I See You, by Claire Mackintosh. Mackintosh made a major impact on US readers with last year's I Let You Go. Zoe Walker is a creature of habit. She takes the same route to the train station, stands in the same place on the platform, sits in the same seat...day after day after day. But the sheer mundanity of her routines may be the very thing that traps her instead of keeping her safe. One day, flipping through the local paper, she finds a small grainy photo of her own face, plus a phone number and a web address. Other women's photos begin to appear in the same ad each day, and Zoe realizes they've all been targets of violent crimes. Anxiety turns to full blown panic as Zoe, with the help of a determined cop, unearths the ad's purpose. Ordinary Zoe is now a walking target. Great for those looking for a tense, psychological thriller. Fans of S.J. Watson should give Mackintosh a try.
The Impossible Fortress, by Jason Rekulak. Rekulak's debut caught my eye primarily for its billing as a love story to the 1980's. But look a little deeper, and this novel is so much more. In 1987, cheerful nerd Billy Marvin's first love was a computer, but then he met Mary Zelinsky. Billy's plans to steal a copy of Playboy (featuring scandalous photos of Vanna White, no less) with two of his friends fail spectacularly time after time. Until, that is, they hatch a new plan, one that involves Billy seducing the store owner's daughter, Mary, and swiping the security code to get into the store after hours. Mary is no ordinary girl, though--she's an expert computer programmer, leaps and bounds ahead of Billy and his friends. It cannot be anything other than instant attraction, but it leaves Billy with a terrible quandary: does Billy dupe his first love, or break a promise to his best pals? My bet is this should be a must-read for nerds and 80s-lovers everywhere. (I'll let you know how it is!)