Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Reading Ahead: December 2015, part 3

Need a distraction from all the holiday cheer on the horizon? Enjoy something a little dark and mysterious regardless of the season? Here are a few to look forward to next month.

Ashley Bell, by Dean Koontz. Koontz has been delighting readers with tales of creepy suspense for decades, and thankfully he's showing no signs of slowing down. In his latest, Bibi has cheated death but must use the borrowed time to save someone else--a woman named Ashley Bell. But who is she? Bibi will have to undertake a search both mysterious and dangerous to make the best of her second chance.

A Dream of Ice, by Gillian Anderson & Jeff Rovin. Second in Anderson (The X-Files, Hannibal, etc) & Rovin's (Tempest Down) EarthEnd Saga (after 2014's A Vision of Fire), this tale of paranormal suspense rejoins child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara, who has been left with strange new powers. Suddenly she can heal her young patients with her mind and see things from other places and other times. But as she learns more about her powers, she also realizes that someone is watching her, perhaps hunting her—and using her son to do it. The first entry has been hailed as original and addictive--fans of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child should absolutely check this series out.

Dark Corners, by Ruth Rendell. This is actually just out, having had its publication date bumped up at the last minute. Rendell's latest mystery is a compelling story of blackmail, murders both accidental and opportunistic, and of one life’s fateful unraveling. When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighborhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one, and it's just the beginning of Carl's long, creepy road of bad luck. Rendell's fans will not be disappointed.

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