"Nothing makes me happier than finding that little-known or first-time author who really deserves to make it, and selling a boatload of their books -well, that and putting just the right books into each customer's hands.." jill
The psychological thriller is my favorite kind of mystery - one in which I'm pretty sure I know who did it - until I'm not so sure - until I'm almost certain - but not quite.
All is Not Forgotten is narrated by a psychiatrist who is hired by a family miserable in the wake of their daughter's rape. Jenny was administered a drug to 'erase' the memory of her attack, but the 'ghosts' of memory are haunting her.
Our narrator believes that helping Jenny to uncover her masked memories, and her parents to work through their own issues, will help them all to heal. Or does he? It seems he does. Until he seems as if maybe...but no.
Twisty, plotting from an unusual point of view, All is Not Forgotten is, like all of the best books, one you won't soon forget.
Lagercrantz, the Swedish writer who was chosen to write the 4th book in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series after Stieg Larsson's death, has chosen to set his new novel in the days surrounding the death of real-life Alan Turing (of Bletchley Park fame) and his tragic suicide.
Most everyone is now aware of Turing's genius in cracking the Nazi Enigma codes for England during WWII, and Lagercrantz tells his story through the eyes of the fictional, disallusioned policeman who discovers Turing's body.
A frustrated academic, detective sergeant Leonard Corell becomes fascinated by Turing's life and the workings of a mind that envisioned our modern-day computers in the 1940s. Knowing that Turing had been both persecuted & prosecuted for being an admitted homosexual, Corell suspects that national security and forces beyond his control may have played a part in Turing's death and now Corell's own investigation.
This is a fresh approach to a story that's mostly known and leaves the reader wondering at the line between fact and fiction.
We lost Vince Flynn a few years ago, but his character Mitch Rapp lives on through the pen of Kyle Mills, and he's doing a spectacular job of continuing the legacy.
Last year Mills brought us The Survivor, and after some initial qualms, I settled into the story as if Vince Flynn himself were behind it. Order to Kill is even better.
Someone is luring Mitch Rapp away from business in Pakistan, and while at first he believes it was to sabotage his mission, pretty soon it's clear that he himself is a target. It seems that Russia's #1 assassin is after Mitch, and their skills are almost evenly matched.
Meanwhile, a plot by forces in Moscow to put Russia back in play as a superpower has the CIA chasing ISIS in an attempt to find missing Pakistani nuclear fuel containers.
Order to Kill has all the non-stop action, bravado, feats of daring and American patriotism we've come to expect from a book starring Mitch Rapp. Kyle Mills has proven himself - mission accomplished.
Gabriel Allon, Silva's art restorer by day/Israeli Mossad assassin by night, is at it again in another eerily prescient novel involving ISIS.
There has been a bombing in Paris and Gabriel's friend Hannah Weinberg has been murdered. The French government agrees to give Gabriel the priceless painting Hannah has left him in her will only if he agrees to help them find the perpetrators.
This leads to Gabriel creating perhaps the most dangerous mission yet - an infiltration of ISIS in an attempt to not only punish the terrorists, but to gather intel to prevent future attacks.
When you read Silva's novels you sincerely hope that there are many real life Gabriel Allons out there, because when you read the news, you know how desperately we need them!
An engrossing and, as I said, eerily prescient novel from a real master - Daniel Silva.
Nora arrives at her sister Rachel's house in the countryside outside of London only to find her sister and Rachel's dog both viciously murdered.
Nora can't seem to leave the quiet town, and everyone she sees becomes a suspect in the crime she's determined to solve. Nora and her sister both have some experience with the law as Rachel was attacked as a teen and the sisters have spent the intervening years trying to find her attacker.
Unfortunately, the police aren't very interested in Nora's theories - which include everyone from Rachel's previous unidentified attacker to the local plumber as main suspects.
This is more than a murder mystery as this debut is a psychological examining of the bonds of family, the pull of the past, and the lengths people will go to in order to save themselves from what they really don't want to know.
If the books The Art Forger and 50 Shades of Grey had a baby, it would be L.S. Hilton's novel, Maestra.
I read this book because of the incredible pre-publication buzz it had. Columbia Pictures snapped up the film rights before the manuscript was even sold, and since then, the book rights have been sold for 30 languages and counting. The NYT called Maestra's heroine Judith Rashleigh "feisty, morally complex and sharp".
Judith is a low-level employee at a famous London auction house who naively believes that giving herself a good Art History education will ensure her climb up the ladder - both professionally and socially. But when she abruptly finds herself out of luck and out of a job, the rage she's harbored since childhood comes bubbling to the surface.
Rashleigh's character behaves in ways we might find unsurprising in a man - taking pleasure in anonymous and risky sexual encounters and violent outbursts - but we rarely encounter those things offered so unapologetically in a female character. And that is what I think has everyone buzzing.
It's a good plot with some twists and surprises, and the writing is polished and surefooted. But be forewarned - there is very graphic content in Maestra - the kind that will make you think twice before giving this book to your grandmother!
Sophie Hannah has been writing twisted psychological thrillers for years now, and her fan base just keeps growing.
In A Game for All the Family, Justine and her family move from London to the bucolic English countryside. Justine, a former TV executive, plans to do a lot of nothing in her new life - the exact opposite of her old one.
But Justine has only been in Devon a short while when her daughter's new best friend is expelled from school under odd circumstances and she herself starts getting threatening phone calls.
What's going on? Who is lying? Is there danger? You may not know until the very last page - and that, gentle reader, is classic Sophie Hannah.
This book is the #1 bestseller in the UK and the film rights have already been sold. The reviews are amazing, including a prediction that Behind Closed Doors could be one of the biggest books of the year.
Grace and Jack have a fairytale romance. Jack fell in love with Grace when he saw her caring for her sister Millie, who has Down syndrome. Grace fell in love with Jack when he was stepping in to dance with Millie when no one else did.
Except no - their life is a nightmare from which there is no escape.
And so it begins. This novel is a pulse-pounding page-turner that lives up to its hype.
If you loved Gone Girl (I know - all thrillers are now compared to Gone Girl, but I'm serious here), rush in for your copy of Behind Closed Doors. You can thank me later....
Reading The Gentleman is like reading a Victorian comedy of manners. I first laughed out loud on the fourth sentence.
Lionel Savage is a poet in Victorian-era London who marries for money when his butler lets him know he's actually broke. But as soon as he marries, all poetical thoughts abandon him and he's perfectly miserable. In his misery, he accidentally conjures the Devil (The Gentleman of the title). Shortly thereafter, his beautiful bride disappears and Lionel concludes he must have accidentally sold her to the Devil complaining of his loveless marriage.
Off he goes with a madcap group of characters on a swashbuckling, albeit ridiculous, mission to win her back. The inventor of a flying machine, near duels, an embarrassingly promiscuous little sister, a bookseller and an adventurous Buddhist - this novel has it all.
The very best part, however, is the first-person narration by the dramatic Lionel himself, with hilarious footnotes by his cousin-in-law cum editor, which basically make fun of and undermine our hero on every page.
English teacher, classics lovers and discerning readers everywhere - take head! The Gentleman is a must read.
It's hard to tell whether the abrupt changes and startling revelations in The Truth & Other Lies are due to the translation from German, or whether they were planned, but boy do they work to yank the reader from one reality to the next as everyone around kind, mild-mannered Henry Hayden begins to die or disappear.
Of course, we learn early on that Henry's not really so kind, actually not really anything that he seems.
A wildly successful author who doesn't write a word, Henry has a mistress he doesn't love and a wife he adores. He has a past he doesn't discuss and a present he hopes never catches up to him.
This book is smart, tongue-in-cheek and eminently readable, and is set to be published in more than 13 countries this year.
Repo Madness is the second humorous mystery that Cameron sets in Northern Michigan, and may just be the name of the TV show being developed from the novels.
Ruddy McCann, the infamous ex-college football star, ex-con and current repo man from Kalkaska is back in another madcap romp through our neck of the woods.
Unfortunately, all is not well with our man Ruddy - his fiance is moving to East Jordan, a new court-ordered psychiatrist is insisting he take his meds and his repo job is in jeopardy. And Ruddy finds himself missing the only thing he was sure he needed to be rid of - the voice of dead Realtor Alan Lottner, who seemed to have taken up residence in his head.
When a mysterious woman approaches Ruddy with the information that the tragedy that has ruined his life might be based on a lie, he sets out to set his reputation to rights, all the while bringing down a corrupt Traverse City banker, stopping a serial killer and winning back Katie's love.
Bruce Cameron has tons of fans here - long before he visited Saturn, his A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey had made him a bestseller, his TV show 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter had established him in California, and he had multiple book, movie and TV shows in the works. But when he chose to set his mysteries right here in our backyard (Gaylord is home to a few sketchy characters in this one, and Ruddy eats at Cafe Sante and Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City), and visit us for an amazing, hilarious event, he became one of this town's all time favorites. Don't miss Repo Madness - Ruddy McCann just keeps getting better!