Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Meg's Picks: July 2017, part 3

Today I have a variety of fiction picked for your perusal. Humor, heart, thrills, we have it all!

Swimming with Bridgeport Girls, by Anthony Tambakis. Ray Parisi had it all, but is in the process of losing everything. He was an ESPN personality, but he's been fired. He's addicted to gambling. He's living in a cheap motel and hiding from the cops and from his bookie. He's never gotten over his ex-wife. His chance at redemption comes in the form of an inheritance from his estranged father, but rather than investing, Ray heads to Vegas with plans of hitting it big and begging his ex for one more shot. This goes about as well as you'd expect. Humor and hope and mayhem. Fans of Carl Hiaasen should try out this debut novel.

The Captain's Daughter, by Meg Mitchell Moore. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Emma Straub, here's one for you. Eliza Barnes is a stay-at-home mom in a society of yacht and country clubs in Massachusetts, a life at odds with her upbringing working lobster boats in a small coastal town in Maine. In truth, she's never been completely at ease with the lifestyle she married into. When her father receives a deadly diagnosis, Eliza begins to split time between Maine and Massachussetts, attempting to navigate issues of class, loyalty and what it means to be a parent in the process.

The Breakdown, by B.A. Paris. A new novel from the author of Behind Closed Doors (2016). One stormy night, Cass takes a short-cut home, and sees a woman sitting in a car on her way. Later, the woman has been reported as murdered. Cass, wracked with guilt at not having stopped, begins to suffer memory lapses. And then she begins receiving phone calls, the line silent each time. For fans of Paris's debut, or of other psychological thrillers like S.J. Watson's Before I Go To Sleep.

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