Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reading Ahead: January 2017, part 3

If you're in the mood for something a little dark and brooding, a tale of obsession and intrigue, January has several offerings!

Sleepwalker, by Christopher Bohjalian. Bohjalian never writes the same book twice, always keeping his readers guessing. Here, when Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee's disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee's husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs' Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee's disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Also available in Large Print

The Mistress, by Danielle Steel. Natasha has lived the last seven years under the protection of a Russian billionaire--her job is to keep Vladamir happy, ask no questions, and be discreet. With hardship in her past, she knows how lucky she is to be in the lap of luxury now, and since she believes he will always keep her safe, she follows the rules and devotes herself to him. However, when Vladamir and Natasha encounter Theo Luca, the heir to a brilliant artist's fortune in artwork, two obsessions are born--Theo for Natasha, and Vladamir for Theo's collection of paintings. Both are determined to have their heart's desire, regardless of the cost. Also available in Large Print.

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