This Week’s Spotlight Fiction
With so much great new fiction to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. Check out our top picks for the week.
J.P. Delaney’s The Girl Before is a riveting novel of psychological suspense that will keep you guessing till the end. Fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will devour this book about a vulnerable young woman who falls for the charismatic architect of her new home. Emma needs a new place to live after a break in. Jane needs a clean slate after a personal tragedy. But One Folgate Street is an option that may have deadly consequences. Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard—read it before you see it!
From Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang, comes Perfect Little World, a charming new novel about family in all its many forms. When we meet Izzy, she doesn’t have many options. Fresh out of high school and pregnant with her art teacher’s baby, she’s eager to do what’s best for her child but isn’t quite sure what that is. Enter Dr. Preston Grind, who offers Izzy the chance to raise her child with every possible opportunity as a part of the Infinite Family Project, a “perfect little world” in which ten children will be brought up together with twenty co-parents. The story that unfolds is heartfelt, funny, and thought-provoking—a pure pleasure.
Be sure to check out the enthralling debut from Australian author Nicola Moriarty, The Fifth Letter. Four thirty-something women get together for their annual vacation: a weekend of drinking and catching up. One wine-filled night, the high school best friends play a game in which they write anonymous letters in which they’ll reveal their darkest secrets. Towards the end of the trip, one of the women finds a fifth letter half-burnt and nearly destroyed in the fireplace. This letter reveals deep, disturbing, and long-held resentments. But who wrote it? The secrets they’ve shared in these letters will change their lives forever.
Everyone’s favorite Floridian Serge A. Storms is back in
Clownfish Blues. The always hilarious Tim Dorsey does not disappoint in this novel that’s full of adventure, crooks, and plenty of cultural commentary. Serge discovers it’s hard to cruise the back roads of the Sunshine State when someone is trying to tilt the odds in the state lottery, gaming the system and gambling with their lives. A limited number of signed first editions are available now!
The Fifth Petal is Brunonia Barry’s follow up to The Lace Reader. In Salem in 1989, three young women were murdered, all of them descendants of accused Salem witches. In present-day Salem, when a teenage boy dies mysteriously on Halloween night, the police chief wonders if there could be a connection between his death and the triple homicide—Salem’s most famous cold case. Barry’s new novel is a thrilling tale of murder and bewitching suspense.
New from Christine Feehan is Power Game, a novel that’s part thriller, part paranormal romance, and all page-turning fun. Bellisia is a spy who’s genetically engineered to hide in plain sight. Zeke is a supersoldier who’s part of a classified government experiment. Put the two together and you’ve got a story that’s as sultry as it is suspenseful.
Darynda Jones’ Eleventh Grave in Moonlight is the latest in her bestselling paranormal series. Charley Davidson: Private Investigator and Grim Reaper. Charley is a powerful goddess, her daughter was born to save the world, and her husband is the son of Satan. What could possibly go wrong?