The Little French Bistro, by Nina George. I've mentioned here, more than once, how much I enjoyed reading George's debut novel, The Little Paris Bookshop, which ultimately is a love story for bibliophiles. So I am eagerly awaiting her follow-up novel, and thought you might be, too. After forty-one years in an unhappy marriage, Marianne has reached her limit and, after a pivotal moment on the bank of the Seine, she leaves her life in Paris behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany, known as "the end of the world." And yet, the end of the world's locals welcome her as one of their own, and here, Marianne ultimately learns the meaning of belonging. This is absolutely on my list this summer. Also available in Large Print.
The Child, by Fiona Barton. This is another sophomore outing that I believe readers will want to know about. Barton's debut, 2016's The Widow, was a New York Times bestseller and a chilling tale of psychological suspense. She now offers readers another twisted tale: as an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss. But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. Also available in Large Print.
Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick's death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit. Some truths, it turns out, are better left buried.