Get ready to head into the final chapters of 2016 with some fresh new reads! This list has something tasty for everyone: murder, love, science, murder, scandal, history, prison and murder. What? I'm clearly not the only one who likes the dark stuff.
Home by Harlan Coben
Coben's been in the game a long time, and he knows how to deliver a thriller. This one (#11 in the Myron Bolitar series) tells the story of a teenager who is found after a double kidnapping ten years earlier. What new mysteries will he bring home with him and can he help find the other victim? Check out this pulse-pounding book trailer to get you in the mood.
The Trespasser by Tana French
DUBLIN MURDER SQUAD! I love this author and this series. Getting a closer look at Detective Conway (introduced in The Secret Place), we follow her on a case involving a dead, blonde girl and a possibly guilty boyfriend. As the investigation continues, it seems to be going in circles and Conway can't help but wonder at the agendas of her fellow detectives. I can't wait to read this one!
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
Everyone loves a good Shakespeare re-telling, right?! Better yet: in this one, The Tempest gets the Margaret Atwood treatment. She takes the metaphorical prisons from Shakespeare's work and creates a story set in a for-real prison for today's readers. What tortures, both real and existential, will her characters endure? I love her ability to take our familiar world and twist it until you get a little nauseated (in the best way!).
The Fall Guy by James Lasdun
I feel like this is going to be all the drama of a Lifetime movie but smart enough to stay with you and keep you thinking for a few days. A "troubled" family member comes to stay with a successful banker cousin and his wife in a secluded mountain home. Tensions run high as the divide in social status becomes increasingly tangible and someone accuses someone else of infidelity. o.O Go drama go!
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
If you love fairy tales (I know you do) and a good romance (you can't hide from me), be sure to pick up this one. Marissa Meyer gives us a new perspective on the Queen of Hearts before she went all "off with their heads!" in this stand alone. For those who've always had a soft spot for the villains, you'd probably also like The Wicked Years series from Gregory Maguire.
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
This is a story about dancing, identity and friendship. Starting in West Africa and flashing all the way back to our narrator's childhood in West London, we learn the story of two girls who share a passion for dance. One friend has talent, the other ideals. A beautiful coming of age tale with gorgeous prose about how the circumstances of life and the complexities of relationships shape us.
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
If you love family drama, read this one. If you usually take a hard pass on reading anything historical, Michael Chabon will change your mind. His characters are amazing and unforgettable. In short: a dying man confesses his life's adventures to his grandson and boy is it juicy and beautiful and un-put-downable. This one will probably speak to fans of Big Fish by Daniel Wallace.
The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe
This Swedish author makes her American debut with this chilling tale of love, secrets, rich businessmen and murder. Finding a decapitated body in a mansion and a missing millionaire kicks off this twisty and turny murder mystery.
Star Wars, Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
I feel obligated to tell you about this one, both due to my fanatic husband and the immense popularity (and awesomeness) of the new franchise. From a Star Wars author with skills, this story sets the stage for Rogue One, by telling us of one family who gets the unique opportunity to put a stop to the creation of the Death Star.
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Happy reading, Houston!