This one might have passed me by if a customer hadn't raved about Terry Hayes' I Am Pilgrim.
A far-ranging thriller about an American spy who is called back from "retirement" when intelligence gets word of an inpending attack on the U.S.
Seemingly unrelated events - a murder in NYC in which the killer clearly used Pilgrim's book as a blueprint, the kidnapping of three people whose remains are found in a remote corner of Afghanistan, a biotech expert found eyeless in a junkyard in Damascus, and a billionaire whose death in Turkey was ruled an accident - all lead to one man and a furious race to discover his plot.
Very well conceived with hooks at every turn - I devoured this 600 page tour-de-force, and I think all thriller and espionage fans will, too!
We've sold Emily St. John Mandel's books for a long time, but for most of the world, she became a household name with the publication of Station Eleven, which sold 1.5 million copies in 32 languages.So with Station Eleven as her last novel, the pressure was on to turn in an amazing new novel. And she's done it with The Glass Hotel.Nothing like Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel ranges from Vancouver Island to Dubai and tells the tale of seemingly disparate lives colliding - through a Ponzi scheme and through two disappearances at sea.The vivid characters and their trajectories would keep you turning the pages even if there was no common thread because Mandel is a writer at the top of her game.Many people will buy this book because they recognize the author's name. The store itself will keep them reading far into the night.
When Elizabeth was eleven her twin sister disappeared. And now married, with a young daughter and living in Alaska, a man appears who tells Elizabeth he knows what happened to her sister.Obsessed with finding her sister and wracked with guilt that she had something to do with her disappearance, Elizabeth puts everything she holds dear in danger in order the connect with the dangerous stranger who might hold the key these many years later.The stark, frozen Alaskan tundra sets a chilling tone for this twisted and dark tale of desperation.