Number 11 in the Charlie Parker series, John Connolly's latest novel begins with an ominous discovery: a plane has crashed in Maine's Great North Woods containing a list of those who have struck a deal with the devil. Is Charlie Parker's name on the list? And where is the crash's only survivor hiding?
Our mystery reviewer says Connolly's Charlie Parker books "push the limits of the whodunit genre... where evil becomes palpable—and ever so believable." I can't think of a better description for The Wrath of Angels.
Check out this creepy interview-style trailer by Hodder books:
Are you hooked on the Charlie Parker series? What other mystery series do you love?
Our January top pick in fiction is Jojo Moyes' Me Before You. In the novel, 27-year-old Louisa Clark is forced to take the first job she can find after she is laid off, becoming a caretaker/babysitter for a bitter and wealthy quadriplegic Will Traynor.
Though their relationship gets off to a rough start, Louisa comes to care for Will, whom she realizes cannot cope with the dependence his injury requires. Desperate to save Will's life, Louisa finds that her own life is changed.
Read our review at BookPage.com and watch the reader-review-styled book trailer from Penguin for a glimpse of the impact of Moyes' story:
Will you read Me Before You? What other novels are you reading?
How can you resist picking up a novel that tells you not to touch it? The subtitle is only a taste of David Wong's (a.k.a. Jason Pargin's) hilarious sense of humor.
You know you’re in for it when the therapist assigned to “cure” you by the police (because you’ve persuaded them you’re a borderline psychopath) is creepier by far than any of the invisible spiders-who-turn-people-into-zombies which only you and your slacker friend John can see. True to his schlemiel essence, Wong hardly has to lift a finger for all bloody hell to break loose. When it does, he’s invariably caught somewhere between the feelings of “Oh, sh—!” and “Bring it on, man!”
Check out the funny (and creepy) book trailer put out by St. Martin's Press:
What do you think of Wong's comedic approach to horror? Will you dare to touch This Book is Full of Spiders?
Justin Cronin's The Twelve comes out next week and I can hardly wait to get my own copy. The sequel to The Passage, Cronin's new book promises to resolve the up-in-the-air ending that left fans itching to know what happens next.
This is a story full of surprises and subterfuge. The action-packed finale of The Twelve is more satisfying than The Passage's cliff-hanger ending, although there are plenty of loose threads to keep readers eager for book three . . . coming to bookshelves near you in 2014.
Will you be picking The Twelve next week along with me?
Lois Lowry's The Giver won a Newbery Medal for its thought-provoking exploration of a world without choices. Then came Gathering Blue and Messenger, which explore the same haunting themes. Technically for children, these books and the questions they invoke have stuck with me into adulthood and I've met many others who agree.
Now, Lois Lowry has finally announced the end of The Giver series with the release of Son, which is available in bookstores and online today! Set in the same familiar world, Son follows a 14-year-old birth mother's quest to find her son after he is taken from her. This is an especially meaningful choice for the author, whose Air Force pilot son died in a plane crash.
But Lowry never thought she would write a sequel to The Giver, and certainly she didn't think it would become a series. An interview with BookPage explains why she kept on writing about the world of The Giver:
“I thought The Giver would be a single book,” laughs the author, speaking from her home in Maine. She was inspired to continue Jonas’ story in part because of young readers’ reactions to The Giver’s ambiguous ending.
“Kids like things tied up a little more,” she explains. “It was clear from letters and emails that kids didn’t like the ambiguity of the ending.” This led to the next books in the series, Gathering Blue and Messenger.
Are you excited about the final book of the series or, like me, are you a little sad to see it end? Will you be reading Son, or sharing it with a child in your life?
Just in time for Halloween, Chase Novak (a.k.a.Scott Spencer) has released a book that seriously scares. Alex and Leslie Twisden will do anything to have a baby and when fertility treatment after fertility treatment yields no results, the couple grows increasingly desperate. A last ditch and painful procedure finally results in fertility, but what they don't know is the terrifying cost.
Years later their twins Adam and Alice embark on a journey to discover the true nature of their birth parents and what they find will change everything.
Read our review at BookPage.com and check out the seriously creepy book trailer:
Will you pick up this Halloween thriller? What other scary stories are you reading?
In M.L. Stedman's debut novel The Light Between Oceans, a husband and wife are faced with a choice: to keep an abandoned baby as their own or to go to the local authorities to find the truth, ruining their chance at parenthood. Intriguingly, the author does not lobby for a right or wrong answer and instead explores the consequences of their life-altering decision.
In a Q&A with BookPage, Stedman explains:
I don’t think there are any “bad guys” in the book, just some poor choices made on the basis of imperfect information or perspective (i.e. the lot of the standard-issue human)... I didn’t want there to be any “safe place” in the book where the reader could relax and say, “I’m completely sure of what the right thing to do is here.”
The book trailer, narrated by Stedman, speaks further about the questions of right and wrong the author is asking:
Will you check out The Light Between Oceans? What would you do in the couple's situation?
Michael Neale's debut novel, The River, is an inspiring story of a man who must reconnect with his past by confronting The River responsible for his deep sorrow. Gabriel Clarke was practically born on the Whitefire River, raised by his father and grandfather who were whitewater guides in the Colorado Rockies. But when his father dies in a kayaking accident, five-year-old Gabriel moves in with his mother, withdrawing from his sad reality. Years later a job with a rafting company brings him back to his origins and Gabriel is faced with a choice: will he choose to move on from his anger and pain or continue in his path of bitterness?
If you're looking for an inspirational novel to prepare you for this fall season, Michael Neale's The River will certainly lift your spirits. And though this is the author's first novel, it's not his first success in writing. Micheal Neale is a Dove Award-Winning songwriter, whose songs have been recorded by artists like Natalie Grant, Michael W. Smith and Rebecca St. James.
Read our review at BookPage.com and check out the book trailer from Thomas Nelson:
Will you read The River? What do you think about Michael Neale's move from songwriter to book author?
One of our picks in audio this month is The Nightmare by Lars Kepler, the pseudonym of a Swedish writing couple. This sequel to Hypnotist will not disappoint and the audio version only adds to the suspense (no skimming ahead or skipping to the end). Our reviewer writes:
Linna... is faced with two odd deaths: the drowning of peace activist Penelope Fernandez’s sister, found in dry clothes on an abandoned pleasure boat, and the suicide or murder of the overseer of Swedish weapons exports. As Linna begins to connect the deaths, he and his team burrow into a brutal world of political cover-ups and covert arms shipments directed by a merciless Italian weapons dealer who revels in the havoc, mental and physical, that he wreaks.
Will you check out The Nightmare? What other novels are keeping you up at night?
What happens when a writer for popular television shows like "Mad About You" and "Arrested Development" writes a novel? You get the hilarious Where'd You Go Bernadette, an epistolary novel by Maria Semple chronicling the strange disappearance of Seattle-hating architect Bernadette.
When 15-year-old Bee chooses a family trip to Antarctica as her reward for stellar grades, the agoraphobic Bernadette steels herself for a journey way, way outside her comfort zone. But as the vacation nears, Bernadette’s increasingly eccentric behavior worries Elgie, who stages a bumbling, ill-fated intervention that ends in Bernadette’s disappearance and presumed death. But in this bitingly funny novel, nothing is what it appears.
And here's the book trailer put out in the U.S. featuring Maria Semple hilariously pitching her book:
Will you check out Where'd You Go Bernadette? What other epistolary novels have you read recently?