. And if you're not a person who likes the heat and instead you're looking forward to autumn, you're welcome.

Now that that's out of the way, here are some thrillers to look forward to as we head into next month.

Pretty Girls, by Karin Slaughter. If you've been waiting for a new book from Slaughter and feeling like it's been awhile, you're not alone--Cop Town came out back in June of 2014. Pretty Girls was initially slated for summer release, but the publishers pushed it back. Why? Who can say. But what I can say is that I'm looking forward to reading this, a stand-alone novel.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago

Make Me, by Lee Child. Child's Jack Reacher series is hugely popular, so if you're a thriller reader who is looking for a new author and you haven't tried these, you're missing out! (Book one is The Killing Floor, if you're interested in starting at the beginning.) “Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.
Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way—right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.

The Murder House, by James Patterson & David Ellis. No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.
Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn't been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion's history is much darker than even the town's most salacious gossips could have imagined.

A Song of Shadows, by John Connolly. Thirteenth in Connolly's bestselling series featuring private detective Charlie Parker, A Song of Shadows finds Parker having retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas as he recovers from his life-threatening wounds (sustained in 2014's The Wolf in Winter), where he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. He agrees to  investigate a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. But Ruth has her secrets. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.

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